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.



When looking to tackle the issue of obesity in rural America, where should we start? The answer is not what you might think. Empathy, says Christie Befort, an associate professor at KU who has just won a $10 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to investigate solutions to rural obesity. Many physicians are embarrassed talking about weight—especially in a small town where everybody knows each other, Befort says. By providing obesity treatment options in rural primary care, she plans to start a conversation, and maybe a revolution, in rural health care. For more details on Befort's efforts, check out the 2015 Chancellor's Report: http://bit.ly/1D5A5MO and her video: http://bit.ly/1C5xYZa Tags: #KUcommunities #Obesity #Health #Rural #Midwest Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute - PCORI

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Explore KU: Experience a KU Men's Basketball tradition It’s explosive. It’s dramatic. It’s intimidating. It’s a KU tradition (see more at http://bit.ly/KUtraditions) simply known as the Confetti Toss. But it creates a primal eruption of fan enthusiasm at the opening of every KU men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. It starts as the visiting team is introduced on court. The KU student section is visibly bored and unimpressed. The entire section under the north basket holds up University Daily Kansans — making the point they’d rather read the newspaper than even look at the other team. They shake and rustle the student newspapers. Then the moment they were waiting for arrives — the Jayhawks enter the court. All Rock Chalk breaks loose. Newspapers, confetti and thousands of thundering voices soar into already charged atmosphere of KU’s hallowed basketball arena. The confetti hits its high point, near the banner on the north wall reading “Pay Heed, All Who Enter: Beware of the Phog.” And the confetti rains back into the stands, onto the court and into the memories of all at hand. It’s time to play.


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