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Mary Wilson is 21st UIS Employee of the Year

January 26, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Mary Wilson, a building service worker at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named 2003 Employee of the Year at the 21st annual Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony, held January 22 on the UIS campus.

Wilson was selected from among 10 other UIS staff members who had been employees of the month during the past year. She was employee of the month for December.

Ed Wojcicki, associate chancellor for constituent relations, introduced each employee of the month. Of Wilson he noted that she was known for the exceptional care she took of the people in her area and added that when her name had been submitted for EOM, almost everyone on the selection committee had been able to share a favorite story about her.

Materials nominating her in December noted in part, “Mary is the exemplification of an individual who performs her duties with grace, dignity, and discipline. She has an exceptional work ethic and gives 200 percent. She does little extra things too numerous to mention.”

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, making the official announcement and presentation, observed, “Just to know that you have been chosen by your peers for the work you do is in itself amazing. You are all playing an important role in creating UIS.”

Accepting the award, Wilson said, “Everyone has been so nice all the years I’ve been here. Thank you so much.”

Wilson had been employed on campus for 27 years before retiring at the end of December.

Other employees of the month for 2003 were Jerry Peebles, grounds worker; Andy Egizi, program information coordinator for the Liberal Studies Online program; Rose Bryan, office supervisor for Career Services; Lawrence Johnson, associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity; Peggy Boyer Long, editor of Illinois Issues magazine; Peggy Lister, account technician in the Accounting Office; Beverly Weddle, secretary for the Chemistry and Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs; Farokh Eslahi, director of Educational Technology; Wendy Withrow, secretary in the Office of Student Life;  and Larz Gaydos, printing production coordinator in Campus Services.

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


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 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.