Author Archives: Farokh

Kudos for good work

From: “Seacrist, Teresa Marie” <>
Date: July 29, 2014 at 16:12:03 CDT
To: “Bellot, Clayton H” <>
Subject: Parking Operations
Good Afternoon ! After proofing several more times, I have notified Dave that the Parking Services Business Continuity Plan is available for review and completion. Yeah !!

I could not have done it without your help. You made this project fun and interesting by providing your expertise guidance and explanation of questions, especially the “technology” section. You have been so patient and are always a pleasure to work with.

I know that you have taught me how to better understand the Parking Services systems and their relationship to other systems and departments. Thank You!! My sincerest gratitude,
Teresa Seacrist
University of Illinois Springfield
Parking Operations
PAC 119

FW: In praise of UIS staff

From: Chesky, Jeffrey
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:24 PM
To: Koch, Susan J Cc: Pardie, Lynn
Subject: In praise of UIS staff
All too often, I fear that my faculty colleagues do not totally appreciate the wonderful support they receive from the hard-working and (in my opinion) underpaid staff. As I put the finishing touches on a presentation I am giving next week, I have thought back on how blessed I have been in my decades here to have had such competent individuals assisting me. I know that neither my research, teaching, nor public speaking endeavors could have been nearly as successful without them. In this e-mail, I cannot mention them all, but the late Jackie Nixon, manager of the science stockroom was invaluable in my research grants, as well as the graduate students I hired (and whom I properly acknowledged with authorship on some papers), the people who made my illustrations and graphs for publication (before this was all done on computers), to the people who put together my poster displays (on more than one occasion at meetings of the Gerontological Society of America and American Physiological Society, people said that my posters were the most visually compelling of any on the program–hope it did not distract, but added to the scientific points), and now I want to mention an individual who has been the most helpful to me of any. Her name is Ms. Kara McElrath in Information Technology Services. Harry Berman recommended her to me when I told him that I needed to change from bringing slides in carousel projectors to Powerpoint presentations. I suppose I should become more competent in all the new technologies, but even when I trust my own work, I would rather the “experts” get involved. She has designed most of my powerpoint slideshows and we have discussed the most effective ways of presenting the material. I do try to keep the slides to a minimum as I would prefer people just listen to me; thus it is imperative that what I show on the screen is really memorable. I have just e-mailed my latest powerpoint to the people who invited me to speak next week and if this presentation is as successful and educationally rewarding as I trust it will be, a good portion of the credit goes to her. I believe it was George Burns who once said that the secret to a great lecture is to have a strong opening, a powerful ending, and make sure that they are very close together. As this workshop on biology of aging (not the complete title) is scheduled for almost four hours, I cannot make the beginning and ending close together, but I am very happy with the opening, ending, and everything in between. I hope that I continue to represent UIS well in my emeritus years, but this e-mail is not about me, but simply to express to you my deepest appreciation for all the technical assistance I have received here. My admiration is not limited to the technical assistance people have given me, but extends to physical plant, custodial services, landscaping, food services, security etc. — all the other divisions that people never notice and appreciate until something goes wrong. We are lucky to have these people employed by UIS. Jeffrey Chesky Emeritus Professor Gerntology/Biology

FW: Kudos for Kara and Co.

From: Lewis, Ethan
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:09 PM
To: Eslahi, Farokh
Cc: McElwrath, Kara L; Zak Krug (
Subject: Kudos for Kara and Co.

Salutations, Farokh:
This encomium’s way past due, and in its email form far too short. I must really draft a more extended version for Kara and compadres’ personnel files, respectively.  Still, I must stop putting off what, today (when she came through the cold to rescue my lecture), became again manifest: how beholden I am to Professor McElrath and her fellows (Zak, Tulio, Rebecca…) though particularly to Kara.
She has taught me so much—and with such warmth and dexterity. Never did I think I could teach online; but she has continually reinforced my confidence (and saved much text). Even so, what mainly occasions this belated memo occurred last Fall, when on their own time Kara and Tulio fixed the computer of a friend and former MA student here, Myrna Felix (you may remember her and her care dog, Yoda, who is memorialized outside Brookens)—in essence, restoring Myrna’s link to the world.
Could I award an MVFM (Most Valuable Faculty Member) with respect for what all she does for all of us, I’d accord it Kara. But she won’t even take a bottle of champagne as poor token of my recompense.
Just wanted to let you know—and ought have, long ago. Thanks, Farokh.



FW: Thank you!

From: Pardie, Lynn
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:56 AM
To: Cox, William H
Cc: Kroft, Monica L; Eslahi, Farokh
Subject: Thank you!

Thanks so much, Bill, for all of your help with my computer problems!   Everything is working well now – and I’m so pleased not to be worrying about the old computer crashing J  I really appreciate all of your time and effort.



FW: Convocation thanks

Farokh, Tulio, & Kara:

I wanted to be sure and let you know how much I appreciate the technical support provided by your staff for our annual Convocation event (as well as for our other major campus events).  It is not only their technical expertise, but their positive attitudes and flexibility that make my job so much easier.  We certainly could not produce such seamless events without individuals like Ian and Dale.

Thank you!


Monica L. Kroft

Outstanding Contribution by a UIS Faculty/Staff Member

UIS Theatre Recognitions for ’12-’13:

Outstanding Graduating Theatre Student: Jennica Danner
Outstanding Contribution by a Theatre Student: David Hecht
Outstanding Theatre Newcomer: Katie Devlin

The Inaugural “Golden Hammer” Award: Tom Hutchison
Outstanding Contribution by a Community Member: Aasne Vigesaa
Outstanding Contribution by a UIS Faculty/Staff Member: Jeff Suddeth

SGA Election Results

Dane and Jamaal,


Spring 2013 Student Government Election and Constitutional Referendum Results

  • Student Representative to the Board of Trustees – Jamaal Hollins
  •  Internal Vice President – Dane Vincent



From: “Price, Bud” >
Date: April 4, 2013, 9:54:02 AM CDT
To: “McElwrath, Kara L” >
Cc: “Eslahi, Farokh” >
Subject: Kudos


I wanted to take a moment of your time to say that the Excel training session you offered this week was the most valuable hour I have invested, perhaps in my studies of the MS Office Suite. WOW!

I have already implemented many of the shortcuts I learned, and will consult the handout often to refresh my memory. You pack a lot of vital information into a one hour session and I commend your excellent teaching methods, skills and voluminous knowledge!

Thank you,

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Bud Price, M.A.
Office Manager ENS & MPH
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703
Fax 217-206-7807