Meet the October employees of the month
UNIVERSITY UNCLASSIFIED STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Started: January 2005
Current title: Information Specialist I
What that means: Fair oversees four computer and print labs that are used by hundreds of undergraduates, faculty, and design graduate students. He is responsible for the operation of several high-end printers as well as an extensive array of computers, scanners and other equipment, as well as the relevant software. He provides IT support to the department faculty, staff, and students.
Notable: Steve has greatly improved the technology standards for the Department of Design, boosted equipment purchases, and standardized the interface or work environment among all the labs. One result of the technology in the department being aligned on similar standards and easy to use is better student work. The Department of Design is at above industry standards in many cases. Since the design department was incorporated into the programs within the newly merged School of Architecture, Design & Planning in 2010, Steve has worked with those IT staff to combine resources and provide better facilities across the school.
UNIVERSITY SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Current title: Dietitian, manager of the new North College Café
What that means: As assistant manager for the operation known affectionately as Mrs. E, Jim had diverse responsibilities from human relations/personnel oversight, to food production, staff training, service excellence and much more. His duties and supervisory responsibility have only increased with his promotion. He interviewed, staffed and scheduled in addition to everything else that needed to be done for the newest dining operation to open with the start of the semester.
Notable: Jim has been instrumental on several committees for KU Dining, including the group who designed the recently enacted employee training directed toward increasing employee retention. He works with his large staff of part-time students to assure they are meeting their obligations both at work and in the classroom. He even led a lab at Mrs. E's that enabled off-campus K-State students to meet requirements for learning about food production, equipment and special events so they could pass a required course for a degree.