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Friederichs Named June Employee of the Month

July 1, 2021

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University Program Coordinator, Business Advisor Ann Friederichs, of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June.

Friederichs came to WIU in 2017 as a faculty assistant in the SBDC. In 2019, she transitioned to Civil Service and her current title.

According to Friederichs' nominator, she is the "epitome of a can-do attitude."

"During the pandemic, she continued to work regular hours, both from home and at campus, and also put in many hours beyond the customary workweek, fielding quadruple the call volume, assisting small business owners in completing grant paperwork, finding businesses emergency funding, and advising how to weather the COVID-19 storm," said her nominator.

Her nominator also noted the support and guidance Friederichs provided to Special Kneads and Treats, a bakery located in Galva, IL, that employs special-needs adults, and was featured on Good Morning America.

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 the Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) at

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