Gomperts Is September Employee of the Month

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

By Carrie Secondo

Barbara Gomperts, enrollment services assistant in the English Department, is September’s Employee of the Month. Gomperts started working for George Mason in 1998 after she and her family moved to Virginia from Idaho.

Having graduated with a degree in English from Idaho State University (ISU), Gomperts sought work at a local university when she relocated to Virginia. “I loved the environment in the English Department [at ISU],” says Gomperts. She says her experience working at George Mason has been just as enjoyable. “The people here are some of the most human, understanding, warm, and kindhearted people I know,” she says.

One of Gomperts’ primary responsibilities is to keep students informed. She serves as a liaison between the faculty and students in the department’s graduate programs. “She has brought to this position an intellectual and creative interest in these programs that have made her an ideal representative of the department to the students and the community,” says Chris Thaiss, chair of the English Department.

Recognizing the summer months would be slower than those during the academic year, Gomperts volunteered to work on Fall for the Book, an annual literary festival held in September. She was such a valuable member of the festival planning team, her supervisor decided to change her job description to include regular work on the festival.

“Barb does everything in good humor–meeting the public, students, and faculty alike with goodwill and a sincere desire to be of service,” says William Miller, director of the creative writing program.

On a daily basis Gomperts does her job to ensure that students’ needs are being met. “As our English programs grow we want them to become more nationally recognized. That’s what our goals are and that is what my goal is,” Gomperts says.

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