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.


 



David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he works with KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, are important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.” Tags: #KUcommunities #CivilRights #History American Studies at KU
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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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