Karla Posselt Is July Employee of the Month
Posted: July 1, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Nick Walker
Friends and colleagues describe Karla Posselt, July Employee of the Month, as someone who goes the extra mile in helping others.
Jana Hurley, executive director of the Office of Housing and Residence Life, recounts her first experiences with Posselt, office manager for University Operations.
“I had some travel difficulty attempting to get to Mason in time for [my job interview.] The problems were all in Michigan. My flight had been scheduled to leave around 5 p.m. and was delayed,” Hurley says.
“I was impressed to receive a message from Karla while I was at the airport. I hadn’t attempted to contact her yet, being hopeful it would all work out, but she had checked on weather and flights and realized I might not make it. She left me the contact information to use in the event my flight was canceled. I very much appreciated her commitment to communication,” Hurley says.
Events Manager Beth Grohnke expands on Posselt’s contributions.
“Karla is the ‘go to’ person of most everyone at the university when there is a question about policy or practice,” Grohnke says. “She takes the time to help each of us when we need her.”
In light of such praise, Posselt remains modest.
“It’s a very nice honor that the people I work with think so highly of me to nominate me for this award,” Posselt said.
Posselt began working at Mason in August 2001. Her work has alternated between the offices of University Operations and University Services.
“I set up meetings between University Services, University Operations and other departments; process invoices; answer general questions; coordinate meetings; purchase supplies and office equipment and things like that,” says Posselt, describing her typical busy workday.
Additionally, she often takes on larger projects.
When Mason’s men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Final Four in 2006, Posselt’s office was abuzz.
“During the Final Four, companies would send us their artwork for things like T-shirts to sell in the Mason Bookstore and other stores. We would spend eight hours straight doing almost nothing but going over and approving, or in some cases, disapproving, designs. By the end of the day, we would be all caught up, only to come in the next morning and find 20 more. This went on for a couple of weeks,” Posselt recalls. Usually the office receives just a few artwork approval requests each week, she notes.
Posselt helped secure supplies and plan the grand opening of Mason’s new Child Development Center (CDC) as well.
“She is always willing to lend a helping hand to our department and was instrumental in helping the Child Development Center have a smooth grand opening ceremony,” says Tina Morris, director of the CDC. “Her efforts keep the organization running smoothly and efficiently. Mrs. Posselt is a person with integrity, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge.”
From her vantage point as office manager, Posselt has seen the opening of several auxiliary services buildings, including Sandy Creek Parking Deck, Liberty Square, Potomac Heights and the new Chesapeake housing areas.
In describing some of the current trends at Mason, Posselt reflects on recent changes.
“Summer and winter breaks used to be a little quiet, but now we’re just busy all the time,” Posselt says. She adds, “One of the things I like about my department is the brainstorming and creative thinking staff do to come up with new ideas to solve problems and to provide new projects and programs to enhance student, faculty and staff experiences at Mason.”
Ann Moran, parking services coordinator, sums up Posselt’s accomplishments.
“So many people in our office depend on her that when she goes on vacation we are all lost without her,” Moran says. “You can be more than confident that if you ask Karla to get a project done, you will never have to ask again. It’s done.”