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

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

Senator Highlight: Susan Brionez, Office Manager, Assistant to Associate Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

After a successful career in headhunting and then 10 years at home raising our children, I took a position at the elementary school in our neighborhood. When our youngest moved on to middle school, I craved a change to an environment that would build on my skills and challenge me. However, I felt a strong need to work close to home so I could be available to my family if needed. With Mason only 4 miles down Braddock Road, it seemed the likely choice.

Susan Brionez and Dr. Angel Cabrera at the November 2014 Annual Award Ceremony.  Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Susan Brionez and Dr. Angel Cabrera at the November 2014 Annual Award Ceremony. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

What I didn’t know then about Mason, and of the Associate Dean who hired me, is that this is the best place to work if you are family-oriented. Hands-down! I came to Mason because it was convenient geographically. I stay at Mason because this has become my home and I enjoy my job, co-workers, and colleagues across campus.

I joined the Staff Senate because of the opportunities to network across campus. Here in the Student Services Office we serve our students by helping them navigate the policies and procedures associated with special requests. At times it is necessary for students to be referred to other academic, service, or administration offices across campus. As a Staff Senator, I have had the opportunity to work beside individuals who later serve as a resource for our students.

Currently I serve on the Education and Outreach Committee. Our responsibility is to communicate and educate Mason staff about campus policies, programs, and services. We do this via a monthly newsletter, on our web page, and through email when necessary. In addition, I have served for several years on the University Dining Committee.

Outside of my day job, my daughter and I have a shop on Etsy, BBsBanners, where we sell one-of-a-kind custom and ready-made fabric banners, canopies for infant car seats, and Twirly Girly skirts. My daughter does the marketing and posting; I am the seamstress.

When I’m not working at Mason, or sitting behind my sewing machine, I enjoy the company of my husband, our four children, and five grandchildren (#6 will be here in March).

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.

 

Mason Lobbies and State Government Relations to be Highlighted at November Staff Senate Meeting

Mason students, faculty, and alumni visit the Senate Chamber of the Virginia State Capitol during Mason Lobby Day in Richmond. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason students, faculty, and alumni visit the Senate Chamber of the Virginia State Capitol during Mason Lobby Day in Richmond. | Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Wednesday, November 5
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Fairfax, Research 163; Arlington, Founders Hall B119; and Prince William, Bull Run Hall 254

Guest Speakers:

Mark Smith, Director, State Government Relations, Government and Community Relations
Kevin Jackson, Jr., Student Government – Secretary of Government and Community Relations, Mason Lobbies

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.

 

Outstanding Supervisor Award Recipients 2014

The Staff Senate is pleased to announce this year’s Outstanding Supervisors. Chosen from a competitive pool of over a dozen nominees, the two winners, Brian Gantt, Director, ITU Finance & Procurement, and Betty Zimmerman, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, exemplify the Mason spirit with their outstanding leadership.  Read more about these outstanding supervisors in this Mason News article.

2014 Outstanding Supervisor Award Recipients
Outstanding Supervisor Award

Brian Gantt (far left) receives the Outstanding Supervisor Award at Fairfax Campus. |Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Lisa Bair

Betty Zimmerman (second from left) receives Outstanding Supervisor of the Year award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

A third candidate receives honorable mention, David Gibbs, former Head of Collection Development and Preservation, University Libraries, for his past dedication to the Mason community.

Honorable Mention, David Gibbs (third from left), former Head of Collection Development and Preservation, University Libraries | Photo by Michelle Polchow

Nominees

A round of applause goes to all the nominees. Each a winner in the eyes of those they supervise.

Nominated for this year’s awards were:

  • Susan Brionez, Office Manager, Assistant to Associate Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering
  • Marquita Chamblee, Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education
  • Eileen Gallagher, Associate Director, Contracts, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Whitney Gaston, Director, Admissions and Advising, College of Health & Human Services
  • Tim Harps, Event Services Manager, Prince William, Student Centers
  • Brian Platt, Chair/Associate Professor, History & Art History
  • Jerrelyn Madden, Clinical Coordinator, Student Health Services
  • Samantha McCullogh, Administrative Assistant, Institutional Research & Reporting
  • Joy Taylor, Director, Learning Support Services, DoIT – Learning Support Services
  • Andrias White, Events Manager, Admissions

Lisa Bair Named October Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month ceremony

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

A heartfelt congratulations to Lisa Bair, former office manager for the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, newly named human resources and administrative specialist in the Environmental Science and Policy Department, and Mason Staff Senator for being awarded the October 2014 Employee of the Month award.

Read more about Lisa 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.