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.



KU in the news
Christian Science MonitorThu, 08/21/2014
Columbia Journalism ReviewThu, 08/21/2014
This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU physicists doing groundbreaking work at the Large Hadron Collider. http://t.co/blsTaCXfG5 #KUfacts #KUdiscoveries #CERN #physics
KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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