Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sarah Sagmoen is the February EOM

Sarah Sagmoen thought she was going to a meeting with her colleagues when they left Brookens Library and walked to the Public Affairs Center. It seemed odd to her when one of them suggested they stop and see what was happening inside the PAC restaurant. When Sagmoen walked in, she found a surprise party in her honor, and learned she had been selected as the UIS Employee of the Month for February 2013.

Sagmoen is the director of Learning Commons and User Services in Brookens Library. Her nominator described her as a “perfect example of a 21st century librarian” in the way that she combines her “knowledge with passion, uses technology wisely, is enthusiastic about what the library can do for people, and teaches in a way that makes learning fun.” Sagmoen, who has been with UIS since 2009, reaches out to students in a variety of ways; she sponsors student book clubs, and works with the Student Government Association to organize and put on the annual Haunted Library. “She combines seriousness of purpose with an attitude of fun,” her nominator says. “Sarah just exudes positive energy.”

As Employee of the Month, Sagmoen will receive a special parking spot for the month along with some extra spending cash on her i-card.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Randy Williams named the 2012 UIS Employee of the Year

Food Service Administrator Randy Williams was named the 2012 University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Year during a celebration in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby on January 31, 2013.

“Randy’s greatest asset is his energy and enthusiasm,” said one of his nominators. “He consistently brings to work a positive, winning, can-do attitude.”

Williams started working at UIS in August 2009 and has consistently exceeded expectations. He does whatever it takes to make sure UIS Food Service meets the highest standards and does it with a smile.

“Thank you very much. It’s an honor,” said Williams. He told the audience, “I know we have food prepared. That’s usually my line to say lets eat.”

Williams is known for listening to students and was instrumental in expanding the menu at the Capitol Grille and Food Emporium. He has also worked to add an international flare to the campus menu.

“Leadership lived is certainly what is happening on our campus and I’m deeply grateful for all of you that contribute to making this university experience excellent for all of our students and also for making this a great place to work,” said UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch.

The Employee of the Year gets a check for $500, plus a special parking spot for the entire year.