Gail Larrick Is Employee of the Month

Posted: June 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Adam Modzelesky

Gail Larrick, June’s Employee of the Month, is not driven by awards and honors. In fact, when Larrick, an administrative assistant for Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, found out she had won the award, she humbly said, “I am very honored to receive this award, because I can personally think of a sizable pool of potential nominees. There are various motivations for me to be successful in my job, but speculation on what awards I might qualify for is not one of them, so it came as a wonderful surprise.”

Larrick began her Mason career as the dean’s assistant three years ago. Prior to her current job, Larrick was employed at U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She believes that job helped prepare her for her current responsibilities. “At the court, I was courtroom deputy for one of the judges, responsible for scheduling hearing dates and assisting the judge in the courtroom,” she says. “That calendaring experience proved invaluable, as I soon found out that keeping the dean’s calendar is almost a full-time job.”

A team player, Larrick wound up being the coordinator for the CAS convocations this year. “Our previous [CAS convocations] coordinator accepted a new position with SOM and the other ‘admin’ in the dean’s office was already involved with Celebration of Scholarship and physical moves in College Hall. I felt that I was next in line as the logical choice since I had helped with the last three convocations.”

Struppa has only positive things to say about Larrick. Calling her “a natural office leader,” he said Larrick is “extremely intelligent in how she can anticipate the changing rhythms of the work in the office. She uses this talent to help her colleagues find the best and most efficient ways to utilize their skills and capabilities.”

Others expressed their admiration for Larrick’s “reliability, honesty, and candor.” In response to these sentiments, Larrick said, “I like people–meeting them, talking to them, and helping them. I don’t see much point in trying to develop a rapport with someone if I’m not able to relate to them in a candid, honest manner. Although it’s not rocket science, I never forget the power of a smile and how important it is to be able to laugh at yourself.”

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