Monday, August 17, 2015

Geoff Evans is August Employee of the Month

Geoff Evans is a man behind the scenes, making sure that UIS Food Services is running smoothly and that his team is responding to customer needs and comments. For these reasons and more, he's been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee for the Month for August.

Geoff will solicit recipes from students that remind them of home and serve those dishes in Food Emporium. He helped to bring the Shop 24 outdoor convenience store to campus. According to his nominator, "he's always looking for ways to improve the student experience within and outside of dining services."

In addition to keeping in mind what may make the students happier, he's also a strong leader, maintaining a positive attitude with his colleagues, and open to collaboration. He is not an attention seeker, preferring to give credit to his employees.

"Geoff's efforts have improved the campus dining experience and improved the staff work environment," writes his nominator. "And he continues to explore ways to raise levels of service and quality."

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kristin Kruger is July Employee of the Month

When parents bring their children to the Cox Children's Center, they can rest assured their kids will be surrounded by caring employees such as Kristin Kruger, who is the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for July.

Kristin is passionate about the field of early care and education, and she lives this passion at UIS. She volunteers at local early childhood workshops to share her experience and creativity; she trains and mentors student employees who work at the childcare center; and she maintains lasting relationships with families. "She has a strong work ethic and manages to exemplify quality in all that she does and regardless of the time and/or commitment that it takes," writes her nominator.

In 2014, Kristin was awarded the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award, which acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. She serves on the Sangamon Success committee as an early childhood expert, and she's presented at local conferences for the Association for the Education of Young Children. On top of all this, she approaches every day with a positive attitude.

"She responds to any challenge with an 'we can do it' approach and challenges others to be with her," her nominator writes.