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OCM’s Dunk recognized with SIGUCCS Communications Award

Paige Dunk, Communications Specialist II in WashU IT Organizational Change Management, recently received a prestigious award for her work on the IT Asset Management website. 

The Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS) Communications Awards are bestowed upon professionals who exemplify excellence in their field. SIGUCCS is an association of professionals that support and manage diverse aspects of information technology services at higher education institutions. Dunk won Best of Category for Computing Services – Public/Mobile Website. 

“There is so much work that communications specialists do behind the scenes every day,” Dunk said. “So, it is a unique opportunity to present and have your work recognized by another organization.” 

She thanked Rebekah Johnson, IT Service Management Analyst I, and Kristi Lenz, IT Program Manager I, noting they encouraged her to enter the competition. She said Johnson and Lenz, along with the IT Asset Management Program team, provided continuous support throughout the communications efforts.  

“When tasked with developing a website for the recently established IT Asset Management Program, Paige dedicated time to collect information and feedback from various sources, then went away and performed magic,” said Kristi Lenz, Program Manager I from IT Project and Portfolio Management. “The program’s website stands as a prominent element of our stakeholder engagement strategy.” 
Lenz added, “Paige consistently adapts the design and content of the website to meet the evolving requirements of the program. I make it a point to showcase Paige’s exceptional work whenever I get the chance, as I strongly believe that Paige has created something truly remarkable.” 

Dunk also recognized the encouragement and support she received from the Organizational Change Management team, adding the experience was one that inspired personal growth.  

“Paige’s talent for graphic design, vision, and dedication are well reflected by the professional presentation, ease of navigation, and thorough content communicated in the IT Asset Management Program’s website,” said Matt Gerst, Lead Communications Specialist on WashU IT’s Organizational Change Management team. “This is truly a hard-earned and well-deserved recognition.” 

 From helpdesk employees to CIOs, SIGUCCS is a community of IT professionals that helps higher education institutions leverage current technology to foster discovery and learning. The organization is one of 37 Special Interest Groups of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. 

 Each year ACM SIGUCCS sponsors a competition to honor the best publications, websites and promotional material produced by university and college centers. The competition recognizes excellence in developing useful and attractive publications in a variety of media categories and provides SIGUCCS conference participants with an opportunity to review publications that may help them develop or enhance their own work. The winning entries will be displayed during the conference for perusal by the conference participants.  

Submissions are judged against other entries in their category based on the following criteria

  • Content is well chosen and is effectively adapted to the medium (video, website, printed newsletter, etc.) 
  • Web based submissions should strive to meet accessibility, and W3C standards. 
  • Design and layout is appealing, consistent, and functional. 
  • The submission meets the needs of the target audience. 
  • The length or duration of the submission is appropriate to content.