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Jim Kasper is 22nd UIS Employee of the Year

January 12, 2005

Jim Kasper, 2004 Employee of the Year.

SPRINGFIELD - Jim Kasper, an electrician at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named 2004 Employee of the Year at the 22nd annual Employee of the Year Recognition Ceremony, held January 11 on the UIS campus.

Kasper was selected from among 11 UIS staff members who had been employees of the month during the past year. He was employee of the month for March.

Ed Wojcicki, associate chancellor for constituent relations, introduced each employee of the month. Of Kasper he noted that whenever he is called in to fix a problem, whether large or small, by the time he has finished, everyone in the area is smiling. “He just has that way about him,” said Wojcicki, adding that following his employee of the month party in March, Kasper had treated all his colleagues to ice cream.

Materials nominating Kasper for Employee of the Month noted in part, “Jim is upbeat and never seems to have an off day. He is always looking for a way to make things happen smoothly, and he prefers that no one even know he had a hand in making it happen. He’s a wonderful human being and a tremendous employee.” 

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View the newspaper ad saluting the UIS employees of the month.

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, Kasper said, “I’m very honored to be here. This is a terrific place to work. I feel like I’ve been carried here on the shoulders of folks I work with.”

Kasper has been employed on campus for four years.

Other employees of the month for 2004 were Joan Sestak, director of special events in the Chancellor’s Office; Shari McCurdy, computer assisted instructional specialist in the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning; Jana Wise, director of the UIS Peoria Center; Carmelita Washington, human resource manager in the Office of Human Resources; Robert Walker, instructional communications programmer in the Educational Technology Office; Scott Nafziger, network analyst in Campus Technology Services; Christopher Miller, vice chancellor for student affairs; Patti Sims, assistant provost; Barbara Cass, coordinator of the online English program and assistant to the UIS ombudsperson; and Carol Esarey, interim director, Institute for Legal and Policy Studies.

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 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.