Monday, May 14, 2018

Tamara Boeker from ITS named the UIS Employee of the Month for May


Tamara Boeker, a business/administrative associate for Information Technology Services (ITS), has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for May 2018.

Boeker manages the financial aspects of the Information Technology Services Department, including purchasing and negotiating contracts with vendors. She has worked at UIS since 2014.

Her co-workers call her the “backbone of ITS” and “a real team player.” They praise her for being respectful, patient and always professional.

“We often ask her to do the impossible, and somehow she works her magic and makes it happen,” said one of her nominators. “She is one of the kindest people you will have the privilege to work with, but she is no nonsense when it comes to making sure we get the best pricing and excellent customer care.”

Most recently, Boeker started major negotiations to kick off the Canvas pilot. Additionally, she’s worked closely with Dell and with her counterparts at the Urbana campus to pull together combined purchases that allow both campuses to benefit from significant discounts.

“I have never seen Tam lose her patience, even in the midst of frustrating conversations with purchasing, vendors, auditors, etc.,” said a nominator. “She is always calm and professional. Equally as important, she recognizes how all of her work impacts the university and is constantly striving to make improvements in processes and procedures.”

Nominators praise Boeker for her ability to juggle varying deadlines, contract renewals and expiration dates calling her “diligent and conscientious about her work.”

“Much of Tam’s work is behind the scenes, but she has a huge impact on the UIS campus,” said a nominator. “Her tireless effort, attention to detail, and strong communication skills result in seamless transitions for contracts and cost-savings that benefit the entire campus. She is a valued member of the ITS team.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amy Zepp from Sangamon Auditorium named the UIS Employee of the Month for April

Amy Zepp, a special event facilitator for Sangamon Auditorium, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for April 2018.

Zepp began working at Sangamon Auditorium as a graduate assistant in fall 2007. Following graduation, she worked in a variety of positions at the auditorium before beginning her full-time role as a special event facilitator in the summer of 2012.

According to Zepp’s nominators, she is “thorough and comprehensive” in her work with a strong focus on customer service. She is known for her effective problem solving skills and the ability to resolve issues effectively.

“Amy serves as a service provider and ambassador to the campus and community on behalf of Sangamon Auditorium, managing efforts to engage UIS students in our programming, coordinating details for UIS departments who host events in our spaces, and welcoming thousands of school children each year when they attend Class Acts events,” said her nominator.

As part of the Class Acts Series, which brings local school children to UIS to watch theatre performances, Zepp regularly travels to local schools to read to children as part of an outreach effort. She also recently helped plan a major Illinois democratic gubernatorial debate in the Sangamon Auditorium’s Studio Theatre, making sure everything ran smoothly.

Zepp’s supervisor say she regularly receives compliments about Zepp from other UIS employees who work with her in her event coordination role.

“Amy is stellar in relating to others,” said a nominator. “She often finds herself in an interpretive role when concerns arise between individuals. After listening carefully, Amy can often verbalize concerns in an articulate, forward-moving way. She is fantastic at paying attention to the motivations and interests of those with whom she works most closely.”

Outside of UIS, Zepp is active in her church and plays the clarinet in a local community band. She works part-time in the gift shop at the Dana-Thomas House and is a frequent audience member at community arts events.