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Paula Rhodes has been named the Civil Service Employee of the Month at WIU for September.
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Rhodes Named WIU Civil Service Employee of the Month for September

August 29, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Paula Rhodes, an administrative aide in the office of Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, has been named the Civil Service Employee of the Month for September.

Rhodes, who was hired as an extra help secretary III in the WIU Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality in April 1998, has also worked as a secretary III in biological sciences and a secretary IV in WIU Human Resources and in Thomas' office. She was reclassified in 2010 as an office manager in the President's office and later reallocated as an administrative aide.

According to her nominators, Rhodes "demonstrates enthusiasm and outstanding performance even under the most unusual circumstances."

"There are many instances where she has gone above and beyond her job requirements," the nominators said. "She does what is required to not only demonstrate her own professionalism but also to enhance and protect the reputation and rapport of the President's office in relation to other areas of the University, the McDonough County area and other higher educational entities we are required to interact with on a regular basis."

Rhodes oversees the office's budgets, helps Thomas make decisions related to office spending and supervises two staff members.

Western faculty, staff and administrators, as well as community members, wishing to nominate a civil service employee for this monthly recognition should contact Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) Public Relations Representative Wendi Mattson at

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