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Twidwell Named WIU August Employee of the Month

August 21, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Photography Laboratory Assistant Manager Sarah Twidwell, of the Visual Production Center has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for August 2019.

Twidwell began working at WIU in July 2012 as a digital imaging specialist at VPC, before auditing to her current position.

Twidwell's nominator said she works "around the clock all year to ensure the University has quality images to use for the website, internal and external marketing, student life, as well as numerous community activities around Macomb.

"She works hard to plan and cover photo shoots, as well as uploading and editing in a timely manner," said her nominator. "She is able to capture the beauty and life of Western through her lens. She is also able to capture the best moments of a student's life, whether they are an athlete, participating in an organization event, snagging a photo with Col. Rock at his birthday party or receiving his or her diploma at Commencement. These events are frozen in time with her keen eye and camera."

In August 2010, the Goldfarbs established an endowment to permanently fund the University's Civil Service Employee of the Month award. The Goldfarb endowment is used to fund a $100 award for the recipient of the Civil Service Employee of the Month, as well as a plaque.

The WIU Foundation provides a $500 stipend for the Civil Service Employee of the Year. Western faculty, staff and administrators, as well as community members, wishing to nominate a civil service employee for the monthly recognition should contact Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) representative Christine Staley at

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