A friendly smile and light conversation can go a long way. Kari Willmott, a cashier at The Market in the Student Union, and was nominated by an SDSU student for the TRiO Students' Choice Award.
TRiO Student Support Services created the Students' Choice Award to recognize the exceptional efforts that South Dakota State University faculty and staff put forth so their students succeed. Each semester, students are invited to nominate a faculty or staff member who has made an important difference to them.
Kari Willmott has been a cashier at The Market in the Student Union for nearly a year and a half. During this short time she has excelled in customer service to brighten students' days and enhance their college experiences. A student, who remains anonymous, nominated Kari as a staff member to be recognized because, "She always talks to every student that comes through her line at the Union. She seems to really care about our well-being and almost always puts a smile on my face. As my friends say, "Kari puts the 'care' in Kari." I always look forward to seeing Kari when I get my lunch."
Jill Norman, Director of Dining Services at South Dakota State University, comments on Kari's nomination, "Our employees have the opportunity to touch so many students' lives. Kari has gone above and beyond to ensure students feel welcome and cared about during their time at SDSU. It is more than good customer service. Kari truly cares about each and every student."
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