"I wouldn't be as good as I am without the help of everyone around me at work, including faculty and staff," admitted Ranney, who accepted the award at a reception in her honor in the Beadle Room at the Delzell Education Center. "Without the support of the people I work with, this wouldn't have been possible."

Ranney, who is in her fifth year of working at USD, was nominated for the award because of her dedication, hard work and, particularly, for her efficiency.

"Jennifer has a 'get things done' attitude and takes care of tasks quickly and effectively," said Gera Jacobs, professor, Curriculum and Instruction, one of three who nominated Ranney for the award.  "She consistently goes above and beyond to help faculty, staff and students even when she has multiple tasks piled up on her desk waiting for her attention."

Ranney, a Sioux Falls, S.D. native, began working in the Reading Recovery Training Center at The U. Prior to working at USD, she was employed with Exhaust Plus in Vermillion and prepared taxes for H&R Block. Ranney enjoys the day-to-day interactions with students and faculty as well as being able to provide valuable assistance.

"I enjoy interacting with faculty, trying to keep them on their toes," Ranney added with a smile. "I also enjoy providing assistance to both faculty and students, and watching that unfold.  That’s what it’s all about, when you know that you’ve helped someone who really needs it."

Ranney and her husband, Tom, and their two sons, Rain and River, reside in Maskell, Neb. Her father, William Ranney, is a USD graduate, while her mother, Doris, works for University Libraries. A photo of Ranney receiving her award from USD President James W. Abbott is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Jennifer_Ranney.jpg.

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