Meet Lois Jenkins
Lois Jenkins’ workspace tells a story. The many papers, files, books and archives are neatly organized, as are the desktop icons visible on the 20-inch computer screen so useful for editing. Quirky sayings and funny photos mark the area of someone who frequently attests to the power—and necessity—of laughter. A fantasy print hangs on the wall, while balls of colorful yarn brighten a corner and bespeak an off-hours hobby.
Program coordinator in the Marketing/Communications Office for more than a decade, Jenkins holds a range of responsibilities, including implementing internal and external communications, editing and coordinating the publication of numerous electronic and print publications, and updating several webpages while also handling the day-to-day operations of the busy office. Her many accomplishments include the editing of Accreditation Self-Study reports in 2005 and 2011. For the recent report, Jenkins was responsible for the compilation and online documentation of hundreds of individual source documents.
“Lois is fantastic at her job,” says Marisa Spatafore, director of Marketing/Communications and Jenkins’ nominator. “She’s an exceptionally talented writer, editor and proofreader, and outstanding at keeping multiple projects going simultaneously. At the same time, she’s a linchpin of leadership among our classified professionals.” Jenkins serves on seven campus shared governance groups, committees and subcommittees, including as co-chair of the Finance and Educational Resources PBT. Formerly president of the Classified Senate, she is now a senator.
“I think serving on different shared governance committees, both on campus and at the district level, has allowed me to understand our campus community and appreciate the hard work and dedication of my colleagues,” says Jenkins.
According to Jenkins, she likes working in a creative environment, which the Marketing Office provides on a daily basis. She adds that what she likes best about working at De Anza is “the opportunity to have great friends and colleagues across campus to work, talk and laugh with every day. I’m proud to be part of a college that puts students first.”
Jenkins earned an associate degree in liberal arts from West Valley College and a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from San José State University and also undertook graduate work in journalism and mass communications at SJSU. She had returned to college in her forties after being “a full-time mom to three sons, who have given me five beautiful grandchildren whom I adore.” These sons, their wives and grandchildren are featured in the digital frame that adorns Jenkins’ desk. Their photos also flash on the screensaver of that 20-inch computer screen, which Jenkins uses in the writing of Campus Memo, including all the Employee of the Month profiles. (Except this one, of course.)