24 Hours in the Life of KU
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Dear students, staff, and faculty:
While most of us were getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, some University of Kansas employees were hard at work.
Twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, staff are busy tying the loose ends, filling in the blanks, cleaning up the messes and paying the bills. It’s all too easy to overlook the significance of their contributions. We enter the room and turn on the lights. But the reality is that someone in the Power Plant has made sure the energy is flowing and someone in Facilities Services has made sure the light fixture functions. Staff are KU’s magic dust — playing roles both in the public eye and behind the scenes — that ensure the KU experience is all we hope it can be.
In this Strong Ties I want to share with you stories of some of the people who keep KU open and functioning smoothly. They feed us, house students, order supplies and materials, recruit the next class, communicate our successes, keep our computers and systems operational, enrich the academic experience, protect our intellectual and physical resources, promote our safety and well-being, maintain our campus, and fly the flags. They build an environment where more students, faculty, and staff can succeed in their endeavors.
As I move about campus, I can’t help but see all the different staff members who are part of the team that ensures KU is a world-class institution. People like Steven Johnson Jr. who oversees activity at KU’s 12 scholarship halls, Kyndol Ohlhausen who supports batch processing for IT and monitors our computing systems and networks overnight, and Mary Ann Graham who maintains swipe-card access for buildings here in Lawrence and at the Edwards Campus and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Our faculty are able to pursue excellence as instructors, mentors, and researchers because staff are here to address associated responsibilities. Students are able to achieve their academic and personal goals because phenomenal staff work to enrich the educational experience. KU staff members bring dedication, pride, and specialized skills to their work. And they love what they do and who they work with. So many of our staff point to the KU community — their colleagues and the students — as the reason they absolutely love coming to work every day. Truly, we are one team.
Staff, just as you are committed to helping KU reach its greatest potential, I am committed to helping you reach your full potential. KU offers many opportunities to advance your careers, build your academic credentials, and pursue professional development, including financial support through programs like the Jeannette Johnson Staff Professional Development Fund.
It takes many people to run a university with the size and scope of KU. I would love to highlight every single staff member and the more than 400 types of jobs across our campuses and out in the field. Instead I’ll share with you a celebratory sample — 24 of our talented KU staff working at different times of the day, in different roles, and different units. Please take a look and tell them, and the other staff you encounter, that you, too, see the important work they do.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor