Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kathleen Camarano named the UIS Employee of the Month for November 2019

Kathleen Camarano has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2019. She is an admissions and record supervisor for the Office of Records and Registration.

Camarano was nominated for the award by an online student who says she went “above and beyond” to help her graduate on time.

“She took her time explaining how graduation worked, how degree auditing and transcripts worked,” said the student. “She was incredibly caring, knowledgeable and let me ask as many questions as I wanted.”

“She made me feel heard, appreciate and was sympathetic and empathetic towards my situation,” added the student. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Katie deserves to be recognized for her focus and hard work, aptitude for what she does and incredible kindness.”

Camarano oversees and coordinates the evaluation of student degree/certificate evaluations, the awarding of all degrees/certificates and the issuance of all official diplomas. She also reviews graduation applications before and after grades are posted, processes and sends out graduation reviews and follow-ups, awards/records degrees and places all diploma orders.

“Katie works tirelessly to successfully ensure that the students who apply for graduation are all processed quickly with accuracy and professionalism,” said her supervisor. “As critical student needs have arisen, Katie has risen to the challenge, helping the students get the answers and service they need in a prompt and courteous fashion.”

Her supervisor describes her as a “great team player” who is always ready to step in and help when it is needed.

“Katie demonstrates professionalism, patience and a ‘can do’ attitude in her many interactions with others,” said her supervisor. “She has a breadth and depth of knowledge that is heavily relied upon in our office, and Katie’s willingness to assist is a great asset to the university.”

Camarano regularly volunteers both on and off campus and serves on the UIS Commencement committee. She has also done significant work with the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers by helping to plan this year’s conference.

“She has done a great job and is very deserving of this honor,” she her supervisor. “Her commitment to providing quality customer services to students, faculty and staff contributes greatly to student success at the university.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Linda Schneider named the UIS Employee of the Month for October 2019

Linda Schneider has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2019. She is an office administrator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost.

Schneider was nominated for her efforts in going above and beyond to help cover the job duties of vacant positions in the Provost’s Office, while maintaining high standards of excellence.

“Linda has been asked to cover for a number of positions during staff vacancies and leave, in addition to performing her primary job,” said her supervisor. “It is her good-natured willingness to pitch in that I especially appreciate.”

When asked to cover responsibilities for a higher-level position, Schneider not only learned the very challenging aspects and responsibilities of the job, but also took the extra steps to develop documentation along the way to assist the eventual new hire.

“She further expressed a willingness to assist with onboarding the new staff member and provide coaching as needed,” said her supervisor.

Schneider also showed her commitment to UIS students by working hard to ensure Graduate Assistantship contracts were prepared and processed in a timely manner, while she was covering for a staff vacancy.

“Although she was just learning what needed to be done and was thrown in to the middle of the process, she has continued to invest time in tracking down information to assist graduate assistants with getting started in their new roles,” said her supervisor.

Despite the added workload, Schneider has maintained a positive “can-do” spirit and a willingness to do what is need to ensure essential tasks are competed.

“Linda’s demeanor does not reflect the stress causes by her current heavy workload and new duties; rather, she continues to radiate a positive, professional attitude towards UIS while on campus and out in the community,” said her supervisor. “She is a wonderful example of Leadership lived.”

Outside of work, Schneider shares her vocal talents by performing at nursing/retirement homes and has portrayed historical figures, including Mary Todd Lincoln, in community theatre productions, cemetery walks and other community events.