Peg Koback Is December Employee of the Month

Posted: December 3, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Name: Peg Koback

Position at Mason: Education Support Specialist in the Public and International Affairs Department

Years at Mason: Three

Peg Koback
Peg Koback
Photo by Evan Cantwell

What She Does: Koback’s primary function can be summed one up in one word: admissions. She meets with many prospective students and applicants, helps process their files, makes sure the appropriate faculty members review their applications in a timely manner, and then serves as a resource for many of these students once they are admitted. The academic areas with which she works are political science and public administration. She also serves as coordinator for the graduate-level international program for both political science and public administration.

What She Enjoys Most about her Job: “The unpredictable nature of the job and the culture of the department are what I enjoy.”

Best Memory at Mason: “My best memories of Mason are being made right now. I love the cooperative spirit in our office and the fact I am encouraged to make suggestions, ask questions and be a real participant in how we carry out our responsibilities.”

What She Does for Fun: “I love to watch football and basketball. At the same time, I enjoy gardening, reading and even biking.”

Something People May Not Know about Her: “When I can, I love to scuba dive,” she says. “That’s not a total secret, but I think hearing that will surprise many people who know me.” Koback was also born and raised in Northern Virginia. “It’s not easy finding anyone who can say that,” she adds.

What Others Say about Her:

“Peg plays a key role in the support of our graduate students in the MPA, MA and PhD in political science programs – close to 500 of them! Last year, we consolidated our graduate student support efforts in order to better serve all of our graduate students. She serves as our point person for admissions and keeps the three programs on track. Peg has excelled in this initiative through her collaborative work style and can-do spirit.”

—Ann Ludwick, graduate student coordinator, Public and International Affairs

“Her warmth and sense of humor have also made her a favorite with the students. They quickly come to rely on her and trust her to advise them on program administration questions and on personal issues such as housing. For example, she created an informal roommate and housing matching service on her bulletin board.”

—Julianne Mahler, associate professor of government and politics and former director of graduate programs in political science

“Peg has consistently proven to be one of the most dedicated, energetic and creative people I have ever worked with. Her support for our program has been invaluable, particularly as our application pool and number of students have grown. She has devoted untold hours serving as the first reviewer of our MPA applications, making initial recommendations that are later reviewed by a faculty committee. We rely heavily on her initial judgments, as she thoroughly works through the process and provides us with recommendations that are nearly always right on target.”

—Paul Posner, director of the MPA program

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