State Employee Awards

2006 Awards

2006 Awards

Agency/Employee(s)

Awards and Honors

Department of Social Services
Child Protection Services
Child Protection Services were notified that Voice for Adoption selected South Dakota, along with two other states, as a joint recipient of the Adoptions Across Boundaries award for 2006.
Department of Agriculture
Division of Wildland Fire Suppression- Type II Black Hat Handcrew
The "Black Hat" handcrew received Excellent Crew Ratings from the Bureau of Land Management and Pike/San Isabel National Forest for work done in southern Colorado while on fire assignment during the 2006 fire season.
Department of Education-Batesland School
Connie Rous
Rous was awarded the Milken National Educator Award. She will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
Department of Education-Wessington Springs High School
Charlotte Mohling
Mohling has been selected as the 2007 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Mohling will receive several cash prizes from local sponsors and the use of a car for one year from a local car dealership.
Department of Agriculture
Dr. Sam Holland
Holland was honored at the joint general session of the United States Animal Health Association and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians for his outstanding contributions to the United States Animal Health Regulatory Field.
Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt was recently honored by SD Public Broadcasting with the Champion of Change Award for her hard work as director of the All Women Count Program in South Dakota.
Department of Labor
Division of Unemployment
The division will receive the Timely and Proper Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Payments Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Bureau of Administration
Jeff Holden
Holden was elected to the Office of President-Elect by the National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO) at its annual meeting. Holden will take the office of president at the 2007 NASPO annual meeting.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
SDPB's local productions Wacipi: Spirit of the Dance and Viet Nam Survivor Stories has been Nominated for Emmy Awards in the Cultural and Historical Documentary Categories respectively.
Department of Natural Resources
Dennis Clarke
Dennis has been appointed, by the Water Resource Assistance Program, to the National Membership Committee for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
Secretary Cooper
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) awarded Secretary Cooper the WAWFA Professional of the Year Award for his leadership efforts and resolution of many wildlife issues in the west and nationally.
Department of Game, Fish, and Parks GFP was among 15 recipients for the National 2006 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Awards will be presented on September 21 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Department of Social Services
Food Stamp Program
The DSS Food Stamp Program was recognized as the Best in the Nation for Error Rates. They were Awarded $1 Million in bonus funds.
Bureau of Information and Technology
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting Radio (SDPB) received 24 South Dakota Associated Press Awards. SDPB also won the Overall Excellence Award.
Department of Corrections
Mike Durfee State Prison
Mike Durfee State Prison received the Five Star Award from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on May 31. This is an award given to employers that sign a statement of support and compliance for the National Guard and Reserve.
Department of Labor
Huron Career Center
The Huron Career Center won 1st Place for the VFW National Employment Service Award. National Officers will be presenting this award for Huron's exceptional service to America's Veterans.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) was presented with the Five Star Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve at their May GFP Commission meeting. This award was given in recognition of the department's support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.
Department of Corrections
Del Walter
Del Walter, Machine Tool Instructor at Mike Durfee State Prison in Sioux Falls, was presented with a plaque for the Department of Corrections' work with the Hope Haven International Ministries Wheelchair Refurbishing Program. Inmates at Springfield and Sioux Falls refurbish wheelchairs, which are then shipped to Hope Haven to third world countries.
Department of Education
South Dakota Coordinated School Health Program
This program recieved national recognitionfor a training design for a 15-hour health education standards and assessment professional development event. The training was highlighted at a Council of Chief State School Officers' National meeting.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Dennis Clarke
Mike Perkovich
James Fenney
Jeanne Goodman
Kent Woodmansey
These individuals all received the Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for helping develop an innovative cost share program for designing manure management systems.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jeanie Votava
Was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her work in helping train nearly 1,000 people in manure management.
Department of Education
Gerald Gramm
 
Gerald received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the High School Activities Association. Gerald was honored for his outstanding service to the youth of South Dakota through his leadership in various high school activities.
Department of Agriculture
Ray Sowers
Pete Jahraus
Cec Johnson
These three individuals from the Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry received the EPA Environmental Achievement Award for successfully developing an innovative financial incentives program. This will help assist 125 regulated animal feeding operations complete engineering designs for manure management systems.
Department of Education
Gary Skoglund
Gary Skoglund received the Certificate of Excellence for "Best Graphic" for a PowerPoint presentation he created regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. He was given this award at a national NAEP meeting.
Bureau of Administration
Mickelson Center for Criminal Justice
The Mickelson Center for Criminal Justice was selected as Engineering Project of the Year by the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society.
Department of Health
Lois Moose
Lois Moose has been selected to receive the 2006 Leader's Award from the South Dakota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award is based on professional and community involvement and leadership to improve the quality of life for families.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Brian Blackwell
Brian Blackwell has been awarded the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society--Best Paper Award.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Doug Day
Doug Day has been awarded the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society--Best Paper Award.
Department of Labor
Ken Moon and Butch Reichert
Chief Master Sergeant Clyde Aune of the 28th Bomb Wing presented the Command Chief Master Sergeant 28th Bomb Wing Coveted Commemorative Coin to both men for outstanding service to Ellsworth Air Force Base separating, retiring, or active service veterans and spouses.
Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Cliff Stone
Cliff Stone has been awarded the 2006 Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Distinguished Professional Service Award.
Department of Social Services
Child Protection Services
Child Protection Services were notified that Voice for Adoption selected South Dakota, along with two other states, as a joint recipient of the Adoptions Across Boundaries award for 2006.


Department of Agriculture
Division of Wildland Fire Suppression- Type II Black Hat Handcrew
The "Black Hat" handcrew received Excellent Crew Ratings from the Bureau of Land Management and Pike/San Isabel National Forest for work done in southern Colorado while on fire assignment during the 2006 fire season.


Department of Education-Batesland School
Connie Rous
Rous was awarded the Milken National Educator Award. She will receive a $25,000 cash prize.


Department of Education-Wessington Springs High School
Charlotte Mohling
Mohling has been selected as the 2007 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Mohling will receive several cash prizes from local sponsors and the use of a car for one year from a local car dealership.


Department of Agriculture
Dr. Sam Holland
Holland was honored at the joint general session of the United States Animal Health Association and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians for his outstanding contributions to the United States Animal Health Regulatory Field.


Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt was recently honored by SD Public Broadcasting with the Champion of Change Award for her hard work as director of the All Women Count Program in South Dakota.


Department of Labor
Division of Unemployment
The division will receive the Timely and Proper Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Payments Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.


Bureau of Administration
Jeff Holden
Holden was elected to the Office of President-Elect by the National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO) at its annual meeting. Holden will take the office of president at the 2007 NASPO annual meeting.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
SDPB's local productions Wacipi: Spirit of the Dance and Viet Nam Survivor Stories has been Nominated for Emmy Awards in the Cultural and Historical Documentary Categories respectively.


Department of Natural Resources
Dennis Clarke
Dennis has been appointed, by the Water Resource Assistance Program, to the National Membership Committee for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.


Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
Secretary Cooper
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) awarded Secretary Cooper the WAWFA Professional of the Year Award for his leadership efforts and resolution of many wildlife issues in the west and nationally.


Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
GFP was among 15 recipients for the National 2006 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Awards will be presented on September 21 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.


Department of Social Services
Food Stamp Program
The DSS Food Stamp Program was recognized as the Best in the Nation for Error Rates. They were Awarded $1 Million in bonus funds.


Bureau of Information and Technology
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
South Dakota Public Broadcasting Radio (SDPB) received 24 South Dakota Associated Press Awards. SDPB also won the Overall Excellence Award.


Department of Corrections
Mike Durfee State Prison
Mike Durfee State Prison received the Five Star Award from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on May 31. This is an award given to employers that sign a statement of support and compliance for the National Guard and Reserve.


Department of Labor
Huron Career Center
The Huron Career Center won 1st Place for the VFW National Employment Service Award. National Officers will be presenting this award for Huron's exceptional service to America's Veterans.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) was presented with the Five Star Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve at their May GFP Commission meeting. This award was given in recognition of the department's support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.


Department of Corrections
Del Walter
Del Walter, Machine Tool Instructor at Mike Durfee State Prison in Sioux Falls, was presented with a plaque for the Department of Corrections' work with the Hope Haven International Ministries Wheelchair Refurbishing Program. Inmates at Springfield and Sioux Falls refurbish wheelchairs, which are then shipped to Hope Haven to third world countries.


Department of Education
South Dakota Coordinated School Health Program
This program recieved national recognitionfor a training design for a 15-hour health education standards and assessment professional development event. The training was highlighted at a Council of Chief State School Officers' National meeting.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Dennis Clarke
Mike Perkovich
James Fenney
Jeanne Goodman
Kent Woodmansey
These individuals all received the Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for helping develop an innovative cost share program for designing manure management systems.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Jeanie Votava
Was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her work in helping train nearly 1,000 people in manure management.


Department of Education
Gerald Gramm
  Gerald received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the High School Activities Association. Gerald was honored for his outstanding service to the youth of South Dakota through his leadership in various high school activities.


Department of Agriculture
Ray Sowers
Pete Jahraus
Cec Johnson
These three individuals from the Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry received the EPA Environmental Achievement Award for successfully developing an innovative financial incentives program. This will help assist 125 regulated animal feeding operations complete engineering designs for manure management systems.


Department of Education
Gary Skoglund
Gary Skoglund received the Certificate of Excellence for "Best Graphic" for a PowerPoint presentation he created regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. He was given this award at a national NAEP meeting.


Bureau of Administration
Mickelson Center for Criminal Justice
The Mickelson Center for Criminal Justice was selected as Engineering Project of the Year by the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society.


Department of Health
Lois Moose
Lois Moose has been selected to receive the 2006 Leader's Award from the South Dakota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award is based on professional and community involvement and leadership to improve the quality of life for families.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Brian Blackwell
Brian Blackwell has been awarded the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society--Best Paper Award.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Doug Day
Doug Day has been awarded the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society--Best Paper Award.


Department of Labor
Ken Moon and Butch Reichert
Chief Master Sergeant Clyde Aune of the 28th Bomb Wing presented the Command Chief Master Sergeant 28th Bomb Wing Coveted Commemorative Coin to both men for outstanding service to Ellsworth Air Force Base separating, retiring, or active service veterans and spouses.


Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Cliff Stone
Cliff Stone has been awarded the 2006 Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Distinguished Professional Service Award.