Josh Hughes Named Employee of the Month

Posted: October 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Josh Hughes cuts quite an imposing figure with his long hair, black leather coat, black boots and signature black pants and shirt. But with his quiet exterior and shy smile, no one would ever guess this is the man who helps keep George Mason’s top web pages up and running smoothly.

Named October Employee of the Month, Hughes has worked in Electronic Publications since he came to George Mason five years ago as a student. In those five years he has quickly risen from a student assistant position to a wage employee, and upon his recent graduation from Mason with a BA in Art and Visual Technology, Hughes became the division’s programmer as well as web designer.

Hughes’ supervisor, Electronic Publications Coordinator, Paras Kaul, says, “Josh is extraordinarily talented and patient, which allows him to work with other staff members to troubleshoot their computer problems in a calm manner. Josh has maintained his integrity as a web designer and has worked very hard to assist with the development of a better look for Mason’s web presence.”

Josh Hughes
Josh Hughes, Electronic Publications, is October Employee of the Month.
Creative Services photo

“I think most people don’t realize the scope of my job,” Hughes says. “Working for E-Pubs, I’ve designed web sites, programmed web applications, created animations and DVDs, and regularly performed maintenance on our servers. I love the variety. My favorite part of the job is simply being able to create things that people love or find useful in their day-to-day lives. It’s a very satisfying feeling.”

For several months, coworkers in Creative Services have been using a workflow database system designed, developed and implemented by Hughes. “The system’s capabilities are quite extensive and its components are tailored to be utilized individually by our project managers, production manager and by me,” says Jeanmerie Townley, administrative assistant, University Relations.

“Josh is also an excellent and creative designer—he developed the graphic design of the Mason Gazette,” says Robin Herron, editor in Creative Services. “Perhaps most importantly, Josh is a hard worker who is committed to producing a high-quality, professional product, whether it be in programming or in graphic design.”

When Community Relations needed a more secure server, Hughes offered to share the new E-Pubs server with them. “In addition to securing the server,” says Ida Barbour, electronic outreach coordinator for Community Relations, “Josh assisted with the redesigning of Community Relation’s web site. He was able to make the look of the site consistent with the rest of Mason’s web pages. The site was redesigned in record time with no errors.”

Josh was essential in the development of a file transfer protocol site that Colleen Kearney Rich, a project manager in Creative Services, uses to share information daily. “Josh was instrumental in helping the off-site designers gain access and find the correct software for their systems. He is always accommodating and very good at explaining the technical details to the non-technical people on our staff.”

The Center for the Arts has also benefited from Hughes’s web ability. “Josh Hughes has been of extraordinary assistance to the Center for the Arts in the creation and maintenance of the Center’s web site,” says Tom Reynolds, director of external affairs, College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Josh’s skills and abilities are a combination that is rare indeed. Then add his calm, pleasant, understanding manner and you can understand why everyone in our department enjoys working with him.”

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