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Mary Ellen McElligott is 23rd UIS Employee of the Year

January 26, 2006

Mary Ellen McElligott is UIS' 2005 Employee of the Year.

SPRINGFIELD – Mary Ellen McElligott, a Conference Center coordinator at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named 2005 Employee of the Year at the 23rd annual Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony, held January 23 on the UIS campus.

McElligott was selected from among 11 UIS staff members who had been employees of the month during the past year. She was employee of the month for April.

At that time, Ed Wojcicki, associate chancellor for constituent relations, noted, “I have Four Cs that I use as a checklist whenever I think about how we’re doing. First, are we civil to one another? Mary Ellen is the epitome of calmness and professionalism. Next, are we competent at what we do? Mary Ellen is extraordinarily competent. Third, do we provide good customer service? Mary Ellen is at the top level there. Finally, are we building community? Mary Ellen works with people all across campus, at every level. She probably knows the names of just about everybody here.”

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, making the official announcement and presentation, observed, “We really have a dozen, or even a hundred employees of the year and the problem is to pick just one. But not a day goes by, when I’m out in the community, without someone mentioning what great Conference Services we have here, and people mention you by name. I’d like to add my thanks.”

McElligott has been employed on campus for six years.

Other employees of the month for 2005 were Carmen Dinardo, carpenter in Physical Planning and Operations; Patricia Forgas, cashier, University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations; Beth Gorsich, cashier supervisor, University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations; Sherry Hutson, web developer, Chancellor’s Office; Moneim Osman, manager, Campus ID Center; Mae Noll, resident director, Lincoln Residence Hall; Rodney Pettus, mailing equipment operator, Campus Services; Carole Rahn, assistant to the dean of Library Instructional Services; Stephen Rohrer, director, Campus Technology Services; and Kimberly Rutherford, disability services specialist, Office of Disability Services.

The UIS Employee of the Year receives gifts that include a check for $500.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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