Parkins earns University Staff Award for Excellence
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – After four years of continuous work in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Communications department, Alison Parkins has earned one of two UW-Platteville University Staff Awards of Excellence. She will be recognized at the university’s convocation Thursday, Aug. 31.
Parkins is the university relations specialist and manages UW-Platteville website content, writes and edits content for press releases and university publications, and serves as an associate public information officer.
“I really enjoy the work that I do here, so to be recognized for it means a lot to me,” Parkins said in regards to receiving the award. “I work with so many talented people, and that makes me feel even more honored to receive the award because I know just how many great people work on this campus.”
In addition to keeping up with her daily tasks, Parkins also helped prepare the university’s 100-plus page assurance report for the 2016 Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit and also helped lead communications and planning for the April 2017 UW System Board of Regents visit, something the university had not hosted since 2011.
“Working with the HLC reaccreditation visit was a great experience, because it allowed me to learn so much about different parts of the university that I don’t usually have interaction with,” Parkins said.
With a degree in journalism, Parkins joined the UW-Platteville Communications department in 2013 and has worked to promote the university since. However, Parkins’ degree isn’t the only thing that has led to her success.
“Part of what makes Ms. Parkins so successful is her calm demeanor and willingness to do whatever is necessary to achieve success,” Paul Erickson, Communications director, said. “These traits are especially crucial in the public information officer role as well as dealing with the diverse campus community.”
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Parkins completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, and moved to Wisconsin where she has resided for 13 years. Parkins worked as an editor in higher education publishing for more than five years before joining the UW-Platteville staff.
“UW-Platteville is an exciting place to be because there are so many students, faculty and staff doing great work every day,” Parkins said. “It’s an honor to play a part in helping to share these stories and to be a part of an institution that has such a great impact on the vitality of Southwest Wisconsin.
The UW-Platteville University Staff Senate Awards and Recognition Committee annually recognizes, through the UW-Platteville University Staff Award for Excellence, a university staff member who provides essential services to the university while demonstrating excellence of performance, personal interaction, initiative and creativity. Nominations may come from university staff, limited term employees, academic staff, administrators, faculty and students.
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