April 6, 2015

KUMed Central

March birthdays
As part of C.A.R.E., the employee recognition program, Human Resources is hosting monthly birthday celebrations. March birthday attendees pictured: first row – Tina Vanraden, Kelsie Nunnally, Liliana Abdualla-Martinez, Kathy Marian, Stacy Leonard, Anja Browning; second row – Tity Kpandeyenge, Xiao Yang, Kristie Handenfeld, Marcio Santos, Kurt Schropp; third row – Laurie Washington, Rupal Soder, Winnie Dunn, Gloria Trinca; fourth row – Angel White, Diane Etzel-Wise, Robert Beaird, Jeff Lockington, Connie Kramer. View photos.

New Ask the EVC process

It is important for employees to have a direct line of communication to leadership, and that is why we created the Ask the EVC email channel. However, a need to improve this channel has been identified and a new expectation is in place. You may also read the latest Ask the EVC Q&A. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires March 30. Meet our new additions.        

Stuff that might interest you

Parking garage annual cleaning: Parking Services will be closing KU Medical Center parking garages for their annual cleaning and service, beginning with Cambridge garage April 17–20. View the schedule.

Pedestrian bridge closed April 11–12: The pedestrian bridge over 39th Street will be closed Saturday and Sunday, April 11–12, for electrical work. For your safety, barriers will be installed. All pedestrians will be re-routed and should follow the detour signs. Pedestrians can travel between Wahl Hall East and Lied using the first floor. Travel from Lied to Hemenway and Lied to the Research Support Facility will be closed. The stairwell that provides access to the bridge from Dykes will be closed. Contact Jim Lorenz at 913-588-7974 with questions.

Views on child care needed: Leadership is considering child care options on campus. KU Medical Center faculty, staff, students, residents and post-docs or fellows are invited to participate in a voluntary survey. The results and feedback from the survey will help inform the process. Survey closes 4 p.m. April 22. Read more and take survey.

Legislative updates: The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to adjourn for break April 3, returning April 27. Final action on the budget, including funding for KU-Lawrence and KU Medical Center, is expected to be delayed until May. Read state updates.

HPV awareness: The Cancer Center is joining with the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc., Midwest Cancer Alliance and others to bring Melinda Wharton, M.D., MPH, director – National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, to an event for HPV awareness May 6. Kansas has the lowest HPV vaccination rates in the country. KU Medical Center physicians, nursing staff and students, MPH students and parents of teenagers are invited to attend this event.

Postdoc Press newsletter: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs puts together a quarterly newsletter that provides the latest on postdoc opportunities, events and programs. Click here to access the current issue, which includes articles on Ph.D. employment worries, tips on networking and understanding social styles. You can also link to previous issues here. If you would like to be added to this newsletter distribution list, please email PostdoctoralOffice@kumc.edu.

Employee artist's work featured: Phil Shafer, graphic design specialist in the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC), was featured on Fox 4 for a Kansas City Royals mural he's spray painting. Phil's artwork can be seen around Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., as well as Chicago, Illinois. He's most known for his Angry Zebra mural at 12th & Grand Street and Middle of the Map Fest Mural in Westport. Watch newscast.

Grande Affair: The School of Medicine held its annual Grande Affair awards banquet March 21. Jana Zaudke, M.D., assistant professor in Family Medicine, was the winner of the prestigious Rainbow Award, which honors faculty who exemplify the attributes of professionalism in medicine and share those qualities with the students they mentor. Read more and view photo.

Exploring health care careers: Student Explorers from J.C. Harmon, Washington and Wyandotte high schools in Kansas City, Kan., investigated health care careers in the University of Kansas R.E.A.C.H. Lab. Watch video .


April 8: Rebecca Lepping, Ph.D., senior scientist, and Zaid Mansour, graduate student, will provide an evening of enchanting music from the songbooks of Aretha Franklin to Ed Sheeran. The concert is free and open to the public. Read more.

April 15: Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are invited to the 4th annual Continuing Education Symposium on Patient Blood Management: A Multidisciplinary Responsibility, 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m., InterContinental Hotel. View flyer.

April 15-16: KUMC Auxiliary Spring Bazaar and plant sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., hospital lobby. Vendors will include Jim the Watchman, Shoe Roads, All Things Beaded and more.

April 20-21: Onsite blood drive, April 20, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; April 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Francisco Lounge. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Find out why employee Susan Cannon donates regularly.

May 3: Outpacing Melanoma 5k run/walk, 8 a.m. at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kan. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Center. Register by April 30. Read more.

May 4: Melanoma Monday, free skin cancer screening to the first 100 people, 1–5 p.m., Dermatology Clinic, 4th floor of the Medical Office Building. Call 913-588-4719 or email bgroneman@kumc.edu to reserve a spot. This is the largest free skin cancer screening event in the area .


William M. Diedrich, professor emeritus in the Hearing and Speech Department, died March 27. The William M. Diedrich Award for the Outstanding Student in Speech-Language Pathology is given annually in his honor.


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