State Employee Awards

2005 Awards

2005 Awards

Agency/Employee(s)

Awards and Honors

Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Doug Day
Doug Day has been awarded the 2005 National Wildlife Turkey Federation Conservation Officer of the Year Award.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jack Erickson
Jack Erickson has been awarded the 2005 Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Distinguished Professional Service Award.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Outdoor Campus
The Outdoor Campus has received the 2005 Great Service Star for Outstanding Customer Service from Governor Mike Rounds.
Department of Health The Department of Health received the American Cancer Society's Outstanding Advocate Award for 2005. This award is presented each year to policymakers who have made a significant contribution to reducing the burden of cancer in South Dakota through public policies that impact cancer.
Department of Health
Kayleen Nickel
Nickel received the 2005 Helen E. Oppold Blair Award from the Sioux Falls United Way. This award is given to an individual whose work in the human services, law enforcement, education, or church based fields toward child abuse prevention and early intervention is exemplary.
Department of Education
Gloria Smith-Rockhold
Gloria was a recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Service Award for South Dakota Tech Prep. This honor is given to someone who has contributed to the advancement of the state's Tech Prep system.
Department of Transportation
Marliss Dean
Alan Winters
Marliss and Alan were commended by the Federal Highway Workers Association for their Superior Efforts in Closing Federal Projects. Both individuals closed 974 projects for FY2005, compared to 304 projects for FY2004. FHWA said, "South Dakota Department of Transportation has done an outstanding job in closing projects and are commended for their significant improvements."
Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
South Dakota Historical Society genealogical web page was listed in the Family Tree Magazine Best State Web Sites for 2005.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Mike Apland
Mike has been named as the 2005 Shikar-Safari International Wildlife Office of the Year for the State of South Dakota. To receive this award, one must display exemplary performance in the areas of wildlife protection, wildlife law enforcement and in the implementation of wildlife conservation programs.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jim Feeney,
Dr. Dennis Clarke,
Kent Woodmansey, P.E.
Mike Perkovich, P.E.
Jeanne Goodman, P.E.
These five individuals received the EPA Environmental Achievement Award for successfully developing an innovative financial incentives program to assist 125 regulated animal feeding operations complete engineering designs for manure management systems.
Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center received an award plaque for contributing to National Security and protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Forces.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Marty DeWitt
Jason Baumann
Chad Williams
All three Division of Parks and Recreation employees received Outstanding Safety Performance Awards from Governor Rounds for their actions in apprehending two armed burglars at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon.
Department of Education
Barbara Dowling
Barbara was named the South Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2006. Dowling has taught for 11 years in the Sioux Falls School District.
Department of Social Services
Terry Walter
Terry received the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Commissioner's Award for superior performance for a IV-D Director.
Department of Agriculture
Jessica Anne Smith
Jessica received the Outstanding Service Award from the South Dakota Assn. of Conservation District Employees for her ability to keep the conservation district boards, landowners, and communities up to date and informed on forestry related issues.
Department of Agriculture
John Gross
John received the SDSU Alumni Assn. Distinguished Alumni Award for "Outstanding Professional Achievement".
Department of Transportation
 
The Department of Transportation won the Public Affairs Skills Award for the "What's Your Excuse" seat belt campaign from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Custer State Park Volunteer Workforce
The Custer State Park Volunteer Workforce received the State Park Teamwork Award. The 106 volunteers did tasks ranging from maintenance, cleaning, fee collection to interpretation.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Dave Blaeser
Dave was recognized as the South Dakota State Park Seasonal Employee of the Year.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Al Nedved
Al received an Award of Appreciation. Al is the concession lease manager for the Division of Parks and Recreation.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Derek Dorr
Was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her work in helping train nearly 1,000 people in manure management.
Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Dick Miller
Dick was recognized as the 2005 Employee of the Year. Dick oversees operations in the South Hills Region of the state park system, which includes Custer State Park and Angostura Recreation Area.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting won the first ever PBS Synergy Award. The award was given to the station which best used its multi-department resources to achieve a common goal, including increasing revenue.
Department of Human Services
Bob Schutte
Bob received the Price-Rees Award for 20 years of loyal service from the South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association.
Department of Social Services
Terry Walter
Terry received the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Commissioner's Award for Superior Performance for a IV-D Director.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Otto Doll
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), honored South Dakota Chief Information Officer and  former NASCIO President Otto Doll with the Meritorious Service Award. NASCIO created this award to spotlight a state CIO who has exemplified outstanding service, advocacy, and leadership in state government.
Department of Tourism and State Development
Paige Hoskinson
Paige was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA). The two federal agencies recognized Hoskinson for her timely and professional review of approximately 2,800 Farm Bill agricultural conservation projects in Fiscal Year 2005.
Department of Labor
Rapid City Career Center
The South Dakota Department of Labor’s Rapid City Career Center was presented the Mark Sanders Award by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).  This annual award recognizes a local office/career center that has provided exceptional services to disabled veterans seeking employment assistance.  
Department of Agriculture
John Gross
John Gross (State Conservation Commission Board Member) will receive a South Dakota State University Alumni Association distinguished alumni award for “Outstanding Professional Achievement” October 21, 2005.  John, a 1954 graduate of SDSU continues to promote dairy cattle genetics.
Department of Transportation The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and contractor E. H. Oftedal & Sons, Inc of Miles, City, Montana have won an award for the engineering andd reconstruction of six miles of U.S. Highway 385. The award was presented at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) meeting in Nashville, TN.
Department of Corrections
Doug Herrmann
Doug Herrmann, Director of Juvenile Services for the South Dakota Department of Corrections, has been named the "Outstanding Administrator" by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA). The award recognizes individual youth corrections chief executive officers for their contribution to helping systems better prepare youths for success and creating national leadership for youth services.
Department of Agriculture
Jessica Smith
Jessica received the Outstanding Service award from the South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees for her ability to keep the conservation district boards, landowners, and communities up-to-date and informed on forestry-related issues, and for her strong sense of the importance of spreading the word of conservation to our youth.
Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society earned a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. Remington Schuyler's West treats the career of an illustrator who gained much of his inspiration from his work as a cowboy on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at the turn of the century.
Department of Labor
 
Ken Moon and Tom Lowther accepted the SD VFW Department's Award for the SD Career Center which provided best services to veterans.
Department of Labor
Phil George
Phil received the BLS State Honor Award for Notable Service. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the BLS programs, and the LAUS program in particular exemplifying the best public service and work in the true spirit of Federal/State cooperative programs.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Craig Pugsley
Craig was presented the Extra Mile Award at the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon.
Department of Revenue and Regulation
South Dakota Real Estate Commission
The South Dakota Real Estate Commission received an Education Award from the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials for their "Meth: Closer Than You Think" seminar. 
Department of Education
Shannon Schweitzer
Shannon was named the Friend of South Dakota Career and Technical Education Award recipient for 2005. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of career and technical education.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Darron Busch
Darron was recognized for his many years of service for providing South Dakota with safe drinking water.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jack Erickson
Jack was presented aprofessional award from the American Fissheries Society from the American Fisheries Society for his work in cold water fisheries and development of a database for managing streams.
Department of Human Services
Gib Sudbeck
The Council of Substance Abuse Directors awarded Gib the 2005 George and Sharon Buchholtz Award at the Spring Chemical Dependency Association conference. He was awarded for his commitment and dedication to support and develop the field of chemical dependency.
Department of Human Services
Gaye Mattke & Grady Kickul
Gaye and Grady were present the Eagle Partnership Award at the National American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Conference for the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation.
Department of Human Services
Dr. Ted Williams
Dr. Ted Williams received the Counseling and Human Resource Development Award at their hooding and awards ceremony. He was selected as the "Outstanding Alumnus" for the SDSU College of Education and Counseling graduate program.
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
State Veterans Home
The SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that the State Veterans Home public water system and the system's certified operators have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award.  The award is for outstanding water system operations and environmental compliance with state drinking water standards for the past year.
Department of Human Services
Dr. Jill Schoen
Dr. Jill Schoen, SDDC Psychologist, was awarded the Marvin Kemp Award at the South Dakota Counselors Association for her dedication to the counseling profession. 
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
SDPB radio received eight consecutive Associated Press "Overall Excellence" awards and won eight out of ten first place awards and nine honorable mentions.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting received the Outstanding Special Event Award at the 2004 National Education Telecommunications Association Conference for our Read Across South Dakota with Clifford the Big Red Dog literacy tour to 10 libraries in June 2003.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jim Wendte
Jim received the 2004 Engineer of the Year Award from the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society.
Department of Revenue and Regulation
Dennis Rounds
Dennis has a feature article published in the January issue of the ASTM International Standardization news. The focus of the article was the development and implementation of the Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) training program on the national level.
Department of Transportation Road Design Survey Staff as well as Materials and Surfacing Drill Crew, the Region Land Surveyors and the Rapid City and Sioux Falls areas were recognized with a plaque from the State Professional Survey Society for "Outstanding Contribution to the Land Surveying Profession".
Department of Transportation
 
The Omaha Street project in Rapid City recently received honors as the best example of partnering among the state, private industry, and other governmental institutions.
Department of Health
Linda Marchand
Linda Marchand received the 2005 SDSU Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award is based on professional achievements and personal dedication to the profession and to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Linda is the Community Health Services Manager for the Department of Health in Rapid City.
Department of Transportation
Broadway Reconstruction Project
The Broadway Reconstruction project in Yankton received a state honor. The DOT and Associated General Contractors have awarded it as the best urban construction project of 2004. The award usually goes to a high-volume, high-visibility project.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Doug Day
Doug Day has been awarded the 2005 National Wildlife Turkey Federation Conservation Officer of the Year Award.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jack Erickson
Jack Erickson has been awarded the 2005 Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Distinguished Professional Service Award.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Outdoor Campus
The Outdoor Campus has received the 2005 Great Service Star for Outstanding Customer Service from Governor Mike Rounds.


Department of Health The Department of Health received the American Cancer Society's Outstanding Advocate Award for 2005. This award is presented each year to policymakers who have made a significant contribution to reducing the burden of cancer in South Dakota through public policies that impact cancer.


Department of Health
Kayleen Nickel
Nickel received the 2005 Helen E. Oppold Blair Award from the Sioux Falls United Way. This award is given to an individual whose work in the human services, law enforcement, education, or church based fields toward child abuse prevention and early intervention is exemplary.


Department of Education
Gloria Smith-Rockhold
Gloria was a recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Service Award for South Dakota Tech Prep. This honor is given to someone who has contributed to the advancement of the state's Tech Prep system.


Department of Transportation
Marliss Dean, Alan Winters
Marliss and Alan were commended by the Federal Highway Workers Association for their Superior Efforts in Closing Federal Projects. Both individuals closed 974 projects for FY2005, compared to 304 projects for FY2004. FHWA said, "South Dakota Department of Transportation has done an outstanding job in closing projects and are commended for their significant improvements."


Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
South Dakota Historical Society genealogical web page was listed in the Family Tree Magazine Best State Web Sites for 2005.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Mike Apland
Mike has been named as the 2005 Shikar-Safari International Wildlife Office of the Year for the State of South Dakota. To receive this award, one must display exemplary performance in the areas of wildlife protection, wildlife law enforcement and in the implementation of wildlife conservation programs.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jim Feeney, Dr. Dennis Clarke, Kent Woodmansey, P.E.; Mike Perkovich, P.E.; Jeanne Goodman, P.E.
These five individuals received the EPA Environmental Achievement Award for successfully developing an innovative financial incentives program to assist 125 regulated animal feeding operations complete engineering designs for manure management systems.


Department of Human Services
Human Services Center
The Human Services Center received an award plaque for contributing to National Security and protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Forces.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Marty DeWitt, Jason Baumann, Chad Williams
All three Division of Parks and Recreation employees received Outstanding Safety Performance Awards from Governor Rounds for their actions in apprehending two armed burglars at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon.


Department of Education
Barbara Dowling
Barbara was named the South Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2006. Dowling has taught for 11 years in the Sioux Falls School District.


Department of Social Services
Terry Walter
Terry received the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Commissioner's Award for superior performance for a IV-D Director.


Department of Agriculture
Jessica Anne Smith
Jessica received the Outstanding Service Award from the South Dakota Assn. of Conservation District Employees for her ability to keep the conservation district boards, landowners, and communities up to date and informed on forestry related issues.


Department of Agriculture
John Gross
John received the SDSU Alumni Assn. Distinguished Alumni Award for "Outstanding Professional Achievement".


Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation won the Public Affairs Skills Award for the "What's Your Excuse" seat belt campaign from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Custer State Park Volunteer Workforce
The Custer State Park Volunteer Workforce received the State Park Teamwork Award. The 106 volunteers did tasks ranging from maintenance, cleaning, fee collection to interpretation.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Dave Blaeser
Dave was recognized as the South Dakota State Park Seasonal Employee of the Year.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Al Nedved
Al received an Award of Appreciation. Al is the concession lease manager for the Division of Parks and Recreation.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Derek Dorr
Was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her work in helping train nearly 1,000 people in manure management.


Department of Game, Fish & Parks
Dick Miller
Dick was recognized as the 2005 Employee of the Year. Dick oversees operations in the South Hills Region of the state park system, which includes Custer State Park and Angostura Recreation Area.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting won the first ever PBS Synergy Award. The award was given to the station which best used its multi-department resources to achieve a common goal, including increasing revenue.


Department of Human Services
Bob Schutte
Bob received the Price-Rees Award for 20 years of loyal service from the South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association.


Department of Social Services
Terry Walter
Terry received the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Commissioner's Award for Superior Performance for a IV-D Director.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
Otto Doll
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), honored South Dakota Chief Information Officer and  former NASCIO President Otto Doll with the Meritorious Service Award. NASCIO created this award to spotlight a state CIO who has exemplified outstanding service, advocacy, and leadership in state government.


Department of Tourism and State Development
Paige Hoskinson
Paige was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA). The two federal agencies recognized Hoskinson for her timely and professional review of approximately 2,800 Farm Bill agricultural conservation projects in Fiscal Year 2005.


Department of Labor
Rapid City Career Center
The South Dakota Department of Labor’s Rapid City Career Center was presented the Mark Sanders Award by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).  This annual award recognizes a local office/career center that has provided exceptional services to disabled veterans seeking employment assistance.  


Department of Agriculture
John Gross
John Gross (State Conservation Commission Board Member) will receive a South Dakota State University Alumni Association distinguished alumni award for “Outstanding Professional Achievement” October 21, 2005.  John, a 1954 graduate of SDSU continues to promote dairy cattle genetics.


Department of Transportation The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and contractor E. H. Oftedal & Sons, Inc of Miles, City, Montana have won an award for the engineering andd reconstruction of six miles of U.S. Highway 385. The award was presented at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) meeting in Nashville, TN.


Department of Corrections
Doug Herrmann
Doug Herrmann, Director of Juvenile Services for the South Dakota Department of Corrections, has been named the "Outstanding Administrator" by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA). The award recognizes individual youth corrections chief executive officers for their contribution to helping systems better prepare youths for success and creating national leadership for youth services.


Department of Agriculture
Jessica Smith
Jessica received the Outstanding Service award from the South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees for her ability to keep the conservation district boards, landowners, and communities up-to-date and informed on forestry-related issues, and for her strong sense of the importance of spreading the word of conservation to our youth.


Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society earned a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. Remington Schuyler's West treats the career of an illustrator who gained much of his inspiration from his work as a cowboy on the Rosebud Indian Reservation at the turn of the century.


Department of Labor
Ken Moon and Tom Lowther accepted the SD VFW Department's Award for the SD Career Center which provided best services to veterans.


Department of Labor
Phil George
Phil received the BLS State Honor Award for Notable Service. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the BLS programs, and the LAUS program in particular exemplifying the best public service and work in the true spirit of Federal/State cooperative programs.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Craig Pugsley
Craig was presented the Extra Mile Award at the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon.


Department of Revenue and Regulation
South Dakota Real Estate Commission
The South Dakota Real Estate Commission received an Education Award from the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials for their "Meth: Closer Than You Think" seminar. 


Department of Education
Shannon Schweitzer
Shannon was named the Friend of South Dakota Career and Technical Education Award recipient for 2005. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of career and technical education.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Darron Busch
Darron was recognized for his many years of service for providing South Dakota with safe drinking water.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Jack Erickson
Jack was presented aprofessional award from the American Fissheries Society from the American Fisheries Society for his work in cold water fisheries and development of a database for managing streams.


Department of Human Services
Gib Sudbeck
The Council of Substance Abuse Directors awarded Gib the 2005 George and Sharon Buchholtz Award at the Spring Chemical Dependency Association conference. He was awarded for his commitment and dedication to support and develop the field of chemical dependency.


Department of Human Services
Gaye Mattke & Grady Kickul
Gaye and Grady were present the Eagle Partnership Award at the National American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Conference for the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation.


Department of Human Services
Dr. Ted Williams
Dr. Ted Williams received the Counseling and Human Resource Development Award at their hooding and awards ceremony. He was selected as the "Outstanding Alumnus" for the SDSU College of Education and Counseling graduate program.


Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
State Veterans Home
The SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that the State Veterans Home public water system and the system's certified operators have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award.  The award is for outstanding water system operations and environmental compliance with state drinking water standards for the past year.


Department of Human Services
Dr. Jill Schoen
Dr. Jill Schoen, SDDC Psychologist, was awarded the Marvin Kemp Award at the South Dakota Counselors Association for her dedication to the counseling profession. 


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
SDPB radio received eight consecutive Associated Press "Overall Excellence" awards and won eight out of ten first place awards and nine honorable mentions.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting received the Outstanding Special Event Award at the 2004 National Education Telecommunications Association Conference for our Read Across South Dakota with Clifford the Big Red Dog literacy tour to 10 libraries in June 2003.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jim Wendte
Jim received the 2004 Engineer of the Year Award from the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society.


Department of Revenue and Regulation
Dennis Rounds
Dennis has a feature article published in the January issue of the ASTM International Standardization news. The focus of the article was the development and implementation of the Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) training program on the national level.


Department of Transportation
Road Design Survey Staff as well as Materials and Surfacing Drill Crew, the Region Land Surveyors and the Rapid City and Sioux Falls areas were recognized with a plaque from the State Professional Survey Society for "Outstanding Contribution to the Land Surveying Profession".


Department of Transportation
The Omaha Street project in Rapid City recently received honors as the best example of partnering among the state, private industry, and other governmental institutions.


Department of Health
Linda Marchand
Linda Marchand received the 2005 SDSU Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award is based on professional achievements and personal dedication to the profession and to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Linda is the Community Health Services Manager for the Department of Health in Rapid City.


Department of Transportation
Broadway Reconstruction Project
The Broadway Reconstruction project in Yankton received a state honor. The DOT and Associated General Contractors have awarded it as the best urban construction project of 2004. The award usually goes to a high-volume, high-visibility project.