FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: January 30, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Linda Squires is UIS Employee of the Year

SPRINGFIELD – Linda Squires, administrative clerk in the Office of Physical Planning and Operations at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named Employee of the Year for 2001 at the 19th annual Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony, held January 24 on the UIS campus.

Squires was selected from among 11 UIS staff and faculty members who were chosen employees of the month during the past year.  She was employee of the month for November.

Making the official announcement and presentation, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen commented, “We have six or seven hundred potential employees of the month at any given time. As I go around the community, everyone says how wonderful the people are at UIS.”

The materials nominating Squires as employee of the month noted, in part, that she is “extremely dependable and makes her job look easy because she is so efficient. She is meticulous, organized, and willing to tackle any task.” Others hailed her “upbeat attitude” as a “great asset to her department and the entire campus.”

Accepting the award, Squires said, “I’m lost for words. I’m more of a giver than a receiver, but I will receive this.  I came here because I’d been a stay-at-home mom and thought I needed to get out more ... Here I still am! It’s a wonderful place to work.”

Squires has been employed at UIS for 22 years, starting in 1979 in the Admissions Office. She later moved to Computer Services, and has held her current position since 1997.  She is active in a number of campus committees.

Other employees of the month for 2001 were: Nancy Ford, former director of the Institute for Public Affairs, and associate professor of Legal Studies; Laura Fox, clerical assistant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; JoAnn Isaacs, library technical assistant; Nell Smock, secretary, Management Information Systems department; Sue Feger, account technician, comptroller=s office; Peggy Kitchen, admissions and records officer; Evelyn Tillman, human resource officer; Holly McCracken, project administrator, Liberal Studies Online program; Ruth Cook, library technical assistant; and Maureen Dowdy, secretary, Management dpartment.

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