KU News Release

Feb. 19, 2010
Contact: Lori Reesor, Student Success, (785) 864-4060

KU Info director honored for distinguished service to students

More Information

LAWRENCE — Curtis Marsh, program director for KU Info at the University of Kansas, will be presented the Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services Award during the KU men’s basketball game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Allen Fieldhouse.

The C.L.A.S.S. Award is presented by the Board of Class Officers to an unclassified staff member who works in a department or organization overseen by Student Success. It recognizes distinguished achievements in student services that show a commitment to the needs of KU students and contribute to the welfare of students.

John W. Stolle, a senior in accounting from Prairie Village and president of the Board of Class Officers, said Marsh has worked to redesign the KU Info service to meet campus needs in the digital age. Marsh has been a KU staff member for more than 15 years.

KU Info has served the campus and Lawrence communities since it originated in 1970, building a reputation as the place to go with any question. In 2002, with the growth of the Internet, the program struggled and lost its funding. For three years, KU Libraries staff fielded KU Info queries. In 2005, KU Info was recharged with funding from Student Success and Information Services. In December 2005, Marsh, who used KU Info services himself as an undergraduate in the early ’90s, was asked to revitalize the service.

“Curtis has completely rebuilt KU Info into a resource that responds to more than 300 questions daily through phone calls, e-mails, texts and walkups,” Stolle said. “He recognizes KU Info not solely as a resource for random questions but as a comprehensive information service for KU Students.

Stolle continued: “He is just as passionate for students today as when he first began. His daily enthusiasm for students is undeniable and his creative mind is always searching for new ways to help make the KU experience even better. This dedication and student focus embody the spirit of the C.L.A.S.S Award.”

Before joining KU Info, Marsh held positions with Continuing Education and the Office of Research. He also has worked with the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. He is adviser for Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society at KU, and Rotaract, a civic leadership group connected to the Lawrence Rotary Club. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from KU and a master’s in business administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“My own undergraduate career at KU was very positively affected by several of the past C.L.A.S.S. Award winners, so I am humbled to now see my name among theirs,” said Marsh.

In January, the student body submitted nominations for staff members within Student Success who had had a positive impact on them. To select the winner, a Board of Class Officers committee selected five finalists and conducted interviews.

The award was established by the Class of 1987. A plaque bearing the names of award winners is in the stairwell on Level 5 of the Kansas Union.

The Board of Class Officers has 50 members and represents each of the classes at KU. Members create the banner and choose the gift and motto for each class at the university. They also choose HOPE Award, C.L.A.S.S. Award and Campanile Award winners, and assist in the selection of the two EXCEL Award winners.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

kunews@ku.edu | (785) 864-3256 | 1314 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045

KU Today

Subscribe to our daily newsletter covering research, academics, media coverage, campus news, events & more. Subscribe




The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).