Novick Is August Employee of the Month

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

By Fran Rensbarger

Pamela Novick, said to be truly the heart of the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE), is the August Employee of the Month. She is known for her tireless effort, dedication to quality, fiscal compliance, and commitment to the OCPE team, which is spread between the Fairfax and Prince William Campuses, and the Center for Innovative Technology. OCPE works in conjunction with the university’s academic departments and local businesses in offering contract credit programs, noncredit contracts, and open enrollment.

“Over the years, Pam has performed her role as the fiscal manager of OCPE with a real sense of dedication, integrity, and the highest ethical standards,” says Janet Niblock, executive director of OCPE. “She is a role model for all in terms of her customer service with both our external and internal customers and students; she is a highly respected, enthusiastic team member who is always willing to take the extra step; and she is invaluable in her focus on continuous process and procedure improvement. She has taught me much over the years.”

Niblock characterizes Novick as “one of those rare individuals who approaches her assigned fiscal responsibilities with total integrity and commitment, yet is always ready to work with the academics, the administration, and the OCPE team to enthusiastically embrace additional assignments and tasks. Repeatedly, administrative and academic folks she has worked with will call to sing her praises, commending her for her willingness to assist and her high level of knowledge and skill.”

Novick, who has been fiscal manager for six years, likes “the variety of work, the people I work with, the professional atmosphere of our office, and the university environment,” she says. “It’s so nice to walk through the university and feel you are part of it. I deal with a diverse group of programs, and interact with individuals in and outside the university.” She originally came to work at George Mason 13 years ago for Student Accounts because she lives close by. As a cashier at the Cash Office, she learned about the student payments processes and finances related to other university departments, and then moved up the ladder in several departments to her present position as fiscal manager to all of OCPE.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and gained fiscal experience while working at a bank and in the Accounting Department at Metro.

“Pam has consistently demonstrated a high level of expertise in her area and is capable of developing complex spreadsheets, special analyses, and other financial and statistical data,” says Bob Taguding, formerly assistant budget director in the Budget Office. “She always responds quickly to requests for information and always does this with a smile.” He says that during a time of staff turnover at another campus site, she eagerly undertook extra responsibilities in addition to her own. “Pam is one of the top finance specialists I’ve had the pleasure of working with here at George Mason University,” he adds. “As far as I’m concerned she’s a top-notch finance person and represents the cream of the crop.”

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