Thursday, February 04, 2016

Eric Needham is named the 2015 UIS Employee of the Year

Mailing Equipment Operator Eric Needham has been named the 2015 Employee of the Year at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was honored during an annual reception on February 3, 2016 in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby.

Needham is known for a tremendous work ethic, reliability, and a friendly, engaging demeanor. One nominator describes him as "one of the nicest employees on campus."

One of the qualities most acknowledged by his colleagues is that he does what he can 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."

Needham demonstrates the qualities UIS encourages of its employees.

During the awards presentation, UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch praised the employees for their dedication and work.

"To those award winners this year, thanks for all you do, and thanks for setting an example for all of us," she said.

The Employee of the Year gets a check for $500, plus a special parking spot for the entire year.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Janelle Gurnsey is December Employee of the Month


Janelle Gurnsey tends to work behind the scenes in her role as Outreach and Communications Coordinator at Brookens library, but those fortunate enough to work with her can attest to her charm, work ethic, and talent. Her supervisor describes her as having an "infectious vitality." Janelle has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield December Employee of the Month.

Janelle's dedication to her work is well illustrated by a story her nominator shared. On the evening before an event, it was discovered that one of the event documents was missing a page. "Janelle worked over night to print the page and correct a couple hundred booklets one at a time, completely on her own," the nominator writes. "Acts like this are not the exception for Janelle, they are the norm."

This year, Janelle was part of the team handling the annual One Book, One UIS author event, and many of the details of this year's program were left to her. She worked diligently to overcome any obstacles that popped up while planning the event, she ensured publicity was created, and she designed all the materials to brand the event.

Her supervisor says Janelle does whatever it takes to get the job done. "She is a unit of one, occasionally having a student assistant," her supervisor writes. "I am amazed at the amount of quality of work that she produces throughout the year!"

"She takes pride in her work and believes in doing her part to create a supportive work environment," writes her nominator. "In many ways she is the heart and soul of the library."