Human Resources newsletter

Message from the Director

Another hectic year is winding down and the holiday season is upon us.  Many changes are occurring in our lives at what seems to be an ever-increasing rate. Leadership and programs throughout the U of I system are changing.  Salary increase programs are non-existent for most of us. The economy is getting stronger??  All of these changes and many more are causing stress.  Couple these stressors with the stress of the holidays, and it is easy to understand how someone could be totally overwhelmed.

WreathStress can have physical, emotional and mental ramifications.  Some of the symptoms are back pain, fatigue, heartburn, shortness of breath, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure and weight loss or gain.There are steps we can take to reduce our stress level.  They include exercise, meditation, relaxation, social interaction and relationships, sleep, humor and self care.   

We have a great tool available to us through the Magellan Health Services Program.  See what Magellan has to say about stress and much more.

Human Resources is also offering a workshop on stress, and seats are still available. See details below.

Bob Lael

Surviving Stress: How to Reduce and Manage Personal & Workplace Stress - December 8

Join us on December 8 as trainer Pam Schnake guides participants in developing specific personal objectives for managing stress more effectively. This interactive workshop runs from 9 am to 3 pm and is free to registered employees. Register now for Surviving Stress.

Employee Holiday Party December 17

Cookie ornamentA wonderful selection of hors d'oeuvres, live background music, and a sampling of homemade goodies will be featured at this year's Employee Holiday Party, Friday, December 17, 3 pm - 5 pm in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby. Cash bar.

Register to attend the party by December 10. Release time is required for this event.

Taking a Class This Spring?
Insurance Exemption Deadline February 10

If you're registering as a new student for an on-campus class and already have Mature student in libraryinsurance coverage as a UIS employee, you must complete a Petition for Exemption by the February 10, 2011 deadline to avoid being charged for student insurance. Once approved, petitions remain on file indefinitely.

Questions? Contact Ceitha Steele,, 206-6670.

December 2010

Office of Human Resources

Upcoming events:


Shining Stars

Shining Star award at UISView our recent
Shining Stars
Lori Pinney, Ted Mims, and Joan Buckles, who were caught in the "specific act of going above and beyond normal expectations."

Service Recognition

See the list of fellow employees being recognized for their length of service this quarter.

Employee of the Month

Read about recent EOM recipients including Gale Kilbury, Lori Giordano, and Kathy Henry; or make a nomination.


Join us in welcoming new employees to the UIS community.

Best Wishes

Wish departing colleagues Goodbye and Good Luck.

In Remembrance

Denny Frueh
November 19, 1950
November 5, 2010

Our Mission

To be a dedicated partner with the campus in its goal to become, and remain, one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the nation.