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Kathy Sue Traylor Named Employee of the Month for May 2017

July 11, 2017

Kathy Sue Traylor

Congratulations to Kathy Sue Traylor, Communication Design, on being named KU Employee of the Month for May 2017.    

Kathy's nomination reads like this:  

"We are writing to explain why Kathy Sue Traylor, office manager for the Communication Design Department, deserves the Employee of the Month Award for the work she has done each year for Designathon.   Designathon, now in its twelfth year, is an annual spring weekend event where KU students and professors donate their time designing for nonprofit organizations. For the past decade, Kathy has cooked and baked food for the students. She organizes all the food for the 24-hour event. To be more specific, she oversees the creation and distribution of pizza, snacks, beef barbeque, chili, midnight grilled cheese, early morning dance party snacks and candy, catered breakfast, late morning ice cream sundaes, and pizza lunch. Kathy coordinates all of this, cleans up after each round of feeding 120 students, and then does it all over again for the next snack time. Then volunteers to do it all again next year.   Kathy Sue Traylor is unfailingly pleasant with our students and prospective students. She interrupts whatever she is doing to help them. Kathy always has a smile and encouragement ready for every student.   Although she would want no one to know this, Kathy had taken on the task of making sure one of our students, whose family had limited resources, had wrapped presents to open one year for Christmas. She went out of her way to care for a student, just to make sure they had a good holiday. Kathy bought business clothes for another student to wear for internship. She collected donations to enable a student to have the funds to put together a professional portfolio in their senior year. She has even given a student lunch money when on a day trip in New York City.   In short, Kathy acts as a caring friend to each and every student in the Communication Design Department when they need it. Kathy truly has a heart of gold when it comes to our students. She goes out of her way to help them in any way she can.   It may not be necessary to state this, but staying up for 24 hours for our annual Designathon is not in any way in Kathy's job description, nor is helping out a student in financial need. She has no obligation to cook for the students and donate so much to the event. Based on her going above and beyond every day and every year, Kathy Sue Traylor deserves the Employee of the Month Award!"  

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