Thursday, March 28, 2019

Staff Clerk Jamie Weber named the UIS Employee of the Month for March

Jamie Weber has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for March. She works as a staff clerk for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Weber’s nominator describes her as “one of the hardest working, organized, knowledgeable, customer-driven” employees on campus.

“Her dedication, positive attitude, willingness to help and attention to detail have played an integral role in the success of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean’s office,” said her supervisor.

In her role, Weber helps to manage the multiple departments that make up the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Co-workers say she is a wealth of knowledge and the “go-to person” when it comes to answering questions about the college.

“Jamie is truly unique in her ability to clearly and effectively convey information to both staff and faculty,” said her supervisor. “She is patient and is able to explain, sometimes very complex issues, in a very detailed, clear manner.”

In addition to her strong work ethic and dependability, Weber is “notorious for her positive, enthusiastic attitude,” according to her co-workers.

“Without waiver, she is courteous and respectful to everyone she interacts with and is always smiling and friendly. She never complains and always has our office’s best interest at heart,” added her supervisor.

Weber is also active in volunteering during the State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA), a once-a-year voluntary campaign that allows state and university employees to donate to charities. She has helped to plan SECA events and made items for the bake sale.

“We are very fortunate to have Jamie as part of our team,” said her supervisor. “Not only does the quality of her work exceed my expectations, but she adds so much value to our department in other ways. She is an invaluable asset to our office and is very deserving to be recognized as the Employee of the Month.”

Friday, March 08, 2019

Grounds Superintendent Brian Beckerman named the UIS Employee of the Month for February

Brian Beckerman has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for February. He works as superintendent of grounds for Facilities and Services. In his role, he is responsible for managing 746 acres of University property, including water habitats, natural and synthetic turf sports fields, gardens, trees and native grass areas.

According to his nominators, Beckerman is known for his strong work ethic, positive attitude and ability to motivate others.

Beckerman recently led the effort to cultivate a sustainable plant garden at the entrance of the Health Sciences Building. He also led the grounds team in the building of a pond for Japanese Koi on the east side of the quad. In the past year, his team has reinforced campus roadways, planted 86 news trees on campus and reconstructed the sand volleyball court in Rec Park.

“He truly understands the need for the campus to always look like we’re open for business and the importance of the campus’ image has on recruiting and retaining students, faculty and staff as well as visitors to campus. Simply put, his standard is others exceptional,” said his supervisor.

According to Beckerman’s supervisor, he also excels in his attention to detail in budgeting and managing state, institutional and gift funds allocated to his department.

“Brian’s efficient and cost effective use of very limited resources, use of recycled materials (e.g. old cigarette butt containers, reuse of demolished concrete, tree waste into wood chips, etc.) and equipment have ‘stretched the dollar’ enabling significant improvements to the University’s grounds despite significant reductions in state funding,” said his supervisor.

Beckerman also listens to student’s ideas and concerns as a member of the Green Fee Committee, a student committee which implements sustainable initiatives on campus.

“I like that he genuinely takes suggestions from students who serve on the committee with him,” said a nominator. “In addition, when students want to have something like a bon fire or mud pit, rather than saying it will tear up the ground, he helps to find ways to make it happen,” said his nominator.

Beckerman also “goes out of his way” to help co-workers in getting the job done. Whether a plumber needs equipment and materials moved, the safety officer needs help organizing a setting up a training, a professor wants to introduce or include example of work that Beckerman has done on campus in their class, or a biology or environmental studies student has a question, he is always willing to help and often drops what he is doing to assist others.

“Brian is typically on campus around 6 a.m. and often doesn’t leave until 4 p.m. (and sometimes later) to ensure the work is done, his grounds crew is taken care of and things are ready for the next day. This dedication speaks volumes about his reliability and commitment,” said his supervisor.

Additionally, Beckerman is often seen on campus on the weekends watering plants, cleaning up trash in outdoor areas where student events were held and preparing for inclement weather conditions.

“It is obvious Brian takes great pride in his work, better our campus,” said a nominator. “He has hired good people and empowered them to make campus look awesome. His strong work ethic is obvious to those who know him. On top of all of this, he has a great personality that is truly genuine.”

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Jay Swenson named the 2018 UIS Employee of the Year

Jay Swenson, assistant director of competitive sports and facilities for Campus Recreation, has been named the 2018 Employee of the Year at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was honored during a reception on February 6, 2019, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Before announcing the winner, UIS Chancellor Susan Koch thanked the eleven Employees of the Month who were nominated for the award.

According to his nominators, Swenson continually works to improve the areas he oversees, such as intramural sports, by listening to students and coming up with new ideas.

In April, he created an event called Rec Madness in order to bring more attention to the intramural basketball championship games. He also helped to bring back intramural softball, which hadn’t been played on campus in four years.

“Jay goes above and beyond for UIS students,” said a nominator. “From outdoor adventures, to supporting the many club sports, and taking on some of the facility scheduling, he gets things done!”

Swenson recently oversaw several major Campus Recreation improvements, including the installation of new lights in Rec Park, the addition of a miniature golf course and the upgrade of the sand volleyball court on campus.

“He has a great personality and enjoys working with both staff and students,” said a nominator. “Jay has a positive approach and attitude that is apparent.”

Outside of Campus Recreation, Swenson volunteers as a Springfest judge and helps with freshmen move-in day and commencement. He also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House.

“He is proud to work at UIS and it shows on a regular basis,” said a nominator.

As Employee of the Year, Swenson will receive a check for $500, plus a special parking spot for the entire year.