Administrative/Professional July spotlight: Tal Parmenter
Every month the Administrative/Professional (A/P) Council highlights an A/P staff member through a series of questions as another way for the Illinois State community to connect. This month readers can get to know Tal Parmenter, coordinator of academic services for the School of Information Technology and a new member of the Administrative/Professional Council.
As coordinator of academic services, what are your responsibilities?
My primary responsibility is to serve as the internship coordinator for the school and the school’s career center liaison. I represent the school to outside constituencies, developing new opportunities for our students and administering various projects and events, such as our mentorship program, which connects professionals (many of them alumni) with current students. Recently I have added responsibilities in recruitment, supporting the efforts of admissions.
How long have you been an employee at Illinois State?
I recently observed my 20th work anniversary at Illinois State. It’s surprising for someone with a previous history of complete career changes every few years. I think I’ve found a home here.
What do you love most about working at Illinois State?
There is a lot to like at Illinois State. If I were to pick one thing, I think it would be that I am part of a team that provides a robust academic program and also prepares students for success in life after graduation.
When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?
If I’m not working, I’m probably outdoors hunting, fishing, competing in trapshooting or sporting clays tournaments, or attending the Indy 500. If I’m not outdoors, I’m probably attending the Joffrey Ballet.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
“Favorite” might not be the right word. But, a place that holds special significance for me is Watterson Towers. In 1965, my dad packed up the family and moved us from Kansas to Normal to take a job as a construction superintendent on the Watterson Towers construction project. I’ve been in here ever since.
What are you most looking forward to in your first term on A/P Council?
I look forward to bringing my unique combination of experiences and the perspective it has given me to the council. I hope to apply them to advance the A/P Council mission of representing A/P employees in the university’s shared governance process.