Employees of the month honored
February: Rory White
Classified employee of the month
at KU:Rory White came to KU in June 2001 as a carpenter in the
Department of Student Housing.
Current title: Facilities maintenance specialist
in the carpenter shop.
What that means: White has a broad range
of carpentry skills and can do just about anything, from working on new
construction to remodeling and renovating, from framing walls and installing
new doors and windows to creating elegant finish carpentry.
Notable: The working environment is not always
ideal and deadlines can be tight. White and his crew often work in cramped
student rooms—filled with enough furniture, electronic appliances
and personal possessions to furnish a modest house—replacing damaged
doorjambs or repairing broken windows. They work quietly and efficiently,
doing whatever needs to be done quickly and correctly.
In addition to his regular maintenance responsibilities, White almost
inevitably is the person placed in charge of special projects.
Recent feat: In the past year he spearheaded
the window replacement project for Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence
hall, was the lead worker on an ambitious and much needed renovation of
the student kitchen at McCollum Hall, and oversaw a complete makeover
of the living room and offices at GSP.
White’s people skills rival his abilities as a carpenter . As a
result, things seem to go especially smoothly when he is the project leader.
February: Carol von Tersch
Unclassified employee of the month
at KU: Carol von Tersch joined the Department of Student Housing
as an interior decorator in 1982.
Current title: Assistant director for facilities
What that means: She is responsible for hall
improvements for a student housing residential population of more than
5,000 students and staff. Her area of responsibility includes 60 residential
buildings, from duplex apartments to multi-story residence halls and high-rise
apartment buildings. Von Tersch assists in coordinating interior improvement
projects, drafting preliminary plans and working drawings, selecting interior
finish materials and furnishings, writing specifications for purchase
requisitions, and scheduling installations of interior furnishing. She
works with residence life staff and student groups to submit hall improvement
projects for consideration and approval and assists with policy development
and inventory control.
Notable: Colleagues report that von Tersch’s
positive rapport with people helps her develop improvement plans that
truly meet residents’ needs.
Recent feat: Because of her extensive knowledge
of the department and her capacity to handle multiple responsibilities,
von Tersch often is called upon to fill interim positions in addition
to her own. She served as interim assistant director for custodial services
and more recently was interim associate director for facilities maintenance
and development for more than two years.