University announces June 2014 employees of the month

Thu, 07/17/2014

Connie Gentry
Start date: Aug. 1, 2004
Job title: Administrative assistant, School of Education 

What that means: In her current role, Connie Gentry serves as the administrative assistant for an assistant dean and is most widely recognized as the “face” of the School’s Welcome Center.  Her duties also include maintenance of classroom schedules, coordinating conferences and meetings, and providing support wherever needed. She is perpetually pleasant and helpful to the people around her, especially students. Her institutional knowledge of the School of Education is beyond compare, providing a distinct advantage in managing the Welcome Center. She also is a creative thinker and one who enjoys a challenge, especially when it comes to improving services for the Welcome Center.

Notable: Gentry is always the first person to volunteer for added duties  — for example, when an associate dean lost his administrative assistant, Gentry volunteered to help him until a replacement could be found. When a faculty member wanted to bring 80 middle school students to KU for a visit, Gentry took the assignment and coordinated all the details, including food and gift bags.  
    


Janna Traver-McCann
Start date: February 2004
Job title: Assistant director and executive chef, KU Dining Services

What that means: Traver-McCann assists the director of Dining Services in areas of menu and recipe development for catering, retail cafes, residential dining and the athletic training table. Her work has affected the image of KU Catering across campus and nationally.

Notable: Traver-McCann was instrumental in the successful opening of Impromptu Café at the Kansas Union, an award-winning full-service a la carte restaurant. She discovered and implemented a unique way to bring the KU brand to banquets and refreshment orders via in-house sugar logo transfers for cakes and cookies. In the past 12 months Traver-McCann assisted in recipe development for Café Spice, the new Indian food concept at Wescoe Hall, and also collaborated on the redevelopment of menus for the Market at the Kansas Union.  She worked closely with several staff members to source products and develop recipes for the KYou Zone, a concept created specifically to serve gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and kosher meals at Mrs. E’s residential dining facility on Daisy Hill. This cutting-edge achievement garnered KU Dining Services considerable recognition and praise during the 2013 National Association of College & University Food Services sub regional conference.



Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.
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KU welcomes President Obama Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.


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