A hearty laugh, a big smile and quick wit are all part of Rachel Fritz’s day working in University Marketing and Communications at South Dakota State University.
Those traits, in addition to her ability to come up with creative design ideas and balance multiple projects, have allowed her to be named the university’s July Civil Service Employee of the Month. She will be honored at a 3 p.m. reception July 20 in the Communications Center on campus.
Her attention to detail, personality and skills were common themes in letters of support.
“Rachel brings a fresh perspective and a creative eye to STATE magazine. We were in need a new look, and Rachel embraced the challenge to update the magazine. She is a collaborative partner who has a great eye and attention to detail,” said Andi Fouberg, president and CEO of the SDSU Alumni Association.
“Her patience with us when we decided to add, change and turn in things last minute is extremely appreciated. She always responds to emails, returns phone calls, helps troubleshoot Adobe issues and her personality makes my collaborations with UMC one of the favorite parts of my job,” said Ethan Wiese, a marketing and communications specialist with the Alumni Association.
Fritz’s talents are in demand all across campus.
“Marketing is an essential component of our education and outreach goals. Rachel has been an integral part of the outreach process by designing consistent marketing pieces for each exhibition including invitations, posters and a variety of ads for different media outlets,” said Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum. “Rachel is always so pleasant and wonderful to work with no matter the request. She rises to every occasion. You can count on the job being done right and on time.”
Lisa Marotz, director of operations for McCrory Gardens, also appreciates Fritz’s talents.
“While Rachel has many projects on her shoulders, I always feel like I am the only one she takes care of. She is honest and open in regards to timelines and her availability. She creates masterpieces through her artistry and creativity in all of the pieces she designs—she knows how to show the rest of the world why they should come and see McCrory Gardens.”
Fritz and her daughter, Eden, live in Brookings with their dog, Storm, and Eden’s cat, Lily. She is generally busy running Eden to her activities and supporting her creative aspirations as a budding artist and photographer. Together, they enjoy visiting McCrory Gardens and the South Dakota Art Museum, swimming, water balloon fights, going shooting, binge watching Marvel movies, being surrounded by their friends and going on trips to Wisconsin to visit family.
“I am very humbled to receive this when I know so many others who work very hard on campus. I am blessed to work in a creative environment among people I consider my friends with the opportunity to do what I love every day ... design,” Fritz said.
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.