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Boggs named November's Civil Service Employee of the Month

Jane Boggs
Jane Boggs

In recognition of her dedication to the South Dakota State University Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jane Boggs has been named the November Civil Service Employee of the Month.
 
Her reception will be start at 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in room 205 in Crothers Engineering Hall.
 
Starting her position in January 1989, Boggs has been responsible for daily operations in the department for over 30 years. Boggs will be retiring in December.

“Jane is the sole person responsible for one of the largest departments on campus,” said Stephen Gent, professor and director of the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center at SDSU. “She has an innate ability to balance competing priorities and to keep the department’s daily operations running smoothly.”
 
Throughout her time at SDSU, Boggs has adapted to changes in technology and enrollment, while performing a wide range of work including purchasing, communications, record-keeping and interacting with the public.
 
“During her time of service, the department’s undergraduate enrollment has grown to be one of the largest at the university, the number of faculty members has nearly doubled and new graduate programs have been added,” said Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Kurt Bassett. “Jane has admirably adapted to all of that growth while remaining the sole office support staff person for the department.”
 
“The scope of her work has been very broad and quite challenging,” said Yucheng Liu, the Duane Sander Endowed Professor in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship and head of the mechanical engineering department. “Our faculty and students especially appreciate the supporting role she assumed when they struggled with direction and the allocation of resources.”
 
Known by many as the face of the department, Boggs works well with a variety of people, including visitors, students and faculty. When meeting department visitors, taking calls and answering questions, Boggs makes everyone feel welcome.
 
“From my observations and interactions, Jane is an outstanding, world-class secretary who has a genuine interest in helping everyone she meets,” said Gent. “In short, one would be very hard pressed to find a person who is as dedicated to their career as Jane.”
 
Boggs, who has two adult sons, Chris and Jesse, appreciates working with the mechanical engineering department’s faculty and staff.
 
“I have truly enjoyed getting to know and working with the department, college and the SDSU family,” Boggs said.
 
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.