Oct. 6, 2014

KUMed Central

Shane Minsey before_after photos
Since 2008, Shane Minsey, classroom support specialist in TLT-Media, has shed 120 pounds and has maintained a healthy lifestyle. While it's been a long journey, he has never looked back. Read more. Inspirational stories like this will be part of our new health and wellness initiative, A Healthy U. Read Dr. Girod's message on the initiative and visit the A Healthy U website

Flu Stop clinics begin Oct. 8

Flu Stop clinics will again be offered this year at no charge to staff. The University of Kansas Hospital now requires all staff to receive an annual flu vaccination, including university employees who treat or are around patients. The vaccination is still voluntary but strongly encouraged for other university employees. Voucher is required. Read more.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and KU Medical Center's Information Security team is hosting lunch 'n learn programs every Tuesday in October to help you protect yourself. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires Sept. 29. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Customer service survey: What are your customer service experiences related to Human Resources, Information Resources, and Dykes Library? Take part in a survey and provide feedback that will help these departments provide better service. Watch for an email this week. You will have two weeks to complete the survey. Contact Melissa Nickel, Enterprise Project Management Office, with questions.

United Way campaign: KU Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital, and The University of Kansas Physicians are again supporting United Way of Wyandotte County in a joint campaign. This year's theme - Live Heroic - is about the powerful hero in all of us and also focuses on the power of a dollar. Read more.

Annual Security Report: KU makes safety and security reports available to its community, students, and employees. These reports provide important information, including several items for which federal law requires disclosure. Read more.

Emergency Preparedness Week winners: Thank you to everyone who participated in the preparedness activities. Find out the winners of the activities.

Bringing health care to Haiti

KU family medicine resident Jonathan Philippe has a passion for helping underserved populations in his home country of Haiti. Read more. 

Driven to support cancer research 

Sales of Driven to Cure license plates are funding breast cancer research at Midwest Cancer Alliance member institutions across Kansas. Read more.


Oct. 7: Cybersecurity Awareness Month lunch 'n learns, noon-1 p.m., 1025 Orr-Major. Sessions offered Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28. Sign up here

Oct. 11: KU Eye Insight Out event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Park in Prairie Village. Free vision, hearing, blood sugar and pressure screenings, and family picnic and activities. Open to the public. Contact Deb Kephart for more information.

Oct. 23: Fisher Scientific appreciation event, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Beller Conference Center, Hemenway building. Food and refreshments available, and all employees are invited. Bring your ID badge. Contact Stephen Scanlon for more information. Download flier.


Paige Geiger, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, received the Rising Trendsetter Award at the inaugural Stemmy Awards and Gala celebration hosted by Central Exchange. This award recognizes women who work in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. Read more.

Danny Welch, Ph.D., professor and chair of cancer biology, and University Distinguished Professor of Medicine Carol Fabian, M.D., will receive continued funding from the Susan G. Komen organization. Read more.


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Last modified: Oct 06, 2014