If there is a person at UIS who probably knows nearly everyone on campus, it has to be Mailing Equipment Operator Eric Needham. Sun, rain, or snow, Eric always makes sure departments receive their mail in a timely fashion, while also brightening the days of the people he meets. It is for these reasons he has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for February 2015.
One of the qualities about Eric most mentioned by his colleagues is that he goes out of his way to make their jobs easier. His supervisor writes, "If there is something that needs to be done, Eric will do it, or volunteer to do it, even though it may be outside the scope of his duties. He wants to make sure I'm taking my days off before he takes any vacation."
His nominator says Eric takes time to greet everyone on his delivery route, and is always friendly and helpful. "He doesn't hesitate to go out of his way if you need something to be picked up later in the day and will offer to help you in anyway possible," the nominator writes.
"Eric is one of the nicest employees on campus and can always be relied upon."
Food Service Worker Danny Lau has been named the 2014 Employee of the Year at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was honored during an annual reception on January 28, 2015 in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby.
Lau is known for his smile, friendly hello and his fried rice. His “overall enthusiasm, friendliness, spirit of helping and cooperation go hand in hand with his cooking ability and attention to detail,” said one of his nominators.
He has been known to support international students by literally handing them money out of his own pocket. He often dispenses words of wisdom that lift student’s spirits. According to his nominators, he is always willing to come in and help, even on his day off.
“Danny is an example of what we should be looking for in all our employees,” said a nominator. “His technical skills, combined with such a positive and helpful attitude, make him a tremendous asset for the department and the University.”
In presenting the award, UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch thanked Lau and other UIS employees for their dedication and strong work ethics.
“I’m personally very, very grateful to each of you as Chancellor for all that you do,” said Koch. “Not only for what you contribute in your area, but for the way you mentor others and the wonderful example you provide for all of us.”
Lau accepted the award by thanking his colleagues.
“Thank you to everyone who chose me for the Employee of the Year. I’m very happy,” he said.
The Employee of the Year gets a check for $500, plus a special parking spot for the entire year.