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August Employee of the Month
August 20, 2014

Starla Nixon, Program Assistant, Purchasing, is the recipient of the August Employee Recognition Award. Starla was nominated by Shelly Albert, Assistant Director of Purchasing.

“If you have met Starla Nixon, you will certainly remember her! Physically she is small, but she has a big personality. Does that qualify to earn her employee of the month? Probably not, but her outstanding job performance for all of the difficult duties she performs, certainly does, in my opinion.

Starla’s title is Program Assistant, but it really should be P-Card Lady, SIU System’s BEP (Business Enterprise Program) coordinator, department banker, and messenger for Purchasing to the Board of Trustees. In addition to her own job, she assists others when they need to review bids or need help organizing their thoughts to compose documents. In her spare time, she brainstorms on ways to make not only the programs she is involved in better, but also how to make the entire Purchasing, Central Receiving and Surplus Property areas more efficient.

She loves to learn and is a sponge when she can understand why something is done the way it is or learning something new. She has a word of the day that she shares with her co-workers and the student workers. She assists the buyers and student workers in writing bids, documents, and papers. If she doesn’t have the answer, she knows how to find it. I have seen how Starla’s outgoing personality and willingness to help is infectious to others.

Prior to working at SIUE, Starla worked at Beverly Farm for several years. She still stays in contact with the staff and some of their residents and volunteers at Beverly Farm when she can. She has taught her children, and now teaches her grandchildren, of giving back to the community and to those less fortunate. Throughout the year, but especially at Christmas, they have spent their time donating food and supplies to the Humane Society, donating to the local Food Pantry, buying Christmas presents for kids on a Giving Tree, and reading to residents in a nursing home.

Starla may be a relatively new employee to our department, but I don’t remember what our department was like without her. Her positive outlook, outgoing personality, knowledge and ability to learn quickly may sound like she is super woman, and she would deny that, but in my eyes she is. With this being said, Starla feels she is just doing her job and her best is more than we could ever asked for or expected.

Starla Nixon is an excellent employee, role model, and friend, and I am honored to get the chance to work with her. I appreciate the opportunity to nominate Starla for Employee of the Month.”

-Shelly Albert, Assistant Director of Purchasing

“What a great place to work!  I want to thank Shelly Albert for the nomination and recognition. I would also like to thank all my coworkers in the Purchasing Department for always helping me with anything that I need.  I have learned so many things with their help; it is simply amazing!  Like most people, I have a hard time accepting praise in the workplace, but I am honored and grateful to receive this award.  I have not been employed at the University for very long, but I hope to be here many, many years to come.”   

-Starla Nixon, Program Assistant

Please join us in congratulating Starla Nixon as the Employee of the Month on Tuesday, August 26 at 3:00pm in the conference room in the Supporting Services Building.

You can also send Starla a congratulatory email at

Questions or comments should be directed to Amy Darte at or ext. 2190.

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