Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Kara Lawyer is the September Employee of the Month

Kara Lawyer, an office support specialist for the Human Development Counseling and Human Services Departments, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for September.

Lawyer is student focused, helpful, responsive and knowledgeable. She is known for actively seeking ways to improve the processes within her department.

“Her positive relationships with colleagues are evident in the ways in which faculty seek her out for assistance, ask about her personal life, and display their gratitude,” said a nominator. “They are confident in her abilities to use her knowledge of University processes to efficiently carry out her job duties.”

Lawyer recently identified a problem with a process in the department and worked with faculty members to improve the procedures to ensure students’ satisfaction. She has also been proactive in organizing student files and answering records requests.

“She is always patient and kind in her explanations and provides additional resources she thinks might be useful,” said a nominator. “I think her interpersonal relationships demonstrate that she enjoys coming to work and supporting those within her departments.”

Lawyer has worked at UIS for five years and is a member of the Civil Service Advisory Committee.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monica Kroft is the August Employee of the Month

Monica Kroft, administrative assistant to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for August.

Kroft was nominated for her consistent professional and supportive interactions with everyone she meets as well as her excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills.

“She is a thoughtful, conscientious supervisor, as well as a hard-working staff member who can be counted on to ensure that critical operations, projects and events are handled effectively and on time,” said a nominator.”

Monica is known for managing a complex array of responsibilities and a high volume of work, along with the new major projects that have been added to the Provost’s Office over the last two years.

She is considered a “go to” person for many staff members in the Provost’s Office and beyond.

“Monica is a respected and valued member of the Provost’s team, and her contributions to the smooth running of the Provost’s Office are significant," said another nominator.