Employees Honored for Language Achievement

Posted: May 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Last Friday, a group of 18 Mason employees graduated from an English as Another Language (EAL) class taught especially for them here at Mason. The employees were honored at a reception in George’s Restaurant. This year, for the first time, the “graduating class” included a large group of Dining Services employees, as well as employees from Physical Plant.

“We are using this opportunity to highlight the success of this first class and to focus attention to the plan for continuing EAL classes at several levels for employees working at Mason,” says Michael Galvin, director of marketing and community affairs for Dining Services. “We hope that we can create a tradition of providing language resources to persons working at Mason, whether they be state or contract employees.”

English language graduates
Michael Galvin, director of marketing and community affairs for Dining Services (center front), presents some of the language class graduates who gathered at a reception held for them last week. From left, they are Armida Mejia, Sandra Amaya Castellanos, Dixie Hallaj (one of the two instructors), Jennifer Rodriguez-Umanzor, Cecelia Martinez, Elsa Godoy, Juan Rodriguez, Yoselin Gomez, and Yasmin Urias.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

The classes were organized by Edward Jones, coordinator of the master’s program in Adult Education for Practicing Professionals in the College of Education and Human Development, who has run classes for Mason employees over the past four years. The classes were taught with the assistance of the Mason Dining Management team and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. Galvin points out that the classes not only provide language skills for employees, but also improve customer service, build community, improve relationships, and enhance the university’s image.

Galvin says there are plans to offer a second level of training over the summer for employees who are ready for it. In the fall, the department would like to offer two levels of classes and open the program to employees of other units who are interested. For more information, contact Galvin at mgalvin@gmu.edu or 703-993-3407.

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