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Pistulka named October’s Civil Service Employee of the Month

Pistulka named October’s Civil Service Employee of the Month
Becky Pistulka

Friendly. Helpful. Organized, yet easygoing. Someone people enjoy seeing on campus or in her hometown of Arlington.

That is how many describe Becky Pistulka, who has been named South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for October. She is a program assistant II in the dean’s office with the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Pistulka joined the college in December 2017.

Whether it is organizing the college’s career fairs, helping produce youth outreach educational programs or arranging volunteers for One Day for State social media campaigns, Pistulka is the one who is behind the scenes, making sure everything goes on without an error.

Co-workers noted her abilities directing the following events:

  • college career fairs held at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium with between 125-150 companies and 400-700 students at each one;
  • two annual dean's advisory council meetings with external CEOs and invited speakers at multiple venues;
  • college’s December commencement ceremony;
  • annual engineering awards and distinguished engineer's banquet;
  • the college’s One Day for State fundraising social media campaigns by finding volunteers; and
  • the Joint Engineering Council activities.

“Each of these events require detailed and complex development, management and implementation of all logistics for venues, food, people, etc.,” said Bruce Berdanier, dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, adding she helps coordinate the creation and publication of the Impulse magazine twice a year. “Becky is the best event developer and manager I have ever worked with at multiple universities over the past 25 years. She has contributed greatly to all of our successful events and engagement with our industries and alumni.”

Pistulka was recognized as the 2019 Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Civil Service Employee of the Year for her contributions to the campus and college.

“Becky has the ability to encourage students to volunteer in a way that makes them excited to be there. Not only does she have a remarkable ability to obtain volunteers, but she also serves as the volunteer coordinator on event day. She is the one behind the scenes making sure everything goes as planned. The list of her event responsibilities is vast and covers many different areas, yet she handles it gracefully and efficiently. Becky goes above and beyond to ensure that our prospective students have an amazing experience while attending an event on campus,” said Christina Gerometta, a former instructor with the Lohr College of Engineering.

Pistulka currently serves as secretary for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, which she has been a member of for 12 years. A previous organizer of the Arlington Days celebration, Pistulka received the Person of the Year award in 2017 for her volunteerism in the

On campus, she was on the Civil Service Advisory board for several years as historian. She also served on the SDSU Wellness Committee.

She received a B.S. in communications and marketing from Northeast Missouri
State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She and her husband, Louie, live in Arlington along with their two daughters. Karley is a senior majoring in aviation at SDSU and Kasey is a junior at Sioux Valley High in Volga. The family enjoys traveling to tractor pulls during the
summer months in their Coach bus along with their dog, Zeus.

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.