Towers Perrin consultant to receive Young Alumni Award from FHSU

LaNette Schmeidler Parker, Mountain View, a consultant with Towers Perrin, San Francisco, will receive a Young Alumni Award from Fort Hays State University Friday during Homecoming celebrations.

The Young Alumni Award recognizes 10- through 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation.

The award will be presented at the annual Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 30.
Parker graduated from FHSU with a B.A. in English in 1995 and an M.A. in English in 1996.

"In short, LaNette can do it all," said Deborah L. Johnson, chief human resources officer for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm with about 500 owners and 1,500 employees across the world, writing in support of Parker's nomination for a Young Alumni Award. In the letter, she details the difficulties of establishing strategic direction and communicating with employees.

"LaNette changed that," Johnson wrote. "She single-handedly built the employee communications function at Pillsbury Winthrop -- introducing regular internal publications and managing large campaigns, and introducing our staff to the world through advertisements and a recruiting Web site."

"During LaNette's tenure, the firm underwent a significant merger (at the time, it was the largest law firm merger in U.S. history) and experienced several reductions in force," Johnson said.

Parker was the office manager for Professional Home Health Services in Hays while earning her degrees. In 1997, she went to work as an operations and human resources assistant for an Oakland, CA, law firm and joined Pillsbury Winthrop as a human
resources project coordinator in 1999. She became manager of human resources communication in 2000, a post she held until 2003, when she joined Towers Perrin as a communication consultant.

At FHSU, she served as Student Government Association president, secretary and senator and was a member of the Student Alumni Association, Mortar Board Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta and English Club and was a VIP Ambassador. She was among the first to add a leadership studies emphasis.

She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and serves on the Membership Committee of the San Francisco chapter. She is leading an effort to establish an endowed scholarship for members of the Schmeidler family and has returned to FHSU to tell English majors how they can apply their degrees outside of teaching.

Her husband, Brion Parker, is an industrial engineer.

The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.

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