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Division of Facilities News

Category: JAN/FEB 2018

Happy New Year!

As many in our K-State family have been hit with the flu and other ailments of the season, keeping those New Year’s Resolutions is probably the last thing on our minds. Especially since half of those resolutions don’t make it past January. However, with the Naturally Slim program starting this week, the ideas of losing weight and/or getting healthy are on the minds of many of us. If you struggle to stick to new habits and/or kick an old one, here are some helpful hints to get you closer to achieving your personal goals.

  • Specific. Your resolution should be very clear and concrete. Making vague goals like “I want to lose weight” are setting you up for failure. Instead, decide how much weight you want to lose and at what time interval. Losing 5 pounds in two months is very doable.
  • Measurable. This is important for weight loss or fitness goals but it can be used to cut back on something too…like binge-watching Netflix! Set an egg timer to allow yourself a certain amount of time and commit to doing something else when the buzzer goes off. It also helps to log progress in a journal or by using an app on your phone. Physically logging your progress is a great way to reinforce behaviors that lead to success, no matter what your resolution may be.
  • Achievable. Set big goals but be sure to break them up into smaller ones that will not seem so overwhelming. If you are trying to save for retirement, be realistic about the amount you can save each month. Even if it is $50, you will enjoy the success of meeting a small goal en-route to achieving the larger one.
  • Relevant. Ask yourself what is your motivation for achieving your goal? If you are motivated by guilt or a momentary “high” than it won’t be enough to keep you going. However, if you spend some time thinking about how your goal will improve your quality of life, your relationships, or just your over-all well-being, you have a significantly greater chance for success.
  • Time-bound. Like achievable, the time-line to reach your goals should be realistic too. Give yourself enough time to achieve the smaller goals along the way. Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of a Habit” said

“If you’re building a habit, you’re planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months.”



Don’t Forget!

The Division of Human Capital Services is now accepting nominations for staff awards. In addition to the Unclassified Professional Staff Awards of Excellence and University Support Staff Awards of Excellence, there is a new award opportunity, The Belonging Award, for both unclassified professionals and university support staff designed to recognize outstanding efforts toward building a more inclusive environment at K-State:



  • K-State University Support Staff Belonging Award – Recognizes outstanding work on inclusivity and belonging efforts at K-State. All university support, benefits eligible staff members (full or part time) are eligible to be nominated.


  •  K-State University Support Staff Awards of Excellence – Recognizes exemplary performance and contributions of university support staff members who excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and strong commitment to K-State’s mission. All university support, benefits eligible staff members (full or part time) are eligible to be nominated. One winner will be selected from each of the following three categories:
  1. Office & Clerical
  2. Technical & Professional
  3. Service, Maintenance & Skill Crafts




  •  President’s Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals – Recognizes unclassified professional staff members who achieve excellence and/or make exemplary contributions to the mission and values of K-State. Unclassified professional staff (or non-faculty) with a minimum of three years of continuous service who are employed at five-tenths or greater on a regular or term appointment are eligible. One winner will be selected from each of the following five categories:
  1. Team Building, group activity, service to the university
  2. Exceptional productivity, creativity or innovation
  3. Distinguished accomplishment
  4. Leadership
  5. Belonging – new in 2018



All nominations require a completed nomination form AND two letters of support from other individuals. All nomination forms and accompanying letters of support are due by February 16.

Please visit the Human Capital Services webpage for more information.



Many Thanks…

for all the work they have done to help CATS’ CUPBOARD, the K-State food pantry.

Erin Bishop, Food Pantry Coordinator


TO HYSUK STODDARD for all of her hard work caring for Dole Hall and the K-Staters that work there.



Hello all, 

The Athletic Director at Manhattan High School stopped me today during their swim

meet to express his (and the swim coach’s) appreciation for efforts being made in the Natatorium to improve the air quality. He stated he had not been in the Nat since the end of their spring season (May) and he was “blown away” by the marked difference in the air quality stating  “…the difference is just unbelievable. They have done a fantastic job.”

 He praised K-State several times and noted that he could see there were things being done to try and improve that situation. Thank you for your continued efforts. -Val

-Valerie Coltharp, Program Associate, UFM Community Learning Center



Good morning everyone!
It was great having you in the
Supervisor Toolkit class at K-State last month. Larry and

I would like to thank you for the wonderful hospitality we were shown. I have attached a class photo that we took. We wish you all the best in your careers in Facilities Management.
Best, Steve
                                    -Stephen D. McClain, CMMS/Training Coordinator

University of Arkansas

Just For Fun!

K-State’s Recycling Department entered a float in the Manhattan Mayor’s Holiday parade last month. The float was built by Kelly & Mark Whitehair and Dianne & Bill Spiegel.




Happy Retirement!

Congratulations to several members of our Facilities Family who have recently reached that beautiful season of life called, “retirement”! Thank you for your valued years of service and we wish you all the best as you begin this next chapter in your life!

Eugene Williams, Custodial Specialist for Steve Greinke’s crew.



Mary Walgrave, Landscape Tech II for Joe Myers crew.


Augie Gonzales, Landscape Tech II for Joe Myers crew.


Kris Fulkerson, Storeroom & Procurement Manager


Welcome to Our Team!


Justin Shank was hired as an IT Support Specialist for Space Management. He is working for Heather Mills.



Branden Helvie was hired as a Custodial Specialist. He is working for Chaz Jackson.



Drew Alexander was hired as a Custodial Specialist. He is working for Stephanie Brecheisen.



Nathaniel Settle was hired as a Custodial Specialist. He is working for Roger Schneider.


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