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Jenkins earns leadership honors at UWS

Kevin Jenkins is the winner of the 2014 Chancellor’s Leadership Award at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

This award is given to a member of the graduating class committed to personal growth and has made a positive contribution to their peers, campus, and community.

The Rhinelander, Wis., native demonstrated these qualities and quickly impressed his instructors with remarkable academic work and a natural ability to play a leadership and mentoring role in classroom discussions and activities. He was a recipient of the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). He is a familiar face at campus events in Superior and Madison, and has held a variety of campus and community service roles. In addition, Kevin has also been active with the Distance Learning Center, having served as the student representative on a DLC Search & Screen Committee for an Outreach Specialist  in fall 2011.

While Jenkins enjoyed his time at UWS, he found research work to be rewarding.

“I became interested in tribal issues while working with Dr. Erik Riker-Coleman to study the issues related to the walleye wars of the 1980s for my research fellowship. As I went further into my research, I began to look at other areas of impact on tribal communities, which led me to URSCA,” Jenkins said.

Besides excelling in the classroom, Jenkins demonstrated his keen ability to use his talents in the workforce. He works at the capitol in Madison as a Chief of Staff in the Wisconsin State Senate. He is a strong supporter for UWS and a great legislative ambassador for the campus and region.

He is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was also the mayor of Rhinelander from 2002-2005.

Jenkins graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in communicating arts with a geography minor. He obtained his degree through the UWS Distance Learning Center.