Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Jay Swenson named the 2018 UIS Employee of the Year

Jay Swenson, assistant director of competitive sports and facilities for Campus Recreation, has been named the 2018 Employee of the Year at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was honored during a reception on February 6, 2019, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Before announcing the winner, UIS Chancellor Susan Koch thanked the eleven Employees of the Month who were nominated for the award.

According to his nominators, Swenson continually works to improve the areas he oversees, such as intramural sports, by listening to students and coming up with new ideas.

In April, he created an event called Rec Madness in order to bring more attention to the intramural basketball championship games. He also helped to bring back intramural softball, which hadn’t been played on campus in four years.

“Jay goes above and beyond for UIS students,” said a nominator. “From outdoor adventures, to supporting the many club sports, and taking on some of the facility scheduling, he gets things done!”

Swenson recently oversaw several major Campus Recreation improvements, including the installation of new lights in Rec Park, the addition of a miniature golf course and the upgrade of the sand volleyball court on campus.

“He has a great personality and enjoys working with both staff and students,” said a nominator. “Jay has a positive approach and attitude that is apparent.”

Outside of Campus Recreation, Swenson volunteers as a Springfest judge and helps with freshmen move-in day and commencement. He also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House.

“He is proud to work at UIS and it shows on a regular basis,” said a nominator.

As Employee of the Year, Swenson will receive a check for $500, plus a special parking spot for the entire year.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Library Technical Associate Evan Barber named the UIS Employee of the Month for December

Evan Barber has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for December 2018. He works as an Information Technology Technical Associate at Brookens Library where he handles in-house technology needs.

According to his nominator, Barber “is incredibly dedicated to his job and is a forward and innovative thinker,” adding that he is “an integral part of the library’s daily operations.”

“Evan provides exceptional customer service to library patrons and his co-workers,” said his nominator. “This is deeply appreciated by our patrons and library staff. He is friendly and prompt when responding to results for assistance, and very good at talking about technology to people of all tech levels.”

According to his nominator, Barber is always looking for ways that the systems department can help the library improve services and resources to patrons.

“Specifically, it was his idea to create a Library of Things collection for patrons,” said his nominator. “This collection quickly became one of our most popular collections, and does a lot to offer additional resources to support campus life for students.”

Barber’s dedication to students is evident by his involvement on the Haunted Library and Springfest event planning committees. He also has formed strong working relations with Information Technology Services and Student Life on campus.

“He is kind and polite to everyone,” said the nominator. “He works hard, comes to work with a positive attitude, and is deeply appreciated by his co-workers.”

According to his nominator, due to the nature of his work, the impact of Barber’s work often goes unnoticed by the community at large, but that doesn’t stop him from constantly working harder and striving for better.

“Evan is a joy to work with, and much of the library’s systems and services run smoothly because of him,” said the nominator.