Nov. 2, 2015

KUMed Central

New hires Oct. 26, 2015

Welcome to our new employees! Meet our new additions.

HealthQuest rewards deadline Nov. 15

The deadline for university employees to qualify for a $480 health insurance premium discount for 2016 through the HealthQuest rewards program is Nov. 15, 2015. You must complete the health assessment questionnaire, worth 10 credits, and earn an additional 20 credits by the deadline. Read more.  

Stuff that might interest you

Construction update: View the Health Education Building progress report for week ending Oct. 30.

Veterans Week: Military and Veterans Affairs is hosting a presentation, 3 p.m., Nov. 10, SON Auditorium, by Col. Risa Ware, Irwin Army Community Hospital Commander, Fort Riley, Kan. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner and has served in a variety of positions, including as chief of Logistics Coalition Military Transition Teams in 2006 in Iraq. Open to students, faculty and staff, and light refreshments will be served. Read more.

Holiday charities: View a list of opportunities for employees and students to support charitable efforts during the holidays. Current opportunities include a Feed a Family program, gift basket program for seniors and winter apparel drive for children. Read more.

A Healthy U: Recordings from the Oct. 23 A Healthy U finale event are now available on the A Healthy U website. If you want credit for the events to earn five HealthQuest credits, email by Nov. 12. Remember, the deadline to log HealthQuest credits is Nov. 15. Qualified employees will save $480 on their 2016 health insurance premium.

Accelerated payroll schedule: Due to the upcoming holidays, payroll deadlines have changed. Beginning Friday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, all time and absence must be submitted and approved on the Friday before the end of the pay period. Contact Stephanie Galloway or Kelly Murphy with questions.

Keeping childhood cancer survivors healthy: The KU Cancer Center is using virtual diet and exercise programs to help adult survivors of childhood cancer eat a balanced diet and get the exercise they need to live healthier lives. Read more.

VA secretary visit: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited campus Oct. 28 and spoke to faculty, students and staff. He also toured the new Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning. View photos.

Dog therapy: Gunner and Uma from Loving Paws Animal Therapy Program, Inc., helped student pet their stress away during a visit Oct. 28. View photos.


Nov. 4: Onsite blood drive, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in Hixson Atrium. This drive is especially important since donations drastically decrease during the holidays. The blood from this drive will be used through the Thanksgiving week. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove with questions.

Nov. 5: Speed Science networking, 3:30-5:30 p.m., SON 4024 Varnes. This event will include researchers from Children's Mercy, University of Missouri-Kansas City and KU Medical Center. Participants can hear two-minute summaries of ongoing innovative research and one-minute pitches for new research ideas and collaborations. View agenda.

Nov. 11: No shuttle service for Veterans Day. Parking will be open color zones. Contact Kevin Rowald with questions.

Nov. 19: National Rural Health Day, 1-2 p.m., Murphy Lobby. Stop by any time during the hour for a reception and photography voting. Read more.


Gary Doolittle, M.D., professor of medical oncology and head of the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth, was named to Ingram's Top Doctors 2015. Read more.


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