Simmons, Langdon collect June awards

Sheila Simmons, a project coordinator at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons, and Yolanda Langdon, the graduate and undergraduate secretary for the geology department, have been named the June unclassified and classified employees of the month.
Each will receive $500 and a certificate. They are now eligible to be named employee of the year.

Sheila Simmons
Simmons, who has a master's degree in speech-language pathology, has been a KU employee for 10 years.
She is coordinator for the statewide Assistive Technology for Kansans Project, a federally funded program that helps persons with disabilities find ways to live and work as independently as possible through the use of assistive devices and services. Assistive devices range from relatively commonplace items such as hearing aids and ergonomically designed kitchen utensils to highly sophisticated computer aids.
Sheila oversees the activities of the five Assistive Technology Access Sites in Lawrence, Parsons, Salina, Wichita and Oakley.
She writes grant proposals and reports; coordinates and provides assistive technology training sessions, workshops and conferences; and serves as liaison to various state agencies. She also coordinates the activities of a 40-member Executive Advisory Board.
According to her colleagues, Sheila is a national expert in the area of assistive technology, especially in the areas of augmentative communication devices and low technology solutions. She is expert at finding funds for purchasing assistive technology devices and services, such as wheelchairs, van lifts, computers and communication devices.
She has played a leadership role in obtaining over a million dollars per year to fund the services provided by the assistive technology project.

Yolanda Langdon
Langdon first worked at KU in 1978 as a student employee. She joined the geology department as a secretary I and is now an office specialist, maintaining and updating records for some 50 undergraduate and 60 graduate
students. She is unfailingly courteous and helpful to visitors and has passed those skills on to the student receptionists she supervises.
Yolanda acts as a liaison for graduate students, and makes arrangements for graduate students when they return to campus to take exams. She responds to inquiries from prospective students and coordinates campus visits, checks applications, and arranges for faculty members to visit other schools to recruit students.
She arranges visits from off-campus employers to interview geology students.
She also serves as coordinator of the department's summer field camp near Cañon City, Colo.
Yolanda has a master's degree in Spanish from KU. She uses her bilingual abilities to make prospective students from Spanish-speaking countries feel at home, to assist faculty and staff members who travel abroad for research, and to communicate with offices in Argentina, Brazil, New Guinea, Spain and other countries where the department conducts research.







Sheila Simmons










Yolanda Langdon



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