Agenda Item No. V. A. 3.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Eminentes Universitatis

DESCRIPTION: Washburn University awards the "Eminentes Universitatis" designation to long-term employees who meet the following requirements: employed as an administrative or classified employee for a period of twenty years or more; retire in good standing; and service performed must be judged to have been meritorious. This year we have three employees meeting these requirements.

Kathy Reser, Director of the Memorial Union, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Harold Barnhill. Harold retired in October 2004 after working at the University for approximately 42 years. Harold became a Kansan when he served in the Air Force and was stationed at Forbes Field. In 1961, after his tour of duty, it was Washburn's good fortune when he came to work on the grounds crew. He soon transferred to the Memorial Union as a building custodian and the rest, as they say, is history. Harold worked under six University presidents, was here during the tornado, and was here for numerous remodeling and renovations at the Union. Faculty and staff came and went and the number of students more than doubled during Harold's tenure at Washburn.

Larry Blumberg, Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Phyllis Ladner. Phyllis is retiring as Secretary II as of June 3, 2005, after more than 25 years of service to the University. She began working at Washburn on April 2, 1980 in the office of the Dean, which in those days was also the VPAA office. She transferred to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1981, and has been an integral part of the Department since then. While at Washburn she has been active in the Administrative Assistants Association and has been treasurer of the organization for over eight years.

Ed Barr, Director of the Mulvane Art Museum, recommends the Board bestow the designation of "Eminentes Universitatis" to Elizabeth Wunder. When Elizabeth retires in June 2005 she will have worked at Washburn University for 21 years. Elizabeth is a model of efficiency, accuracy, and professionalism. In describing Elizabeth, Ed Barr, Director of the Mulvane Art Museum says "the wondrously, wonderful Elizabeth Wunder can accomplish more by 8:15 a.m. than most mortals achieve in an entire work day." Elizabeth's greatest strength, however, is her personality. Her warmth, optimism, and kindness bring joy to everyone around her.


RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve awarding the designation "Eminentes Universitatis" to Harold Barnhill, Phyllis Ladner, and Elizabeth Wunder.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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