Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jerry Joseph is the June Employee of the Month

Jerry Joseph, associate provost for budgeting and administrative planning, has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for June 2017.

Working in the Provost’s Office, Joseph oversees the campus budget and is known for his commitment to the success of the institution. One nominator describes him as “transparent, precise, factual and unbiased.”

“Since taking on the daunting task of overseeing campus budgeting, he has been nothing short of amazing,” said a nominator. “His mastery of the ins and outs of the budgeting process is astounding given the short time he’s served in the position.”

During the Illinois budget crisis, Joseph has worked hard to assure the financial stability of the university. He is described by co-workers as being meticulous and always accurate.

“Jerry is not only very productive and hardworking, he is also dependable,” said a nominator. “I am amazed at how hard he works and is able to get things done.”

Joseph has also chaired numerous employee search committees and regularly volunteers to be part of campus and system-wide committees and task forces.

“I believe it was once said that the reward for good work… is even more work! That would certainly be the case for Jerry who completes every assignment with competence, efficiency and a quality result,” said a nominator.

Outside of UIS, Joseph is also heavily involved with his church, St. Joseph the Worker in Chatham.

“Jerry always treats others with respect, kindness and empathy,” said a nominator. “He never mistreats anyone and is always professional. Jerry is a true delight to work with.”

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.”