2016 Administrative Professionals Day at UTHSC

 Success by Design - Write Your Vision - Work Your Vision
It's time to celebrate!  In honor of the 2016 Administrative Professionals Day, the Health Science Center administration joins organizations across the United States in acknowledging administrative professionals with a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Faculty, supervisors, managers, and colleagues are also encouraged to acknowledge the valuable contributions of administrative professionals in their departments.
Since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. There are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world. (IAAP)

This year's celebration will help administrative professionals to consider their professional and personal future. Through dynamic speakers, they will be inspired first to write their vision then go to work making it a reality.

Administrative professionals in eligible job codes may attend. Online registration is open from March 28, 2016 through April 8, 2016.

Administrative Professionals Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Photo of Dr. GonzalezLori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs

Dr. Gonzalez joins UTHSC from the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina higher education authority, where she served as special advisor to the chief academic officer. As the chief academic officer of UTHSC and its statewide campuses, Dr. Gonzalez reports directly to the chancellor. 

The vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs is responsible for setting policy and procedure for all academic programs as well as for the development and execution of strategic initiatives to promote these programs. Her office is responsible for the vision, leadership, policy, and monitoring of academic, faculty, and student affairs for UTHSC. Vigorous advocacy for the academic programs and the intellectual life of the university community is essential.

Dr. Gonzalez will work closely with the deans and other vice chancellors to set academic priorities and to allocate funds to move these priorities forward. She will collaborate with the deans and lead academic planning, policy, curriculum, and program development efforts; provide for meaningful faculty and academic staff development activities; and establish academic budgeting priorities. In this role, Dr. Gonzalez will also serve as the primary academic officer for the interface with the Faculty Senate and academic officers in all colleges.

She has extensive experience as a public speaker, has given more than 25 invited presentations, and has produced or contributed to some 140 refereed presentations, abstracts, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Gonzalez holds a BA with High Distinction in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kentucky, and an MA in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University. She received her PhD from the University of Florida. 

Voices of Vision

Photo of Ms. EasleyJacquelyn C. Easley was born in Newport, Rhode Island; however, she has resided in Memphis, Tennessee since she was a toddler.  Since 2001, Jacquelyn has been employed with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in various roles and is currently a Coordinator II in Office of Grants and Research Agreements. Jacquelyn received her Associate of Applied Science in Accountancy from Southwest Tennessee Community College (Magna Cum Laude) and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis (Cum Laude).


Photo of Ms. KirkhamKendall Kirkham is the morning co-anchor for WMC Action News 5 from 4:30 to 7 a.m.  She joined the WMC Action News 5 news team in Oct. 2014 from KOKI in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she served as anchor/co-host of "Tulsa Live," a mid-morning lifestyle show.

Kendall grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film.  She dabbled in all forms of media, including interning for E! Entertainment and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles.

She got her first taste in news working as a production assistant for KXAS in Dallas/Fort Worth and also worked as an anchor/reporter at KETK in Tyler, Texas.

When she is not on the job, Kendall enjoys exploring Memphis with her husband, Jason. They have two Persian cats who are treated like children. Kendall loves animals, the arts, painting, dancing, estate sales, good TV and going out to eat. Her guiltiest pleasure is entertainment news, pop culture/celebrity gossip, and maybe a good cupcake.

Photo of Ms. ThomasShenika D. Thomas, MPS, CFE, MBA serves as the Director of the business and fiscal affairs in the Office of the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She has the responsibility of providing leadership for the business and fiscal affairs for the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor’s office and its administrative units. Responsibilities include coordinating the day-to-day management of the fiscal operations and the effective management of her responsible units. Ms. Thomas has been with the Health Science Center for ten years and began her university service in the Office of the Chancellor as an Administrative Assistant. She previously served as the Business Manager in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

Ms. Thomas earned her Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) with a concentration in Human Resource Leadership from the University of Memphis and her Master of Business Administration in spring 2015. Ms. Thomas was awarded her Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) credentials by the Association of Certified Examiners (ACFE).

female administrative professional taking notes

If you are a UTHSC Administrative Professional, join us for lunch on April 27, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. ~ 1:30 p.m. in the O.D. Larry Dining Hall (Student Alumni Center). The purpose is to honor eligible regular, full-time UT Administrative Professionals in eligible job titles/categories. This event is compliments of the UT Health Science Center administration, there is no charge.

female administrative professional typing on a computer

Registration is now closed.  Contact the Human Resources Department at 448-2784 or email mharri26@uthsc.edu with questions.