Monday, May 14, 2018

Tamara Boeker from ITS named the UIS Employee of the Month for May

Tamara Boeker, a business/administrative associate for Information Technology Services (ITS), has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for May 2018.

Boeker manages the financial aspects of the Information Technology Services Department, including purchasing and negotiating contracts with vendors. She has worked at UIS since 2014.

Her co-workers call her the “backbone of ITS” and “a real team player.” They praise her for being respectful, patient and always professional.

“We often ask her to do the impossible, and somehow she works her magic and makes it happen,” said one of her nominators. “She is one of the kindest people you will have the privilege to work with, but she is no nonsense when it comes to making sure we get the best pricing and excellent customer care.”

Most recently, Boeker started major negotiations to kick off the Canvas pilot. Additionally, she’s worked closely with Dell and with her counterparts at the Urbana campus to pull together combined purchases that allow both campuses to benefit from significant discounts.

“I have never seen Tam lose her patience, even in the midst of frustrating conversations with purchasing, vendors, auditors, etc.,” said a nominator. “She is always calm and professional. Equally as important, she recognizes how all of her work impacts the university and is constantly striving to make improvements in processes and procedures.”

Nominators praise Boeker for her ability to juggle varying deadlines, contract renewals and expiration dates calling her “diligent and conscientious about her work.”

“Much of Tam’s work is behind the scenes, but she has a huge impact on the UIS campus,” said a nominator. “Her tireless effort, attention to detail, and strong communication skills result in seamless transitions for contracts and cost-savings that benefit the entire campus. She is a valued member of the ITS team.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amy Zepp from Sangamon Auditorium named the UIS Employee of the Month for April

Amy Zepp, a special event facilitator for Sangamon Auditorium, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for April 2018.

Zepp began working at Sangamon Auditorium as a graduate assistant in fall 2007. Following graduation, she worked in a variety of positions at the auditorium before beginning her full-time role as a special event facilitator in the summer of 2012.

According to Zepp’s nominators, she is “thorough and comprehensive” in her work with a strong focus on customer service. She is known for her effective problem solving skills and the ability to resolve issues effectively.

“Amy serves as a service provider and ambassador to the campus and community on behalf of Sangamon Auditorium, managing efforts to engage UIS students in our programming, coordinating details for UIS departments who host events in our spaces, and welcoming thousands of school children each year when they attend Class Acts events,” said her nominator.

As part of the Class Acts Series, which brings local school children to UIS to watch theatre performances, Zepp regularly travels to local schools to read to children as part of an outreach effort. She also recently helped plan a major Illinois democratic gubernatorial debate in the Sangamon Auditorium’s Studio Theatre, making sure everything ran smoothly.

Zepp’s supervisor say she regularly receives compliments about Zepp from other UIS employees who work with her in her event coordination role.

“Amy is stellar in relating to others,” said a nominator. “She often finds herself in an interpretive role when concerns arise between individuals. After listening carefully, Amy can often verbalize concerns in an articulate, forward-moving way. She is fantastic at paying attention to the motivations and interests of those with whom she works most closely.”

Outside of UIS, Zepp is active in her church and plays the clarinet in a local community band. She works part-time in the gift shop at the Dana-Thomas House and is a frequent audience member at community arts events.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Betsy Goulet is the March Employee of the Month

Betsy Goulet, a clinical assistant professor and Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) coordinator, has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for March 2018.

Goulet started the CAST certification program in 2015, which led to the creation of a Residential Simulation Lab and the mock courtroom on campus to teach students how to better protect at-risk children and families. She went a step further by partnering with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to launch a Child Protection Training Academy at UIS, which has trained hundreds of DCFS investigators and first responders.

“Betsy is a tireless advocate in the effort to demonstrate what effective collaboration and partnership between professionals and organizations can mean for the University, the community and the State of Illinois,” said her nominator.

Her nominator says that Goulet approaches every project with “enthusiasm and optimism” and “exudes friendliness, kindness and humor.” When obstacles present themselves, Goulet takes a solution-focused approach in order to overcome challenging situations.

“Betsy embodies creativity, knowledge and accountability,” said her nominator. “She is not afraid to propose ideas and solutions that are unique or uncharted. Betsy demonstrates preparedness by seeking and including research and resources in her proposals and strategies. She holds herself and others around her to a strong level of accountability, but is not above being flexible and yielding to new ideas or approaches.”

According to her nominator, Goulet’s kindness makes her one of the most approachable people on campus. She demonstrates daily her appreciation for those around her and makes an extra effort to know everyone by name.

“Betsy also is the first to acknowledge the efforts and contribution that others bring,” said her nominator. “This fosters a work environment that creates cohesiveness and inspires productivity. Simply put, Betsy selflessly inspires, encourages and motivates others.”

In addition to her efforts with the CAST program, Goulet is an active member of the Campus Senate and supporter of the UIS Cox Children’s Center. She has served on numerous search committees on campus and is a member of the Space Allocation Committee.

“I am not sure how to convey all that I have learned from working with Betsy,” said her nominator. “I have never met such a smart, humble and gracious person in my professional life. She sees potential in everything and everyone, she stands up to systems and hypocrisy and does it all professionally and humanely.”

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.