This year’s theme was “Becoming a Global Citizen in Mercy.” The conference was held at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Atkins’ presentation detailed Mount Mercy’s endeavors to become more environmentally sustainable.
Atkins, alongside Mount Mercy’s Campus Sustainability Committee, spearheads “greening” initiatives on campus, including partnering with Alliant Energy to implement energy saving techniques and increasing awareness of environmentalism among students, faculty and staff. Other initiatives include curtailing the amount of paper students can use by limiting the number of free printings, as well as establishing the goal of creating a “water bottle free campus” within the next few years.
As director of the Advance program, Atkins serves as the liaison for Mount Mercy’s program partnership with Kirkwood Community College and the Hawkeye Community College Partnership in Waterloo. She also spearheads the management, planning and academic advising for both working adult programs.
Prior to joining Mount Mercy she served as a sponsorship coordinator with the United States Air Force, as well as program coordinator for Thomas Edison State College & Rutgers University. She has teaching experience from Burlington Community College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Thomas Edison State College. Atkins holds a Masters in Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota.
In addition to serving as chair of the Sustainability Committee, Atkins also serves as a member of Mount Mercy’s Staff Communication Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.