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Dorothy Siravo Named KU Employee of the Month for June 2017.

July 20, 2017

Dorothy Siravo

Congratulations to Dorothy Siravo, Department of Geography, on being named KU Employee of the Month for June 2017. 

Dorothy's nomination reads like this:  

"On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Geography, it is my honor to nominate Dorothy Siravo for recognition as Employee of the Month. Dorothy is deserving of recognition for several reasons, each of which may be related to University goals as set forth in the KU Strategic Plan.

Goal 1: Academic Excellence Dorothy Siravo is instrumental in helping the department in its mission to promote academic excellence. She does so in a number of ways. Dorothy's efforts are vital in tracking and updating faculty teaching schedules. It is often difficult to manage the schedules of faculty when each may teach courses on an irregular basis, and when faculty go on sabbatical. Dorothy does an excellent job in collecting and processing faculty input concerning their schedules. Dorothy is also vital in inputting into the scheduling system approved faculty course schedules.   Also concerning Academic Excellence is our Geographic Honor Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon. Each spring, Dorothy processes a database extract to identify those KU students qualified to join GTU. We rely upon her to contact those potential initiates and invite them to join the Society. She also collects GPA information of our majors and presents to the Department those outstanding students that may be considered for our various awards and scholarships. Dorothy also produces the certificates presented to student award and scholarship winners.  

Goal 2: Community Engagement One of the more difficult tasks we face is Community Engagement. We can take this to mean the KU community itself, as well as the surrounding community. Here too, Dorothy is invaluable. Dorothy has been very helpful in organizing and advertising departmental activities of interest to the KU and surrounding communities. She has produced flyers and published announcements for our recurring "Geography Trivia Nights," and for our guest speakers. The continuing success of these efforts is due, in no small measure, to Dorothy's efforts.  

Goal 3: Caring Campus Community This goal seems tailored to Dorothy! Dorothy has gone way out of her way to promote a caring campus environment in the Graduate Center. She livens up the first floor with decorations reflective of the various seasons and holidays throughout the year. Dorothy also bakes treats for these occasions, for the birthdays of the faculty, and for activities of the KU Geographical Society.  

Dorothy's care for KU students is expressed in many ways, some simple and some not. She has helped many lost visitors to our building find their intended destinations, and many frustrated callers connect with someone who could actually assist them. Those are simple examples, but they don't go unnoticed by those seeking help.  

We have also seen many instances where students have come to Dorothy for help and advice. Oftentimes students consult with Dorothy to get help in organizing student activities. This may sound easy, but it's not. Dorothy has often guided student organization officers in dealing with one another to promote good will and to get their tasks done. She has helped these students get through some tough times, and I know that these have been learning experiences for them as well.  

The atmosphere here on the first floor of the Graduate Center is friendly and inviting in no small measure due to Dorothy's efforts. Students commonly drop by the office just to chat with her. They talk to Dorothy about successes, failures, personal matters and school-related issues. I mention this to prospective students and their parents at open house events to let them know that we have a "den mother" of sorts and that students don't have to feel alone when they major in Geography; we have Dorothy Siravo!  

These are just a few of the ways Dorothy Siravo helps the functioning of the Department of Geography. We appreciate all she does for us and for the students, and we think she is deserving of recognition.  

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, visit