Jocelyn Rappaport Is February Employee of the Month

Posted: February 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli

Jocelyn Rappaport, Arlington Campus public information manager for Information Services, is the February Employee of the Month. Rappaport’s position supports three departments–Information Services, Media Relations, and Community Relations. She plans events, maintains the Information Center, and contributes to the Mason Daily Gazette for the Arlington Campus.

While those are her basic duties, many co-workers and associates observe that Rappaport fosters a more social atmosphere in Arlington. “Due to Jocelyn’s efforts she has been able to develop a sense of community on the Arlington Campus,” says Bobbie Fuller, director of Information Services. Rappaport organized a Restaurant Welcome Day last fall where campus-area restaurants provided free food for the Arlington community, and she also coordinated the first Homecoming event last February on the Arlington Campus.

Rappaport has been in the same position since she came to George Mason in October 2001. “It intrigued me because it requires public relations skills, managerial and training skills, community relations skills, and an ability to be resourceful in finding information as well as helping others find and understand information,” she says. She came to Mason in part because of good past experiences and memories. Both of her brothers graduated from the university, and her mother was an employee when the university was the Northern Virginia campus of the University of Virginia, and her father even taught a foreign film course here in the 1970s.

Arlington Campus employees certainly take notice of Rappaport’s contributions. “The George Mason community could use another 1,000 Jocelyns,” Anne Richard, assistant dean and director of admissions for the School of Law, says. “She has such a strong loyalty and commitment to making George Mason in Arlington better for everyone.”

Rappaport’s Fairfax Campus colleagues appreciate her as well. Barbara Saladino, a nurse practitioner for Student Health Services, found Rappaport very helpful when she was in charge of opening an Arlington office in 2002. “Her insights and knowledge made it possible for me to do my job more effectively and efficiently,” she says.

A University of Virginia graduate, Rappaport enjoys traveling; going to plays, ballets, concerts, and museums; doing crossword puzzles; and reading in her spare time.

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