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Years of Service Recognized at Parsons

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Life Span Institute at Parsons’ staff celebrated their colleagues’ Years of Service with a party at the Parsons Research Center, June 16, 2015. We used to call it a reception, we’ve even called it a ceremony, but the truth is we’re friends, have been for years, and getting together to recognize the accomplishments and longevity of Parsons’ staff is a very good reason to have a party.

Really, this year we owe it all to our own Laura Hanigan, pictured standing in many of the pictures. She emceed, mixed, baked, decorated, and hosted the 2015 annual recognition for this year’s six staff members recognized with the familiar five-year pins as well as the gifts for twenty and twenty-five years of service to the University of Kansas.

Here’s the edited version of the program:

Alan Engels, IT support technician, received his ten-year pin and was reminded by our emcee that even though he tries hard to get us to understand the how and why of computers, all we really want is for them to work! And our IT department excels at that.

Alan Engles

Debbie Moody

Debbie Moody, administrative assistant, joined the LSI/Parsons 15 years ago as the receptionist at the UCDD building. She supports the projects in a plethora of ways including ordering supplies, processing travel, and more unique roles such as makeup artist for a project’s video shoot. She received her 15-year pin.

Laura Doyle-Colvin, accounting specialist, who ten years ago was a bank teller, took on the job of payee with Southeast Kansas Respite Service, and her colleagues agree she was the right candidate for the job. She received her ten-year pin.

Laura Doyle-Colvin

Sandy Hill and Laura Hanigan

Laura Hanigan (left) and Sandy Hill,  office assistant, began her career as the receptionist at the Research Center in 1999. She collects data, orders supplies, directs phone calls, and many other activities that are required to maintain a smooth operation. She has assisted students and international visitors in obtaining a place to stay, furnishings for their home, and introducing them to the southeast Kansas area. She appears relieved to receive her 15-year pin.

Patty Black Moore, communications coordinator, took a position with a community disability organization, taught a training course developed by Kathy Olson, a former Parsons’ project director, and soon after joined the Parsons’ crew.  She creates public awareness materials, conducts video interviews, produces the quarterly newsletter, and the Parsons’ annual report. She received her 20-year pin and KU certificate of appreciation.

Laura Hanigan (standing on left) giving award to Patty Black while Tony Grady (seated on left) and Diane Salyers laugh at their joke.

Laura Hanigan, Patty Moore, Diane Salyers and Tony Grady

Laura Hanigan giving award to Sheila Simmons

Laura Hanigan (left) and Sheila Simmons,  research project manager, visited Kansas to waterski at Big Hill Lake near Parsons more than 25 years ago. She manages the Assistive Technology for Kansans program as well as related ATK projects and is co-coordinator of the Kansas AgrAbility program, in collaboration with Kansas State University. Additionally, she co-founded the Parsons Community Garden. She received her 25-year pin and KU decorative pen and holder.



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