Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Linda Schneider named the UIS Employee of the Month for October 2019

Linda Schneider has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2019. She is an office administrator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost.

Schneider was nominated for her efforts in going above and beyond to help cover the job duties of vacant positions in the Provost’s Office, while maintaining high standards of excellence.

“Linda has been asked to cover for a number of positions during staff vacancies and leave, in addition to performing her primary job,” said her supervisor. “It is her good-natured willingness to pitch in that I especially appreciate.”

When asked to cover responsibilities for a higher-level position, Schneider not only learned the very challenging aspects and responsibilities of the job, but also took the extra steps to develop documentation along the way to assist the eventual new hire.

“She further expressed a willingness to assist with onboarding the new staff member and provide coaching as needed,” said her supervisor.

Schneider also showed her commitment to UIS students by working hard to ensure Graduate Assistantship contracts were prepared and processed in a timely manner, while she was covering for a staff vacancy.

“Although she was just learning what needed to be done and was thrown in to the middle of the process, she has continued to invest time in tracking down information to assist graduate assistants with getting started in their new roles,” said her supervisor.

Despite the added workload, Schneider has maintained a positive “can-do” spirit and a willingness to do what is need to ensure essential tasks are competed.

“Linda’s demeanor does not reflect the stress causes by her current heavy workload and new duties; rather, she continues to radiate a positive, professional attitude towards UIS while on campus and out in the community,” said her supervisor. “She is a wonderful example of Leadership lived.”

Outside of work, Schneider shares her vocal talents by performing at nursing/retirement homes and has portrayed historical figures, including Mary Todd Lincoln, in community theatre productions, cemetery walks and other community events.