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Sept. 17, 2004
Vol. 29, No. 3

KU to add soldier’s name to campanile
• Hemenway address: ‘We cannot be silent’
KU ranks among ‘IQ Campuses’
Dance duo
KU announces four Higuchi Awards
Reaccreditation process reveals university strengths, challenges
Family fun
Black writing project brings author to campus
Shulenburger scheduled for UPSA event

Senator saluted
Bluegrass to beats
Sale to benefit Audio-Reader
Employees of the month
KU card
Godzilla takes KU on birthday

NIH, NSF officials to discuss KU research
Brazilian conference is vacation, education
Big Brothers and Big Sisters finds support in KU family, United Way

Book shelf
In the news
Tech tips
KU First



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Employees of the month

‘Edwin V. Atchison
July classified employee of the month

Started at KU: Edwin Atchison joined the mechanical engineering department in 1990 as a machinist.

Current title: In 1997, Atchison moved to the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering as a microcomputer system support technician II. Since 2000 he has been a research technologist in the same department.

What that means: Atchison is responsible for developing and maintaining the CPE computing network and computer laboratories and the CPE undergraduate laboratories. He also builds and repairs equipment in support of graduate students and faculty research programs.

Notable: CPE faculty and students admire the fact that Atchison’s technical skills in computer systems and laboratory equipment are self-taught. Over the last five years, he supervised the renovation of the chemical engineering laboratory. He developed the design for overall laboratory renovation and was primarily responsible for solving problems in operating the equipment. In the 2002-03 academic year, he redesigned the lab’s distillation experiment to reduce the risk of accidental spills and fire hazards. Atchison improved the computer control system that regulates both the operation of the distillation system and the collection of data.

Recent feat: During the past academic year, Atchison developed a plan to renovate space for the Petroleum Engineering lab, which was moved during the spring semester. In the final step, he will relocate the Chemical Engineering Computing Laboratory from the fourth floor of Learned to the third floor.

Rodney Reynolds
July unclassified employee of the month

Started at KU: Rodney Reynolds is a petroleum engineer who began his KU career in 1990 as a member of the unclassified academic staff in the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project.

Current title: Since 1997, he also has served as director of the North Midcontinent Regional Lead Organization for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council.

What that means: Reynolds is responsible for managing technology transfer activities, reservoir evaluations, economic analyses and design and field-testing enhanced oil recovery projects. His technology transfer activities include maintaining the RLO and managing its two employees, conducting technology workshops for industry, publishing a semi-annual newsletter, responding to industry inquiries and maintaining a regional Web site.

Notable: Since becoming director of the RLO, Reynolds has taken an active role in delivering programs to oil and gas operators in the region. Under his leadership, 65 industry workshops serving 3,515 participants have been conducted in the region.

He has expanded the RLO mailing list to include all the licensed oil and gas operators in Kansas, and his office has handled over 15,000 inquiries to the Resource Center. He is editor of the University of Kansas Petroleum Technology Newsletter, with a circulation of more than 4,800 readers.

Recent feat: In 2003, Reynolds earned an award from the national PTTC in recognition of his outstanding dedication and leadership as the national board representative for all the regional lead organizations in the country.

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