Employees of the month

Altaf Uddin

December Unclassified Staff employee of the month

Altaf Uddin

Started at KU: 2007

Current title: Director of information systems, School of Law

What that means: Uddin is responsible supporting technology for the more than 500 faculty, students and staff in the law school. After consultation with users, he determines the appropriate software, hardware and computer system needs. He plans, coordinates and oversees the acquisition and installation of equipment and software, and advises the law school administration on technology policy decisions and serves as the liaison between the law school and Information Technology. In addition, Uddin manages and updates the law school website and Web-related databases.

Notable: Uddin has been resourceful with purchases and in recycling equipment in the face of a shrinking technology budget. He is always looking for ways to better secure the law school computing environment as well as to create greater efficiency through uniformity of equipment and computer configurations. Through successfully moving the school’s computers to the university’s central active directory domain, he streamlined the login process and improved many other software features. Notable among his many improvements is that he successfully deployed a law student contact information update process that eliminated paper submissions and manual data entry.

Beverly Herrman

December University Support Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 1984

Current title: Custodial supervisor, Facilities Operations housekeeping.

What that means: Herrman fills in wherever needed in the 35 buildings her work group is responsible for, to substitute for absent workers or serve as a fill-in supervisor. She also substitutes for her own supervisor when he needs to be gone.

Notable: Herrman once found significant cost savings for the university in determining how an excessive amount of paper was being used in two buildings and suggested a solution. This is one of many instances over the years when she has provided invaluable insight to the Facilities Operation administration so that efficiencies increased and/or costs were cut. She is able not only to fix an immediate need or correct an urgent problem, but also to look at a situation long term and come up with a plan for a more comprehensive or extended solution.

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