Pavek gets SDSU employee honor

Courtesy photo: Bob Pavek

BROOKINGS – Bob Pavek was selected South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for September. Pavek is a senior building maintenance worker in Facilities and Services.

Whether it is helping a department move during a remodel or installing Plexiglas in a classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pavek’s work ethic and sense of humor has led the way for the general services area in Facilities and Services.

“Bob Pavek is a tremendous asset to our team. He is a hard worker, helpful and has a positive attitude. I appreciate also that he is levelheaded, has a calm demeanor and approaches projects with thoughtfulness and questions to make sure things are done in a careful manner,” said Amy Jones, SDSU’s director of campus maintenance services. “He is extremely versatile. One day he is talking with campus constituents to work through moving arrangements and the next day he is leading repairs to a barn.”

Pavek has been employed at South Dakota State since August 2015.

“I am extremely impressed with Bob’s exceptionally friendly and hardworking attitude. I really enjoy working with him because he is very careful in his work and attentive to our specific needs,” said Distinguished Professor Eric Nelson. “He works efficiently at any tasks put before him and never complains or makes a person feel like they are asking for the impossible, even when they are. Bob always gets the job done even if it would be completely overwhelming for others. I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with Bob and consider him to be an excellent example for others.”

Pavek and his wife, Vivian, have been married for 40 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. He said he appreciates the kind words and help offered by co-workers.

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