The secret to successfully managing any type of emergency is in the advanced planning and preparation. As part of our emergency preparedness efforts, the Emergency Management department has created a program that utilizes Building Advisory Committees. These committees will meet regularly and will be responsible for reporting emergency concerns within their buildings; disseminating information to all building occupants in a timely manner; and helping to plan annual evacuation drills. Committee members will be fully trained and ready to help out during an emergency.
Additionally, Building Advisory Committees will determine their building's emergency plan. Having a building emergency plan is not only dictated by the international fire code, but it is also a best management practice. Some Building Advisory Committees have already been formed and have completed their emergency plans. Ultimately, all 39 occupied buildings on campus will have an advisory committee and emergency plan. Visit the Emergency Management website for more information. If you have questions about this program, contact Kelly Morken, emergency management coordinator.
The Division of Student Services strives to meet the needs of all the students at KU Medical Center. This also means students stay healthy and focused. As part of this effort, Student Life developed a Wellness Program to help students successfully balance their academic and personal lives, using a holistic approach to wellness. The Wellness Program offers students a wide variety of educational seminars like "Avoid Burnout," "Eating for IQ," and "Test Taking Review" as well as activities that provide a source of stress relief, like Pilates and yoga. Since the start of the program in 2001, there have been more than 140 different seminar topics presented and numerous other wellness activities offered. The program is continually evaluated and adapted to meet the students' desires and needs.
Interested in Pilates? Kirmayer offers Pilates-type classes for KU Medical faculty, employees and students. "Viscosity" combines Pilates and yoga and takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Kirmayer will also be adding "Core Power" to the schedule at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All these classes incorporate basic Pilates principles of alignment, strengthening, and creating symmetry in the body. For more information on the classes, visit their website.
Pictured: Students Elise Umbarger, Laura Webb, Kat McNally, and Naina Picardo with Courtney Collado, Master Pilates Instructor.
The official launch date for the KUMC Market Center, our new online purchasing system, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12. The Market Center will replace PeopleSoft as the primary purchasing system for the Research Institute and university. With the exception of payments and reimbursements to human subjects, all requisitioning will transition from PeopleSoft to the Market Center. The new purchasing system will be available on Nov. 12 to all requisitioners who have completed the KUMC Market Center training class. If you currently create requisitions on behalf of your department and have not yet completed the training class, please contact the PeopleSoft Support Team immediately at 913-588-1121.
In addition, starting Monday, Oct. 28, KUMC purchasing will begin reviewing pending PeopleSoft requisitions for long-term commitments using state funds (e.g., capital projects) to determine if there is an opportunity to transition the requisition to the Market Center before the purchase order is generated. KUMC purchasing will contact you if this applies to one of your requisitions before transitioning the request.
Training for shoppers: Training for those who have been selected by their managers to be shoppers will begin the week of Nov. 4. A shopper can look at vendors, select products and submit the order to requisitioners to place it. The schedule of auditorium sessions is available from a link on the PeopleSoft Training page. No registration is required for these classes.
If you have any questions about the launch of the KUMC Market Center or training, please contact the PeopleSoft Support team at 913-588-1121.