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The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.  Working closely with University administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community.  The work of the Senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.


The Mason Staff Senate works collaboratively with the administration, Faculty Senate, student government, and other university departments to gather and disseminate information on behalf of our constituents.  Once common areas of concern are identified, we work to bring about change that will benefit constituencies across all Mason’s campuses.


With support from the administration, the Mason Staff Senate sponsors annual staff appreciation events, the outstanding supervisor award, and participates in the employee of the month award program.  Staff recognition is paramount at Mason and the Senate works hard to foster Mason’s culture of recognition, making Mason a great place to work

Toys for Tots 2015

Toys for Tots 2015The Mason Staff Senate, Parking Services, and the Office of Military Services announce the annual Toys for Tots Collection. Donations will be accepted Monday, November 23, through Wednesday, December 16.

Drop-off locations include:

Fairfax Campus:

  • The Hub, Room 2300 (Student Involvement Office)
  • Merten Hall, Information Desk (located in lobby)
  • Or bring your donations to the University Holiday Party in Dewberry Hall on Wednesday, December 16

Arlington: Founders Hall, Art Gallery
SciTech: Bull Run Hall, Atrium

Toys should be new and unwrapped.

Help spread the word by posting the flyer (attached) in your office or on your public bulletin board.

For more information, visit the Staff Senate website at Contact with questions.


December Staff Senate Meeting: StrengthsFinder at Mason

Wednesday, December 2
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax: Innovation Hall, Room 334
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Science and Technology: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)
Front Royal: Academic, Room 219 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speaker:
Lori Ann Roth, Director of Training and Organizational Development, Human Resources and Payroll, will present a session on StrengthsFinder. All are welcome to attend and learn how to integrate strengths into our work at Mason. To take the StrengthsFinder assessment for free, visit After the assessment is complete, print the “Strengths Insight” and “Signature Themes” documents and bring them to the meeting.

Guest speaker begins at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning Mason staff. Contact with questions.

November Employee of the Month: Kelley Shillingburg

Kelley Shillingburg, employee of the month, Fiscal/Finance Manager, Mason Enterprise Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University.

Kelley Shillingburg, Employee of the Month, Fiscal/Finance Manager, Mason Enterprise Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University.

A heartfelt congratulations to Kelley Shillingburg, Finance/Fiscal Manager with the Mason Enterprise Center, for being selected as the November 2015 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Kelley in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure he or she receives the deserved recognition, and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the HR awards page.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions. Available for All Mason Students, Staff, and Faculty

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Access the library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password. Visit for more information and to log in to the site.

Contact Maoria Kirker at or 703-993-9059 with questions.

2015 Global Professional Staff Exchange Winners

R. Wayne Adams

Wayne Adams, School of Art, will visit Mason Korea in Spring 2016.


Jonathan Aponte, Cultural Studies Program, will travel to Madrid, Spain, in fall 2015.

Jonathan Aponte, Program Assistant/Office Manager in the Cultural Studies Program, and Wayne Adams, Academic Advisor in the School of Art, were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program (GPSE). From a strong group of applicants, these two were chosen to expand their world view, professional development, and global higher education knowledge by working abroad for a week. Jonathan will travel to Madrid, Spain this fall. Wayne will visit Mason Korea next spring.

In September, Mason’s Office of Global Strategy and other administrative offices on the Fairfax Campus will host Yukiko Okazaki from Toledo, Spain.

Read more about the program on Mason’s Office of Global Strategy website.

The 2016 GPSE program application period will begin in late spring 2016. Staff Senate and the Office of Global Strategy will share more details as the time nears.

Congratulations to this year’s participants!