LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas recently has announced the June and July 2021 Employees of the Month. These staff members have made outstanding contributions to the Lawrence campus community.
Winners of the Employee of the Month awards receive the following:
- A surprise visit from the provost or her designee
- A certificate of award
- A biography featured through KU Today
- A $750 gross monetary award.
Nominate an employee for this award by completing and submitting the online or paper Employee of the Month nomination form and returning it to HRM by email or fax to 785-864-5790. More information is available here.
Name: Kristin Hundley
Title: Appointment specialist, Human Resource Management
Kristin Hundley’s job duties include processing and auditing all campus personnel and payroll-related transactions. This includes entering data into the HR/Pay system for new hires, rehires, promotions, pay rate changes and more. Additionally, she is responsible for providing customer service to help new hires complete the required onboarding paperwork.
Hundley always goes above and beyond for KU employees to ensure all payroll items are processed so paychecks are not delayed. Those who work with Hundley describe her as kind, dependable, helpful and as having a strong work ethic. She is courteous, prompt and caring with all employees. Hundley establishes good working relationships with other departments to ensure all information is entered in a timely manner. When employees contact her unit with questions, she makes sure every inquiry is answered or refers the employee to someone who can answer. A colleague said, “Kristin’s helpful attitude and willingness to always go the extra mile puts others at ease knowing she will always do the very best she can in helping in any situation.”
Name: Bryce Ridgway
Title: Police officer, KU Public Safety
Officer Bryce Ridgway has been with KU since July 2018. He is tasked with keeping campus safe by doing building checks, foot patrols, responding to 911 calls and taking enforcement action when necessary. He also works mandatory events such as football and basketball games and completes investigations. Outside of his work with the Public Safety Office, he is also a part of the Staff Fellows program and has served on the board for Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
Ridgway is frequently described as a team player and is always willing and volunteering to help his co-workers. He often takes reports for fellow officers, cover shifts or stays late, and he frequently takes on tasks to ensure the necessary work is completed. Those who work with him describe him as reliable, hardworking, dependable, professional, and above all as representing the Public Safety Office and university with integrity. Ridgway is polite and courteous with every member of the community, and he never hesitates to offer a helping hand. A colleague said, “Officer Ridgway is an incredibly reliable person with an outstanding attitude. He makes everyone's job easier and improves the work environment. He makes others better because he is a hard worker.”
Name: Louis Antoine Sr.
Title: Tier 2 IT support technician
In this role, Louis Antoine Sr. helps resolve complex issues for customers and provides support and backup to the tier 1 technicians. Antoine is an enthusiastic and responsible employee who ensures that resolutions are found to Information Technology challenges and provides excellent customer service. “Louis treats everyone with patience, respect and kindness,” one colleague said. “He is always available to listen and help problem-solve.”
Antoine is also dedicated to service and frequently volunteers his time. He has collaborated with the Lawrence school district’s College & Career Center to speak to high school students about IT careers. He was instrumental in creating the first permanent KU IT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, and he speaks to Indigenous studies classes about his Lakota heritage. Additionally, Antoine takes initiative to further his own professional development and developed his own personal leadership philosophy to help better serve his department and team.
Those who work with Antoine recognize him for both his stellar IT skills and his kind and caring demeanor. A colleague said, “Louis has the amazing ability to relate to people. He makes sure that anyone asking him for help knows that they are important and that it is his priority to help solve their IT problems.” Other staff members who work closely with Antoine describe him as calm, respectful, patient, good-natured, a team player and a leader.
Name: Dana Goble
Title: Accountant, O’Leary Shared Service Center
Dana Goble has over 30 years of service with KU. Her job duties include all funding relating to orders, paying invoices, balancing P-card accounts and utilizing the DARBI system. Goble resolves all transactional discrepancies that occur out of the norm for numerous departments supported by the O’Leary Shared Service Center. She has a wealth of professional knowledge and always offers to aid other teammates when needed.
Goble is well-known in her unit for her ability to offer creative solutions to any problems that may occur. Whether it be system issues, an interpretation of policy or general informational requests, she takes the burden off customers, researches the issues and provides solutions. A colleague said, “Dana is a teammate that can always be counted on for help and knowledge. She makes herself available to colleagues and uses her vast knowledge to answer questions in a kind and patient way. Additionally, Dana has served on several different staff committees, further demonstrating her commitment to her department.”
As the Shared Service Centers have restructured, Goble has taken on additional work and is the resident expert on the DARBI billing system. When COVID-19 created new challenges for international clients and travel, she successfully assisted clients in navigating the ongoing changes. A co-worker said, “Throughout all of these changes, Dana has ‘kept the boat steady’ and kept our team from wavering or buckling under the stress. She has truly been a backbone of the team.”