Slama, a secretary in Academic Affairs for a little more than three years, was surprised with the honor by USD President James W. Abbott and several coworkers during a ceremony at Slagle Hall 104. It was also Slama’s coworkers who nominated her for the honor.

“Sally excels at the duties of her position,” noted Sally Wheelock, Slama’s supervisor. “She is the frontline person in our office and handles a great variety of tasks effectively and in a timely matter.”

It’s that diversity of activities that Slama enjoys on a day-to-day basis whether it’s coordinating the provost’s schedule or doubling her duties to help out a fellow coworker who took ill recently.

“It was not an easy task,” Wheelock stated in her nomination of Slama, “but Sally did so with ease while maintaining a positive outlook for the office.”

Prior to working at The U, the Goshen, Ind., native worked in the School of Education at Concordia University in Chicago, Ill. She enjoys the daily challenges of higher education but also likes to see the end results – students seeking a better life. As for receiving the attention for a “job well done,” Slama was humbled by the honor.

“The best part about my job is, it’s never the same,” said Slama, who lives in Yankton with her husband, Michael, a former school administrator who also worked for the State Education Department in Pierre at one time. “I like being in higher education. It’s a variety and something a little different every day.”

A photo of Slama receiving her award from Abbott is available for download at

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