JSU Housekeeper Ester Uesry Named Employee of the Year
By Megan Nichols
Special to The Star
Reprinted here in its entirety.
JACKSONVILLE — Ester Uesry spends her days on five floors of Jacksonville State University’s
Starting at 6:30 a.m., she mops, vacuums, dusts, and cleans bathrooms on
floors eight through 12 of Houston Cole Library, pausing occasionally to speak
to students she recognizes.
When the JSU Board of Trustees meets on the 11th floor of the library, Uesry
is especially careful to make sure everything is neat before they arrive.
Uesry, 55, was honored as the university’s 2007 employee of the year at a
staff luncheon Monday. She said she was surprised to receive the award, which
came with a plaque.
“I think maybe they chose me because everybody says I do a real good job and
I try to get along with everybody,” she said. “I work real hard at being good at
Brenda Measles, housekeeping supervisor for Jacksonville State, said Uesry is
one of her best workers. Measles said Uesry’s dedication to her job is one
reason she wrote a letter nominating her for employee of the month. Uesry won
that honor in May, which put her in the running for employee of the year.
“Ester is very dependable,” Measles said. “She is never wasting time and
really takes pride in her work. She absolutely does go the extra mile in
everything she does. Other than that, we just plain like her.”
Uesry is from the Jacksonville area and has been married to her husband,
Bobby Uesry, for 35 years. She said she held various jobs before working at the
university, but has enjoyed her seven years as a JSU housekeeper.
“I like to meet all the new and different people,” she said. “It’s fun to get
to know people at work that you probably would not get a chance to meet in your
Karen Davis, the university’s director of human resources, is responsible for
organizing the employee luncheon at the end of each fall semester. She said it
is an important day across the university.
“The students are gone, most of the faculty is gone, and this is really a
time when we can thank those people who help make this university run,” she
said. “We want to make sure they do not go unnoticed and unappreciated, because
without them this would not be the great place that it is.”
Several factors are carefully considered when the school’s staff advisory
council chooses the employee of the year, Davis said.
“They look for the employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty,” she
said. “Just the employee who overall is a little bit better than he or she has
Davis said it was a tough choice this year, but that Uesry definitely
deserved the honor.
Uesry said she plans on working as a housekeeper at the university for as
long as she can.
“I’m really happy here,” she said. “As long as they will have me, I’ll be
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