Dakota State University in Madison recently recognized 38 employees and eight retirees for a combined 738 years of service to the state of South Dakota.  

Longevity awards are given to employees from five-years of service up to more than 35-years.  

five years of service were Kandy Lurz, Jane Utecht, Suraj Mahat, Andrew Kramer, Insu Park, William Sewell, Jody Bossman, Ryan Burdge, Scott Morstad, Jacquelyn Smith, and Mandi Stegenga.

Employees recognized for 10 years of service were Michael Ham, Andrew Schaefers, Wade Merry, David Miller, Amber Schmidt, Jordan Schuh, and Amy Townsend.

Employees recognized for 15 years of service were Ashley Podhradsky, Kelly Greene, Paula Jensen, Chris Olson, Jennifer Nash, Janelle Nielsen, Kristen Uilk, and Scott Richardson.

Employees recognized for 20 years of service were Stephanie Baatz, Paul Ersland, Susan Conover, Karen Gearhart, Sara Hare, Barbara Myers, Kristi Voss, Melinda Fedeler, Tom Halverson, Wayne Pauli, and Deb Tech.

Susan Langner was recognized for thirty years of service and Ellen Hoff for 35 years of service to the state.

Eight retirees were also recognized during DSU’s longevity reception. 

  • Dr. Susan Conover with the College of Arts & Sciences was recognized for her 20 years of service.
  • Dr. John Nelson with the College of Arts & Sciences was recognized for 23 years of service.
  • Carla Sudenga, senior secretary of Athletics, was recognized for 36 years of service.
  • Steve Bartel, assistant dean of Student Affairs, was recognized for 39 years of service.
  • Dr. Judy Dittman, who held over 16 different positions at DSU throughout her career, was recognized for 41 years of service.
  • Brian Benson, building maintenance specialist, was recognized for 27 years of service.
  • Pat Kreul, a document imager, was recognized for eight years of service.
  • John McNary, information technology specialist, was recognized for 34 years of service.