Aug. 18, 2014

KUMed Central

New employees

Welcome to our new employees! Meet our new additions.  

Lessons learned from power outage 

Thank you for all of the great feedback from the Aug. 13 power outage. We will have a full After Action Review for you next week in KUMed Central as we identified plenty of improvement opportunities, including more communications to the campus. Read more.  

Stuff that might interest you 

Murphy Courtyard closed to pedestrians: Demolition on Murphy Courtyard took place this past weekend. Construction is expected to continue with minimal noise and disruption for the next four to five weeks. Pedestrian access is now restricted through the duration of construction, and we will let you know when the courtyard is open to foot traffic again. Contact David Rau, facilities management, at 913-945-5943 with questions.

Parking passes for KU-Lawrence: If you are a KU Medical Center permit holders traveling to KU-Lawrence, you may print a Reciprocal Day Pass to park there. Click here for instructions. Note: The corresponding pass must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle which must correspond to your registered license number. Contact Kevin Rowald with any questions.

MS Office upgrade: Office 2013 is available for you to install. Access it from the Desktop Manager (the grey rocket ship icon on your Windows desktop), click the Software Deployment Portal button and click Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013. Mac users do not have an upgrade. Contact Customer Support with questions at 913-588-7995.

Hawk Week: This year's Hawk Week is Aug. 19-25. Hawk Week, in its eighth annual year, serves as the official student welcome. Check out the activities planned.

Help HIM students: The Department of Health Information Management is working with health care-related institutions in the community to create permanent part-time jobs for students. You can mentor a student by guiding, teaching, and/or hiring HIM students. Read more.

International programs: The Office of International Programs is excited to host, co-host and promote different events during the next year. Check out the 2014-2015 event calendar. Note the key at the top indicating the target audience for each program.

WIMS scholarship: Each year, the Association of American Medical Colleges holds a Mid-Career Women Professional Development Seminar. Women in Medicine & Science, in conjunction with the Joy McCann Professorship, are offering two scholarships to cover registration costs for the seminar, Dec. 6-9 in Austin, TX. Application deadline is Aug. 25. Read more.

Plastic surgery discounts: The Department of Plastic Surgery is now offering a 25 percent discount to KU Medical Center employees on skincare products and spa services. Download flier. Visit their website for information on the department and services they offer. Click here for a listing of available products.


Aug. 19: U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder has announced a National Institutes of Health forum Aug. 19, at the KU Edwards campus. The forum's focus will be the NIH research efforts' effect on Kansas. Doug Girod, M.D., EVC, and Scott Weir, Pharm.D., Ph.D., director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, will participate. Read more.

Aug. 26: EVC town hall, 1-2 p.m., SON auditorium. Dean Simari will provide a School of Medicine update, and Dr. Girod will discuss budget enhancement requests. ITV and live streaming will be available. Read more.

Sept. 9: KU Eye is sponsoring a lecture by Patricia Turner, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, who will give a presentation on "How daily light exposure and ocular aging affect health and longevity," 6-7 p.m., KU Eye Center. Download flier.  


Jo Halverson, director, Faculty Affairs and Development, will be retiring after 30 years of exemplary service to the School of Medicine. Stop by a reception to honor Jo's accomplishments and wish her well in her retirement endeavors Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2-4 p.m., SON Varnes Boardroom. A short presentation will take place at 2:45 p.m.


Bernice Jackson, business manager in Continuing Education and Professional Development, died July 30.


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Last modified: Aug 18, 2014