Monday, December 13, 2021

Denise Rothenbach named the UIS Employee of the Month for December 2021



Denise Rothenbach has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for December 2021. She is the executive assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

The student who nominated her said, “Denise goes above and beyond what she is asked to do every day of the week. She works late and comes in early to do what she can for the university. She often puts other's needs above her own and does her best every day.”

Rothenbach has worked at UIS for 15 years, having started in 2006. She recently started working in the Vice Chancellor’s Office after several years in the Department of Residence Life.

“Denise is currently working in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs suite in her new role, while still helping Residence Life find a replacement for her former role. That takes a lot of time and energy,” said Ann Comerford, her supervisor and interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 

In her current role, Rothenbach is responsible for managing a lot of business functions and budgets. 

“She really enjoys budget management – this is a rare quality,” Comerford said. “She is very good at finding the money trail to help right size a budget. This takes a lot of memory and organization.”

Outside of the office, Rothenbach is very supportive of the Civil Service Advisory Council (CSAC) and other university events. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Robert (Bob) Baker named the UIS Employee of the Month for November 2021

Eric Chrans (left) and Robert Baker (right)


Robert (Bob) Baker has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2021. He is a Culinary Worker I for UIS Food Service where he has worked for more than 20 years.  

His nominators said “Bob works his tail off and deserves to be Employee of the Month,” another added he “never stops working.”

“Over the past decades, Bob has exhibited hospitality for all,” said Eric Chrans, his supervisor. “His traits of honesty, integrity, dependability, reliability and great attitude should be the deserving qualities of all UIS employees.”

On a daily basis, Chrans said Baker does his job without complaint. He cleans appliances, pots and pans, sweeps, mops and takes the trash out in order to keep the UIS Food Studio clean and functioning for students, faculty and staff.

“Bob brings a commitment to his job, however more important is his helpfulness with others,” Chrans said. “Bob comes to work each morning wanting to do a good job.”

Chrans describes Baker as a hard worker, adding “it is just nice to spend the day at work with him.”

“Whenever Bob isn’t busy, he is always trying to help someone else out,” Chrans said. “He is punctual, accurate and very attentive to the details. Bob’s dedication is truly remarkable and his work ethic inspires all of us to get better. We are thankful that he is a valuable asset to Food Service.”