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Sherry Hutson receives third annual CAPE Award at UIS

April 20, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Sherry Hutson, web developer in the Chancellor’s Office at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the recipient of the third annual Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award at UIS. The award was presented at a reception held April 18 in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on campus.

Sherry Hutson received UIS' third annual Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award at a ceremony held April 18 on campus. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen made the presentation.

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.

In presenting the award, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen observed that APs are a "pillar" at UIS, serving in many vital roles. "When we honor one AP, we honor them all," he said.

Materials nominating Hutson for the award noted, in part, that she "makes incredible contributions to the entire campus. Her role is critical in ensuring that the campus can both recruit students and carry out its administrative functions. Sherry is creative and forward-looking, takes on challenging tasks, and works well with all of her customers, having a special ability to work with those who are not technically savvy.

"She is currently leading an effort to update every web site on campus, a huge undertaking that requires diligence on her own part, plus coordinating the work of multiple individuals and units."

Noting that she was "surprised and grateful," Hutson added, "I am very lucky to have a great boss, great co-workers, and great colleagues throughout the university. I love my job and I enjoy coming to work every day to see what new 'challenges' will come up. I am very fortunate."

All academic professionals 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 2006 CAPE Award were: Marque Haupert, assistant director, Housing and Residential Life; Janette Kirkham, coordinator, placement developer, Applied Study Office; Holly McCracken, director of online programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Mae Noll, resident director, Lincoln Residence Hall; Donna Schaub, assistant to the dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Lisa Whelpley, director of annual giving/major gift development, Development Office.

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. 

    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.