Human Resources newsletter

Message from the Director

It’s again nearing the start of summer: a time to enjoy warm weather and spend time with family and friends, and a time for students to head home for summer break.

Across campus we say good-bye to graduating students and begin in earnest to prepare for the fall session. The cycle ends with graduation, and then a new cycle begins.

Welcome signIn coming months, we expect the campus will hire new employees to further the UIS mission. To assist these new employees, we are ready to unveil a New Employee Orientation Program. A walking tour of the campus, an overview of campus departments, and practical HR and payroll tips will be included.

Even though financial resources have been tight, we also plan to offer our three-session New Supervisor Orientation again this fall. Current supervisors who would like a refresher are also invited. Look for details later this summer.

Finally, it is with both sadness and happiness that we say good-bye to Judy Bly, Office Manager. For those of you who have visited HR, Judy is the delightful woman you first saw as you entered the office. Judy handled reception duties, the Shining Star, performance evaluation tracking, tuition waivers, and a host of other duties. In the short term, we have re-distributed these duties to other staff in HR. Judy has accepted a job with the FBI here in Springfield, and she will be missed.

On behalf of everyone in HR, I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Wes Weisenburn

Civil Service Employees Elect Coworkers

Congratulations to newly-elected Civil Service Advisory Council (CSAC) members: Pat Austin, Ann Cole, Bobbie Fults, Toni Langdon, Laura Laurenzana, Denise Rothenbach, Erin Smith (formerly Kullick), and Jill Stoops.

New members will be seated at the June CSAC meeting. Read more about CSAC.

Depression: Know It. Beat It. Treat It.

Depressed man image

Depression can affect anyone, at any age and of any race or ethnic group. Depression is never a “normal” part of life. The great news is that when you know about it, know how to get help and how to beat it, a brighter future is in your hands. Read articles, take an assessment, and access online resources. Registration code 1-866-659-3848.

Share the Leave:
Donate to Shared Benefits Program

Academic professional employees carrying a vacation balance greater than 48 days on August 15 face the loss of those excess days. Consider putting those days to good use by donating to the shared benefits pool. Get more information about the Shared Benefits Program.

Illinois Minimum Wage Rate Hike July 1

Stack of currencyEffective July 1, 2010, the Illinois state minimum wage increases from $8.00 to $8.25 per hour. Read more.

May 2010

Office of Human Resources

Upcoming Events

Performance Evaluations due June 4

Just a reminder that fully signed Performance Evaluations and Position Description Certifications (or job descriptions) are due in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, June 4. Find forms and get info.


Shining Star award at UISShining Stars

Our most recent
Shining Star,
Cathy Jensen
was caught in
the "specific act
of going above
and beyond normal expectations."

Service Recognition

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

Employee of the Month

Read about recent recipients including Susy Woods (March), and Natalie Taylor (April), and make a nomination.


Join us in welcoming new employees to the UIS community.

Best Wishes

Wish these colleagues Goodbye and Good Luck.

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.