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Sandmeier named December’s Civil Service Employee of the Month

Stephanie Sandmeier - EOM Dec. 2019
Stephanie Sandmeier

Stephanie Sandmeier has been named South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for December. She will be honored at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Berg Agriculture Hall, Room 139.

“Stephanie is an exemplary employee. She goes above and beyond every day,” said Susan Neuharth, a senior secretary with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership and the March 2018 Civil Service Employee of the Month. “I have never seen anyone as dedicated to her staff and SDSU as Stephanie. She drops everything when faculty ask for assistance. She makes sure they are satisfied and well taken care of.”

Sandmeier has been employed at SDSU for more than six years. Her colleagues acknowledge and appreciate her professionalism, punctuality and attention to detail.

“Stephanie also understands that the demands of working in a university system do not always fall within an 8-5 workday. Although we try to respect boundaries and practice a healthy work-life balance, requests sometimes happen late at night or on the weekends. Even in these circumstances, Stephanie promptly responds,” said Amber Letcher, an associate professor and 4-H youth development specialist. “I have often heard Stephanie say, ‘I love working with my faculty,’ and we feel the same way about her.”

Assistant professor Kristine Ramsay-Seaner knows about Sandmeier’s commitment to the department.

“For the last two years, I have organized a one-day professional workshop which brings over 100 individuals from all over the state together. My partner in crime for this highly successful event has been Stephanie,” said Ramsay-Seaner. “She is the one who contacts various venues to determine if they can host our event. After we select our venue, she helps me with everything from selecting the menu to deciding how the room should be set up.

“On top of that, she processes payments for every individual who attends and when an attendee has a question, she usually helps me with that, too. She is the go-between so that I can handle my other responsibilities and for that I am eternally grateful. I could not and likely would not want to host/organize this event without her.”

The attention to all details caught associate professor William Briddick’s eye.

“Not all that long ago, I arrived at work in a hurry and forgot to roll up my back window. Stephanie, returning from an errand or some other business on campus, spied my open window and placed a towel from her own vehicle onto my vehicle's roof so that it covered the open part of my window just as it was starting to rain,” Briddick said. “I was able to head back out to the parking lot and close my window a short time later. Her thoughtfulness and quick action saved a sizable part of the interior of our vehicle. That was way beyond what she was obligated to do. Who does that kind of good deed anymore? Many people would have just shook their head for the poor person who forgot to roll up their window. That's not Ms. Sandmeier's style at all.”

“I have enjoyed working with the counseling and human development and appreciate the faculty and other staff members. Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to grow in my position,” said Sandmeier. She and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Avery and Aryn.

All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each honoree receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The foundation’s trustees recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.