Robin Herron Is Employee of the Month for December
Posted: December 1, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Fran Rensbarger
Robin Herron, a writer/editor in the Creative Services Department of University Relations, is the December Employee of the Month. Herron writes articles for George Mason publications, such as the Daily Gazette and the Mason Spirit, and edits publications for many different university units. In January, she will become the editor of the Daily Gazette. Herron also writes press releases for outside media, edits promotional material, gathers news and information from campus contacts, and responds to reporter requests for university experts.
“Robin is extremely conscientious and reliable and, as a result, in a relatively short period of time has emerged as our office’s most dependable worker,” says Dan Walsch, director of University Relations. “If Robin is assigned a task or if she volunteers to take care of something, then there is no question that this challenge will be met in a professional and timely way. One of Robin’s qualities I admire most is that she carries out her duties in a quiet, yet steady manner. There is no fanfare with her, just positive results.”
As a writer/editor, Herron’s work includes multiple tasks, which adds to her enjoyment of her job. “There are so many things I enjoy here, it is hard to pinpoint just one,” she says. She finds working in the university environment stimulating. “I’m thrilled at being able to work with such talented colleagues and such interesting people on every level here. Finally, the variety of the work keeps me engaged. I love coming to work every day, and I can honestly say I learn something new every day.”
Herron has been at Mason for two and a half years in the same position, although some of her responsibilities have changed. She previously worked part-time at Northern Virginia Community College in a similar position and found she liked the academic environment. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University, plus graduate courses in marketing and English, and additional experience in public relations for hospitals and trade associations.
“Robin consistently receives high praise from the deans and department heads she interacts with as part of her job,” says Helen Ackerman, vice president of University Relations. “They praise her ability to grasp their needs, and her hard work in promoting their interests. In addition, Robin is always ready to take on new projects, and approaches them with interest and commitment. She also readily supports her colleagues if the need arises. In short, she is a major contributor both to the successful promotion of the university and to the smooth running of the University Relations operation.”
Off the clock, Herron says, her primary hobby is her three teenage sons. “My oldest is technically not a teenager anymore, but I still think of him that way. Because of them I have learned to enjoy practically all sports, so watching games, either their games (one plays basketball, one plays soccer), or professional games, is a major family activity. I also enjoy walking, reading, and sewing.”
For the future, Herron looks forward to the new challenge of editing the Daily Gazette. “I would like it to be an enjoyable, must-read for everyone on campus, as well as a showcase for all the exciting activities taking place here for the outside public. I also want to continue evolving as a writer, and I plan to pursue a master’s degree at some point.”