Watts Is February Employee of the Month

Posted: February 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Alice Watts, academic coordinator for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), is the February Employee of the Month. “She is the college’s front line in student recruitment and student advising—and she is absolutely critical to the lifeblood of our unit,” says William Reeder, dean of CVPA.

“Alice leads by example, working long hours, meeting short deadlines, mapping every process and every student enrollment and advising need, all the while maintaining a cheerful disposition. She meets with prospective parents and students, sets up our participation in recruitment and admissions activities, is the one person who literally attends every event, supports the chairs and faculty advisors-the list is a long one indeed. Without Alice Watts we would be rudderless,” Reeder says.

Watts works with students from during their academic life at Mason and coordinates CVPA’s convocation. “The students make coming to work a pleasure. Seeing their growth from incoming freshmen or transfer students to confident, well-educated graduates is very rewarding,” says Watts.

Watts fulfills her job with outstanding dedication, enthusiasm, and integrity, says Linda Miller, associate dean of academic affairs and student advancement at CVPA. “Her knowledge of university requirements and the college’s degree programs enables her to provide outstanding service in the advising area. Alice’s concern for students and willingness to work beyond expectation is invaluable. She works well with units and staff across campus and often initiates ideas that improve current practices.”

Fran Herrity, chief transfer officer and advisor in the Office of Admissions, has known Watts for almost 10 years and has always been impressed with her commitment to students. “When the office of Admissions was interviewing the freshman applicants, you could count on Alice to be on hand every Saturday. She brought with her an enthusiasm for CVPA and a commitment to bring to the university the best and brightest. Whenever there is a recital or special performance by the students, Alice is there. ‘They need to see that staff supports them’,” Herrity quotes her. “Again and again, Alice demonstrates the commitment of the unsung hero.”

Watts first became involved with Mason as a volunteer for Theater of the First Amendment in 1989, and her work evolved into a wages position. As a night school undergraduate student, she took several courses in dramatic literature. The position of secretary for the Department of Dance and Theater became available just before she graduated, and she took it. As the arts programs grew and evolved into the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Watts’ position also grew, and in 1997 she earned an MA in Dramatic Literature from Mason to better enable her to work with students in the arts.

“I hope to continue to work with the students, faculty, and staff in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. I hope to see CVPA continue to grow while the quality of our students and the education they receive continues to improve.”

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