Thursday, December 18, 2014

Becky Prather is December EOM

The University of Illinois Springfield is a school that strives to help students above all else, and Becky Prather is an employee that exemplifies how the staff take that philosophy to heart. For her efforts, she has been named the December Employee of the Month.

Becky works closely with students who are veterans and she serves as the staff advisor for the Military Veterans Student Organization. She helps to raise awareness for veteran issues, and provides a place where these students can gain friends and find assistance with their educational efforts.

She's is known among colleagues as a hard worker and someone who will step forward to take on any tasks that need to be completed. She stays late as necessary and is always accessible to students who need her assistance. As her nominator says, "Becky's first thought when she steps into work each day are the students."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bill Abler is November EOM

Dr. Bill Abler, chair of the Department of Human Development Counseling, is known for a calm and soothing demeanor, and often appears unfazed and even-tempered in any situation he's in. That calmness was on full display when he walked into a room full of friends and colleagues who were there to surprise him with the news that he had been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2014. Though calm and collected, he did, however, take a moment to recognize the amount of "deception" that went into keeping this honor a secret from him.

Bill's nominator made note of his kindness and his consideration for students and faculty. He treats people with respect; he is collaborative in his approach to solutions for the department, and his faculty trusts him. Bill's supervisor describes Bill as gracious and kind with a 'can do' attitude and a great sense of humor.

"Dr. Abler's dedication to the department and the university is tireless," his supervisor writes. "He continually makes himself available to his students, colleagues, and administration. His work ethic, selflessness, and work output make him invaluable to CEHS."