Olson named May SDSU Employee of Month

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Lucinda “Cindy” Olson, a 25-year employee of South Dakota State University, has been selected as Civil Service Employee of the Month at SDSU for the second time in her career.

Olson, of White, a secretary in the Plant Science Building, is the May Employee of the Month and will be recognized at a ceremony from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Room 101 of the Plant Science Building. The presentation is at 3:30 p.m.

She also was the August 2006 Employee of the Month. 

Olson began working in residential life at SDSU in 1993. In 2000, she became the secretary in the Plant Science Building, the same building her father, Richard Carsrud, had worked in for more than 40 years.

Her duties including managing payroll for more than 80 full-time civil service employees in the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department and doing billing for the plant science greenhouse. She has “been friendly, helpful and very mindful of employees when working with our diverse department,” according to Brad McManus, a research associate II in the building.

Research assistant Julie Thomas adds, “While Cindy’s responsibilities include components of payroll, greenhouse and an array of secretarial duties, she also is the person that visitors, students and employees all go to when we have questions. She also been friendly, helpful and if unable to answer questions herself, she is able to direct people to those who can.

Richard Geppert, the ag research manager and the nominator for Olson, said, “Cindy is always cheerful and positive even when she is under stress or not having a good day.”

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.


About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.