"This was definitely a surprise and just a tremendous honor," admitted Carlson, who accepted the award at a reception in her honor at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on The U’s campus. "I love working at The University and, especially, the College of Fine Arts."

Carlson was nominated for the award by Daniel Guyette, dean of the College of Fine Arts, Eric Hagen, professor and chairperson of the department of theatre, and Priscilla Hagen, associate professor of theatre. Both noted Carlson’s dedication as well as her professionalism and organizational skills in managing administrative responsibilities at the College of Fine Arts. "Sandy is a dedicated and diligent assistant who handles every situation and task professionally and efficiently," Guyette stated in his nomination of Carlson, who has been a USD employee for 20 years.

"She is the warm, friendly person who often greets visitors to fine arts," added Eric Hagen, "and she is the talented, well-organized professional who completes tasks in a timely manner."

Carlson, who also spent a year working at the School of Business at The U, enjoys coming to work every day at the College of Fine Arts because of the diversity involved in her day-to-day duties.

"Working in fine arts is just wonderful," she described. "There are so many things to do, so many things to see. From music to theatre and the art department, everybody has a lot of fun."

Carlson and her husband, David, presently reside in Alcester. Although their three children are grown and living in the Minneapolis, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D. areas, they’re close enough to visit their four granddaughters as often as possible. A photo of Carlson receiving her award from President James W. Abbott is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Sandy_Carlson.jpg.

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