Meet the January 2012 Employees of the Month

Malcolm J. Neelley

Malcolm Neelley

2012 January University Support Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 1974

Current title: Graphic designer in the marketing unit 

What that means: Neelley has spent nearly 38 years working at KU Continuing Education, where he began as a word processing typist. His responsibilities in desktop and Internet publishing and marketing encompass an array of skills and duties. Neelley produces materials for independent study classes or conferences and meetings managed by KUCE, creates and places advertising, maintains web sites, databases, mailing lists and electronic archives. He designs targeted email in html and electronic registration confirmation systems, and takes responsibility for printer and equipment maintenance.

Notable: When it was decided to amplify the marketing campaign for Independent Study and promote university-wide summer school opportunities, Neelley volunteered to assist in producing the print ads and contribute to the constant and daily project management within a constrained timeframe.


Xanthippe Wedel

Xanthippe Wedel

2012 January Unclassified Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 1999

Current title: Information specialist within the Research Data and Computing Services Unit

What that means: Wedel maintains the Institute for Policy & Social Research websites and web-based surveys, manages and augments an extensive database of Kansas data, provides research support and Geographic Information System assistance to IPSR faculty affiliates and staff, and responds to inquiries or data requests from the public. In addition, she coordinates the Kansas Business and Industry Data Center and is a vital contributor to the production of the annual Kansas Statistical Abstract.

Notable: Exemplary of her notable performance is Wedel’s work on 2010 Census data collection. While doing address file preparation, she realized the data was incomplete and, through both technology and putting her feet on the ground, she identified over 8,000 address units to Douglas County alone that had been missed. This could mean a difference in nearly $30 million of federal aid to the county over the next decade.