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

Seeking Information Fair Participants for Winter Warm-Up

The Mason Staff Senate has expo tables available for Mason offices at the information fair held in conjunction with the Staff Appreciation Winter Warm-Up. This is an opportunity for university departments to disseminate information about programs, services, events, and other activities available for staff members, either in their professional or personal lives. Events are held on all three campuses:

Arlington Campus
Monday, January 26, 2015
Founders Hall, Room 125
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Prince William Campus
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Bull Run Hall, Atrium
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fairfax Campus
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
SUB I, Patriot’s Lounge
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Snow dates will be the day immediately following the originally scheduled date.

To register for a table, contact Rubi Chavez at rchavez1@gmu.edu. Visit staffsenate.gmu.edu.

December Employee of the Month: Hermione Pickett

Employee of the Month ceremony

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

A heartfelt congratulations to Hermione Pickett, adult learning program coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Education in the Office of the Provost for being awarded the December 2014 Employee of the Month award.

Read more about Hermione in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure her or she gets 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.

Toys For Tots Annual Toy Drive

The Staff Senate, Office of Military Services, and Parking Services are again hosting the Toys for Tots toy drive.  All offices are encouraged to gather donations from now until the University Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 17.  Toys should be new and unwrapped and can be dropped off at the Holiday Party.

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

Toys For Tots (Logo)

Toys For Tots (Logo)

If you have any questions, contact Nicole Roth, nroth@gmu.edu.

Discounts and Life/Work Benefits to be Highlighted at December Staff Senate Meeting

Wednesday, December 3
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fairfax Campus: Research Hall, Room 163
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Prince William Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:
Janet Walker, Life/Work Connections Manager, Human Resources and Payroll, will discuss the many discounts and benefits available to Mason staff. Find out how you can save, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Rick Holt, Trainer, Human Resources and Payroll, will highlight professional development programs and opportunities available to staff.

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning the Staff Senate. The Staff Senate business meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome, and registration is not necessary.

Save the Dates – Staff Appreciation Events

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Mark your calendar for this winter’s upcoming Staff Appreciation events at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Campuses.

Arlington Campus
Monday, January 26, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Founders Hall, Room 125/126
Snow Day: Tuesday, January 27

Prince William Campus
Wednesday, January 28, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Bull Run Hall, Atrium
Snow Day: Thursday, January 29

Fairfax Campus
Tuesday, February 3, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
SUB I, Patriot’s Lounge
Snow Day: Wednesday, February 4

Lindsey Lowenberg Named November Employee of the Month

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

A heartfelt congratulations to Lindsey Lowenberg, Administrative and Program Specialist for the Office of Distance Education, and Mason Staff Senator, for being awarded the November 2014 Employee of the Month award.

Read more about Lindsey in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure he or she gets 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.