Kristi Milks, office associate in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award on Friday.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Milks has been a member of the UNK staff in her current position for 13 years, but she has been part of the university family much longer. As a UNK student, she worked part-time in the Office of Institutional Data and Research and, in May 1993, upon the completion of her degree in business administration, she was offered and accepted a full-time position.
Milks provides support to the offices of the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, dual enrollment, assessment, international studies, women’s and gender studies, general studies, institutional research and academic resources.
She assists in coordinating academic program reviews, preparing faculty contract and salary letters, processing student academic probations and suspensions, monitoring budgets, finalizing travel arrangements, training and monitoring student workers.
She also compiles dean evaluation data and coordinating dean searches. This responsibility has required especially significant time and diligence in the past months as UNK conducted searches for the positions of dean of business and technology, dean of arts and sciences and dean of graduate studies.
“Kristi’s impressive attention to process and detail played an important role in the success of three major, nearly simultaneous, searches,” her nomination letter read. “A popular and respected coworker, Kristi is NU through and through.”
Her husband, Alan, attended UNK, and her daughter, Macy, and son, Ryan, graduated from UNL and UNK, respectively. Milks was recognized and given the KUDOS award at the Board of Regents meeting Friday.