SPRINGFIELD — Kim Hayden, director of the Office of Graduate Intern Programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the recipient of the fifth annual Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award at UIS. The award was presented at a reception held April 15 in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on campus.
The CAPE Award recognizes U of I academic professionals for their efforts in three general categories: work projects, professional development and affiliations, and contributions to their units. While the number of recipients and the amount of their awards varies by campus, UIS recipients receive $500 for personal use and $500 for their departments.
"Even though we only have one honoree, this award really honors all of the academic professionals for all that they do for UIS," said Jerry Burkhart, chair of the Academic Professional Advisory Committee. UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen made the official presentation of the award, congratulating all the nominees and recognizing past recipients.
Nominating materials noted, in part, that Hayden has been "the driving force in the development and excellence of the GPSI program. Her numerous contributions, judgment, and commitment … have been outstanding. Her teamwork and knowledge of GPSI is why it has been ranked as one of Illinois' premier governmental internships." GPSI (Graduate Public Service Internship) offers UIS students an opportunity to prepare for professional public service careers with the state of Illinois while they pursue a master's degree. Hayden has served as GPSI director since 2002 and, under her leadership, the program has grown from 72 interns in placements with Illinois state government to nearly 170.
Accepting the award, Hayden said, "Not only is it an honor to have the opportunity to work with so many outstanding academic professionals, staff, and faculty on this campus but, through GPSI, I have had the opportunity to really play an active role in the mission of the university. I'm deeply grateful for this moment, and this award really is for all academic professionals."
All academic professionals at the U of I are eligible to receive the CAPE Award. Nominations are reviewed by campus committees and candidates' names are forwarded to the chancellors, who make the final selections.
Other UIS nominees for the 2008 CAPE Award were: Tom Ambrose, senior training coordinator, Institute for Legal and Policy Studies; Michael Bloechle, contract coordinator, Purchasing Office; Linda Cox, visiting academic adviser, Teacher Education; Tammy Craig, director, Career Development Center; Andy Egizi, program information coordinator, Liberal Studies Online Program; Lori Giordano, associate director, Admissions; Dana Goodrum, resident director, Lincoln Residence Hall; Janette Kirkham, coordinator/placement developer, Applied Study Office; Jim Korte, assistant dean of students; Holly McCracken, senior online program coordinator/director, online programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Lynn Otterson, director, Women's Center; Rogelio Salvador, academic technology services specialist, Information Technology Services; Barbara Selvaggio, online program coordinator, Computer Science Program; and Lisa Whelpley, director of annual giving/major gift development.
The Academic Professional Advisory Committee at UIS is an elected body whose function, as defined by University statutes, is to furnish a channel of communication between academic professional staff and the administrative officers of the University.