VERMILLION, S.D. -- The National Guard and Reserve has selected the University of South Dakota’s Department of Dental Hygiene and its Sioux Falls clinic as recipients of the Patriotic Employer Award. This award is given to employers and organizations who demonstrate exceptional support of the nation’s soldiers.
Accepting the award were Ann Brunick, department chair for dental hygiene, and Ashleigh Lingo, clinical instructor and director of USD’s dental hygiene clinic in Sioux Falls.
USD’s dental hygiene department and its Sioux Falls clinic were nominated by Micah Miller, a specialist in the Army National Guard and a dental assistant at the USD dental hygiene clinic. Miller is a member of the 147th FSC (Forward Support Command).
“I nominated Ann and Ashleigh because they have been very supportive of me as an employee of the clinic, and they have also been respectful of my military obligations,” Miller said. “Scheduling around my military responsibilities requires cooperation, and they have been very understanding and helpful.”
“We are very proud of Professor Brunick and Ms. Lingo for their support of Ms. Miller’s service to our country,” said Michael Lawler, dean of USD’s School of Health Sciences. Dental hygiene is one of 10 health programs in USD’s health sciences school.
The award is sponsored by South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program. ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve.