James Burgdorf is May EOM
James Burgdorf entered the PAC Restaurant with a thud of the door, notebook in hand, most likely suspecting he was no longer headed to a meeting.
Inside the restaurant he was surprised by friends and family who informed him he was the May 2011 UIS Employee of the Month.
“What did I do?” he jokingly asked the crowd. He added, “All of you are off my Christmas list” after they effectively pulled off the surprise.
Burgdorf is an Assistant Director of Customer Service and Cashier Operations for University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO). He has been a university employee for the past four years.
“You’ve exhibited exemplarily performance and courtesy,” said Debbie Rahn, U of I director of Cashiers and Customer Service. “You’re always polite to the customers, even when you can’t say yes.”
Burgdorf thanked the crowd and expressed his surprise that his fellow employees were able to keep his nomination a secret.
“It’s nice to see everybody here and I appreciate it,” said Burgdorf. “Glad to have everybody here, but you’re all in trouble with the Christmas cards.”
As Employee of the Month, Burgdorf will receive a special parking spot for the month along with some extra spending cash on his i-card.