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David Antoine receives first annual CARE Award at UIS

July 31, 2007

Contact: Donna McCracken, 217/206-6716, dmccr1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – David Antoine, a television production coordinator in the Office of Electronic Media at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the recipient of the first annual Chancellor's Award to Recognize Excellence in Civil Service. The award was presented at a breakfast held July 31 in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Photo of Chancellor Ringeisen with CARE recipient Dave Antoine
Chancellor Ringeisen congratulates Dave Antoine on being named recipient of the first-ever CARE Award at UIS.

The CARE Award, established jointly by UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen and the Civil Service Advisory Council, serves to "recognize the exceptional work of all civil service employees" and will honor one employee each year.

The award is open to anyone who has held a civil service position on campus at least half time for at least three years.  Criteria include demonstrated work ethic, attitude, commendable representation of civil service employees, and support of UIS. The recipient is presented with $500 for personal use, and an additional $500 is donated to a campus organization of his/her choice.

In presenting the award, Chancellor Ringeisen observed that it was made in recognition of "the wonderful things that people do to keep this campus operating every day. It's a heartfelt thank you for all you do," he said.

Materials nominating Antoine noted in part that he is a "shining example of a UIS employee who always puts students first."

Noting that it was almost exactly 33 years since he came to campus, Antoine said, "I remember all the times that someone helped me to do my job. Many of you are the folks who helped me to stand here."

Other nominees were: Bobbie Fults, secretary, Computer Science program; Kimberly Gonzalez-Beeson, secretary, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Janice Hurley, secretary, Psychology program; Laura Laurenzana, secretary, Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies; Janice Marvel, space administrator, Facilities and Services; Normajean Niebur, secretary, Criminal Justice program; Terry Pryor, mailing equipment operator/expediter, Campus Services; Marcia Rossi, administrative secretary, Library Instructional Services; Dennis Scheibe,  instructional communications technical operator, Information Technology Services; Evelyn Tillman, assistant manager, Human Resources; Rowena Vail, assistant to the director, Capital Scholars Honors Program; Beverly Weddle, secretary, Astronomy/Physics, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs; Krystal Wilson, catering supervisor, Food Services; and Jeffrey Young, maintenance repair worker, Facilities and Services.

The Civil Service Advisory Council at UIS is an advisory group involved in helping formulate and implement policies and procedures that relate to the campus' civil service employees. More information about the council is available at www.uis.edu/sac/.



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 bachelorís, 20 masterís, 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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