Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chen Named UVI St. Thomas Campus Employee of the Year

UVI President Dr. David Hall congratulates UVI Employee of the Year Robert Chen
As is traditional, the persons named University of the Virgin Islands Employee of the Year are kept secret. On Tuesday, April 9 UVI Business Service Supervisor Robert Chen was indeed surprised when he was named UVI Employee of the Year on the St. Thomas campus.
Last year's UVI St. Thomas Campus Employee of the Year Paula Stevens presented the award by giving hints of the characteristics of the Employee of the Year. “The awardee for this year proves that students are our first priority and demonstrates this fact by providing quality service to all students,” said Stevens. “This awardee makes himself available to students, parents, and staff and drops whatever he is doing if he is needed.” She described Chen as kind, generous and hardworking. He was also described as the kind of person whose door is always open, skips lunch and stays late.
St. Thomas Campus Employee of the Year Robert Chen is applauded.

Chen jumped to his feet when his name was announced. He was congratulated by colleagues and friends.  He said that his greatest motivation to work hard is his need to help people.

 “I know some students come to UVI at a great personal sacrifice and my feeling is if I can help them to achieve their goals I try my hardest to do that,” Chen said. 
He said that it also helps that he is a UVI graduate. Chen has worked at UVI for more than a decade and was pleased with the overall feeling of the Annual Service Awards.

UVI Community Engagement and
Lifelong Learning Director Ilene
Garner is presented with UVI Service
Award by UVI President Dr. David Hall

“It reminds us that we really are a family and we need to work together,” Chen said adding that the theme of the 2013 employee service awards was indeed appropriate. The theme of this year's Service Awards is “Working Together Towards Greatness.” Forty-two employees and nine retirees received awards on April 9. Service awards will be presented to employees on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on April 11.