– February 26th, 2013 by Sarah Blake –

Parsons honored as CSC employee of year

On Feb. 13, Rachel Parsons, the administrative assistant of nursing and public health, was selected to be Colby-Sawyer College’s employee of the year.

Parsons was one of 22 people plus the Sodexo Dining Staff nominated by students, staff and faculty for employee of the year. The employee of the year is chosen by a committee made up of former recipients of the award. “My understanding is that junior and senior nursing students wrote nominations for me,” Parsons said. “That means the most to me.”

There are strict criteria that the committee looks at when deciding who the employee of the year will be. The recipient of the awardcontributes significantly in helping employees and students, enhancing and improving the Colby-Sawyer environment, providing better service to the college community and town community, and exhibiting high conduct or job performance. These are just a few things Parsons has succeeded in and strived for during her 11 years at Colby-Sawyer.

Parsons has done more beyond her administrative assistant job at Colby-Sawyer. According to her, the most rewarding part of her job includes working with students. She has nine nursing student advisees and one public health advisee who she conscientiously works with as they find their way. She is active in the Student Nurses’ Association Club on campusby helping them coordinate announcements, speakers, fundraisers and more. She also volunteers on mountain day and has participated in serving students their holiday dinner.

Being the administrative assistant of a pre-professional program brings with itseveral tasks that Parsons dedicates her focus to. Some of her tasks include making sure guidelines and requirementsfrom accrediting bodies like the New Hampshire Board of Nursing are met. She makes sure nursing students are getting everything they need for their degree.

Winning the employee of the year is an incredible honor. “Every single one of those nominees is an example of the criteria to have a nomination,” said Parsons, “and I’m just in tremendous good company.”



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