Dwight Beukelman has been named South Dakota State University’s December Civil Service Employee of the Month. A reception honoring him will start at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the commons area in the Facilities and Services Building.
Beukelman, who started at State in 2012, currently works in the Facilities and Services Customer Services Center.
In letters of support, co-workers praised his friendly and helpful demeanor as well as his dedication to the university.
“Dwight is a great asset to Facilities and Services,” said Troy Syhre, SDSU’s director of custodial services. “He is always willing to help when called upon. He does a wonderful job overseeing the warehouse and supplies like they were his own. He is a true team player who is willing to go the extra mile to get a task done. His laugh is contagious and will make anyone laugh. If Dwight could be cloned, I would take 10 of them! He is one of a kind.”
Others noted his personality and accountability.
“From ordering stock supplies, issuing products, receiving freight for Facilities and Services and other areas on campus or operating a forklift, Dwight has been our go-to man for all warehouse questions and needs,” said Marla Mitchell, a co-worker in the Facilities and Services Customer Services Center. “He has added a fun side to the customer service team with his jokes, one-liners and stories. We also know that Dwight is very dependable and will without hesitation step up and help in all areas.”
Lisa VandeKieft, a custodial services supervisor, said, “Dwight puts in 100 percent at work each day and always goes above and beyond to assist with problems or fix mistakes. I work pretty closely with Dwight, and he always ensures accuracy with the custodial material requests by communicating with me to correct any errors, clarify any misunderstandings or just to let me know when any material has arrived.”
Beukelman and his wife, Julie, have one son, Matthew.
All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each civil service employee of the month receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The trustees of the foundation recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.