March Employee of the Month: Tyrome Williams
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
Tyrome Williams, building assistant in Criss Library, is the go-to person for a wide range of tasks. His enthusiasm and ability to quickly adapt to change make him a valuable asset.
"Tyrome approaches each task he's given with a smile, whether it be replacing toner or having to shovel the sidewalk on a cold and blustery day," one individual wrote. "He will drop everything and pitch in at a moment's notice, and he’s also filled in for his co-workers at the last minute."
Williams, an Omaha native and former Criss Library student worker, has held his current position for two years. He said he uses many of the customer service and communication skills he gained while working at Nebraska Furniture Mart.
At UNO, Williams opens the library, completes daily inspections and does other duties that arise. The department he serves includes four full-time staff and more than a dozen student workers.
"I enjoy doing tasks for the other staff," he said. "I know, if I can perform well for them, it helps them do their job more efficiently."
Co-workers say they appreciate the exceptional level of service Williams provides.
"The best thing about Ty is that he is so prompt in responding to requests for help from building services, and always with good humor and quick solutions," another colleague said. "He is also very generous, frequently bringing in treats for his student workers and other staff."
Being named the Employee of the Month is a nice recognition for Williams, although he said it is all in a day's work.
"It's nice to know that I have accomplished things that have brightened someone else's day or, at least, made it a little easier," he said.
Williams stays busy off campus with a nonprofit organization he and a friend are forming to teach language and culture to international students, businessmen and women, and aspiring legal immigrants. He also enjoys video games and studying Japanese.
(Pictured above: Williams and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)