Feb. 16, 2015

KUMed Central

January birthday employees
As part of the employee recognition program, C.A.R.E., Human Resources is hosting monthly birthday celebrations, complete with cake and prizes. January birthday attendees pictured: first row - Wilonda Lowe, Judy Bielby, In-Young Choi, Erin Manuel; second row - Steffani Webb, Richard Campbell, Thomas Decock, Sonny Painter; third row - Neil Segal, Richard Sundell. View more photos.   

New leaders heading up compliance and human resources 

Two far-reaching departments are getting a fresh start under new leadership and vision. Lisa Hoebelheinrich, former associate general counsel, fully transitioned into her new role of associate vice chancellor for compliance, effective Feb. 1. Chari Young, former associate general counsel, transitioned into her new role as associate vice chancellor for human resources, effective Feb. 15. Both have already identified their top priorities. Read more.

Commitment to an inclusive community 

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, KU Provost Jeffrey Vitter and our Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod, M.D. want to assure our campuses of their commitment to KU being an inclusive community, despite the governor's executive order. Read more.

Stuff that might interest you

Tornado drill: A campus-wide tornado drill will be conducted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m., in conjunction with the state tornado drill. It is critical that all faculty, staff and students on campus understand where to go and what to do during an actual tornado so all members of campus will be expected to participate. Practicing for an emergency will make actions automatic in the event of a real disaster. Read more.

Ash Wednesday: Mass times for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, will be 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Spencer Chapel. The chapel is just north of the Richard and Annette Bloch Radiation Oncology Pavilion (between Robinson and the oncology pavilion). If you have questions, contact the chapel at 913-945-7849.

Campus beautification recognition: KU Medical Center has earned the 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Read more.

Research Day: KU Medical Center students participated in the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol and the Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 11-12. Read more. View photos from the Undergraduate Research Day

Collaborating on a biospecimen repository

The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Truman Medical Center join forces to create a regional biobank that will collect blood and tissue samples needed to conduct translational research. Read more.

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Feb. 16: Shuttle stop in Lot 100 (off Rainbow Extension) is now located outside the lot (approximately 50 feet from original location). Contact Parking Services at 913-588-5175 with questions.

Feb. 18-19: Onsite blood drive, note new times. Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Francisco Lounge. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas.Read why employee Lois Winningham donates regularly.

Feb. 21: Spring Festival Gala celebrates the Chinese New Year with traditional games, performances and food, beginning at 4 p.m., Francisco Lounge. Open to everyone. Hosted by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association and sponsored by the Office of International Programs. Sign up here.

Feb. 21: JayRock10 concert, to benefit JayDoc Free Clinic, will host Max Frost at the Uptown Theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $35 for VIP. VIP includes dinner and an open bar from 6-8:30 p.m. before the show. Read more and buy tickets.

March 13: Deadline to complete the participation waiver for this year's Corporate Challenge games. Kick-off Walk is April 24. Read more.  


Kathy Johnston, clinical instructor in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, is the first person to earn certification in Kansas as an Early Start Denver Model therapist for working with children with autism. Read more.


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