Monday, March 07, 2011
Tyler Tanaka thought he was on his way to another meeting when he was surprised with the news he was being named March 2011 Employee of the Month.
“I knew something was fishy,” said Tanaka after entering the PAC Restaurant, which was full of friends and co-workers. “I’m like what are all these people doing.”
Tanaka works as an online coordinator in the Teacher Education Program at UIS. He works to recruit and advise students who are interested in mathematics. He’s worked for the university for the past six years.
“I don’t have to tell you all of the good things that he does for the campus, for the college, for APAC, for all of us. He helps us is so many different ways,” said Larry Stonecipher, dean of the College of Education & Human Services.
Stonecipher joked staff members often turn to Tanaka for advise on a variety of subjects, including the best places to eat in Springfield.
“All of those things made us appreciate what Tyler does for us and we wanted to show him our appreciation,” said Stonecipher.
As Employee of the Month, Tanaka will receive a special parking spot for the month along with some extra spending cash on his i-card.