Susie Mueller Named October 2011 Employee of the Month

Posted: September 27, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

By Erin Cushing

Susie Mueller, the 250th Employee of the Month. Mason Gazette photo

Making a favorable first impression on prospective students on behalf of an entire school sounds like a daunting task, but for Susie Mueller, administrative assistant to the director and associate directors of the School of Art (SOA), it is just one of the many duties she takes in stride. Her ability to promote the school so positively, while at the same time coordinating the school’s main  office, is a major reason why she was named the October Employee of the Month.

Mueller serves as a lynchpin for the SOA office, according to her nominators. Since helping to coordinate the school’s move into their new building in fall 2009, she handles a great number of facility issues, including the new security system, maintenance issues, student and faculty requests, mailroom and shipping, room usage, receptions and scheduling space.

In addition to these tasks, Mueller is also responsible to the directors of the school and coordinates the logistics of school programs, events, meetings and correspondence in the office.

“Working at Mason has turned out to be a dream job, and being part of the university has enriched my life in many ways,” says Mueller. “I am honored to be employee of the month.”

“To say that Susie is a genius at multitasking and can juggle more than a few balls in the air at the same time is an understatement,” says Harold Linton, the school’s director.  “She is a tremendous asset that we cherish and treasure.”

Besides her organizational skills and attention to detail, Mueller’s colleagues cite her enthusiasm and compassion as major assets to the school.

“Her concern to make people feel welcome and cared for is evident in every contact,” says Lynne Constantine, associate professor. “A particular delight is the way that Susie has integrated herself into the artistic life of SOA.”

Several of her nominators noted that this immersion highlights Mueller’s dedication to the SOA, as well as the way she really takes the time to learn about the programs and projects being completed by students and faculty.

“On a day-to-day basis, she makes an extra effort to walk around the building to view students’ art works on display and to get to know our students as individuals, working with them with compassion and empathy,” says Susan Miller, academic advisor for the SOA. She also notes Mueller’s commitment to attending student performances around Mason.

Mueller, who has a background in the hospitality industry, also takes classes on campus and participates in creative projects around the school. She also has participated with the SOA’s ArtsBus program, which transports art students to New York City to learn about contemporary art through current exhibitions.

“I am privileged to work with artists in the School of Art who inspire and challenge me to look at the world in new ways. They have awakened my creative side,” Mueller says.

Mueller is the 250th Employee of the Month named since the program began. President Alan Merten will formally present Mueller with the award in his Mason Hall office on Monday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 a.m. Mueller’s family, co-workers and friends are encouraged to attend the ceremony.

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