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Janice Watkins Award 1993


Charles Downs Heading link

Position: Automotive Foreman

Department: Physical Plant

Charles Downs had been working at UIC for 26 years when he received this award. Prior to his arrival at UIC, he spent 30 years in the Air Force on active and reserve duty and a few years as a CTA bus driver. His job involves dispatching 300 vehicles and 55 employees on tasks ranging from intercampus bus runs to picking up supplies for emergency elevator repairs or taking a delegation of Russian visitors to Maxwell Street. He has received other awards including a Chancellor’s Service Award and honors from the Midwest Sickle Cell Association for helping get donations of presents and refreshments for the sickle cell association’s annual children’s holiday party.

The secret to my success is cultivating the ability to get along with people. You’ve got to give them genuine support for their problems, and convince them you’re really trying to help them.

Charles Downs