Wood Is June Employee of the Month

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

By Vanessa Maxey

Kathleen Wood of the Music Department has been chosen as the employee of the month for June. She came to George Mason in October of 1997, after spending 10 years at Mott College in Michigan and two years at Binghamton University in New York. Wood organizes the private music instruction program at George Mason, which requires her to play many different roles. As audition coordinator, Wood meets personally with approximately 160 prospective students each semester and also acts as an advisor to the students. In addition, she coordinates the departmental recitals and student juries.

Wood’s warm and caring personality has touched many of the students and faculty members in the Music Department. One example of her hospitality is her creation of a resting spot to allow prospective students and their families to enjoy refreshments and to relax between stressful auditions. This idea has helped the students feel more welcome and gain a better first impression of the university.

“Kathleen has a willingness to be helpful whenever she is needed. Just today I walked by the broken elevator to see her yelling in to make sure nobody was stuck,” says Jim Carroll, director of Jazz Studies. In addition, Wood is a counselor to the students, always willing to lend an ear or offer advice. “Many students come to Kathleen when they are frustrated with their classes and/or teachers,” says Andrea Frakes Pope, a graduate student. “The Department of Music is a much warmer place because of Kathleen Wood.”

Wood, of South Riding, Va., agrees that the best part of her job is the students. “I love working with them. They make every day a new adventure.”

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