Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Natalie Taylor is April EOM

Natalie Taylor
had to be pushed into the room by coworkers after she realized she’d been named Employee of the Month for April 2010.

“You can just stand here so I don’t fall over,” she joked as her supervisor Dean Larry Stonecipher presented the award. “Can you feel me shaking?” she asked.

Her accomplishments were celebrated with friends and family during an April 6, 2010 party in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room G.

Taylor is a Dean’s Assistant in the College of Education and Human Services and handles the college’s finances. She’s worked at UIS for 8 years in multiple roles. She was nominated by her peers for her ability to go out of her way to help everyone in EHS.

Taylor is involved within her community and also within the UIS community, having served on several committees and projects.

“I was on a search committee this summer and the person asked me what I like about UIS,” said Taylor. “I said absolutely the people, without a doubt, so I feel very honored to receive this.”

Taylor will receive a special parking space, a gift card and will be eligible to become UIS’ Employee of the Year.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Suzanne Woods is March EOM

Visiting Director of Disability Services Suzanne Woods, thought she was on a way to a meeting with her boss when she got a big surprise. Woods was named March 2010 employee of the month during a ceremony in the PAC Restaurant.

Judy Shipp, Director of the Counseling Center helped pull off the trick. Woods says she had no idea she was about to be honored.

“I fell right into it, went right along with her. She came to my office and we had a pre-meeting. She’s very good at this,” said Woods.

Woods was recognized for her commitment to students with disabilities, helping provide them with services that insure their success at UIS.

“I’m really flabbergasted. There are so many wonderful employees on this campus and I’m really privileged to work with many of them every day,” she said.

Woods has committed herself to helping people with disabilities. She’s worked for the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois, the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, and the Arc of Illinois. She also serves as the chair of ISAC (Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities).


Thursday, December 03, 2009

December EOM is Patty Sullivan

"You got me!" admitted Patty Sullivan as she stepped into the restaurant of the Public Affairs Center on Thursday morning to cheers and calls of "surprise!"

Patty, a graphic designer at UIS, was named the December Employee of the Month during a celebration that included her coworkers as well as her family members.

"Everybody in Campus Services has the highest regard for the work you do for us, the university community and for the community at large. We want to thank you, thank you, thank you," said Larz Gaydos, printing production coordinator.

Patty started her career at Sangamon State University as a typesetter 19 years ago. She worked her way up to primary designer, the job she now does.

"She knows it all; she does it all," Larz said. "She goes out of her way to make UIS look good. And she helps us consistently put our best foot forward. It's really been an honor and privilege to work with you, Patty."

Patty said she had nothing else to express besides her gratitude.

"Thank you, everyone...I don't have anything to say except 'thank you!'," she said.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Terry Minder is October EOM

Terry Minder walked into his Employee of the Month celebration carrying food for his own party, but the surprise was already out of the bag.

“I kind of knew it. I kept threatening to call in sick, but Joan says no you can’t. I don’t know what else to say. I’m honored,” said Minder.

Minder was honored with the October Employee of the Month award during a ceremony in the UIS Student Center on Thursday, October 29, 2009.

He started working for UIS in May of 2000 as a part-time grounds keeper and in March 2002 was named the Assistant Grounds Gardener.

The UIS grounds crew is responsible for caring for more than 370 acres of land. Minder takes care of some of the most diverse flowerbeds and other areas around campus.

“He does an excellent job and a beautiful job taking care of the annuals and perennials that we put out every year,” said Joan Buckles, UIS horticulturist and grounds worker supervisor.

Minder has helped to nurture many of the plants and flowers on campus from the seed phase to full bloom. He spends a lot of time working in the greenhouse on campus to make sure they’re perfect.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Laurie Koehne is September EOM

Laurie Koehne
couldn’t figure out why everyone kept telling her they were sorry she was sick last week. It all started to make sense when she found out she’d been named September Employee of the Month at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Koehne was honored with the award during a ceremony at the PAC Restaurant on Monday, September 21, 2009.

Koehne went home sick on the day her party had originally been scheduled, which meant some last minute changes. Her co-workers did what they could to keep it a secret and it appears to have worked.

“I’m extremely shocked,” said Koehne.

Laurie has been a building services worker for UIS for almost 4 years.

“Laurie just does everything she’s asked to do and much, much more all the way around,” said Tim Ritzo, Building Services Superintendent.

“Does that mean I don’t have to finish working throughout the day?" Laurie fired back at her boss. Ritzo said they rely on her too much to take a day off.

The party was complete with cake, punch and other treats made by her co-workers.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Michelle Green is August EOM

When Michelle Green was up late making a cheese ball for Diana Nelson's Employee of the Month party, she said she didn't mind because she knew what a great job Diana has done for UIS lately.

So when Michelle walked into Diana's celebration on Thursday afternoon, September 3, she got a huge surprise when she found out the celebration she had been helping to plan was actually for her!

Michelle, director of marketing for the university, was named August 2009 Employee of the Month on Thursday during a surprise party in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant.

"You guys are good!" Michelle laughed when she realized the party was in her honor. "And I'm usually not easily fooled!"

Being director of marketing, Michelle works very closely with the staff of the Office of Admissions to craft the branding and messages that they use to recruit students to UIS, said Ed Wojcicki, associate chancellor for constituent relations.

"We're all grateful to you for your hard work and helping us focus on our brand," Ed said.

Michelle has also done a lot of market research over the summer to "help us understand who we are," Ed said, and helping the public to recognize UIS as a university that provides a U of I degree with small classes and professors who have great relationships with their students.

"She works really hard," Ed said. "She is one of many one-person operations we have here at UIS, which is not easy to do. But she does it, and she does it extremely well. So we're here to honor you as Employee of the Month."

Michelle acknowledged that although she is a "one-man band," she couldn't do her job without everyone that she works with.

"I just want to say thank you for coming today," she told the gathered crowd. "This is a great place to work because of the people. Everyone's open to new ideas."

"I love being at a place where we're on our way up and making progress," she added. "I know what we're doing is really important, so thank you all; I really appreciate it."

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Emily Welch Boles is February EOM

Even as the applause started and she was handed a bouquet of flowers, Emily Welch Boles had absolutely no idea what the cause for all of the celebration was. But she quickly found out that it was her.

On Monday morning, February 9, Emily was named the February 2009 Employee of the Month at UIS. Emily works in the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning as a Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist.

"She's an exceptional worker, staying late often to provide service above and beyond what is expected, showing original thinking in her solutions to problems, and displaying an infectious 'can-do attitude' in every situation," said Shari McCurdy, associate director of OTEL.

Shari said that Emily is always positive and supportive in her relationships with her coworkers, students, faculty and staff at UIS.

"Emily works tirelessly and moves mountains to help our office fulfill its mission to faculty and staff," Shari said.

Emily was thrilled to celebrate the occasion with her family and coworkers on hand.

"Thank you all very much; I'm floored," she said. "I couldn't do my job without my coworkers."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2008 Employee of the Year is...Tammy Craig!

Exemplary actions and leadership in her position as director of the Career Development Center led Tammy Craig to be named the University of Illinois at Springfield 2008 Employee of the Year.

The 26th UIS Employee of the Year award was announced on Tuesday, January 27, during the annual recognition ceremony in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby.

Tammy was the Employee of the Month in April and gave many thanks to her staff at the Career Center for their support, as well as everyone else she has worked with at UIS.

"What a surprise this is!" she said. "This is a very, very great honor for me. I've worked at UIS for many years now, and I've been around a lot of very good people, and I want to thank each and every one of you because every day you helped make my job that much easier."

The other Employees of the Month during 2008 included Ron Peddicord, Donna Young, Dennis Jones, Sharon Heflin, Alice Bettis, Donna Schaub, Jill Voyles, Frank Moscardelli, Rowena Vail and Chrisa Potthast.

All of the Employees of the Month stood to be recognized for their achievements before Ed Wojcicki, associate vice chancellor for constituent relations, read Tammy's name as the award recipient.

Wesley Weisenburn, director of human resources, served as Master of Ceremonies. The 11 Employees of the Month are role models and lead by example, Wes said.

"We have come together today to honor, recognize and celebrate their achievements," he said. "When I think of these 11 employees, I think of dedication, determination, leadership by example and their quality of service for UIS. Their proficiency, skills, attention to work assignments and attention to fellow employees and customers are observed by all of us. They share an optimism that fuels energy and enthusiasm, which promotes their achievements."

"Thank you to all 11 of you for being 11 inspirations exemplifying the strength of our workforce," he told the group.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Chrisa Potthast is December EOM

Chrisa Potthast tried to call in sick on Friday morning, December 12, but her supervisor, Suzy Woods, asked her to come in for a meeting anyway.

The "meeting" was actually Chrisa's own party to celebrate her as the Employee of the Month for December!

"I'm sorry I made you come in, but I hope you understand now!" Suzy laughed.

Chrisa is a disability services specialist, specializing in adaptive technology, in the Office of Disability Services.

"You have been selected because you have exhibited outstanding courtesy toward others and an exemplary performance in your job," Suzy noted. "You have also enthusiastically supported UIS."

"And let me just say," Suzy added, "that not only is she an exemplary employee, she is the sweetest person in the world. I'll be stuck on this side of campus without an umbrella in the rain, and she'll come and get me. So many people, when they found out you won, called me and said 'I'm so glad it's Chrisa!'"

At first Chrisa was unsure why the PAC restaurant was full of people who erupted into cheers when she walked in, but she was grateful for the honor, even if it meant coming in when she was sick.

"Thank you, everyone," she said.


Monday, November 17, 2008

November EOM is Rowena Vail

When Rowena Vail walked into the Public Affairs Center restaurant on Monday afternoon, November 17, she thought she was coming to a meeting about budgets. Instead, Rowena was surprised by numerous coworkers and friends who gathered to celebrate her being named November Employee of the Month.

Rowena held a position in the cataloging department of the library at UIS in her earlier years, before leaving to pursue other job opportunities. She then came back to UIS to work for the Capital Scholars honors program a year and a half after it began.

Rowena now serves as the assistant to the director of the honors program.

"She jumped right in, she became indispensable immediately, the students loved her immediately, and we came to depend on her absolutely because she is extremely dependable," said Karen Moranski, associate vice chancellor for Undergraduate Education and associate professor of English. "And over the years, she has continued that service to the Capital Scholars honors program."

"So many of you know her through the honors program and others in other ways, but she is a tremendous asset to UIS," Karen added.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Frank Moscardelli is EOM for October

Frank Moscardelli's wife, parents and son joined a group of his coworkers on Monday morning, October 20, to surprise him with a celebration in the Public Affairs Center restaurant.

Frank, grounds worker, was named Employee of the Month for October.

Frank began his career at UIS part-time in 2002 and was hired full-time in 2004, said his supervisor Joan Buckles.

"He was pretty much handed rough conditions ever since he started because he had to finish establishing the LRH landscape, and then he got handed the Quad landscape to establish and now Founders Hall is coming on," Joan said. "But he's done everything very well. He's always open to and willing to do a lot of the little projects going on."

Frank has been involved with planning and implementing the UIS rock garden, Japanese garden and Lee Frost-Kumpf memorial on campus, in addition to taking care of the grounds at the residence halls.

"I'm very fortunate he's willing to do all of this because his area involves the green roof, so he's willing to watch over that too," Joan said with a laugh.

Frank was in disbelief when he walked into his party and very modest about his work.

"Everybody helps out - I can't do it without them, and Joan's a good boss," he said.


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Jill Voyles is September EOM

Jill Voyles thought she was walking into a meeting about scholarships on Wednesday afternoon, and she even waved to a couple of her coworkers as she entered the Public Affairs Center restaurant. But after a moment of glancing around the room, she realized she had stepped foot into her own celebration.

Jill, an applications specialist for Information Technology Services, was named September Employee of the Month for UIS on Wednesday, September 3.

"Looking around the room, probably the majority of you work directly with Jill. Whether it's training or Banner or a committee, you'd probably agree with me that she's done excellent work with the various things she's done," said Terry Powell, assistant director of software applications and database support for ITS. "She's very committed and reliable."

Terry described Jill as an "overachiever."

"She logs in before work and she's on email after work and on vacation," he said. "It's my pleasure to congratulate you."

"I don't know what to say," Jill laughed. "I'm shocked, I really had no idea!"

She looked around the room at all of her coworkers gathered and smiled.

"I'm honored; thank you very much," she said.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

August EOM is Donna Schaub

Dr. Margot Duley, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, called it the "worst kept secret," but although Donna Schaub had been tipped off, she was still thrilled to be celebrated as the August 2008 Employee of the Month.

Donna, who works as the assistant to the dean in the College of LAS, was named Employee of the Month during her "surprise" party on Tuesday afternoon in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant.

"I can't think of anyone who deserves this honor more," Margot said. "I can't tell you the number of people who wrote supportive letters and made supportive comments, so it really is a collective nomination."

Margot noted the tremendous range of duties Donna completes, scheduling more than 500 courses a semester, taking care of faculty appointments in the largest college at UIS and supervising all of the civil service staff in the college.

"The thing that everyone enjoys about Donna is her unfailing good humor, her comprehensive knowledge of university regulations and her general groundedness," she said. "She is an extraordinary human being to work with."

What stands out most, however, is the "incredible role she plays in cementing us all together as a team," Margot said.

"Her office is the prime screen closet for every frustration, her humor and calmness get us on an even keel, and she plays the role of the college Dear Abby, giving advice about life and romance," Margot laughed. "But that's not all. She is the dispenser of candy and treats. And then finally, she is a fountainhead of trivia of Cardinals baseball. And she does all of this and more against background of constant interruption."

The College presented Donna with a gift of mini Cardinals baseball bat, and she expressed her gratitude for the nomination.

"Thank you for this honor. I love working here and I work with the best people; they have been supportive and so strong for me in these past years which haven't been so good (personally)," she said. "This really means a lot to me. I appreciate all of you."