Hudak Is February Employee of the Month

Posted: February 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sabrina Tillman

After nearly 16 years of service at George Mason University, senior fiscal technician Marilyn Hudak is being recognized for her dedication and professionalism as February’s Employee of the Month.

Hudak became a member of the controller team at George Mason in the early 1980s. As a secretary, she handled multiple office tasks, coordinated with Fiscal Services, and assisted customers and clients. When the department was subject to downsizing, the administration decided that Hudak was too valuable to lose, and she was transferred to the Office of Sponsored Programs where she tackled a fiscal position. While a new job description, a new department, and new faces provided an abrupt change, Hudak took the transfer in stride and simply calls it “a learning experience.” She was excited to acquire one of the first computers given to an employee in the accounting area, and enjoys the challenge of learning new things whenever the technology equipment is updated in the office.

Though Hudak has direct contact with fewer people as a senior staff member, she is very content with the “nice and very professional” people she has met in the fiscal area at George Mason. At first, Hudak took the job at George Mason because the proximity of the Fairfax Campus to her Centreville home allowed her to spend more time with her two sons and less time battling rush-hour traffic. Job satisfaction and the amiable people she has met over the years have now outweighed the convenient location requirement for Hudak. She enjoys the instant gratification that is involved in verifying, posting, and sending hundreds of bills, sponsor invoices, and receipts for the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Hudak is as much appreciated by her peers as she appreciates them. Her coworkers describe her as “conscientious, meticulous, and loyal,” and claim that she “has always shown initiative in doing more than the minimum to meet her job responsibilities.”

When not sorting through bills, grants, and contracts at work, Hudak can most likely be spotted engrossed in a romance novel or skimming through Biography magazine. She takes joy in escaping to the different places and situations literature provides. For vacations, Hudak enjoys escaping to the beach with a good book.

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