Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ann Graffagna is the May Employee of the Month

Ann Graffagna has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for May 2017.

Graffagna is an admissions & records officer in Records and Registration. She is known for her infectious positive attitude, patience and overall knowledge of the records and registration system.

“Ann treats everyone with respect and utilizes her vast job knowledge to provide exemplary service,” said one nominator who admitted Ann’s job represented intimidating territory navigating the catalog/schedule inquiry. “Her job knowledge and commitment to the campus is a rarity and a virtue.”

One nominator said it was not uncommon for Ann to stay late or arrive to work early to see that students, staff and faculty receive the timely and thorough service they deserve.

“Ann has a broad and rich personal history and experience to draw upon. She is excellent at finding common ground with her coworkers and embraces UIS’ inclusive nature,” said the nominator.

Most recently, Ann has been instrumental in guiding the Office of Records & Registration through a series of monumental changes to the catalog and scheduling process.

“Even during stressful and trying times, Ann manages to exhibit true enjoyment and dedication of her work,” said a nominator.

When she does take a much-deserved day off, one nominator said, “Her absence becomes readily apparent. Ann is a true asset to the UIS campus and fully deserving of this nomination and recognition award.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

Samantha Riss is the April Employee of the Month

Samantha Riss has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for April 2017.

Riss is a child development supervisor at the UIS Cox Children’s Center. She is known for her attention to detail, professionalism and passion for early childhood education.

“She is a team player,” said her nominator. “She comes to work with a smile on her face and is a positive mentor to other full-time and part-time staff.”

She maintains very positive relationships with families and children in her classroom and is known for being approachable and putting parents at ease.

“One thing that stands out is her relationships with the children and families that she serves,” said her nominator. “She is nurturing and compassionate and has the ability to ensure that all feel comfortable leaving their children in her care.”

She is prompt and meets all deadlines in a timely manner and she never hesitates to take on additional tasks that are needed to maintain workflow within the center.

“Sam starts each day with a fresh mindset and never lets the challenges of one day or one situation affect the next,” said her nominator. “Sam is able to remain focused on our core values and mission and is excited by change and a visionary approach – never allowing herself or the children to be stifled by mundane practices.”

Riss is active on campus, attends sporting events and volunteers at after hours events, such as Springfest. Outside of UIS, she mentors young girls as a volunteer youth softball coach.

“She embraces a ‘students first’ approach – never hesitating to get involved on campus or in the community. She takes her classroom to tons of campus events to expose them to our campus culture and she attends functions on her own time on a regular basis,” said her nominator.