Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Judy Hughes is the November Employee of the Month

Judy Hughes, staff clerk for Brookens Library, has been named as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2017.

“Judy’s willingness to help people and go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis makes her ideal for the EOM award,” said her nominator. “On a regular basis, Judy is asked to help coworkers and students with various tasks, some of which exceed the scope of her regular duties or interrupt her daily responsibilities to which she is always glad to stop and help.”

Hughes’ job is to ensure the timely processing of vendor invoices and the filing of invoices. She has helped to streamline the process by assisting in the introduction an electronic system, which is more efficient and eliminates the chance of invoices getting lost.

“This has allowed for an instantaneous payment process to occur,” said her nominator. “After the payment is made, Judy has additionally helped shape the electronic tracking system so that payments are tracked in a clear and concise manor. Before her revision to the process, vendors got paid much slower and discrepancies occurred more often.”

Hughes handles the workload with a “constant positive attitude” and “always has a smile on her face,” according to her nominator.

“Even when Judy is busy working on the many projects that she is expected to handle at one time, she always makes sure that the people around her are happy and tries to brighten their day with positive comments and thoughts.”

Her nominator adds that Hughes has “an exceptional relationship with everyone in the library” and student workers often turn to her first for help.

“You can tell that she is highly relatable as the students, whom are often more timid and afraid to talk to adult supervisors, feel comfortable coming to her and asking for help, even if it is due to their lack of completing a timesheet,” said her nominator.

Coworkers add that Hughes is loyal to UIS and has always went the extra mile for the university in her more than 13 years on the job.

“Judy speaks up when she sees areas for improvement in the library, yet never complains about her own job or projects she may not want to or enjoy doing,” said her nominator. “Judy is a great person.”

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mary Umbarger named October Employee of the Month

Mary Umbarger, Student Organization and Leadership Coordinator with the Office of Student Life, has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2017.

"Mary is selfless in her dedication to students and student life at UIS," said one nominator. Her dedication to the university shines through, as a former student, a Student Life employee and now an established Student Life professional."

Umbarger was instrumental in creating the UIS Connection website as a central point for all student life organizations. Because of budget constraints, she is one of only two full-time employees in the Office of Student Life. She oversees 111 student groups and the 1,842 events they put on each year.

"Despite these challenges she managed to keep a positive attitude and makes everything a success," said a student worker. "Many of SAC and Student Life events take place late at night or on the weekends and, as the lone adviser, she is here for every event, which requires her to forsake her family at home."

"Her office door is always open for students to come and talk to her about what their needs may be," said a student worker. "No matter how early or late, if you need Mary, she is there to help."

One of Umbarger's most notable and largest events is helping coordinate the university's annual Springfest, which a nominator states is "one of the greatest traditions UIS has and a major part of so many of our students' lives."

"Mary put in countless hours helping to plan and execute this event, from attending weekly committee meetings, ordering supplies, setting up each night, helping run the events, cleaning up after each event, and staying up late into the night to tally scores," said a nominator.

"Mary goes above and beyond in her role and is a true advocate for creating an engaging and exciting campus," said a nominator. "She tries her hardest to make sure that all students are able to be the best student leaders that this campus has seen."