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Liberal Arts’ Overton Selected Top Employee

Image of Jo Overton and President Alexander

Jo Overton, a fiscal and grant coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts, was recently named by her coworkers as Employee of the Month.

“I felt honored and surprised to be named,” said Overton, who joined the university in 1999 in the Black Studies Department. “Perhaps I’m doing the right things right.”

President F. King Alexander praised Overton for her efforts to keep the COLA staff’s morale positive. “She always makes the extra effort to organize the office, often stepping in and dealing with the task at hand,” he said.  

Her responsibilities as a fiscal and grant coordinator include processing Dean’s Foundation accounts and balancing monthly reports, including tracking and recording transfer of Foundation monies to/from the college and other departments. She assists and advises ASCs on various foundation and state forms and procedures for the college, processes student vouchers, department forms and serves as one of the commencement coordinators for the College.

 The approach of Commencement means even more responsibility. “It can be challenging with deadlines and lots of work, but it is also very rewarding at the end,” she said. “Being a commencement coordinator for COLA has taught me to be flexible, to change and how working together as a team means we get things done in a timely manner.”

“I love working with people, whether it’s faculty, ASCs or students, and if you can laugh about a few things during the day, it makes life even better,” she said. “It always helps to built a rapport with the various departments because there will be times when I have to go back and ask for additional information.”

Overton came to CSULB from years in the corporate world where she acquired her office abilities.

“Universities and corporations are different worlds but they share many of the same skills,” she said.  She believes one of the biggest differences between corporate reality and the university is the students. “I enjoy interacting with them and I find them to be a little more open-minded than what I found in the corporate world,” she said. “It is a pleasure working with students at CSULB. They talk about their different classes and about ideas. That makes it interesting talking about world events, whether it’s poverty, crime, or world hunger, and what we all can do to make this world a better place. These are the things that matter today. “

In her off hours, Overton enjoys almost any sport, but loves basketball (“Go Lakers”), and taking care of her two senior aunts, she said.

Overton is happy to be a part of CSULB and COLA. “It’s a pleasure working with our great deans and members of Liberal Arts,” she said 

Overton received several gifts with her recognition including a Employee of the Month plaque, CSULB sweatshirt, a $25 gift certificate to Taco Beach, four tickets to a CSULB home game of her choice during the 2007-2008 school year, a coupon for one burger from Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers, a $10 gift certificate for Katella Deli and a coupon for a Whopper from Burger King.