Lindsay Hayes, coordinator of student and institutional assessment at USD, was awarded the honor. In that position, she works with the USD Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment to coordinate national and institutional assessments, placement and proficiency testing, and faculty evaluations. Hayes, a USD alumni from the communication studies department, has been employed by USD for three years.

USD joined other colleges and universities nationwide last year and started a Toastmasters International Club for all faculty, staff, students and Vermillion residents who want to improve their communication skills. Besides public speaking skills, Toastmasters helps people find the right words during interviews, facilitate meetings and make presentations.

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