Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Meagan McChristy is the November Employee of the Month

Meagan McChristy, a childcare associate at Cox Children’s Center, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2016.

According to her supervisor, she is reliable and committed to her job and dedicated to building relationships with children and families.

“She is reliable and someone that I never have to question in terms of accountability,” said her supervisor. “She forms relationships with families that carry over once the children age out of her classroom. She is very dependable and organized.”

She started as a student worker at Cox Children’s Center and was later hired on full-time. She is currently finishing her master’s degree at UIS, in order to further her knowledge in the field of early childhood education.

McChristy works in the infant room where she cares for the youngest children at the center. One mother, who nominated McChristy, says knowing she is caring for her children puts her at ease.

“Meagan is brilliant with the babies,” said the nominator. “I was lucky enough to have her take care of my child, which allowed me to return to work with a sense of security versus panic, as many mothers do.”

The nominator adds that McChristy has the ability to handle stressful situations with ease and keep the children calm.

“I often think our childcare workers are the unsung heroes of the campus,” said the nominator. “Many of our staff and students entrust their children to their care, which allows us to successfully do our jobs.”

Friday, October 28, 2016

Carol Reese is the October Employee of the Month

Carol Reese, a senior library specialist at Brookens Library, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2016.

Reese started working at Brookens Library in 1995 in the Interlibrary Loan Department. She now works in the acquisitions, where she is known for going above and beyond to help students and faculty acquire the resources they need.

“Carol maintains a positive attitude towards the patrons she serves and understands their information needs,” said her nominator. “She goes above and beyond to locate items to borrow for patrons or to purchase within acquisitions. She understands first and foremost that we are here for the students.”

Reese recently stepped up and took over interlibrary loan responsibilities, on top of her acquisition duties, when an employee retired.

“She volunteered to take over her duties and offered to train the new specialist when they were hired. Without even being asked, she assumed the interlibrary loan workload, again, and balanced it with her current acquisitions workload,” said her nominator.

Reese has also helped Brookens Library transition to a new upgraded computer system. She meticulously worked out errors and sought out help from others.

“She continually helps out other areas when necessary, rather than focusing only on the job at hand. She is a great asset to the University of Illinois Springfield staff,” said her nominator.