The University of Kansas An Official Employee Publication From the Office of University Relations



Oct. 3 , 2003
Vol. 28, No. 4

Green chemistry
Minority enrollment increase sets record
Improved student services called key
McAllister to lead Dole Institute as interim director
Shadow dancers
United Way campaign challenges contributors
Financial woes cause Printing Services layoffs
Catholic, Jewish studies professorships established
Grad student stretches talents

Lecture series to bring writers, analysts to KU
AAUP organizes public forum on Patriot Act
Former professor solves royal mystery in Sickly Stuarts
KU joins study of doctoral education

New portable carts provide options for fast food, beverages

Peace Corps renews KU office grant

Faculty receive Higuchi awards
Novelist supports Watkins scholarship

Hispanic heritage celebrated at KU

August employees honored
Engineering hall to be dedicated
KU First
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August employees honored

Rick Nightingale
Unclassified employee of the month

Started 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

Started 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 presence.

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.

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