Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Adam Hall named the UIS Employee of the Month for September 2021

Adam Hall has been named the University of Illinois Springfield Employee of the Month for September 2021. He is the head men’s soccer coach for UIS Athletics.

Hall was nominated for the award based on his continued collaboration with the UIS Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI).

“Adam believes that all faculty and staff should be vigorously involved in recruiting students to UIS whether for academics, athletics or both,” said his nominator. “Adam has personally learned the nuances of the GPSI program and has avidly recruited graduate students for the soccer team, while encouraging them to apply for both the GPSI and GA programs to help defray the costs of their education and gain professional experience in their chosen field.”

He was successful, during the pandemic, in recruiting two international graduate students to UIS for both soccer and the GPSI program. Both students are enrolled in the MBA program and are thriving in their placements at state agencies.

Additionally, Hall has marketed the GPSI program to other UIS Athletics coaches who are interested in recruiting graduate students. He also continues to hold monthly check in meetings with the GPSI program to see how we might better coordinate and advance mutual goals. 

“This is the type of partnership and collaboration that I would like to have across campus programs and Adam is setting an example for all of us to model,” said his nominator.

Roy Brown III, Hall’s supervisor at the time he was nominated, praised him for his attentiveness and support of men’s soccer student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“He went ‘over and beyond’ to make sure the men’s soccer student-athletes were taken care of when there were some in quarantine/isolation,” Brown said. “He was very attentive to their needs and wanted to make sure that their well-being was a priority.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Hall maintained an upbeat and encouraging attitude. He frequently served as a “sounding board” for everyone.

“Adam can be counted on to maintain a level of productivity every day,” Brown said. “For example, he will meet with a student-athlete via Zoom whether it is 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. It is a priority that his team is healthy and safe in order to be ready for their competitive season.” 

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