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Kim Kilgus Named KU Employee of the Month for November 2018

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Feb. 6, 2019

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Congratulations to Kim Kilgus, academic secretary for the Department of Business Administration, on being named KU Employee of the Month for November 2018.

Kilgus' nomination from business administration professor Dr. Christine "CJ" Rhoads reads:

"Kim is one of the most intelligent, hardworking and dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her daily interactions with students, faculty and everyone are always the same: helpful, pleasant, and always going above and beyond. 

Her contribution to this department cannot be over-emphasized. She keeps the place together despite numerous obstacles. She counts votes, manages the curriculum process, and organizes and coordinates meetings. She is absolutely essential to the advising process; I can't even tell you the number of times (often multiple times in one day) I call her to find out some esoteric information needed to advise my students. Her pleasant demeanor never waivers.

She has demonstrated a very strong dedication to the university mission, vision and strategic plan. Kutztown University aspires to be a regional center of excellence by providing opportunities for advanced academic, cultural and public service experiences within a caring community, designed to promote success in a global society - Kim Kilgus works every day in every way to make that happen. In preparation for better meeting that mission and vision, the department has been making a number of changes to courses, course prerequisites and the curriculum. Kim has been instrumental in organizing and supporting the disciplines and faculty as they traverse the myriad of changes necessary to make the mission and vision a reality. And when we have to go back and do it all over again, Kim is right there on the front lines helping, supporting, reprinting and organizing.

I personally have problems due to brain damage that I experienced decades ago - I have a very hard time remembering times, dates, deadlines, etc. Kim supports me in a very special way, never complaining when I ask about the date for something the fifth or sixth time in a row. She keeps me on track and makes sure that I don't miss anything.

Of course, the most important role that Kim plays is helping and supporting the students. They would be lost without her patient advice and willingness to help. She is a strong element in the journey of the students as they prepare to meet lifelong intellectual, ethical, social and career challenges. She is not just a secretary; she is a mentor and a life support. She quickly and easily slays problems within the system on behalf of the students.

Kim demonstrates the type of professionalism that everyone should admire and imitate. Her actual responsibilities go way beyond her job description, and her value to the department is tremendously more than any other member. She deserves much more than an occasional accolade like Employee of the Month, but her nomination is the least I can do."

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month, and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, please visit http://www.kutztown.edu/hr.