Susan LeBlanc Named Employee of the Month

Posted: July 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

The University’s Employee of the Month Selection Committee announced that Susan LeBlanc of the Department of History and Art History is the Employee of the Month for July.

Susan LeBlanc

Number of years at Mason: Seven

Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y.

Current Position: Outreach coordinator for the Department of History and Art History

What She Does: Susan is a multifaceted Mason employee. She is a telecom coordinator for History and Art History; manages room schedules for her department; arranges office moves; accounts for printing expenditures; seeks new faculty members; helps with office newsletters and coordinates office assignments for all the adjunct professors in her department.

On Developing Friendships at the University: “I’m fortunate because I have developed some terrific personal friendships. I think even more important than those are the professional working relationships I have with some of the most terrific folks around. I enjoy working as a team and knowing that, together, we can solve the problem and I hope, share a few laughs.”

On Keeping a Level Head During Stressful Times: “I know that if I can’t find something to laugh about, if I can’t find a way to make a humorous comment, then things have got to be downright awful.”

Mason Events That Come to Mind: “Besides the semester when kids kept pulling fire alarms during midterms and finals? That was wild. Although when I had to move the Center for History and New Media over to the Pohick Module, it was pretty stressful.”

What She Does for Fun: “I’m a sports pig, including NHL, NFL, college football, PGA, and Champ Car racing. I also garden, paint, read, play golf, travel, quilt, knit, make jewelry and kayak. I do some freelance work as an editor, writer and proofreader. Right now, I’m a proofreader for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.”

What She’s Learned about History and Art History: “I pick up the occasional scholarly book on topics that interest me and try to plow through them. The books can be very dense. I’ve certainly learned tidbits about the various professors’ specialties.”

What People Say about Her:

“Susie is very bright. She can handle difficult situations with very little assistance. Her solutions to problems really assist all involved. She is well liked by her faculty and staff. This is important because many unload their problems and concerns on her. Many see her as a source of support. I have witnessed her ability to cool down both faculty and staff on a regular basis.”

—Jack Censer, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

“Susie is a great source of energy and personality. If you need a funny story or a sympathetic ear, she’s the one to see. She’s a great problem solver, and her professionalism is exceptional. The department would be in a sorry state without her.”

—Kathleen Clare; executive assistant, Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

“Every large organization works because there are a few people like Susie LeBlanc scattered throughout the administrative structure. The Susies of George Mason University are all ‘fixers,’ able to put things back on track at crucial moments.”

—T. Mills Kelly; assistant professor, Department of History and Art History

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