Steven Klein, workstation support specialist for UNK’s College of Business and Technology, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award Feb. 7.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and the University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Klein’s responsibilities include supporting, implementing, researching and designing all technology in the College of Business and Technology.
He provides technology assistance, mentors student workers, is coordinator of UNK’s Technology Coordinators Group and has served on the Computer Standards Evaluation Committee and recent chief information officer search team. Klein also provides support to other colleges as needed and assists with room and building space efficiency concepts.
“I feel it is my personal duty to help my college any way I can, not just through technology,” said Klein, who has been a UNK staff member since 2008.
Klein’s other accomplishments include researching and implementing a listen assist system for a hearing-impaired faculty member, designing and implementing an audio system that became the standard across campus and coordinating the physical and technological move of the family studies department.
“He is there to troubleshoot issues when necessary, but he trains students, faculty and staff, helping lessen the demand for his intervention,” said CBT Dean Tim Jares. “He also takes the long view in searching for innovative solutions that will benefit the university and students in the future.”
Klein’s volunteer work in his hometown of Pleasanton was also noted.
Klein earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management from DeVry University in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was recognized and given the KUDOS award at the Board of Regents meeting, which was attended by UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen, Regent Paul Kenney, NU President Ted Carter and Klein’s wife, Lori.
“I couldn’t think of a better person to win the KUDOS award,” said Stacy Darveau, administrative assistant in the CBT dean’s office.