Cheryl Kappes has been recommended by the selection committee and endorsed by Chancellor Robert J. Jones to be a recipient of the 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award. The Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award is designed to annually recognize Staff employees for their exceptional accomplishments and service to the university. Cheryl received the award for demonstrating excellence in her overall work performance, for promoting positive morale through a congenial, supportive attitude and by providing service to others, and for exhibiting initiative and creativity resulting in improved operating efficiency and an enhanced image of the School of Chemical Sciences and the University of Illinois.
One of Cheryl’s nominators stated that, “Cheryl is the model of an engaged, effective staff person. I particularly note that when action items passed her desk, they were inevitably handled correctly and that the error rate was nonexistent.” Another stated, “Whenever I need something done, Cheryl makes it happen, and she does so with outstanding results and virtually no mistakes. Cheryl solves problems before they arise…and is one of the most amazing staff members I have ever worked with on our campus.”
Cheryl was honored at an Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2019 at the Ikenberry Commons.
Todd Spinner, Academic Advisor for the School of Chemical Sciences, is a 2018-19 LAS Award for Excellence in Academic Advising Recipient. Spinner has served Chemical Sciences as an adviser since 2010. Spinner has implemented several services and programs to assist students and collaborates closely with the departments and LAS to implement time-saving technology and to better track and serve students. Colleagues note that Spinner is committed to being available to his students, and students know him for his friendly and engaging demeanor, along with a thorough knowledge of how he can assist their studies. Read more.
Todd was honored at a ceremony on April 16, 2019, in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.
The School of Chemical Sciences, along with the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry, celebrated the Designation of an ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark for St. Elmo Brady on February 5, 2019. Dr. Brady was the first African American to earn a PhD in chemistry in the United States. Read More.