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College staff named December and January employees of the month

Friday, March 8, 2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has bestowed Employee of the Month honors for the months of December and January. They are as follows:

University Support Staff Employee of the Month for January 2013

Who: Cynthia Rodriguez
Start date: 2007
Current title: Accountant, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Cynthia Rodriguez

What that means: Rodriguez coordinates accounting of research grant monies; she works collaboratively with KUCR staff, the MB faculty, and others to get this done. Efficient and skilled at grants accounting, she has made things easier for her department’s faculty and administration in her short time with them.

Notable: Rodriguez is professional in her work and has the essential attention to detail and accuracy necessary for financial management, but she goes far beyond that. She was still new in her job when she stood in to operate the department’s Bio-Store when it was between managers. Another time, when a colleague and supervisor had to take medical leave, Rodriguez covered those duties as well as her own. Friendly and willing to help out as needed, she has been helpful training other new staff in Molecular Biosciences and consistent in responding to faculty/researcher needs.

University Unclassified Staff Employee of the Month for December 2012
Name: Cotter Mitchell
Start date: Fall 1984
Current title: Coordinator, Department of Visual Art

Cotter Mitchell

What that means: Cotter oversees the daily operation of this 6,100 –square-foot work area, on the second floor of the Art & Design Building, that includes a wood shop, metal fabrication shop, vacuum form/materials room, spray booth room, tool room, classroom and general working space. He manages the daily operation of the shop, supervises support staff and student hourly employees, and assists students and faculty with art projects.

Notable: Cotter is not only a skilled woodworker but also a creative problem solver. He is an exceptional resource for students and faculty who need technical assistance. He is invaluable in assisting faculty with special research needs, or with building anything from simple painting stretcher frames to specialized crates for shipping fragile art work or unique display devices. Freshman art students are trained how to use the Common Shop properly and safely. All faculty members work with Cotter in some capacity, whether to have his assistance in classroom instruction, for creative research, or to help with installing an exhibition.