Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Alice Seaton is the February Employee of the Month

Alice Seaton, business/administrative associate for University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO), has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for February 2018.

In addition to her regular duties, Seaton is responsible for making sure incoming students and parents questions about their tuition bill are answered during summer orientation.

“Alice goes to great effort to ensure the UIS team is properly staffed to cover all USFSCO presentations and the Get-It-Done events. This includes making sure the team has updated handouts and Power Point presentations ready to go prior to each event,” said her nominator.

Her preparation for orientation begins by attending orientation committee meetings where she provides USFSCO materials to the UIS Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Relations in time for the printing of the student and parent guidebooks.

“She also does an outstanding job interacting with the new students and their parents as they participate in our presentation and Get-It-Done sessions. She is truly an asset to the team and I appreciate the hard work she puts into this task every year,” said the nominator.

As the parent of a college student herself, Seaton’s nominator says she is sincere and willing to share her experiences with new parents sending their child off to college for the first time.

“She will provide her business card to a new student and/or their parent, who may need a little extra attention to help understand their upcoming financial obligation to the university,” said her nominator. “She usually volunteers to take the extended office hours to assist any walk-in traffic during the first day student and parent session.”

Seaton is the direct supervisor for most of the USFSCO team at UIS, which includes three students workers. She manages hands-on day-to-day customer interactions via phone, email and walk-in traffic.

“Alice relates to co-workers, students, parents, and campus staff as a knowledgeable professional who is willing to help and take time to educate when needed,” said the nominator.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jason Gibson named the 2017 UIS Employee of the Year

Jason Gibson, a building service supervisor for Facilities Scheduling Services, has been named the 2017 Employee of the Year at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was honored during a reception on January 24, 2018, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Before announcing the winner, UIS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Dennis Papini thanked the eleven Employees of the Month who were nominated.

“At the end of this presentation, one person will be recognized and we should all celebrate their example, along with the other members of the university community who enable and support their excellence,” said Papini.

According to his other nominator, Gibson is known for going the extra mile to make sure projects and furniture moves are accomplished on time. The nominator says he “puts a lot of thought into the best method to achieve the maximum results.”

“Jason is not only efficient and timely in his performance, but he is also courteous, helpful and caring towards his fellow employees and UIS students and visitors,” said the nominator.

Gibson’s nominators say he always demonstrates a positive attitude at work and is upbeat and truly cares about his work, even on days when he has large furniture moves, such as commencement or taking surplus furniture downtown to the State of Illinois.

“Jason relates well to his fellow employees and treats everyone equally,” said a nominator. “I have seen him work with the campus community and he is calm and level headed even when things are difficult.”

In accepting the award, Gibson congratulated the other employees who had been nominated for the award and finished with a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,” said Gibson quoting Roosevelt. “That’s kind of how I feel about my job here.”

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