Western Illinois University Visual Production Center (VPC) Graphic Design Manager Natalie Divan has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for January.

Divan started at WIU in January 2004 as an extra help employee, graphic designer I, in the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse. She was hired full time in October 2004 as a graphic designer I. In January 2005, Divan was reclassified by audit to graphic designer II, which was changed to graphic designer associate in February 2009. She was reassigned from DPS, formerly CPC, to Facilities Management in July 2014

Natalie Divan

and then to VPC in August 2016. She was reclassified to her current position in July 2020.

According to her nominator, she worked several weekends helping with the design and production of several items needed in the University’s Emergency Operations Plan during the pandemic.

“During all of these requests, which were often at the 11th hour, she kept a positive attitude and understood the importance of what WIU was trying to accomplish,” said her nominator. She produced mass amounts of posters, floor decals, entrance/exit signs, directional signage, etc., then coordinated with Facilities Management for placement. She is transparent with timelines, and always looking to meet deadlines, putting her best foot forward with a short staff.”

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 csec-nominations-g@wiu.edu.

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