Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Connie Komnick named the UIS Employee of the Month for February 2020

Connie Komnick has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for February 2020. She is the assistant director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

Komnick’s supervisor says she values the mission of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, as well as the people she engages with, calling her “the glue that holds the center together.”

“She handles many projects concurrently and can always be counted on to do an exceptional job with each of her responsibilities,” said her supervisor. “When unexpected challenges occur and a solution must be found on the spot, Connie remains calm and finds a way to resolve the issue.”

Prior to the hiring of a new director, Komnick managed the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center for a year on her own. She managed all student employees and the Americorps Vista, coordinated all service projects, scheduled transportation and food for service projects, supported students in the Leadership for Life program, completed voter registration drives, collaborated with other departments and maintained strong relationships with community partners.

“When managing student staff and the Americorps Vista, she provided them with meaningful work, encouraged their growth and learning and completed all other aspects of managing employees,” said her supervisor.

One of Komnick’s greatest abilities is her ability to adjust to last-minute challenges, such as securing transportation and drivers for more than 100 students over the course of two days.

“Connie thinks of everything,” said her supervisor. “She often has multiple projects at one time and still manages to remember every detail and every ‘to-do’ in order to seamlessly execute a service project or event. Nothing falls through the cracks with Connie.”

Komnick is also praised for her exceptional customer service skills, respect and kindness to others and for representing UIS in a professional manner.

“Her level of dedication, positivity, focus, detail and quality of work inspire those around her,” said her supervisor. “She always has a meaningful response and maintains a professional attitude, especially when dealing with difficult people. It is evident that students and staff/faculty respect Connie as a result of the positive interactions they continually have with her.”

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