Fauteux Is March Employee of the Month

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

By Megan McDonnell

Linda Fauteux, Staff Senate secretary, is the March Employee of the Month. “Her dedication, enthusiasm, and passion for the highest standards have helped take the Staff Senate to a new level of professionalism and standing within the community,” says Stacey Remick-Simkins, Staff Senate chair.

“She is always willing to go the ‘extra mile’ in anything that is asked of her. From taking minutes at the Staff Senate meetings, Executive Committee meetings, and other committee meetings, to attending university meetings that senators might not be able to attend, Linda’s approach is always friendly and informative,” Remick-Simkins says.

When she found out that she was Employee of the Month, Fauteux said, “I was totally speechless, which, for anyone who knows me, is the major exception to the rule! I was so touched.”

Fauteux also volunteered as a liaison between the Staff Senate and the Support Group for Working Mothers. “Linda began attending the meetings of the Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason last spring as the liaison to the Staff Senate. Even though she does not have children of her own, she has become an integral part of our group, as her warm personality makes everyone feel comfortable about talking openly,” says Heather Aleknavage, executive assistant, College of Arts and Sciences. “She definitely cares about our cause, and we have come to count on her participation.”

In several situations, Fauteux has gone beyond the scope of her job to help out where she was needed. She stands in for Remick-Simkins during Employee of the Month ceremonies when needed and also interviews the recipients and writes articles for the Staff Senator, the organization’s newsletter.

When there were no senators available to attend Faculty Senate meetings, Fauteux volunteered despite the fact that it is not part of her regular responsibilities. “She keeps meticulous notes and has always represented us well,” Remick-Simkins says. “Linda has [also] volunteered to step in as the events planner for next year’s Staff Senate Appreciation Day. This will require many additional hours above those that she commits to the newsletter and her role as our ambassador to a number of organizations.

“If Linda were to leave, the Staff Senate would be thrown into chaos. She is a priceless member and one whose support makes it possible for the organization to run effectively and innovatively. She is the foundation that allows us to be as good as we are,” says Remick-Simkins.

For help in doing her job, Fauteux is thankful to Ida Barbour, database manager in Community Relations, staff senator, and “computer mentor par excellence.” Of Remick-Simkins she says, “There never was a more wonderful person with whom to work. She is more like a co-worker than a supervisor, allowing me, as she does, such freedom to come and go, use my imagination, learn, grow, advance. She’s amazing. Then, there are all the other senators, who truly love me and I, them.”

Fauteux attended Northern Virginia Community College, transferred to George Mason, and graduated from Mason in 2002 with a BA in English and a minor in French. Prior to that, Fauteux lived in Taipei, Taiwan, teaching English to kindergartners. Fauteux just finished writing her first book, a fantasy titled Order of the White Rose, which she hopes to have published.

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