Judy Morton Is Employee of the Month

Posted: May 1, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Judy Morton, the May Employee of the Month, is the first person most clients meet when visiting several University Relations offices, but her title tells the rest of the story. Morton is the office manager and works closely with Creative Services, Electronic Publications, Community Relations, Media Relations, and Photography to keep the day-to-day operations running smoothly and efficiently.

“We in University Relations depend upon Judy a great deal and feel very fortunate to have a person of her high professional and personal caliber,” says Daniel Walsch, executive director of University Relations. “She joined our team in February 2000, and, as a result of her great organizational skills, impressive work ethic, and abilities as a leader, has made important contributions to our office and to the university itself.”

Part of Morton’s job is to serve as the staff’s “front door” for the public, welcoming members of the media, faculty and staff, and members of the community.

“She has a pleasant demeanor and her customer service skills are exceptional,” says Traci Claar, director of Community Relations. “Clients find her a pleasure to work with.”

In addition to serving as receptionist and office manager, she supervises student workers, manages production of the business cards, and maintains newspaper clippings. She requisitions supplies, schedules the department conference room, and coordinates service calls for office equipment.

“She wears the most hats of anyone in the department,” says Robin Herron, writer and editor for Creative Services. “In addition, Judy takes on new responsibilities willingly and without complaint.”

Morton has taken it upon herself to become an expert on the electronic time sheets, says Paras Kaul, coordinator of Electronic Publications. “She has been extremely helpful in regard to facilitating the transition from traditional time sheets to electronic time sheets. Judy is also valuable in helping new employees adjust to their new work environments.”

Morton first came to the office on a temporary receptionist assignment more than three years ago. “I fell in love with George Mason University, so when the position became available I applied for it and got it,” Morton says. She was soon promoted to program assistant, then office manager after taking on additional duties.

At George Mason, she has taken advantage of many computer classes offered, especially the extended Microsoft Office User class, attended seminars on- and off-campus to enhance her office skills, and successfully completed the Supervisor Series.

Morton also serves on the Policies and Elections Committee of the Staff Senate, a group committed and dedicated to ensuring the needs and concerns of the staff are addressed and brought to the attention of appropriate officials.

Her short-term goal is to become certified as a Microsoft Office User Specialist. Long-term, she wants to go back to school at George Mason to get her degree, perhaps in music, because she would like to play the piano and become a professional singer.

“Judy is a great credit to our institution. To me, she represents the kind of employee we should be rewarding and holding out as a model of excellence from which the rest of us can learn and ultimately follow,” says Walsch.

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