Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mary Umbarger named October Employee of the Month

Mary Umbarger, Student Organization and Leadership Coordinator with the Office of Student Life, has been selected as the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for October 2017.

"Mary is selfless in her dedication to students and student life at UIS," said one nominator. Her dedication to the university shines through, as a former student, a Student Life employee and now an established Student Life professional."

Umbarger was instrumental in creating the UIS Connection website as a central point for all student life organizations. Because of budget constraints, she is one of only two full-time employees in the Office of Student Life. She oversees 111 student groups and the 1,842 events they put on each year.

"Despite these challenges she managed to keep a positive attitude and makes everything a success," said a student worker. "Many of SAC and Student Life events take place late at night or on the weekends and, as the lone adviser, she is here for every event, which requires her to forsake her family at home."

"Her office door is always open for students to come and talk to her about what their needs may be," said a student worker. "No matter how early or late, if you need Mary, she is there to help."

One of Umbarger's most notable and largest events is helping coordinate the university's annual Springfest, which a nominator states is "one of the greatest traditions UIS has and a major part of so many of our students' lives."

"Mary put in countless hours helping to plan and execute this event, from attending weekly committee meetings, ordering supplies, setting up each night, helping run the events, cleaning up after each event, and staying up late into the night to tally scores," said a nominator.

"Mary goes above and beyond in her role and is a true advocate for creating an engaging and exciting campus," said a nominator. "She tries her hardest to make sure that all students are able to be the best student leaders that this campus has seen."

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