KU announces February employees of the month

Fri, 03/08/2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has bestowed Employee of the Month honors for the month of February. They are as follows:

University Support Staff Employee of the Month for February 2013
Name: LaVerta Logan
Start date: 1996
Current title: Assistant director, School of Law Career Services
What that means: Logan helps oversee an office that aids new graduates in securing employment and tracks law alumni throughout their careers. She maintains multiple databases in addition to posting employment opportunities, assisting with on-campus interviews and much more.

Notable: Logan proactively took on the task of updating and converting several important career services databases to digital media so they can be more easily and efficiently accessed by the students and prospective employers. All of these help the students make connections in the legal field, secure employment and thrive in the virtual age they live in. One of the databases is a thorough resource on law school alumni; this connection between the school and alumni is of enormous benefit to both. Another tracks annual employment statistics and is valuable for school planning and even recruitment.

University Unclassified Staff Employee of the Month February 2013
Name: Mark L. Reiske
Started at KU: 1989
Current title: Associate director, Office of Design & Construction Management
What that means: Reiske oversees a crew of architects, engineers and construction staff. Last summer he took on oversight of KU Construction, the University's in-house construction crew that transferred from Facilities Services, in addition to managing the Production Services group that performs in-house design and construction administration for projects with total costs less than $750,000. As lead architect for Production Services, Mark designs and manages dozens of remodeling, renovation and rehabilitation projects each year for KU and its affiliated corporations.

Notable: Known for completing projects on-time and within budget, Reiske saves the University and its affiliated corporations hundreds of thousands of dollars annually with his savvy procurement of materials and services as well as creative solutions to design or construction needs. In addition to dozens of regular projects, he also manages restorations after emergencies or natural disasters, such as the 2012 water main break that caused extensive water damage to the Murphy Art & Architecture Library and lower levels of the Spencer Museum of Art. Situations such as these can be especially challenging projects that have the added dimensions of extreme time constraints and temporarily relocating occupants and building contents during restoration. Reiske handles them with skill and aplomb.


Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.

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