Pat Sperry Wins Mary Roper Award

Posted: October 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

Pat Sperry
Pat Sperry

Pat Sperry, office manager in the Department of Communication, is the winner of the 2005 Mary Roper Award. She will be recognized on Thursday, Oct. 27, during the annual awards luncheon honoring College of Arts and Sciences staff.

The Mary Roper award honors a classified staff member who has shown outstanding service in support of the core goals of the college – improving the quality of the liberal arts experience for all students, increasing the capacity for noteworthy and innovative scholarship and creating and strengthening external relationships. The recipient directly supports the mission of the department or college through his or her work with faculty, students, staff or the greater university community.

“I am honored that I was nominated and so appreciative to have won the award,” Sperry says. “George Mason has so much to offer. From attending classes here in the early ’80s and attending performances and events to enrolling my sons in summer camps, George Mason has given me a real sense of community.”

Sperry says she enjoys the challenges of her job, which include learning new things, prioritizing requests and providing the best customer service to faculty and students.

“Working with so many nice people is great. I have daily contact with people in many other offices at Mason in addition to the more than 90 distinguished full-time and adjunct faculty members. I’m offered a lot of insight into what it takes to make the university run at such a high level of performance.”

Sperry is currently enrolled in her first art class and plans to take more visual technology courses at Mason. “As a hobby, I edit and restore old photos, so I try to take as many photo and creative art-related classes as possible.”

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