Friday, November 19, 2021

Robert (Bob) Baker named the UIS Employee of the Month for November 2021

Eric Chrans (left) and Robert Baker (right)


Robert (Bob) Baker has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for November 2021. He is a Culinary Worker I for UIS Food Service where he has worked for more than 20 years.  

His nominators said “Bob works his tail off and deserves to be Employee of the Month,” another added he “never stops working.”

“Over the past decades, Bob has exhibited hospitality for all,” said Eric Chrans, his supervisor. “His traits of honesty, integrity, dependability, reliability and great attitude should be the deserving qualities of all UIS employees.”

On a daily basis, Chrans said Baker does his job without complaint. He cleans appliances, pots and pans, sweeps, mops and takes the trash out in order to keep the UIS Food Studio clean and functioning for students, faculty and staff.

“Bob brings a commitment to his job, however more important is his helpfulness with others,” Chrans said. “Bob comes to work each morning wanting to do a good job.”

Chrans describes Baker as a hard worker, adding “it is just nice to spend the day at work with him.”

“Whenever Bob isn’t busy, he is always trying to help someone else out,” Chrans said. “He is punctual, accurate and very attentive to the details. Bob’s dedication is truly remarkable and his work ethic inspires all of us to get better. We are thankful that he is a valuable asset to Food Service.” 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Kristin Nisbet-White named the UIS Employee of the Month for October 2021

Kristin Nisbet-White has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2021. She is the Employer Development & Informatics Liaison at the UIS Career Development Center. In that role, she works to connect UIS students with employers. 

“Kristin has a strong work ethic and is well respected by her co-workers and members from other departments and in the community,” said her nominator. “Kristin does an incredible job leading and engaging others. She is incredibly detailed, thorough and dependable.”

Katherine Battee-Freeman, Nisbet-White’s supervisor, says she continually performs her job in a manner that merits the Employee of the Month Award.

“She is often the go-to person to resolve issues and find creative solutions to serving the needs of those we serve both at UIS and in the larger community,” Battee-Freeman said. 

During the pandemic, Nisbet-White found new ways to safely engage with students and employers, while always helping students present themselves in the best manner.

“The pandemic forced us to look at new ways of providing services and Kristin helped others feel comfortable embracing those new strategies and systems so that we could all work together smoothly with minimal stress about the unknown,” Battee-Freeman said. 

Nisbet-White continually improves her skills so that she can perform at the highest level; this includes becoming the subject matter expert on specific system changes that come from vendors and earning new certifications to expand her ability to work with both students and employers. 

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers; Junior League of Springfield, Illinois; Central Illinois Chapter-Society of Human Resource Professionals and UIS Coalition Builders.

“Kristin is collaborative, friendly, and helpful in all her interactions,” Battee-Freeman said. “Even when she is personally stressed, she does not let that negatively affect her interactions with others. She is often the one who helps others get back to a place where they are comfortable moving forward even if something seemed like a challenge or problem.”

Nisbet-White’s nominator echoes the praise, saying that “Kristin is the type of employee that without a doubt, represents UIS and Student Affairs in a positive light at all times.”

“Kristin is an outstanding employee and UIS is lucky that she continues to work with us,” Battee-Freeman said. “She is a great example of a UIS alum who goes on the serve the public and make the world a better place through their work and personal lives.”