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Byre receives June's Civil Service Employee of the Month Award

Beth Byre

Beth Byre has been named the South Dakota State University Civil Service Employee of the Month for June in appreciation for her exemplary contributions and performance as the accountant for the Department of Natural Resource Management.

She will be honored with a reception starting at 3:30 p.m. June 28 in the atrium of the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory.

A 1979 SDSU graduate, Byre returned to Brookings in 2011. She began working at the Office of Academic Affairs that year and joined the NRM department as an accountant in 2016. In her five years with the department, co-workers and supervisors consistently acknowledge Byre’s skill set and upbeat personality.

“In addition to Ms. Byre’s organizational skills, which are exceptional, she is also a delightful person to work with, is a real team player and is always courteous, respectful and thoughtful to everyone who needs her expertise and services,” said Michele Dudash, who leads the NRM department. “Ms. Byre is always ready to go above and beyond the regular duties to make our department and institution a great place to work.”

Dudash additionally mentioned Byre has been recognized for assisting with various training events on processes that have been mastered by the department while also completing every challenge presented. Her charisma and people skills are frequently noted.

“Her work is accurate and timely, she provides people-centered support to faculty, students and staff and willingly agrees to help others when needed,” said Mary Larson, SDSU human relations coordinator. “I especially appreciate her positive approach, her ability to listen and learn and her willingness to adapt to changes.”

“She provides excellence every single day by supporting the diverse faculty, staff and student population of the natural resource management department,” said Justin Werkmeister, director of finance and accountability for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “She is always people-centered, doing whatever it takes to help someone in need whether it’s part of her job duties or not.”

Byre’s dedication and knowledge in her position has made her a reliable source for completing any task, required or not, and giving feedback.

“When I have a problem or a question, I often pick up the phone or send Beth an email,” said Werkmeister. “I know she’ll talk it out with me to come up with a solution. I really value her opinion and her expertise. She has made this college a better place more times than I can count.”

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.