Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jay Chaplin is the June Employee of the Month

Jay Chaplin, a culinary worker for UIS Food Service, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for June.

Chaplin is known for his wonderful soups, sausage gravy and biscuits and outstanding Showtime dishes that faculty, staff and students find delicious.

He’s been part of the UIS Food Service team for more than 15 years and is the “go to guy” when the head chef is absent.

“Jay consistently performs his duties in an exemplary manner with high quality and high productivity, even during short-handed situations,” said one of his nominators.

Chaplin’s nominators add he always has a positive demeanor and rarely complains, even during challenging situations.

“He always seems to be able to figure out what needs to be accomplished,” said his nominator. “He is positive, helpful and cooperative.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nicole Meismer is May Employee of the Month

Nicole Meismer works as a math specialist in The Learning Hub, where she's often working with students in back-to-back appointments without a break. She does anything she can to ensure student success, and offers great support to her colleagues. For these reasons and more, she has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for May.

Her supervisor says Nicole is an "exemplary supervisor, giving her employees support, training, and resources to achieve goals." She also recognizes the hard work her tutors do by organizing a tutor appreciation celebration each year, and also selecting one each month for the "Tutor of the Month" award.

Student success, however, is Nicole's priority, and she "encourages new and innovative ways of supporting students," her supervisor notes. She works countless hours to assist students, often coming in on weekends to ensure students have tutoring services.

Her nominator says Nicole "has helped shape The Learning Hub into what it is today and is a vital member of the Center for Academic Success."