Res Life’s Tom Weeks is Distinguished PAT

May 11th, 2005 by Adam

Tom Weeks, a 20-year Residential Life staff member, is the 2005 Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) staff member at Plymouth State University.

Weeks is described by his colleagues as a highly professional man of great sensitivity and humor —a man Plymouth State students and staff trust and respect. He works ardently to balance first-rate customer service and the need for students to follow through with their responsibilities.

A graduate of Bentley College in Boston, Weeks came to Plymouth State in 1986 as residence director for Blair Hall. He has progressed through the ranks as freshmen needs specialist, manager of college apartments, and assistant director of residential life.

His committee assignments and PSU contributions fill a page. He led the PATs as speaker in 2003-2004, and has served on the Task Force Against Homophobia, the AIDS Education Committee, the Top 20 Seniors Selection Committee, the Campus Constituency Group and the Parking and Campus Safety Committees, to name a few.

On the national scene, Weeks is a longtime member of the National Association of Personnel Administrators, where he has served in a number of capacities. He is also a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers.

One nominator wrote, “Tom is a dedicated employee who is not seen as often as some other people in the mainstream of University life because he is kept busy with his responsibilities. Tom has done exceptional work, utilizing his resources (which as we know are often less than adequate given budget constraints) and has managed to maintain a clean and efficient community.” Another said, “Tom does excellent work for the right reasons, not to get recognition or even a pat on the back, but because he loves to do what he does, and who he does it for.”

Weeks says, “I love coming to work every day —I never know what I will face when I arrive, because every day is just a little different, even after 20 years. Knowing that this might be the day I make an impact on a student’s life keeps me going, whether it’s answering a simple question or making their living environment better. At the end of the day, that is why we are all here—to make a difference for students.”