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Facilities painter who works in Student Housing is Employee of the Month

Friday, April 5, 2019

Aleksandr Novosel’tsev, painter in Student Housing, named one of KU's employees of the month

Alex Novosel’tsev is a painter in Facilities Services, where he works to patch and paint buildings and facilities in student housing. Novosel’tsev not only completes the requirements of his job, but he also goes above and beyond to correct any issues that he sees to ensure the safety and security of staff and students. He is described by co-workers as a great team player who does what he can to keep others happy as he is full of jokes and humor and elevates the mood of his team.

While he is responsible for painting, Novosel’tsev has numerous times noticed loose carpet squares and thresholds that were trip hazards as well as loose plugins, off-hung doors and other issues, and he has gone out of his way to make sure all were fixed before he left the area so that they would not cause issues for students. Rather than wait for someone else to repair those issues, he goes outside of the scope of his job and makes them his priority to get fixed before leaving the area and moving on to his next project. He really cares about students and their safety.

The department can always depend on Novosel’tsev to complete any task he is given on time. As an example, this past summer, Novosel’tsev was responsible for painting every mechanical room in student housing. This work took weeks. No mechanical room has air-conditioning, but he never complained and he didn’t stop until the project was finished. He was also given the project to paint all of the scholarship halls in one year. Soon after, residence halls were added. He got it all done in eight months.

As an example of his work ethic and sense of humor, his team was delivering and installing fire escape doors in Pearson Hall. It took two employees to carry one door up the fire escape in the rain, and the employees were exhausted. Novosel’tsev grabbed a door and tossed it on his shoulder and on his own carried it up the fire escape like it was nothing. A co-worker said, “We would not have gotten the task done without his help and a bit of his ribbing.” Novosel’tsev is always willing to jump in to help and always does his very best.

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