Employees of the month honored
January: Arnold L. “Arnie” Johnson
Classified employee of the month
at KU:Arnie Johnson joined the KU staff in November 1993, when
he was hired as a temporary custodial worker in the Department of Student
Housing. Four months later he became a regular, full-time member of the
Current title: He has held a variety of positions
in housing and now serves as a custodial specialist in Corbin Residence
What that means: Johnson is responsible for
floor care, trash removal, minor maintenance and other related duties.
Notable: Johnson’s attendance is exemplary,
his performance excellent and his work ethic outstanding. When he is asked
to complete a project, there is no need to repeat the request or to check
on progress—the project will be finished and be done right.
Recent feat: Last summer, the department
undertook several remodeling projects in GSP/Corbin, and the water supply,
electricity and air conditioning often were turned off for long periods
of time. Staff members worked around the remodeling projects to prepare
the buildings for fall occupancy. Fortunately, Johnson can adapt to changing
situations and find solutions to problems as they arise. He did whatever
was needed to keep the work going and the staff relatively comfortable,
from acquiring barrels to haul water from Corbin to GSP to finding long
extension cords so fans could be used in areas where there was no power.
January: Noelle Kurth
Unclassified employee of the month
at KU: Noelle Kurth began working for the Center for Research on
Learning as a student and was hired as a staff member upon graduation.
Current title: She now serves as a project
coordinator in the center’s Division of Adult Studies.
What that means: Kurth is responsible for
the Working Healthy research project and a new grant focusing on literacy
for people with disabilities.
Notable: Kurth’s colleagues praise
her work ethic, her interest in learning anything new and her willingness
to take on any task, no matter how simple or complex it might be. She
is an excellent problem solver, working collaboratively with colleagues
at the center and staff in state agencies to address problems as they
arise. She goes out of her way to help co-workers, offering assistance,
direction and feedback as needed. Her supervision of student employees
is especially noteworthy. She has high expectations of them because she
wants them to develop marketable skills. At the same time, she is encouraging
and brings out the best in each of them. Kurth also has been instrumental
in the production of materials that are used widely and have set the Kansas
state standard for adult education.
Recent feat: With a colleague, Kurth researched,
developed and submitted the grant proposal. The grant will provide $200,000
per year for five years to support research in this important area of