Sara Morrisroe Is the November Employee of the Month

Posted: November 2, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

By Rashad Mulla

Sara Morrisroe. Photo by Rashad Mulla

Sara Morrisroe. Photo by Rashad Mulla

Maintaining direct communication with more than 250 student leaders is a tough task. For Sara Morrisroe, Employee of the Month for November, it’s part of her job.

Morrisroe, the assistant director for student organizations in Student Activities, maintains contact with student leaders through e-mail, phone and face-to-face meetings.

In her current position, which she has held since July 2007, she oversees student group policies, guidelines, funding, travel, program planning and events. She is the primary contact for student organization leaders trying to get a feel for rules and policies.

“I want to make sure that the students are having a great experience here and are being served the way they should be,” Morrisroe says. “By being in a student organization, they are providing the campus with a lot of events.”

Another big part of her job is to serve as a liaison between Student Activities and other departments. Lauren Long, director of Student Activities, says Morrisroe performs these duties at a much higher level than expected.

“She never does anything less than 110 percent, and never looks to be recognized for any of it,” Long says.

Morrisroe’s colleagues describe her as a vital member of the team.

“Sara never seeks recognition for the great things that she does and often is in the background making things happen,” says Corrine House, a communications specialist in Student Activities. “She is a team player who often is the glue that holds our team together.”

Maintaining contact with the student groups is difficult, Morrisroe says. Student leadership changes every year, and the number of student organizations grows yearly. But she has come up with a couple of time-saving, efficient measures to meet the challenges of her job.

She has two graduate student assistants who focus on specific student organizations. At the beginning of the semester, Morrisroe handed out flash drives to the student leaders that contain university policies, guidelines and specific forms. Also, she made the process for establishing student groups easier, and says she is proud of the increased number of organizations on campus this year.

As for the Employee of the Month award, Morrisroe takes it in stride.

“I’m appreciative of it, but I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she says. “I don’t expect recognition in my job. I just do what I do.”

Morrisroe lives in Chantilly, Va. In her time away from work, she is a big fan of Capitals hockey and the Food Network. She ran the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 25. She has also run two half-marathons and says she would like to run more in the future.

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