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Jenna Parks receives Tate Award

CBS Assistant Director for Academic Advising honored by University for her work with students.

Jenna Parks, assistant director for academic advising, was recently named a recipient of the 2020-21 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Each year, the University recognizes a small number of advisors who demonstrate excellence in their work supporting students. 

Parks joined the CBS Student Services staff as an advisor in 2014. She stepped into her current role as assistant director for academic advising in 2019. In addition to her work in as an advisor, she currently works on the Registrar’s Advisory Committee, Orientation Advisory Committee, CBS Scholastics Committee and received the NACADA Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit in 2016. Here is what some of her nominators had to say about her role as an advisor and the impact she’s made on students while in the College:

  • “Jenna provides an inviting environment for her students in which they know that they can count on and turn to her in all situations. Students are always on the forefront of Jenna's mind when she makes decisions around policies and the kinds of impact it can have on students' academics, health and wellbeing, and future.”
  • “Jenna makes high-impact contributions to the education of University of Minnesota undergraduates through her extensive work with students, her leadership of the advising staff, and her service on important University and CBS committees. Jenna’s expert advising, contributions to the College and University, and her extraordinary concern for students make her an ideal recipient of the Tate Award.” 
  • Jenna Parks is an outstanding advisor who I believe is in the line of work perfectly suited to her strengths and gifts in the world. Her ability to enrich and empower her students through their university journeys absolutely should not be overlooked. I have no doubt Jenna Parks is the perfect recipient for the 2020-21 Tate Award, and I hope to see her outstanding impacts be recognized by others as well!”

The Tate Award is named in honor of John Tate, who served as a physics professor and first dean of the University College. In addition being honored, Parks will receive a $3,000 award for being named a recipient. - Lance Janssen


February, 2021