Pamela Rice has been named South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for March. Rice, program assistant I for the Department of Construction and Operations Management, will be recognized March 24 in the Solberg Hall conference room. The event starts at 2:30 p.m.
“Pam is one of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative problem solvers I have worked with here,” said Teresa Hall, head of the Department of Construction and Operations Management. “Pam is a big reason the construction and operations department has been so successful in recent years. We have enrolled more students in our programs because of Pam than any other person in the department.”
Rice has been employed at South Dakota State since September 2015.
“When I can’t answer a student’s question about registration, records or other matters, I know I can always send them to Pam to find the answer,” said Janet Merriman, a lecturer in the department. “With her experience and connections in other departments, if she doesn’t already know the answer, she will find it. She is very loyal to the department’s mission. The construction and operations management department would not be as successful as it is without Pam.”
Rice is also known throughout the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering for her sense of humor and passion for the Minnesota Vikings. She has three adult children and likes participating in crafts, scrapbooking and spending time with friends and family.
“Pam is organized, creative and tenacious,” said Carrie Steinlicht, a senior lecturer in the department. “She uses these qualities to make sure the department runs smoothly and efficiently with few surprises, and she is especially dedicated to the welfare of our students. She is very patient, and students are comfortable asking her for assistance. We are lucky to have her in our main office. Her friendly face and positive attitude help the department recruit and retain students.”
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.