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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

Summer 2014 Coffee Klatch* scheduled for classified and non-student wage employees.

Arlington, Monday, July 7, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Founders Hall 125
Prince William, Thursday July 10 , 9:30 – 11:30 am, Bull Run Hall Atrium
Fairfax, Wednesday, July 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Sub I, Patriot Lounge

Check back as we organize the events. Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast, including new healthier options.  Raffle prizes, fun activities, departmental information tables, and more!  New this summer, VOTE for your favorite candidate in the Staff Senate Election.  No registration necessary, but bring your Mason ID.

*coffee klatch  (kf-klch, -kläch, kôf-)
n. A casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.

Congratulations to Patrick Ledesma, April Employee of the Month

Give a big hand to Patrick, April Employee of the Month and Staff Senator!Read more about Patrick here!


Information Session for Prospective Staff Senators

Wednesday, May 28Staff Senate Ask Me Button WR
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Fairfax:  Innovation Hall 334
Videoconference: Prince William, Bull Run Hall 258 and Arlington, Founder’s Hall 233Interested in becoming a Mason

Staff Senator?  The Staff Senate will hold an information session and panel discussion for Mason staff who are interested in learning about the nomination and election process, the work of senate and what senators do.  No registration is necessary.  Please direct questions to Kathrin Breitt Brown, 3.4141,

International Professional Development Opportunity for Mason Staff

The Office of Global and International Studies, with support from the Mason Staff Senate, are sponsoring the 2014 Mason Global Professional Staff Exchange Program. The program is poised for its second year, with plans to send one staff member to Switzerland and one to South Korea in 2014-2015.  This program, which garnered unprecedented attention in its inaugural year, aims to open the Global experience, a key element in the Mason strategic plan, to classified staff members who have at least two years’ experience at Mason.   This year, a staff member will travel to University Basel, Switzerland, in fall 2014 and another to the Mason Korea campus in Songdo, South Korea in spring 2015.  The awardees are mentored through the Office of Global and International Strategies in preparation for a week of professional and social activities and events.  Travel, housing and meals are a part of the award package.

All application packets, available on the Office of Global & International Studies Website, must be received in the Staff Senate office by 5:00 pm, Friday, June 13, 2014.  Applications must be submitted electronically to  Receipt of applications will be acknowledged; incomplete and late applications will not be considered in the selection process.

To learn more about the program, the application process, and the selection process, please visit For questions about the program, please contact Rita Rowand, Global Relations Specialist, Global & International Strategies, Provost’s Office, at 3-5146 or For administrative questions, please contact the Staff Senate at 3.4141 or

Staff Senate April General Meeting

Wednesday, April 2
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall*

The Staff Senate April general meeting will feature guest speaker Cathy Wolfe, Director, Campus Planning, will discuss the upcoming changes to University Hall.  Additionally, Shernita Parker, Jessica Cain and Pat Donini from Human Resources and Payroll.  They will discuss the Employee Relations division and the services it provides. Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time for constituents to take the microphone to express their concerns or accolades.  The business meeting begins at 1:00.  All are welcome, and registration is not necessary.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 2, 12:00 – 2:00 pm on the Fairfax campus in the Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall. *It will be videoconferences to Arlington, Founders Hall 322; Prince William, Bull Run Hall 254; and Loudoun 202; and Front Royal, Academic 219.

Rescheduled: Global Professional Staff Exchange Information Session

Monday, March 24
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Fairfax Campus: Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall
Videoconferenced to: Prince William, Bull Run 254; Arlington B119; Loudoun, Ridgetop 202; Front Royal, Academic 219.

The Office of Global Strategies, in coordination with the Staff Senate, supports Mason’s global mission and professional development opportunities for its staff.   The Global Professional Staff Exchange Program offers staff the opportunity to travel abroad to institutions of higher education.  The first recipient, Meggan Ford, Assistant Director, Academic Services, School of Management, will share her experiences traveling to Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany.  Thereafter, Rita Rowand, Global Relations Specialist, Office of Global Strategies, will provide a program about where this year’s staff exchange will occur, discuss the next round of opportunities, the application process, followed by questions and answer period.  Feel free to bring lunch. No registration is required.

For more information about the program, please contact  Rita Rowand, Global Relations Specialist, Provost’s Office3.5146,

For more information about the event, please Kathrin Breitt Brown, Administrative Assistant, Staff Senate, 3.4141,

Staff Senate March General Meeting: Wednesday, March 5

Wednesday, March 5

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Fairfax, Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room. Video conferenced to: Arlington, Founders Hall B119; Prince William, Bull Run Hall 254; Loudoun 202; Front Royal

Guest Speakers:

Janet Walker and Wendi Carroll, from Human Resources, along with David Robinson from ITU and Natalie Webster from Telecom Admin, will share the new Flexwork website and the options available to Mason staff.

NOTE:  Originally scheduled speakers  Shernita Parker and Jessica Cain, from Human Resources and Payroll,  who were to discuss the  Employee Relations services offered to staff have been rescheduled for the April 2, Staff Senate general meeting.

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time for constituents to take the microphone to express their concerns or accolades.  The business meeting begins at 1:00pm.  Visitors may attend any location. All are invited and no registration is necessary.

Questions may be directed to Kathrin Breitt Brown at or 3.4141.



Nicole Roth Named February 2014 Employee of the Month

Mason alumna, Staff Senator, and graduate coordinator for the Department of History and Art History Nicole Roth won the February 2014 Employee of the Month award.  Nicole exemplifies the Mason spirit and couldn’t be a more deserving recipient.  Read more about Nicole in the Mason News article.  Read more about the Employee of the Month award here

Sharon Thomas Named January 2014 Employee of the Month

Congratulations, Sharon!  It’s colleagues like you who make Mason such a a great place to work.

Read more about Sharon and the Employee of the Month program here.


Mason Matters: Making Mason an even better place to work

From J.J. Davis and Peter Stearns:

We are excited to launch Mason Matters, a new program designed to solicit creative ideas from faculty and staff to reduce expenses, increase revenue and improve efficiency at Mason. Do you have an idea that will:
•    Improve EFFICIENCY and help us better organize, manage and utilize our resources on a university-wide basis?
•    Lead to INNOVATION that will help us operate in a more cost efficient new way?
•    Increase REVENUE from new or existing activities?
Please visit to learn more about Mason Matters and electronically submit your idea.  The University Process and Improvement Committee (UPIC) will manage the program and review all ideas. The email address for UPIC is

Thank you for participating in Mason Matters.  We look forward to receiving your idea.