Outstanding Service Award

Renee Page

Office of External Programs, College of Visual and Performing Arts

When it comes to the smooth and efficient behind-the-scenes operation of year-round classes and camps in music, theater and art, Renee Page has it down to an … art.

During her nearly 17 years on the job, she has created excellent filing systems for paper and electronic records.

Page also maintains the office’s website, a task that required her to gain and master new skills, and has helped Parking Services to develop an electronic version of its temporary parking permit form.

When visitors arrive on foot, over the phone or via e-mail, Page is always ready to help them choose classes, ensembles or teachers for private music lessons and get them registered for those activities as well as summer camps, off-campus credit courses or high school day music events. She also serves as a liaison with NIU faculty and students who teach those classes.

Meanwhile, Page employs her public relations background in writing and distributing several news releases each year and coordinating media interviews.

"Renee handles a very complicated job with grace and style," says Deborah Booth, director of external programs. "She is a good listener and understands how to help people directly or when it is necessary to contact others. Her work has been a major factor in the growth and strength of our office."

She is vice president of Vince Carney Community Theatre in her hometown of Rochelle, where she also has served on the historic preservation committee and tourism advisory board. She is editor of the Rochelle edition of "InVironments" magazine.

Renee Page