Outstanding Service Award

Ruperto Herrera

Application Programming Analyst, Division of Information Technology

Ruperto Herrera

When NIU needed a more modern, more functional online directory, it was Ruperto Herrera who tackled that challenge.

Those who describe Herrera as “extraordinary, amazing and exemplary” weren’t surprised.

He already had implemented a better platform to deliver streaming audio and video content. He oversaw the development of a smartphone app for NIU. He led the development of a custom building block for Blackboard that allows NIU faculty to send course grades directly into MyNIU.

“I’ve had countless opportunities to witness firsthand the fact that Ruperto’s abilities go far above and beyond,” said Jason Rhode, director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. “The new online directory has become one of the most vital and most-used information items within the NIU website.”

Last spring, Herrera agreed to serve as a technical lead for the Program Prioritization Data Support Team.

Program Prioritization leaders now praise his ability to build a custom scoring system from scratch “under incredible time demands with numerous requests for enhancements to the program.”

“He has put in endless hours over and beyond his formal commitment when the success of the project has depended on this,” said Carolinda Douglass, vice provost for Academic Planning and Development. “Clearly, his intelligence, persistence, maturity and hard work will continue to serve him and our institution well.”

The double NIU alum, who hold a bachelor’s in computer science and a master’s in management information systems, joined NIU in 2006. Off the job, he is a child sponsor for Juna Amagara Ministries.

Margaret Berg is always there to lend a hand – and because of her extensive knowledge of the university, the office manager in the Department of Accountancy does a lot of lending.

“Margaret is a resource to others in the college, willingly sharing her knowledge and wisdom,” said Jim Young, NIU Accountancy Department chair and Crowe Horwath Professor. “She is always willing to pursue new tasks, many self-motivated by seeing a need and working to find a solution.”

Berg joined NIU in 1997 and is conversant in human resources, accounting, budgeting and scheduling issues. Her knowledge of the university, organizational skills and commitment to excellence helps the Department of Accountancy maintain its reputation.

“Margaret goes above and beyond expectations,” said Rebecca Shortridge, professor and assistant chair in the Department of Accountancy. “She is everything an administrator could hope for; she is dependable, efficient, caring and always sees a task through to completion.”

Berg is known as a team player and respected by faculty and students.

“Her attitude is always, always, ‘How can I help you?’ ” said Chang Liu, professor and chair in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems. “Whether she is helping me solve a problem, helping a faculty member jump administrative hurdles across campus, or dealing with a student who comes into the office looking to register for a course, she is respectful and always willing to help.”

She’s an active member of the College of Business Staff Council, where she serves as a mentor to other staff members. In addition, she is involved in giving back to the community through events such as Relay for Life and the NIU food drive.

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