Galletta Wins Mary Roper Award

Posted: October 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

Sandy Galletta, human resources coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is the winner of Mary Roper Award for Outstanding Service for 2004. Galletta will be recognized tomorrow at the annual awards luncheon honoring CAS staff.

The award honors a classified staff member who has shown outstanding service in support of the core goals of the college—improving the quality of the liberal arts experience for all students, increasing the capacity for noteworthy and innovative scholarship, and creating and strengthening external relationships. The recipient directly supports the mission of the department or college through his or her work with faculty, students, staff, or the greater university community.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Galletta admitted after learning she was chosen. “Because CAS is so fortunate to have many excellent classified employees, I know that to be nominated for this award is great in itself. In fact, earlier this week, I was in the CAS front office making the case that another CAS employee was certainly worthy of this award. Actually being chosen for the award is a little breathtaking.”

Arlene Architect, former senior budget analyst for CAS, nominated Galletta, saying, “It is with Sandy ‘s dedication and drive that the faculty hiring process in CAS is successfully accomplished. Her experience and expertise is invaluable to the college, and she offers her assistance above and beyond whenever it’s needed.”

Jack Censer, chair of History and Art History, was one of the people who wrote letters in support of her nomination. “Anyone who thinks George Mason is an impersonal bureaucracy has not run into Sandy Galletta,” he says.

Galletta says that each day at work is different, and she is never bored. “The part of my job I like the best is working with all those great people who also work in CAS. I’m a very people-oriented person, so I’m delighted when I can help out.”

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