Hi Everyone! My name is Cheryl Edwards. I work in the POT IBU in the College of Arts & Sciences. I’ve worked at UK since August 2001. I worked in the Biology Dept. for about 12 years before the reorganization. I worked at the Hardin County Clerk’s Office/Vehicle Registration in Hardin County (Elizabethtown) for 15 ½ years before moving to Lexington. I grew up military, mostly between Ft. Knox and Germany. My mother is German and I was born there. I have one sister and two brothers.
It has been a fast moving week with the start of the semester activities. It was great to see a large group of staff volunteering to help with events during K Week and LLP move in. Your efforts were much appreciated across the College. Your investment in and support of our incoming students prepares them for continued success.
The fall semester A&S brown bag luncheons are scheduled so that you can save the date on your calendars. Final topics and leaders will be relayed in future A&S newsletters.
September 15 (Tuesday/12-1pm/POT 318/Joe Lewis & James Thomas/"Realistic Advising" presentation made at NACADA conference)
October 20 (Tuesday/12-1pm/POT 245/Topic & Presenter TBD)
November 17 (Tuesday/12-1pm/POT 318/Topic & Presenter TBD)
December 15 (Tuesday/12-1pm/POT 318/Topic & Presenter TBD)
I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. Following in the footsteps of my only sister, I attended North Central High School there. Once senior year came around, I was determined to be independent and deviate from my sister’s path by attending an out-of-state university. As I was researching schools in the surrounding areas, the University of Kentucky really stuck out to me. It was not until I visited campus, however, that I really felt as though I had found my place. Everyone was quite friendly to me, the campus looked great, and I loved Chandler Hospital – it has such a nice atmosphere! I have been here ever since. Upon my acceptance into UK, I declared biology as my major and decided to follow the pre-med track. I have remained on the pre-med track, but chose to switch my major to dietetics during my junior year. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate in 2017.
Q: How long have you worked in A&S as a student employee?
Thanks to everyone who participated in the staff retreat and to those who devoted time and effort in planning the week’s activities. Team Purple eked out a win in what was an extremely close field day competition. Team Purple’s trophy resides in POT 265 for all to see. Brian Connors Manke from the HIVE snapped some great photos at the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ukartsci/sets/72157656368507902.
Kirsten Turner recently had an article published in The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) quarterly HR Horizons Newsletter. It is very informative case study regarding the 2013 A&S Staff Reorganization. It is a two-part article. Part 1 is titled: Balancing Efficiency with Humanity: Tackling a Full-Scale Staff Reorganization. Part 2 is titled: Flipping the Switch: Igniting a New Staff Culture. Kirsten’s articles are the first two in the table of contents: http://www.nacubo.org/Business_and_Policy_Areas/Human_Resources/HR_Horizons/Summer_2015.html.
For many departments on campus, the summer months are a time to take advantage of quieter offices and catch up on things that get lost in the hustle and bustle of the academic year. The Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry decided to liven up the relaxed pace by hosting weekly potluck lunches. These gatherings gave the faculty, staff, and students a chance to take a break from research labs and offices and participate in something fun to break up their day. Not only was the company good, but the food was also interesting since each week had a different “theme.” In total the departments hosted nine potluck lunches with a variety of fun themes that were suited to various tastes. Both departments are lucky to have a diverse group of graduate students and faculty with an assortment of cultures and backgrounds represented. One of the most popular lunches was Asian-themed. Many graduate students and faculty members were able to share their home cultures through the dishes they brought to the lunch. Some of the other themes included Italian, fiesta, western, farm & garden and carnival/circus. These potluck lunches were the perfect opportunity to build community between the two departments, building upon the community that already exists.
Department: Sedimentary, Environmental, Radiochemical Research Lab (SER2L), Earth and Environmental Sciences
Hi Everyone! I’m Kim Schindler. I moved to Lexington in July of 2011. I’m originally from a small town in the Hill Country of Texas. I received my BS in Ocean and Coastal Resources from Texas A&M University-Galveston in 2006 and shortly thereafter, moved to south Mississippi for 5 years. I enjoyed my time at the University of Southern Mississippi, but I’m very happy here in Lexington and at UK.
I would like to start by putting a plug in for Jay Young, College of Arts & Sciences Safety Officer, and the biannual safety newsletter that he publishes.Each edition focuses on lab safety as well as general campus safety.It is a great resource that covers important topics that could affect us all, both professionally and personally.The link is https://www.as.uky.edu/safety-newsletter. The latest spring 2015 edition included information on lab safety, CPR/First Aid/AED certification classes, and an article from the National Safety Council.Keep your eyes out for the fall 2015 edition!If you have a question, safety concern, or comment for Jay, he can be reached at 859.257.7728, firstname.lastname@example.org, Chemistry Physics Building, Room 27.
I wanted to highlight Raegan Wilson’s (Enrollment Management) recent travels to the Middle East as part of the College’s Passport to the World Initiative. Raegan was part of a seven person A&S contingent of faculty and staff that attended a development seminar in the Middle East focusing on contemporary issues pertinent to the region. The seminar provided an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the issues concerning the region. The seminar served to better equip them to share experiences and knowledge with UK students and subsequent international initiatives, such as developing institutional partnerships and further education abroad programming at UK. Raegan travelled to Jordan and Morocco during the two week trip.
On June 2, 2015 A&S Staff Council hosts a ceremony to honor the Outstanding Staff Award recipients. Each year two members of the staff receive the Outstanding Staff Award. The 2015 winners were Raegan Wilson (Enrollment Management) and Lori Eckdahl (Kastle IBU). Their dedication to their respective departments and to the college is demonstrated each day in the exceptional work they do. Both ladies received glowing recommendations from their managers and colleagues. It is evident how much they are respected by their teams and the faculty and staff they work with on a daily basis.
Raegan received her award on June 2 at our annual awards ceremony. Due to a previous commitment, Lori was not able to attend the ceremony and will receive her award at the upcoming All Staff Retreat.
Also recognized at the ceremony are staff members reaching milestone years of service. This year 24 staff members, with years of service ranging from five to forty, received their awards.