May 23, 2016

KUMed Central

Peace Officers Memorial

Memorial service: KU Medical Center observed Peace Officers Memorial Day May 17. The day pays tribute to the local, state and federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty. At the ceremony, James Durst, safety and security officer I, was presented with the Public Safety Employee of the Year award, and Sgt. Jeneb Coleman was given the Officer of the Year award.

Pictured: Doug Girod, James Durst, Chief Rick Johnson, Jeneb Coleman and Steffani Webb   

Parking survey

The university and hospital are now managing parking together, and leadership wants to know how to make the parking experience better. Please take a few minutes to complete the parking survey. The deadline to take the survey is Friday, May 27.

Stuff that might interest you

Construction updates: Crews will begin to remove areas of the sidewalk on the south side of 39th Street this week. Pedestrians will be routed to a temporary walkway, which will serve as an entrance to and exit from the Orr Major building. Also, the overhang on the north side of Orr Major will be locked off in preparation of the overhang demolition. The student lockers in the overhang will be relocated to the 1st floor hallways in Orr Major.

PG5 progress report: View the Parking Garage 5 progress report for the week ending May 20.

PeopleAdmin upgrade: The human resources department is pleased to announce the transition to an upgraded version of the applicant tracking portal, PeopleAdmin 7.0. The new upgrade will enhance and improve the applicant experience, as well as improve recruitment efforts and workflows. Read more.

Child care center update: For several years, the cross-functional KUMC Child Care Task Force has been working on the possibility of providing child care on campus. Last spring a child care needs assessment was conducted on campus, and based on survey results, the task force began researching options and determining next steps. To hear more about progress and next steps, you are invited to attend an informational session at noon on Tuesday, June 7, in the SON Auditorium. Add to your calendar.

A Healthy U: The 2016 A Healthy U program and incentive structure have been finalized and are posted on the A Healthy U website. You may also download the June-August events calendar and/or email if you would like to receive email reminders about upcoming events.

Campus-wide Leadership Series: All employees are invited to the final leadership series, "There Is No I in Team," noon-1 p.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Bill Self, KU men's basketball head coach, and Joe Carter, baseball legend, will talk about their mentors, journey to fame and team philosophy. Sign up. If you missed any of the series, you can access the recordings here.

Faculty Affairs and Development workshop: The School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is offering the "Facilitating Small Group Learning Workshop," noon-4:30 p.m., June 9, SON B018. This team-based and case-based learning will be facilitated by Jack Kues, Ph.D., associate dean of continuous professional development at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Sign up.

Navy commission ceremony: Gunnery Sgt. Justin Williams, who received his BSN degree from the KU School of Nursing in May, was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy during a special ceremony on campus. Read more.

Advances: Click here for an online version of Advances, The University of Kansas Hospital's bi-weekly news publication.


May 24-26: KUMC Auxiliary Spring Bazaar. View flyer.

May 25: Free yoga class sponsored by A Healthy U, noon-12:45 p.m., Kirmayer. Register and click on the Group Fitness tab.

May 25: REDCap training, 3-4 p.m., Dykes Library. Training will focus on the basics of building and maintaining projects. Sign up.

May 26: ComPsych's (Employee Assistance Program) "Letting Go of Things that Hold You Back" webinar, 3-4 p.m. Sign up.

June 2: School of Medicine Faculty Advancement Series: Work/Life Balance, noon-1 p.m., Clendening Auditorium. Sign up.

June 3: Deadline to nominate a woman faculty member for the Patricia A. Thomas, MD Diversity and Inclusion Award. Read more.

June 15: Blood drive, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Hixson Atrium. Everyone who registers will be eligible for free Royals tickets. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove with questions.


Judy Bielby, MBA, RHIA, clinical assistant professor of health information management, and Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, received the Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more.


Charles Brackett, Jr., M.D., research and emeritus professor, died May 13.


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