Hall named April’s Civil Service Employee of the Month

Maria Hall, April 2019 Civil Service Employee of the Month

Maria Hall has been named South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for April. Hall, an accounting assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs, will be honored April 25 from 2-4 p.m. in front of Doner Auditorium.

“Maria is a good example of what an SDSU employee should be—friendly, always willing to help, asks if she can help, does her job to the best of her ability, goes the extra mile, gets along well with everyone and has a great love for SDSU,” said Linda Schumacher, an executive administrative assistant.

Hall, who has also worked in the Office of Records and Registration, the Cashier’s Office and the Shared Payroll Center, has made an impact in the Office of Academic Affairs since starting there in January 2017.

“Maria is consistently striving to excel in serving others. She takes the initiative and ownership of her duties. Additionally, if something needs to get done that might not be part of her official duties, she takes initiative to serve and assist when those times arise,” said Vince Lahren, a budget specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs.

In addition to her office responsibilities, Hall has sold tickets for the athletic department for several years.

"Maria has been a huge part of the athletic game-day event staff for athletic ticketing for many years and has always provided an excellent work ethic and personality to the group. Maria is always willing to go the extra step when needed and helps out as much as possible. She provides a leadership to the group that really makes her stand out and does not go unnoticed. No matter how many events are in a week or how much she has to work, she is always in a positive and vibrant mood that is contagious to others and makes it really enjoyable to have her a part of the event staff. SDSU athletics appreciates all that she does and believes that she should be recognized for her hard work, customer service and dedication to SDSU and our athletic fans,” said Dalton Williams, the assistant director in SDSU athletics ticket sales and operations.

Hall has worked at South Dakota State University since 1999. She and her husband, Robert, have two children, Cassie and Alex. Robert Hall is a retired SDSU Extension agronomist. Maria Hall, who was born in the Philippines, actively participates in International Night by cooking or showcasing Filipino food and costumes.

“As a former international student adviser at SDSU, one of my responsibilities was to plan different programs and events. One of the most successful events, which we planned each year for approximately 500 guests, was the International Night,” said Amir Maleki, who is now the director for International Student and Scholar Services at Coastal Carolina University. “Although it is organized by student volunteers, Maria was an extremely important part of this event. Not only would she volunteer her time to purchase and prepare her main dish and dessert, she would always offer to help in any other areas that I, or our students, needed help. I always appreciated and admired Maria’s genuine passion and dedication to helping anyone who needs help at any given point.”

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.