…to CHRIS SLATTERY, Custodial Specialist for receiving the “ABOVE & BEYOND” AWARD from The Career Center!
“I am inspired daily by the work that Chris does for our Berney Family Welcome Center facility. He works so incredibly hard. I’m sure it is not always fun or easy work but rather physical and detailed. I know that when we invite guests, our facility is always ready to greet whomever might come through the doors (and we have A LOT of guests). Chris not only keeps the public sides of our space looking great but also cleans the back of house very thoroughly as well. I have no idea how he does everything in a week, but I’m so glad he works here and takes his job very seriously. He is also very personable, greets everyone with a smile, and asks how we are doing. It could be challenging to navigate cleaning spaces while people are using them, but Chris does it with a smile. He also puts lots of smiles on our faces as he comes through. For these reasons and more, he is very deserving of the ABOVE & BEYOND Award! Thank you, Chris, for all you do!”
-Dana Nordyke, Sr. Assistant Director, K-State Career Center
…to CHEYANNE BRUNNER (daughter of Tim Brunner) for being selected as a finalist for K-State’s Presidential Scholarship as well as The Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship.
Cheyanne was one of twelve finalists for the Presidential Scholarship. (Cheyanne is in the back row, second from the right)
Cheyanne was one of five finalists selected for the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship. (Cheyanne is second from the right)
There were a total of 282 applicants for both scholarships.
Pump Alignment Training
Members of our Power Plant team received a two-day training in order to use a new alignment tool. Proper alignment improves reliability and longevity of machinery used in our Power Plant to keep campus buildings at correct temperatures.
IPad Training with Zones
Our building maintenance zones employees went through training with an Apple Inc. representative on Thursday, April 5th in order to begin using iPads in the field. Utilizing this technology will significantly improve our ability to process work orders with greater efficiency and precision.
The many customers of Hye Suk Stoddard would like to say a big “THANK YOU” for all of her faithful years of keeping the buildings of our campus looking great. She will be missed!
Congratulations to several members of our Facilities Family who have reached that beautiful season of life called, “RETIREMENT”! We are grateful for your valued years of service and we wish you all the best as you begin this next chapter in your life!
Marvin Heck, Custodial Specialist
Marvin worked at K-State for 5 years in Custodial Service. He made a big impression in a short amount of time as a friendly presence. His co-workers described him as a great joke teller and always kept them laughing. Although he enjoyed the lighter side of life, he was a quiet and dedicated worker. He was known as someone you could count on in an emergency or when extra volunteers were needed for a job. He loved working for the students and occupants of the buildings he maintained.
Clifford Williams, Custodial Supervisor Senior
Clifford worked at K-State a total of 29 years and worked for Custodial Services 27 years. Although Clifford did not intend to stay long-term within the Custodial department, he found it to be a very fulfilling career he really enjoyed. His own experience led him to encourage his crew to “stick with it” and consider a career within Facilities Services. His smile, generous spirit, and friendly personality will be missed by all of us!
Mark George, Project Manager
Mark worked in K-State’s department of Campus Planning for 8 years. He managed several projects including the Engineering Phase IV Expansion, which received the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Associated General Contractors of Kansas, Inc. in 2017. Mark is described by his colleagues as detail-oriented and an “outside the box” thinker. He was often able to present truly unique solutions to various problems. We wish him all the best as he begins a much-deserved retirement!
Sue Maloney, Custodial Specialist
Sue worked for K-State a total of 13 years and worked for Custodial Services 11 years. She is described by her colleagues as an amazing employee who was very friendly and always had a big smile on her face! She was well-loved by her co-workers and the occupants of buildings she maintained. She will be greatly missed!
Hye Suk Stoddard, Custodial Specialist
Hye Suk worked a total of 28 years at K-State in Custodial Services and Vet Med Custodial Services. Hye Suk was known for her generosity, amazing work ethic, and ability to problem-solve. In addition, she loved helping out co-workers that may be falling behind. Her building occupants would tell you she always went “Above & Beyond”.
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.”
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:
- Office & Clerical
- Technical & Professional
- 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:
- Team Building, group activity, service to the university
- Exceptional productivity, creativity or innovation
- Distinguished accomplishment
- 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.
…TO JEANETTE JOHNSON & FACILITIES STAFF 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.
…TO ALL FACILITIES STAFF WHO WORKED ON THE NATATORIUM
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
…TO THE ORGANIZERS OF THE “SUPERVISOR TOOLKIT CLASS”
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.
-Stephen D. McClain, CMMS/Training Coordinator
University of Arkansas
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.