Khan Named July Employee of the Month

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

By Megan McDonnell

Assad Khan
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Assad Khan, program assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has been named July’s Employee of the Month. Khan has worked as program assistant since November 2002, helping organize CAS convocations as well as the mathematics placement test for all incoming students.

“When I found out, the only word that came out of my mouth was, ‘Wow!’” Khan says about receiving the Employee of the Month honor. “It definitely means a lot. Being nominated for something like this by your peers is always a great feeling. I wouldn’t have won this if it wasn’t for the other people I collaborate with, both in the Dean’s Office and throughout the university.”

Daniele Struppa, dean of CAS, notes that Khan originally joined CAS as an outreach assistant. “Among his many duties, he created the CAS Student Advisory Board, which was designed to give students across the college access to the Dean’s Office in an advisory position.”

“He has been in this job for a year, and has shown himself able to grow, improve, and excel,” says Mary Zamon, director of Undergraduate Academic Programs. Zamon believes that Khan’s ability to interact with the Mathematics Department, set up exam and proctor schedules, and develop new recordkeeping has made a real difference. “Since Assad took over operation of the math placement test, the Math Department reported that last spring was the best semester for the test, with few problems.”

Khan is not only in charge of the placement test schedule, but he also administers the test to the students, explains Christine Amaya, secretary in the Mathematics Department. “He keeps our web site up to date with all the dates and times of the placement test and keeps me informed on how the students are doing on the test. This information is so important to us so we can monitor our math classes. CAS is very lucky to have Assad working for them.”

Khan’s co-workers note his consistent work ethic, cheerfulness, calmness, and enthusiasm, along with his attention to details. “I am continually growing confidence in his ability to carry out his work, take on new duties, and support and step in for me as necessary. His organizational skills and help with the admissions events that CAS participates in are extraordinary,” says Zamon.

“Assad was very willing to show me around campus and help me to get oriented when I first started,” says Stephanie Hay, coordinator of communications for CAS. “He helps the main office with a variety of responsibilities and has a firm understanding of the undergraduate programs offered in CAS. I believe he is an asset to the success and functioning of CAS as a whole.”

Khan gets to work with every aspect of the Dean’s Office as well as other offices throughout the university. According to him, that is the best part about his job as one of the coordinators of the convocation and other collegewide events—he has interactions with a wide variety of people. “

Khan graduated from West Virginia University in 1999 with a degree in public relations. Before coming to George Mason, he worked as an admissions counselor for West Virginia University. During his first three years at Mason, he was also a part-time radio DJ at the now-defunct WHFS. Khan plans to continue his education to become a teacher.

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