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Advocate

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.

Educate

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.

Appreciate

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

June Staff Senate Meeting to Highlight Global Education at Mason

Wednesday, June 3
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax Campus: Innovation Hall, Room 334
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Prince William Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:
Rita Rowand, Program Manager, Global Relations & Protocol, Office of Global Strategy, will discuss the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program.

Guest speaker begins at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning the Staff Senate.

For questions, contact Staff Senate at staffsenate@gmu.edu.

 

May Employee of the Month: Robert Sparkman

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Robert Sparkman at a ceremony at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Robert Sparkman at a ceremony at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

A heartfelt congratulations to Robert Sparkman, Fiscal Technician with Fiscal Services, for being selected as the May 2015 Employee of the Month award winner.

Read more about Robert 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 & Recognition at awards@gmu.edu with questions.

 

 

Summer Sports Camp Discounts

The Men's Soccer team take on the University of Virginia.  UVA won 1-0.  Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Did you know that Mason employees are eligible for discounted rates on select summer sports camps offered at Mason? Consider these options for your family members:

George Mason Men’s Soccer Camps
Victory Soccer Academy is held on the Fairfax Campus at the George Mason soccer practice fields, located next to the Fieldhouse. Great sessions are available for every age and ability level: College ID Academy, Senior Academy, Junior Academy, or Future Stars Academy. Participants will experience positive reinforcement, motivating field sessions, fun games and contests, energetic staff, written evaluations, and more. Visit victorysocceracademy.com to register. To apply the $25 faculty and staff discount, use the code Victory2015-25.

Mason Men’s Basketball Summer Camps
David Paulsen and the George Mason Men’s Basketball staff will hold three weeks of basketball camp for boys ages 7-17. Camp sessions will be held June 22-26, August 3-7, and August 10-14. Mason employees are eligible for a discount. For pricing information and to register, visit coachpaulsencamps.com. Contact Mike Quinn at mquinn9@gmu.edu for more information.

Additional Camps
For a complete list of summer camps held at Mason this summer, visit summercamps.gmu.edu.

 

Summer Flex Options

Sunflower with Research Hall in the background.  Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Summer Flex runs from May 18 – August 14. Flexible work options can have a positive impact on productivity and morale. They can also be a terrific management tool for continuity of operations. Summer can be a great time to get your agreements and technology in place and test everything out. Get started at flexwork.gmu.edu.

Contact Wendi Carroll at wcarrol2@gmu.edu or 703-993-6229 with questions.

 

 

 

Get Up and Get Outside!

Students enjoy the newly opened patio at Southside at the Fairfax campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Eating at your desk day after day? “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking,” says Professor Kimberly Elsbach from the University of California. “Creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to a nature-like environment.”

So why not get outside and try out one the many Recharge Spaces on campus? See you outside.

Contact Wendi Carroll at 703-993-6229 or wcarrol2@gmu.edu with questions about Recharge Spaces.