Meet the March Employees of the Month

W. Lynn Watney

March Unclassified Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 1976

Current title: Senior scientist of the Kansas Geological Survey

What that means: Watney focuses on uncovering an improved understanding of the Kansas subsurface, particularly in relation to the state’s oil and gas resources. Most recently his career has been devoted to safety and efficacy of storing industrial-sourced carbon dioxide deep underground in south-central Kansas.

Notable: Watney’s efforts have yielded a number of high-profile, large-budget research opportunities in CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery, including the largest external contract in KGS history. The millions of award dollars that have been processed through KUCR in these areas over the years might not have been awarded without Watney’s work. These high-profile projects also create important visibility and recognition for KU in its efforts to promote basic research that benefits Kansas residents.


Rechelle Wustefeld

March University Support Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 1999

Current title: KU Comptroller’s Office accountant

What that means: Wustefeld audits and approves financial transactions in the university’s financial system, FSKU. She audits purchase orders, service orders and accounts payable vouchers, as well as transactions in the Business Procurement Card system, to ensure that KU rules, regulations, policies and procedures are adhered to. Wustefeld is also the central accounting services liaison for some 40 assigned KU departments.

Notable: In 2011, Wustefeld maintained her own demanding workload while training two new auditors as the CAS department dealt with turnover due to promotions, departments and retirements. She used her time management skills to make sure the two new auditors were fully trained, to continue in her regular daily responsibilities, and to help answer departments’ year-end funding questions, all with the best interests of CAS in mind and a positive attitude.