August employees honored
Unclassified employee of the month
at KU: Rick Nightingale started his KU career in October 1969 as a maintenance
painter in the Facilities Operations paint shop.
Current title: He is an assistant director for FO.
What that means: Nightingale is responsible for supervising the carpenter
shop, lock shop, paint shop, sign shop and special services.
Notable: Over the past year and a half, several departments in the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences moved to Bailey Hall, which formerly housed
the School of Education. Nightingale worked tirelessly at one of the busiest
times of the year to address maintenance issues. Last fall he orchestrated
the move of nearly 200 offices on the second floor of Wescoe Hall so that
new carpet could be installed.
Recent feats: Nightingale often takes a hands-on approach so he can develop
a reliable estimate of the time and manpower needed to get a job done.
When one of his shops became responsible for emptying the trash receptacles
on campus, he was told that it would take four employees a full day to
complete the work. Nightingale and one FO employee took the trash route
for a day, and he realized that the two of them could finish the job by
noon. When roof repair and maintenance was assigned to his area, he took
a similar approach.
Georgia R. Hunter
Classified employee of the month
at KU: Georgia Hunter joined the Facilities Operations housekeeping staff
as a custodial worker in 1985.
Current title: A custodial specialist, she is the sole custodian for Stauffer-Flint
Hall, with responsibilities that until about three years ago were shared
by two staff members.
What that means: Every morning at 4 a.m. Hunter opens classrooms and offices.
She sweeps, mops, waxes, removes trash, scrubs restrooms and dusts the
three-story building every day. She does not leave until the building
is spotless, and she does her work with a joyful attitude that is contagious.
Notable: Faculty, staff and students comment that they have yet to encounter
Hunter without her smile and pleasant greeting. She has a great work ethic,
does her job well and makes the journalism school more civilized by her
Recent feat: Hunter always is willing to respond to special needs and
requests. She maintains a positive attitude—even during the week
of the Kansas Journalism Institute, when 240 high school journalists come
to Stauffer-Flint Hall with scissors and paste-up materials that tend
to be strung from one end of the building to the other.