North Dakota University System
UND recognizes staff for employment milestones, meritorious service

Posted on 5/16/2013

The University of North Dakota honored staff members for years of service and a select few for going above and beyond Tuesday, May 14, at a special luncheon at the UND Memorial Union.

The UND Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel was highlighted by the naming of the 2013 Ken & Toby Baker UND Proud Award winner: Dawn Pladson, a cost manager in the UND Budget Office.

According to an excerpt of her nomination letter, Pladson "is one of those individuals that work behind the scenes conducting integral business without recognition. Her cooperative and friendly attitude combined with her technical abilities has established her as valuable asset to the University. In addition to her technical expertise, she demonstrates the highest level of interpersonal skills, thereby building and nurturing strong relationships both internal and external to UND.

Her co-workers and supervisors alike have noted the she grasps complex problems and situations easily and is very willing to research areas that need greater guidance. She is a ‘rare' accountant in her gift of working with numbers and the ability to explain complex accounting issues in a way that is crystal clear to non-accountants. She continually strives for the win/win result and clearly functions well in situations where preferences of several parties must be negotiated.

"She works tirelessly to support her community in her ‘spare' time providing service to her church and school and to the people of the community. On any given evening you will find her at her sons' sporting events, at a church committee meeting, serving food at a local fundraiser, hosting a gathering for her book club, or working on the farm's taxes. She is faithful in raising money for people in financial need for various reasons, an avid organizer of benefits, and an organizer of meals for people in need, often doing most of the cooking herself."

A co-worker of Pladson wrote "I just cannot say enough about my co-worker. She is a role model to myself and so many others on campus and outside of UND."

The Ken & Toby Baker UND Proud Award , named for the former UND President and First Lady, along with $1,000, is presented to a UND staff employee who, through extraordinary public service, has made lasting contributions to the external community, over and above the expectations of his or her regular University position.

Meritorious Service awardees:

Also, at the Recognition Ceremony, 10 UND employees were given Meritorious Service Awards for various acts of kinds and service to colleagues, students and member of the general public that transcended the normal call of duty.

The 2013 Meritorious Service Awards winners were: Denise Ellis, UND Dining Services leadcook; Kristin Ellwanger, administrative Assistant in the Department of English; Cheryl Sevigny, police officer with the University Police Department; Terri Lang, project coordinator with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center for Rural Health; John Dietz, lead electrician UND Facilities Management; Judy Heit, administrative secretary with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs and Admissions; Lori Shafer, budget specialist with the UND Television Center; Joan Jensen, service supervisor for UND Dining Services' Old Main Marketplace; Yvonne Holter, administrative secretary with the Department of Humanities and Integrated Studies; Tammy Anderson, senior assistant to the dean and business manager for the College of Engineering and Mines.

The Meritorious Service Awards are given in recognition of individuals who best reflect honor upon the University and community through a combination of job performance, relationship with associates, and the ability to relate their work to the missions and values of the University. Ten $1,000-Meritorious Service awards are given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: Executive, Administrative, and Professional (3); Technical/Paraprofessional (1); Office Support (3); Crafts/Trades (1); and Services employees (2).

Years of service:

In addition, more than 300 UND employees were recognized for milestones of service to the University, including Phyllis Tweton, with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Vernon Anderson and Bonnie Nerby, who work under the Vice President of Finance and Operations, all of whom were honored for 45 years.

There are more than 2,000 benefitted staff members at UND.

David L. Dodds
Media Relations/Writer & Editor
Office of University Relations
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Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144
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