August employees of the month

Matthew Garrett

AuMatthew Garrettgust Unclassified Employee of the Month


CURRENT TITLE: Assistant administrator, Information Technology Services

WHAT THAT MEANS: Garrett is the manager of the Web Development and Interface Design group. He is the main web development authority on campus and serves as a resource to many departments, including University Relations, who oversee the main KU web page.

NOTABLE: One particular contribution Garrett made to KU was as an integral part of deploying the automated configuration tool for the Secure Jayhawk rollout. Though he was pulled into the project mid-stream and only weeks before deployment, he customized the tool for the KU environment, tested it on many different platforms, interacted with the vendor and was ready to troubleshoot on the day of the rollout. For the campus rollout of the Microsoft Campus Agreement, he helped IT partner with the KU Bookstore and created a highly functional, user-friendly website. Garrett saw a need for better communication among the web developers across campus and created a group that meets monthly. These meetings provide real information and training on best practices, hot topics and pitfalls to avoid for any campus staff who work with websites. He also set up a web forum so the communication can occur anytime; through this, web-related staff share information, post and answer questions and genuinely help each other.

Enedina “Nina” Villeareal
Nina Villeareal
August University Support Staff Employee of the Month


CURRENT TITLE: Administrative professional in the University Advising Center

WHAT THAT MEANS: Responsible for the operations side of UAC, Nina was described by a colleague as “the University Advising Center’s central nervous system.” She coordinates payroll and travel, acts as liaison to HR/EO and FO, orders supplies and prepares the departmental budget. She also does support work for New Student Orientation.

NOTABLE: UAC administrators particularly acknowledge how well Nina coordinated the recarpeting and repainting of the office for a staff of more than 40 people in two locations. This actually meant overseeing the remodeling of two separate offices in addition to her normal duties, and even included coordinating the asbestos removal team. Nina also is involved with many Latino organizations both on campus and throughout the community, and she is recognized for sharing information and news on upcoming events with her co-workers.