Staff Senate Awards Pam Allen as Outstanding Supervisor for Spring 2012

Posted: April 9, 2012 at 9:45 am, Last Updated: April 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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By Kathrin Breitt Brown

The Staff Senate faced its toughest competition ever for the Spring 2012 Outstanding Supervisor Award.  More than 50 nominations for 32 supervisors were submitted.  The Senate faced the difficult task of choosing among all of these very deserving nominations.  Each supervisor was rated according to his or her ability to:

  • create a pleasant and productive work environment
  • listen to suggestions and ideas, and make all employees feel actively involved in the goals of the department and/or university
  • perform all duties required of a supervisor in a timely manner
  • recognize and reward superior performance
  • be fair and flexible in dealing
  • encourage professional growth
  • act as an advocate for classified and non-student employees

This year, Pam Allen, assistant dean of Academic and Career Services in the School of Management, was selected as this year’s Outstanding Supervisor. The nominations from Pam’s staff were impressive. They demonstrate her commitment to fostering personal and professional growth, recognizing and rewarding performance, and valuing the opinions of her employees. The positive and collaborative work environment she cultivates earned her this honor.

Sheila Champion, Kerry Willigan, Pam Allen and Jan Ward (left to right)

The collection of nominations demonstrates how fortunate Mason is to have so many excellent supervisors. They were routinely singled out for their latitude, professionalism, ability to empower their staff, and listening to the ideas of others, no matter their rank.  They were gracious when family emergencies arose, and generous when rewarding work well done.  Tireless, dynamic, kind, selfless and giving describe this set of supervisors.

Please also congratulate those were nominated:

  • Rizna Ahmed, Director, Benefits & Absence Management, Human Resources/Payroll
  • Betty Andrews, Enrollment Services Manager, Prince William Registrar
  • Carol Bresnahan, Assistant to the Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Patrick Buchanan, University Energy Manager, Facilities Management
  • Ron Carmichael, Executive Officer, Prince William/Arlington Campuses, Prince William Operations
  • Janice Cohen, Business Manager, Public & International Affairs
  • Jennifer Connors, Director, Military Services, Admissions
  • Laura Duckworth, Occupational Health and Safety Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Martin Ford, Senior Associate Dean, College of Education & Human Development
  • Amie Fulcher, Director, Academic Operations, College of Education & Human Development
  • Teresa Gibbons, Manager, ITU Support Center, TSD – Technology Support Services
  • Deborah Goodings, Dewberry Professor of Civil Engineering/Chair, Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering
  • Dennis Herring, Lead Grounds Worker, Facilities Management
  • Cynthia Holt, Head, Collection Development & Preservation, Fenwick Library
  • Will Jackson, Auto Shop Supervisor, Facilities Management
  • Wallace Johnson, Director, Mentor Protege Program, Mason Enterprise Center
  • Robert Jonas, Chair/Associate Professor, Environmental Science & Policy
  • Masoud Karkehabadi, Prince William Classroom Support Technician, DoIT – Classroom & Lab Technologies
  • Robyn Mehlenbeck, Director, Center for Psychological Services, Psychology
  • Olga O’Brien, Center Programs Manager, Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center
  • George Oden, Security Supervisor, Prince William Campus, University Police
  • Tom Reynolds, Director, Artistic Programs, Marketing & Audience Services, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Sean Salyards, Instructor/Print Manager, School of Art
  • Kathy Smith, Audit and Data Integrity Manager, Human Resources/Payroll
  • Kris Smith, Associate Provost, Institutional Research & Reporting
  • Susan Stockwell, Director, ITU – Administrative Services
  • Regine Talleyrand, Associate Professor, GSE/Counseling & Development, College of Education & Human Development
  • Jackie Thomas, Manager, Telecom Admin, TSD – Network Engineering & Tech
  • Paul Wieber, Security Manager, Prince William Campus, University Police
  • Jim Witte, Professor/Director, Center for Social Science Research, Sociology & Anthropology
  • Julie Zobel, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety

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