Karen Manley Named Employee of the Month for May

Posted: April 28, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: May 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Karen Manley, May Employee of the Month

Karen Manley, assessment support coordinator, has been named May 2011 Employee of the Month.

Manley, who works for the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA), has been part of the Mason community for more than three years.

“I love working at Mason,” Manley says. “I’ve been here for a few years and I hope to make it my home for a long time. In addition to the great work/life balance that Mason offers, it is a beautiful place to come to work every day.”

Manley, who moved from Texas four years ago, has worked in higher education for seven years. At OIA, her main responsibilities consist of managing daily operations of the office, along with designing, publishing and distributing all office publications and guides.

“I truly enjoy working for OIA,” Manley says. “I work with an amazing group of professionals who continually motivate me to raise my performance level. It’s a very supportive environment.”

According to her peers, Manley constantly assumes responsibilities well above her job requirements.

“Her willingness to accept responsibility for tasks that don’t always fall neatly into individual job descriptions has always impressed those of us who work with her,” says Karen Gentemann, associate provost for Institutional Effectiveness. “Her recent demonstration of this attitude occurred as we finalized our compliance report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.”

According to Gentemann, Manley took responsibility and worked day and night to design an attractive cover that represented Mason in the best possible way.

“She worked with the editor to ensure that the final product included all relevant documents,” Gentemann says. “I want to emphasize that Karen stepped up to the job and did what needed to be done to make it happen.”

For Manley, receiving this award has been an honor.

“It is rewarding to know that my supervisor, Karen Gentemann, nominated me,” Manley says. “I always feel that I have her complete support and confidence in whatever project I am working on.”

Although some days can be a little chaotic, Manley enjoys coming into work each day.

“There are definitely days when there are multiple things happening concurrently and the pace gets hectic,” she says. “However, one of the great things about my office is that we all work together as a team. And even on the most stressful of days, we always find a reason to laugh.”

Manley will be formally presented with this award by President Merten in his office, 103 Mason Hall, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. Manley’s family, co-workers and friends are all encouraged to attend the ceremony.

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