Monica M. Walk
Walk the Talk Communications
Writer   •  Project Manager  • Editor
165 15th St., Fond du Lac, WI  54935
Phone: (920) 922-3526
E-mail: WalkTheTalkCommunications@gmail.com

Experience
Nearly 20 years as a professional communicator, including award-winning news and feature writing/editing for varied print and electronic publications; Web content creation and communication design; employee and client communications; publication/project management, from concept through delivery; development and implementation of communication plans; news releases and media relations.

Expertise
Specialization in higher-education issues, scholarly publishing, internal communications tactics. Special skills in content generation, copy editing, proofreading, deadline commitments.  At ease with wide-ranging subject matter and diverse sources.

History
2005-Present:
Fond du Lac, WI.  Produce features for UW-Fond du Lac Marketing Communications Report to the Community and campus website; create and present financial literacy curriculum to grades K-8 on behalf of Fox Valley Savings Bank; produced news, features, solicitation letters and programs for UW-Fond du Lac Foundation and Alumni Relations Office; created Open Circle Unitarian Universalist congregation’s website content and navigation, continued to update site content through March 2009; created trio of Healthy Food newsletters printed and distributed by Fond du Lac Public School District.

November 2000-February 2007: Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Accredited La Leche League International Leader, provided news releases and media contact, including establishment and publicity for new WI group; news contact for Fond du Lac Breastfeeding Network, 2005-2007.

2002-2004: Prospect Park, PA, Library. Produced numerous news releases highlighting library functions and services.

February 2000-August 2001: Online Editor/Publication Assistant, Washington Association of REALTORS®, 504 E. 14th Ave., Olympia, WA 98507. Part-time position planning, reporting, writing, photographing, and posting website news content for 14,000-member professional organization. Additional writing and editing of print publications; consultation with Director on organization’s communications needs and issues. Work produced largely via telecommuting from home office.

October 1999-October 2000:  Tacoma, WA, editorial services business, supplying clients with news and feature articles, copy editing and proofreading services in varied media.

January 1998-February 1999:  Director of Publications and Communications, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.   Directed and implemented top-ranked school's internal and external communications—including Web site content design and management, admissions packet, alumni newsletter, news releases/media relations—as well as scholarly publishing unit's acquisitions, editing, production, marketing and sales.

March 1995-December 1997: Director of Internal Communications, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.  Edited bi-monthly employee newspaper (circ. 10,000) and e-mail bulletin; oversight of Web and paper-based communication to students; supported Web development; targeted and composed e-mail/voice-mail broadcast messages; managed tuition crisis communications; created open forums for face-to-face communication among administrators/employees/ students; supervised staff, freelancers, interns, vendors; unit budgeting; “Voice of Loyola” on 70 departmental voice-mail greetings.

January 1989-March 1995:  Manager of Publications; July 1987-January 1989: Publications Writer; July 1986-July 1987: Public Relations Specialist, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.  Editing and production of magazines, brochures, newsletters, other printed materials.  Head writer.  News releases and media relations, layout and design.

1986-1989: Part-time newspaper reporter, near West Gazette Publishing Co., Chicago, IL.

Awards
UU Midwest District Leadership Training, 2008 • La Leche League International Leader Training, 2004 • Council for Advancement of Education (CASE) Individual Institutional Relations Publications Bronze Award, "Life of Christ" Loyola D'Arcy Museum 30th Anniversary Booklet, 2000 • Certificate of Completion, Adult Literacy Tutoring, Tacoma Community House, 2000 • APEX Award of Excellence for Electronic Publishing and EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award in Electronic Media, Young Adult Category: CrossCampus, 1998  • APEX Award for Publication Excellence, Crisis Communications Tuition Communications, 1996 and 1997  • Jesuit Advancement Administrators' Recognition Awards, Silver Award: Communications/Publications, 1995  • IABC 1994 Spectra Award of Merit, expository writing, "Safe Haven," Loyola Magazine, 1993  • APEX Award of Excellence, non‑profit internal tabloids/newspapers, Loyola World, 1994  •  Chicago Women in Publishing Second Place Certificate of Merit for Individual Writing, "Safe Haven," Loyola Magazine, 1993  •  Mercury Awards Bronze Award, internal newspaper, Loyola World, 1993  •  NSPRA School and College Publication Contest, honorable mention Loyola Law magazine design, 1991  •  IABC 1990 Silver Quill Award of Merit for news writing

Education
M.Ed., Loyola University Chicago, 1999, curriculum and instruction; grades 6-12 English certification (Type 09) in Illinois and Washington.

B.A., magna cum laude, St. Norbert College, 1986, communications, English minor; semester at Richmond College, London. Outstanding Senior in Communication Award.