June 2005 Employee of the Month

Posted: June 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Lake

Chris Freas, a programmer/analyst in the Office of the Registrar, is June’s Employee of the Month.

In her nomination letter, Carrie Gillotte, director of database application services in the Technology Systems Division of the Information Technology Unit (ITU), recognized how Freas’ work—his technical ability, his willingness to step outside his position and do whatever is needed to get the job done, his collaborative interactions with staff from other units—enabled the university to implement new software that allows for the imaging and indexing of students’ admission applications and other documents. The software, which is tightly integrated with Banner, allows for easy electronic access to scanned images from Internet Native Banner.

“During the implementation of the product, we experienced a number of problems that threatened to derail the project. Chris worked closely with the vendor and with the ITU team, installing and reinstalling, configuring and reconfiguring, testing and retesting, trying to get the imaging and indexing functions to work,” says Gillotte.

Freas worked hard—sometimes staying late and working weekends—to ensure the software was ready to scan all documents for students requesting admission for fall 2005.

“Chris put in extra hours and made an extra effort without any expectation of thanks,” says Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions. “If not for his persistent and gracious help, I’ve no doubt that we would not have been able to use the system this year.”

“When many others would have abandoned imaging due to the many problems, Chris pushed us to continue and eventually make imaging work,” says Barbara Yablonski, ITU manager of database support.

“Chris Freas has a unique set of responsibilities within the IT staff,” says his supervisor, Brian Selinsky, director of IT for the Office of the Registrar. “He is the main desktop support person in the office. While most of the rest of us concentrate on reporting, Banner analysis and support, and Banner production issues, Chris is the person who generally is given the responsibility of implementing, supporting, and maintaining other software packages that are used in our work. He also is the lead person for administering Banner security for faculty and staff across the university. I think it is safe to say he would be the most difficult person to replace on our IT staff. And,” Selinksy adds, “he has received a rating of Extraordinary Contributor on each of his last three performance evaluations. He also received an acknowledgement of Extra Contribution in October for his work on the Banner Imaging implementation project.”

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