Meet October's Employees of the Month
Brian R. Baker
October Support Staff employee of the month
Started at KU: 2006
Current title: skilled-trades worker in general maintenance
What that means: Baker is responsible for work on all the buildings, equipment and grounds of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, a multi-building complex on extensive land in Reno County between Hutchinson and Yoder. He juggles many projects simultaneously and yet gets each done in a timely manner. Frequently he has to re-prioritize as situations change or emergencies pop up.
Notable: Baker consistently saves the KLETC money and helps its resources stretch farther, which is particularly valuable in these times of tight budget constraints. He completed his EPA certification in 2010 and so can now do even more tasks that previously required a hired contractor and costly bids. For instance, he replaced a 30-ton air conditioning compressor at a savings of approximately $4,000 below a bid. He also rebuilt hydraulics on a dump truck for several thousand dollars less than an outsourced bid for just the parts.
October Unclassified staff employee of the month
Started at KU: 2009
Current title: communications coordinator, University Relations
What that means: Ladage is responsible for building and coding new and existing web sites that serve the university at large. Though working on large, time-consuming projects, he gracefully accommodates and quickly completes smaller web-related requests.
Notable: One of his primary successes has been the creation of the online undergraduate course catalog. Thanks to Ladage’s knowledge and work ethic the undergraduate catalog was brought online in a remarkably short period of time. While current students can search for courses online, student recruitment also is enhanced by making the wide range of KU courses more easily visible to prospective students, and the shift from a printed catalog annually saves the university $45,000 in printing costs. Ladage has created other database-driven web sites for UR, online brochures and a video player, and he is central to the project that is syndicating KU news across school and department sites. For the Office of Admissions, Ladage did key programming work on a personalized recruitment video.