Advocate Educate Appreciate

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

Looking Ahead: Events for Mason Staff, August 2014

The August Staff Senate newsletter is out!

Newsletter Montage August 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Last Opportunity: On-line Raffle for Tickets to the Hylton Center for Performing Arts

Hylton Performing Arts Center | Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     Hylton Performing Arts Center at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     The interior of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     Hylton Performing Arts Center at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     Hylton Performing Arts Center at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     The exterior of Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     The Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     The interior of Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     The Occoquan Building at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     Biomedical Research Laboratory or BRL at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University     An exterior of Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     An exterior of the Prince William campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     Beacon Hall. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     An exterior of Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University     Bull Run Hall at the Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Hylton Performing Arts Center | Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

If you weren’t able to attend the staff appreciation coffee klatches, it’s not too late for one last opportunity at a great raffle prize: tickets to the Hylton Center for the Arts.

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Staff Appreciation Day Coffee Klatches Bring Breakfast and Joy to Mason

Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch

Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch | Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

We hope you enjoyed the staff appreciation coffee klatches last month. With visits from K9 Officer Lucy and the green and fuzzy Gunston, to opportunities to win great raffle prizes and a healthy breakfast, our aim was to reach as many Mason staff as possible.

If you couldn’t attend, there’s one more shot a great raffle prize!

Images of all three events can be found on the Staff Senate website photo gallery.

Winners of the raffle prizes are listed on this page of our website.

 

 

2014 Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Period Now Open

Does your supervisor top the charts on best ever boss?  Nominate your supervisor for the 2014 Outstanding Supervisor Award.  The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, is selected based on her or his ability to:

  • Promote collegiality in the department,
  • Be receptive to employee ideas and engage them in the department and/or university goals,
  • Promote and model a positive work-life balance,
  • Acknowledge exemplary performance,
  • Be fair in acknowledging exemplary performance,
  • Encourage professional growth of classified or non-student wage employees,
  • Support the work of classified and non-student wage earners,
  • Support innovation in the department, and
  • Model leadership skills.

Guidelines

  • A supervisor may be of any employment category (e.g., faculty, administrative, professional, classified, etc.) but he or she must supervise classified and/or non-student wage earners.
  • Supervisor must employed at Mason at time of nomination.
  • Nominators must report directly to the nominated supervisor.
  • Nominations must be submitted by classified or non-student wage earners.
  • There may be more than one nominator on each nomination form.
  • Only three nomination forms will be accepted for each nominee. The first three nomination forms received will be reviewed by the committee. Additional nominations will be discarded.
  • All identifying information is redacted before reviewed by the selection committee.
  • Nominations received after the due date will not be considered.
  • Forms must be submitted electronically as a Word document (not PDF) with the nominee’s name in the file name.
  • Nominations forms are to be emailed to staffsenate@gmu.edu.
  • Nominations will be accepted between Tuesday, August 1 and Sunday, August 31, 2014.

The winner will be officially recognized during the Outstanding Achievement Award ceremony Tuesday, November 4th at 2:30 p.m. in the Global Center Ballroom (formerly the Mason Inn) on the Fairfax campus.

Download the Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Form 2014

Questions may be directed to Kathrin Breitt Brown, Staff Senate at 3.4141 or kbreittb@gmu.edu.

Welcome to Mason’s Newest Staff Senators

Please welcome these stellar Mason employees to the Staff Senate!

Fairfax Campus
Wajahat Ahmed, Human Resources and Payroll
Jocelyn Hanly, Admissions
Amanda Kennedy, FAST, Fiscal Services
Francina Osoria, Division of Special Education & disAbilities Research/CEHD
Amanda Shoemaker, Student Centers
Alex Walsh, English

Arlington Campus
Lauren Clark, Arlington Information

Prince William Campus
Emily Robinson, Hylton Center for Performing Arts, College of Visual & Performing Arts

At-large
Joe Hinrichs, Environmental Health and Safety
Cloud Spurlock, INTO Mason

Re-elected Senators
Megan Kirk, Human Resources and Payroll
Marit Majeske, Hylton Center for Performing Arts
Stephanie Zeher, College of Education and Human Development

Continuing gratitude to these dedicated senators:

Andrew Addison, Events Management, Arlington
Lisa Bair, Academic Advising & Transfer Center, Fairfax
Susan Brionez, Volgenau School of Engineering, Fairfax
Andrew Bunting, Admissions, Fairfax
Rubi Chavez, University Police Fairfax
Amanda Corrigan, School of Art Fairfax
Jennifer Hamilton, University Libraries, Fairfax
Laura Harrison, Provost’s Office, Fairfax
Doug Hernandez, University Libraries, Prince William
Lindsey Lowenberg, Provost’s Office, Fairfax
Dean Naldrett, Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, Prince William
Stephanie Payton, Orientation, Family Programs & Services, Fairfax
Nicole Roth, History & Art History, Fairfax
Brett Say, Rehabilitation Science, College of Health & Human Services, Fairfax
Alfred Underwood, DoIT – Classroom & Lab Technologies, Arlington

And a fond farewell to:

Stephanie Barnett, Criminology, Law and Society, Fairfax
Christina Sanders, DoIT, Fairfax
Kevin Diffily, Volgenau School of Engineering, Fairfax
Jacqueline Inskeepm University Life, Prince William
Patrick Ledesma, Events Management, Arlington
Stacey Remick-Simkins, English, Fairfax
Paul Wieber, University Police, Fairfax

Kim Kalthoff Named July 2014 Employee of the Month

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

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

Congratulations to Kim Kalthoff for her work as the assistant director of fiscal and administrative operations in the College of Education and Human Development!  Kim’s work is described as being akin to a “well-scripted play.”

Learn more about Kim at this Mason News article.

To learn more about Mason’s recognition programs, click here.

Staff Senate August General Meeting

Regular Staff Senate meetings resume in September. We’re taking this time to meet our new senators and set the stage for the coming year.  Look for us on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 3
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Fairfax: Innovation Hall 334
Arlington: Founders B119
Prince William: Bull Run 254
 
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Fairfax: Research Hall 163
Arlington: Founders B119
Prince William: Bull Run 254
 
Wednesday, November 5
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Fairfax: Research Hall 163
Arlington: Founders B119
Prince William: Bull Run 254
 
Wednesday, December 3
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Locations: TBA

Announcing . . . The New Staff Senate Logo

The Staff Senate is pleased to share it’s new logo!  Designed for us by students in the School of Art, the idea behind the logos is the Staff Senate’s three initiatives–to advocate, appreciate, and educate staff–holding the Mason staff community together.  Whenever you see this logo, know that the Staff Senate is working hard to serve your needs!

Staff Senate Logo

Washington Post Names Mason as one of the Top Workplaces in the D.C. Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 7.57.38 PMGlad they asked us!  We know Mason is a great place to work, now so do all the Post readers!  Read the Washington Post article here.