May Employee of the Month: Howard Williams
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
No task is too large for Howard Williams, custodian in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC). Colleagues value his reliable assistance with a variety of jobs ranging from cleaning and dusting to changing light bulbs and setting up for events.
"Howard is personable, hard working and dedicated to his job," a nominator wrote. "He has rapport with staff and students, and takes an interest in ensuring the details are taken care of at events. If a last-minute request or change is needed, he responds with a positive attitude and does his best to meet the needs of the program."
For the past four and a half years, Williams has been a key component of many events and activities in the MBSC. He and several co-workers handle the set-up of rooms for meetings, lunches and other events. In addition, he takes care of miscellaneous cleaning and other tasks that arise.
A longtime West Corporation employee, Williams joined UNO after a layoff and a suggestion from his brother, who also works on campus. He said working in several capacities at West has helped him better communicate with departments and others across campus.
Colleagues say they appreciate Williams' positive attitude, and it is evident that he enjoys his work.
"Howard always has a smile and asks how your day is, while dutifully running to the next task with his dust rag, mop, window cleaner or vacuum," another individual said. "He is a very genuine person and cares about people."
For Williams, making a difference for others is what makes his job so fulfilling. He enjoys assisting with details that lead to successful endeavors.
"When a big event is happening, and the patrons need help with audio/video equipment or more chairs or tables, I feel they will be satisfied and confident that their event will go very well when I am on the job," he said.
The newest Employee of the Month said he is thankful for the honor, although he never expected it.
"Being named the Employee of the Month was a great surprise to me," Williams said. "The recognition is nice but, for me, it is all in a day's work. I would like to thank all who nominated me."
A fishing enthusiast, Williams also likes to spend time with his granddaughter and wife, Roxanne, and watch movies when he is not on duty at UNO.
(Pictured above: Williams and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)