Katie Clare Named December Employee of the Month
Posted: December 1, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Lexi Soya
Name: Katie Clare
Number of Years at Mason: 5
Current Position: Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; nominated for the award by the Department of History and Art History
What She Does: “I do a little bit of everything – I help plan special projects, handle meetings and take care of the dean’s calendar. Basically whatever needs to be done, I make it happen.”
Favorite Part of Her Job: “The people that I work with are so fantastic. It makes it easy to come in to the office.”
Photo by Evan Cantwell
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Her Life outside of Mason: She has called Northern Virginia home since she was 4 years old, and has two sisters and a very close family. She was married a year and a half ago and has a 2-month-old baby boy. Right now, she’s “having fun trying to make the new house feel like a home.”
Memorable Mason Events That Come to Mind: “In my old position as office manager of the History and Art History Department, I did a lot of nominations for employee awards, and every person that I nominated received an award. I really enjoyed being a part of that process and seeing how appreciated the awards were.”
What She Does for Fun: She enjoys reading, writing, watching movies and especially enjoys cooking and baking.
What You Might Not Know about Her: She usually comes off as a shy and quiet person, but around her family, she’s the most talkative of everyone.
What Others Say about Her:
“She has a powerful knowledge of the administrative workings of the university and its technologies. She brings all of her great tact and kindness to bear, and her own incredibly hard-working habits inspire others. Katie is not only a good worker but always sees what has to be done and is able to take on new initiatives (and initiate them herself) with seeming effortlessness.”
–Ellen Todd, associate professor, Art History
“Katie is accessible and friendly while also being extraordinarily efficient and highly professional. When asked a question or approached with a request, she is always able to respond immediately and effectively. So good is she at solving problems that the faculty in our department rely on her for far more than we should. She is absolutely indispensable.”
–Brian Platt, associate professor, Art History
“Once she was appointed, Katie stepped in and learned an incredible amount about the department’s faculty and students as well as Mason procedures, all on the fly, and she has succeeded far beyond our wildest dreams. Katie has been a pleasure to work with, never complaining and always cheerful and smiling.”
–Mack Holt, professor, History