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.