Tara Laskowski Is Employee of the Month for October
Posted: October 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
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Name: Tara Laskowski
Years at Mason: 4
Current Position: Public Relations Manager, Office of Communications
What She Does: It is her job to find out about all the cool things going on at Mason and “try to get the rest of the world interested and willing to write or talk about it.” A typical day could have her accompanying a television reporter to an interview with a faculty member on campus or helping a print journalist over the phone to get the right information.
First Job at Mason: Part-time writer/editor in Creative Services.
Her Life before Mason: Prior to joining the university, she was a feature writer for a weekly newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. “My job was really fun– I got to write about quirky things going on in the community. One time I rode the elementary, middle and high school buses in the local school district and wrote a story about what that was like. Another time, I wrote a story about a man whose mission it was to cover the entire outside of his house in stone mosaic– much to the chagrin of his neighbors.”
What You Might Not Know about Her: She was born on Halloween and has an obsession with horror movies.
Just the Stats, Ma’am: She has written more than 300 articles for the Mason Gazette since she joined the university in 2002.
What She Likes Best about Her Job: Meeting all kinds of people and learning new things. “In the span of a few weeks, I might get to hear about quantum physics, opera, rare book collecting, space missions or the ethics of journalism. I love sitting in a professor’s office when he or she ‘geeks out’ and gets really excited about whatever it is they are researching. It’s fun to try to get their stories out to a broader audience, because if they are so excited about them, then others should be, too.”
Her Best Memory So Far: Some of Tara’s best memories of Mason involve working on her MFA in Creative Writing, which she earned in January 2006. “I got to meet a lot of really talented writers, some of whom are still undiscovered. It was really nice to build that community and meet people who also love writing and reading.”
Greatest Accomplishment to Date: She just finished the first draft of a 482-page novel. “I hope it will make me millions someday.”
Her Personal Motto: Constant Vigilance! (Stolen from Harry Potter.)
If She Was a Super Hero, Her Special Power Would Be: Teleportation.
Most Prized Possession: Tara’s most prized possessions are her pets. She shares her home with a cockatiel named Marvin and two cats named Stanlee and Max.
What She Does for Fun: “I like lazy Sunday mornings finishing the crossword puzzle. Oh, and I’m a mean poker player.”
What They Say about Her:
“Tara is always a pleasure to work with. She’s taken time to get to know my research and how it fits with press interests. She is savvy, hard-working and conscientious. I know that her efforts bring positive exposure to the university, its professors and its students.”
–Roger Lancaster, professor of anthropology and director of the Cultural Studies Program
“She is willing to take on any project and will pitch in whenever one of her colleagues needs help. I have total confidence in her abilities and rely on Tara for strategic and creative input on the trickiest assignments. I am so glad Tara is on my team, and I will enjoy watching her continue to flourish.”
–Christine LaPaille, vice president of University Relations
“To say the university is lucky to have someone of Tara’s caliber as part of our community is a great understatement. She is a great worker, possesses a solid, can-do attitude and represents the university so very well. She is, in essence, a perfect example of what many of us should be.”
–Dan Walsch, press secretary, Office of Communications