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September Employee of the Month Brent Heaton
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Heaton Named September Employee of the Month at WIU

September 17, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Associate Agricultural Research Technician Brent Heaton has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September 2020.

Heaton was hired in June 1999 and had his classification changed to assistant agricultural research technician in April 2010. He audited to his current position in September 2014.

According to Heaton's nominator, he always arrives at work early, and works hard in extreme temperatures without complaint.

"He takes excellent care of the mechanical equipment and has saved the University a lot of repair costs because of his mechanical skills," said his nominator. "Most importantly, he is willing to help any faculty, staff or student, who needs assistance."

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 Melinda McFadden at

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