When George Mason University’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) underwent a structural change, it caused some growing pains for the faculty and staff. But when Lindsey Olson arrived in April 2013 as administrative assistant, she was a “ray of sunshine that emerged from the darkness,” said Maggie Daniels, associate professor and academic program coordinator.
Her superb organizational skills and contagious positive attitude are just some of the reasons Olson was chosen as George Mason’s November 2016 Employee of the Month. Mason President Ángel Cabrera presented Olson with her award at a staff meeting recently.
Dominique Banville, director of the Division of Health and Human Performance, nominated Olson for the award, calling her an invaluable asset.
“She is always a step ahead of the work and her work ethic is impeccable,” Banville said.
Olson’s co-worker Maggie Daniels, professor and academic program coordinator in the school, cited her ability to “create an administrative environment that allows students, faculty and stakeholders to thrive.”
Olson led the effort to create an easy-to-follow template for faculty and staff. The template motivates staff members to work toward their goals and directs faculty toward the appropriate staff member for specific tasks. The structure Olson implemented ensures “equity and teamwork, allowing SRHT to thrive as a community of professionals,” said Daniels.
Through her knowledge, determination and superior organizational skills, Olson has proved to be an essential support system for faculty, staff and administrators across the entire school. Olson helped successfully plan and oversee the school’s first career social. She handled the budget and payment procedures, and worked with industry professionals and event services to ensure the event went off without a hitch, said Daniels.
“Lindsey’s abilities are complimented by a personal drive that fosters her sustained achievement,” said Robert Baker, professor and director in the center for sport management. “Her past contributions are admirable, and her future potential is infinite.”