State Employee Awards

2004 Awards

2004 Awards

Agency/Employee(s)

Awards and Honors

Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR received the Friend of Rural Water Award from the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems.
Information and Telecommunication
Sherri Blumer
SDPB received the Communicator Award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association for an outreach program titled "Clifford Reads Across South Dakota".
Information and Telecommunication
Jim Sprecher & Kyle Mork
SDPB television received an Emmy Award for Dakota Pathways: A History from the Upper-Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Department of Health
Vital Records and Screening System
The department's Electronic Vital Records and Screening System is a recipient of the Davies Award for Public Health Informatics. The award stresses excellence in the development of systems that creatively and effectively utilize electronic date on individual patients to promote the organization's mission and to further the health of the public in the particular area for which the organization is responsible.
Department of Public Safety
Trooper Slade Ross
Trooper Slade Ross was named the Top Graduate at Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training in North Dakota.
Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Norma receive the Champion's Award from the South Dakota Women's Cancer Network for her work is establishing the state's breast and cervical cancer screening program.
Department of Health
Jill Munger
Jill received a Certificate of Recognition for Voluntary Service as a Community Health Agency Professional Contact for SDSU's RN Upward Mobility Option.
Department of Health
Jill Munger
Jill received a Certificate of Recognition for Voluntary Service as a Community Health Agency Professional Contact for SDSU's RN Upward Mobility Option.
Department of Revenue and Regulation
 
The Department was awarded both regional and international Public Affairs Consumer Education Awards from the American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators for its www.sdtruckinfo.com website. The website was produced by an external source and was a joint project of the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol.
Department of Human Services
Lois Hatton
Lois received the Communicator of Achievement Award at the National Federation of Press Women conference in Lexington, Kentucky. She was one of 18 people to receive the federation's highest honor. Lois' articles have frequently referred to her diabetes and vision loss and the services she's received from the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Department of Public Safety
Randy Smith
Randy received a "Five Year" SDEMA Membership Award.
Department of Agriculture
Craig Brown
Craig received the Coteau Area’s 2004 Honoree Award at the South Dakota Association of Conservation District (SDACD) conference.
Department of Education
Michelle Powers
Michelle was presented with an Award of Merit at the School Administrators of South Dakota/Associated School Boards of South Dakota joint conference. The award is based on an individual's work for their local school boards (the Pierre School District) during the year.
Department of Education
Gary Grey
Gary was honored with the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award by the South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education during their annual summer conference. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of Career and Technical Education over a long career.
Department of Labor
SD DOL
South Dakota won the Annual Award for the Best UI Benefit System Performance in the Ten State Region. The award is based on a combination of 11 measurements of speed and accuracy in processing claims.
Department of Health
Chris Carlson
Chris, a Microbiologist with the State Public Health Laboratory in Pierre was awarded the 2004 PulseStar Award for Outstanding Achievement in PulseNet. PulseNet is a national network of public health laboratories that serves as an early warning system for outbreaks of food-borne disease.
Department of Health
Doneen Hollingsworth
Doneen, Secretary of Health, was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations “in recognition of and in appreciation of her genuine and important contributions to health care in South Dakota."
Department of Health
Linda Marchand
Linda received the 2004 ATHENA Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.  This award is given in honor of a person who supports, inspires, encourages women to become the best that they can be.  This award looks at accomplishments in the areas of business, community service, chamber of commerce, and membership in various organizations.
Department of Health
Jackie Husman & Andy Gates
Jackie and Andy recently received Preceptor Award Certificates from Mount Marty College, Division of Nursing, for their outstanding service as preceptors for the nursing students. Jackie and Andy are Department of Health Community Health Nurses in Yankton County.
Department of Social Services
SD Food Stamp Program
The South Dakota Food Stamp Program was awarded the Mountain Plains Summit Award by FNS. The Food Stamp Program received the maximum points in the areas of payment accuracy, timeliness, eligibility determinations and collections of overpayments.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jason Baldwin
Jason received the State Boating Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The award recognizes and honors outstanding service to recreational boating and symbolizes the highest level of achievement among boating law enforcement officers in the United States.
Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center (HSC) received the Yankton Area Mental Wellness Inc. (AMWI) 2004 Theme Award "Learning From the Past...Looking to the Future." The award reflects HSC's contributions over the past 125 years and the way the Center built a strong foundation for quality mental health services both in the past and for the future.
Department of Labor
Rich Vincent
Rich received the Diamond Key Award for membership at the International IAWP conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Department of Labor
Duke Goodell
Duke received the President's Honor Roll Award at the International IAWP Conference in Durham, North Carolina.
Department of Corrections
Tammi Archbold
Tammi was awarded the Youth Services Award by Behavior Management Systems as part of National mental Health month.
Department of Corrections
Deb Boddicker
Senior Correctional Officer Deb Boddicker of the South Dakota State Penitentiary was presented the Outstanding Officer Award from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club as part of their Respect for Law week.
Department of Human Services
SDDC Administration
SDDC Administration was awarded a Friends of Football award by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association for their support of the local high school football team. All of the team's coaches are employees of SDDC.
Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center (HSC) was honored by the Yankton Area Mental Wellness, Inc. (YAMWI). HSC received the YAMWI 2004 Theme Award "Learning From the Past...Looking To The Future." The award reflects HSC's contributions over the past 125 years and the way the center built a strong foundation for quality mental health services both in the past and for the future.
Department of Labor
Dee Healy
Dee Healy received the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the 2004 IAWP Institute.
Department of Corrections
SD State Penitentiary
The SD State Penitentiary received the Distinguished Center of Influence Award of a bronze casting of an eagle from the 1st Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard's 147th Field Artillery Brigade.
Department of Transportation
Steve Schelske & Kip Johnson
Steve and Kip attended the National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference in Portland, Oregon and accepted a National Award for the Environmental Stewardship for the Strawberry Hill project.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Mike Kintigh
Mike was recently recognized by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fro his efforts to improve communications and for formalizing solutions for local elk depredation.
Department of Corrections
Deb Boddicker
Deb Boddicker, a Senior Correctional Officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, received the ‘Outstanding Officer Award’ from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club as part of the group's "Respect for Law" week.
Department of Corrections
Tammi Archbold
Tammi received the Youth Services Award from Behavior Management Systems as part of National Mental Health month. The award is given to one individual in the community each year that has demonstrated the utmost commitment in serving the needs of youth in their community.
Department of Corrections
South Dakota State Penitentiary
The South Dakota State Penitentiary was awarded the "Distinguished Center of Influence" bronze casting of an eagle from the 1st Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Field Artillery Brigade. As part of the National Guard’s "Freedom Salute Campaign", each mobilized unit that comes off active duty awards one "Distinguished Center of Influence" award to an individual or organization for their support of the unit’s soldiers and their families.
Department of Human Services
Mike and Melissa Pratt and Family
Mike and Melissa and their four children were honored as the Yankton United Way and Volunteer Services "Volunteers of the Month".
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
SDPB Radio
SDPB Radio received seven  regional RTNDA Edward R. Morrow Awards: Emily Babcock for News Feature; Susan Hanson for Use of Sound; Charles Michael Ray for Investigative; Brian Bull for Best Writing; Charles Michael Ray for News Documentary; Gary Ellenbolt for Sports Reporting; and Overall Excellence.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mike Cepak
Mike received the Environmental Excellence Award from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the US Highway 385 Strawberry Hill Project. Mike was Involved in hauling of half a million cubic yards of rock to the Gilt Edge Mine for the Ruby Gulch reclamation cap.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mark Nelson
Mark received the Environmental Excellence Award from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the US Highway 385 Strawberry Hill Project. Mark was Involved in hauling of half a million cubic yards of rock to the Gilt Edge Mine for the Ruby Gulch reclamation cap.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Foster Sawyer
Foster received Geologist of the Year from the American Institute of Professional Geologists, South Dakota Section for exceptional work in the field of geology. Mr. Sawyer’s participation in a recent expedition to Antarctica resulted in the discovery of a rare dinosaur specimen.
Department of Health
Office of Health Promotion
The Office of Health Promotion was awarded the Organization Citation Award at National Park and Recreation Association Midwest Regional Conference. The annual award recognizes organizations that develop unique and successful partnerships to enhance park and recreation programs. Health Promotion received the award for its ongoing collaboration with the Department of Game, Fish & Parks to promote physical activity in South Dakota parks and recreation areas.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Terry Harris
Terry received the SDSU Department of Journalism Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2004.
Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs
South Dakota Air National Guard
Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard received three prestigious national recognitions at the Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The 114th Civil Engineering Squadron received the William H. Deneke Award as the best civil engineer unit in the Air National Guard, the Major General Robert H. Curtain Award, as the best civil engineer unit for both the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, and the Colonel Frederick J. Riemer Award recognized as the outstanding readiness program within both the ANG and USAFR.
Department of Social Services
Pat Munson
Pat was recognized for Outstanding Service to Children and Families by the South Dakota Association for Education of Young Children at the SDAEYC state conference.
Department of Human Services
Dr. Josette Lindahl
Dr. Lindahl received the American Psychiatric Association's Eli Lilly Resident Research Award. The award is for residents who submit the best, original, unpublished scientific paper.
Department of Agriculture
Ray Sowers
Ray received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Northern Arizona University School of Forestry for his outstanding service of going above and beyond, giving his best and for being a strong supporter of the School of Forestry.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Shawn Madisonl
Shawn received the National Wild Turkey Federation's Office of the Year Award for his outstanding performance as a wildlife law enforcement officer.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Bruce Nachtigall
Bruce received the Shikar Safari Office of the Year Award for his outstanding performance as a wildlife law enforcement officer.
Department of Labor
Paula Meyer
Paula was presented the Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award. Paula is very active in several committees of the the Chamber of Commerce and involved in ribbon cuttings, recruiting new members as well as hosting at "Chamber After Five" activities.
Department of Labor
Mitchell Career Center
The Mitchell Career Center received the VFW State Local Public Office Employment Award for providing outstanding employment service to veterans.
Department of Health
Paula Gibson
Paula has beenrecognized by the Birth to 3 Connections Program for her dedication in working with infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability.
Department of Agriculture
Cecelia Johnson
Cecelia Johnson received the Outstanding Service Award from the South Dakota Association of Conservation District for her outstanding service to the 69 Conservation Districts and their employees. Her commitment to share information on a one to one bases, whether it regards election of supervisors, conservation commission grant writing, documentation of grant expenditures, or accounting questions is above and beyond required duties.
Department of Agriculture
John Hinners
John received the Tree Farm Bronze Hard Hat Award from the American Tree Farm System for significant contributions toward Sustainable Forestry on Private Lands.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
DENR received the Friend of Rural Water Award from the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems.


Information and Telecommunication
Sherri Blumer
SDPB received the Communicator Award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association for an outreach program titled "Clifford Reads Across South Dakota".


Information and Telecommunication
Jim Sprecher & Kyle Mork
SDPB television received an Emmy Award for Dakota Pathways: A History from the Upper-Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Department of Health
Vital Records and Screening System
The department's Electronic Vital Records and Screening System is a recipient of the Davies Award for Public Health Informatics. The award stresses excellence in the development of systems that creatively and effectively utilize electronic date on individual patients to promote the organization's mission and to further the health of the public in the particular area for which the organization is responsible.


Department of Public Safety
Trooper Slade Ross
Trooper Slade Ross was named the Top Graduate at Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training in North Dakota.


Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Norma receive the Champion's Award from the South Dakota Women's Cancer Network for her work is establishing the state's breast and cervical cancer screening program.


Department of Health
Jill Munger
Jill received a Certificate of Recognition for Voluntary Service as a Community Health Agency Professional Contact for SDSU's RN Upward Mobility Option.


Department of Health
Jill Munger
Jill received a Certificate of Recognition for Voluntary Service as a Community Health Agency Professional Contact for SDSU's RN Upward Mobility Option.


Department of Revenue and Regulation
The Department was awarded both regional and international Public Affairs Consumer Education Awards from the American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators for its www.sdtruckinfo.com website. The website was produced by an external source and was a joint project of the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol.


Department of Human Services
Lois Hatton
Lois received the Communicator of Achievement Award at the National Federation of Press Women conference in Lexington, Kentucky. She was one of 18 people to receive the federation's highest honor. Lois' articles have frequently referred to her diabetes and vision loss and the services she's received from the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Department of Public Safety
Randy Smith
Randy received a "Five Year" SDEMA Membership Award. Department of Agriculture
Craig Brown
Craig received the Coteau Area’s 2004 Honoree Award at the South Dakota Association of Conservation District (SDACD) conference.


Department of Education
Michelle Powers
Michelle was presented with an Award of Merit at the School Administrators of South Dakota/Associated School Boards of South Dakota joint conference. The award is based on an individual's work for their local school boards (the Pierre School District) during the year.


Department of Education
Gary Grey Gary was honored with the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award by the South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education during their annual summer conference. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of Career and Technical Education over a long career.


Department of Labor
SD DOL
South Dakota won the Annual Award for the Best UI Benefit System Performance in the Ten State Region. The award is based on a combination of 11 measurements of speed and accuracy in processing claims.


Department of Health
Chris Carlson
Chris, a Microbiologist with the State Public Health Laboratory in Pierre was awarded the 2004 PulseStar Award for Outstanding Achievement in PulseNet. PulseNet is a national network of public health laboratories that serves as an early warning system for outbreaks of food-borne disease.


Department of Health
Doneen Hollingsworth
Doneen, Secretary of Health, was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations “in recognition of and in appreciation of her genuine and important contributions to health care in South Dakota."


Department of Health
Linda Marchand
Linda received the 2004 ATHENA Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce. This award is given in honor of a person who supports, inspires, encourages women to become the best that they can be.  This award looks at accomplishments in the areas of business, community service, chamber of commerce, and membership in various organizations.


Department of Health
Jackie Husman & Andy Gates
Jackie and Andy recently received Preceptor Award Certificates from Mount Marty College, Division of Nursing, for their outstanding service as preceptors for the nursing students. Jackie and Andy are Department of Health Community Health Nurses in Yankton County.


Department of Social Services
SD Food Stamp Program
The South Dakota Food Stamp Program was awarded the Mountain Plains Summit Award by FNS. The Food Stamp Program received the maximum points in the areas of payment accuracy, timeliness, eligibility determinations and collections of overpayments.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jason Baldwin
Jason received the State Boating Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The award recognizes and honors outstanding service to recreational boating and symbolizes the highest level of achievement among boating law enforcement officers in the United States.


Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center (HSC) received the Yankton Area Mental Wellness Inc. (AMWI) 2004 Theme Award "Learning From the Past...Looking to the Future." The award reflects HSC's contributions over the past 125 years and the way the Center built a strong foundation for quality mental health services both in the past and for the future.


Department of Labor
Rich Vincent
Rich received the Diamond Key Award for membership at the International IAWP conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Department of Labor
Duke Goodell
Duke received the President's Honor Roll Award at the International IAWP Conference in Durham, North Carolina. Department of Corrections
Tammi Archbold
Tammi was awarded the Youth Services Award by Behavior Management Systems as part of National mental Health month.


Department of Corrections
Deb Boddicker
Senior Correctional Officer Deb Boddicker of the South Dakota State Penitentiary was presented the Outstanding Officer Award from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club as part of their Respect for Law week.


Department of Human Services
SDDC Administration
SDDC Administration was awarded a Friends of Football award by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association for their support of the local high school football team. All of the team's coaches are employees of SDDC.


Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center (HSC) was honored by the Yankton Area Mental Wellness, Inc. (YAMWI). HSC received the YAMWI 2004 Theme Award "Learning From the Past...Looking To The Future." The award reflects HSC's contributions over the past 125 years and the way the center built a strong foundation for quality mental health services both in the past and for the future.


Department of Labor
Dee Healy
Dee Healy received the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the 2004 IAWP Institute.


Department of Corrections
SD State Penitentiary
The SD State Penitentiary received the Distinguished Center of Influence Award of a bronze casting of an eagle from the 1st Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard's 147th Field Artillery Brigade.


Department of Transportation
Steve Schelske & Kip Johnson
Steve and Kip attended the National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference in Portland, Oregon and accepted a National Award for the Environmental Stewardship for the Strawberry Hill project.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Mike Kintigh
Mike was recently recognized by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for his efforts to improve communications and for formalizing solutions for local elk depredation.


Department of Corrections
Deb Boddicker
Deb Boddicker, a Senior Correctional Officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, received the ‘Outstanding Officer Award’ from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club as part of the group's "Respect for Law" week.


Department of Corrections
Tammi Archbold
Tammi received the Youth Services Award from Behavior Management Systems as part of National Mental Health month. The award is given to one individual in the community each year that has demonstrated the utmost commitment in serving the needs of youth in their community.


Department of Corrections
South Dakota State Penitentiary The South Dakota State Penitentiary was awarded the "Distinguished Center of Influence" bronze casting of an eagle from the 1st Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Field Artillery Brigade. As part of the National Guard’s "Freedom Salute Campaign", each mobilized unit that comes off active duty awards one "Distinguished Center of Influence" award to an individual or organization for their support of the unit’s soldiers and their families.


Department of Human Services
Mike and Melissa Pratt and Family
Mike and Melissa and their four children were honored as the Yankton United Way and Volunteer Services "Volunteers of the Month".


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
SDPB Radio
SDPB Radio received seven  regional RTNDA Edward R. Morrow Awards: Emily Babcock for News Feature; Susan Hanson for Use of Sound; Charles Michael Ray for Investigative; Brian Bull for Best Writing; Charles Michael Ray for News Documentary; Gary Ellenbolt for Sports Reporting; and Overall Excellence.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mike Cepak
Mike received the Environmental Excellence Award from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the US Highway 385 Strawberry Hill Project. Mike was Involved in hauling of half a million cubic yards of rock to the Gilt Edge Mine for the Ruby Gulch reclamation cap.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mark Nelson Mark received the Environmental Excellence Award from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the US Highway 385 Strawberry Hill Project. Mark was Involved in hauling of half a million cubic yards of rock to the Gilt Edge Mine for the Ruby Gulch reclamation cap.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Foster Sawyer Foster received Geologist of the Year from the American Institute of Professional Geologists, South Dakota Section for exceptional work in the field of geology. Mr. Sawyer’s participation in a recent expedition to Antarctica resulted in the discovery of a rare dinosaur specimen.


Department of Health
Office of Health Promotion
The Office of Health Promotion was awarded the Organization Citation Award at National Park and Recreation Association Midwest Regional Conference. The annual award recognizes organizations that develop unique and successful partnerships to enhance park and recreation programs. Health Promotion received the award for its ongoing collaboration with the Department of Game, Fish & Parks to promote physical activity in South Dakota parks and recreation areas.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Terry Harris
Terry received the SDSU Department of Journalism Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2004.


Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs
South Dakota Air National Guard
Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard received three prestigious national recognitions at the Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The 114th Civil Engineering Squadron received the William H. Deneke Award as the best civil engineer unit in the Air National Guard, the Major General Robert H. Curtain Award, as the best civil engineer unit for both the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, and the Colonel Frederick J. Riemer Award recognized as the outstanding readiness program within both the ANG and USAFR.


Department of Social Services
Pat Munson
Pat was recognized for Outstanding Service to Children and Families by the South Dakota Association for Education of Young Children at the SDAEYC state conference.


Department of Human Services
Dr. Josette Lindahl
Dr. Lindahl received the American Psychiatric Association's Eli Lilly Resident Research Award. The award is for residents who submit the best, original, unpublished scientific paper.


Department of Agriculture
Ray Sowers
Ray received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Northern Arizona University School of Forestry for his outstanding service of going above and beyond, giving his best and for being a strong supporter of the School of Forestry.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Shawn Madisonl
Shawn received the National Wild Turkey Federation's Office of the Year Award for his outstanding performance as a wildlife law enforcement officer.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Bruce Nachtigall
Bruce received the Shikar Safari Office of the Year Award for his outstanding performance as a wildlife law enforcement officer.


Department of Labor
Paula Meyer
Paula was presented the Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award. Paula is very active in several committees of the the Chamber of Commerce and involved in ribbon cuttings, recruiting new members as well as hosting at "Chamber After Five" activities.


Department of Labor
Mitchell Career Center
The Mitchell Career Center received the VFW State Local Public Office Employment Award for providing outstanding employment service to veterans.


Department of Health
Paula Gibson
Paula has beenrecognized by the Birth to 3 Connections Program for her dedication in working with infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability.


Department of Agriculture
Cecelia Johnson
Cecelia Johnson received the Outstanding Service Award from the South Dakota Association of Conservation District for her outstanding service to the 69 Conservation Districts and their employees. Her commitment to share information on a one to one bases, whether it regards election of supervisors, conservation commission grant writing, documentation of grant expenditures, or accounting questions is above and beyond required duties.


Department of Agriculture
John Hinners
John received the Tree Farm Bronze Hard Hat Award from the American Tree Farm System for significant contributions toward Sustainable Forestry on Private Lands.