Mason Dining will sponsor two Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days in the month of October, with discounted lunches for Mason employees:
- Friday, October 2: The Globe, $8
- Friday, October 9: Southside, $8
Present your Mason ID between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for these discounted rates. Contact Mason Dining with questions at 703-993-3313.
If you are looking to have your voice heard, now is the time. Over the next two months, we have several opportunities for staff to make their thoughts known to Staff Senate, the President’s Office, and our state representation.
At the Staff Senate meeting on Wednesday, October 7, we’ll host Mark Smith and Sabena Moretz, representing the Office of State Government Relations. They will discuss the work of their office and the main issues they advocate for in Richmond. While I know we have recently received the increase in our salaries, this office continually advocates for the needs, including increased compensation packages, of Mason staff. Mark and Sabena are ready to hear your thoughts and take them to Richmond.
On Wednesday, October 14, President Cabrera will host a State of the University Town Hall. This meeting, exclusively for staff, will help the Consultation Committee (on which I sit for the Presidential Evaluation process) understand the state of the university from your perspective. You will have an opportunity to engage with President Cabrera and make your thoughts known. I will be available to hear your comments as well. Specifically, I would like to hear how you think the President is doing in relation to University values and goals during his leadership.
If you are unable to make it to these opportunities, please feel free to reach out to me, or any of your Staff Senators. They will get your thoughts to me so I may go forward and contribute your views to the Consultation Committee. I urge you to take this moment as your own, and let your feelings be heard.
Chair, Staff Senate
Mason has partnered with lynda.com to provide free and unlimited online training to Mason students, faculty, and staff. An online subscription library, lynda.com offers more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added weekly.
Access the lynda.com library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password. Visit lynda.gmu.edu for more information and to log in to the site.
Contact Maoria Kirker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-9059 with questions.
Jonathan Aponte, Program Assistant/Office Manager in the Cultural Studies Program, and Wayne Adams, Academic Advisor in the School of Art, were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program (GPSE). From a strong group of applicants, these two were chosen to expand their world view, professional development, and global higher education knowledge by working abroad for a week. Jonathan will travel to Madrid, Spain this fall. Wayne will visit Mason Korea next spring.
In September, Mason’s Office of Global Strategy and other administrative offices on the Fairfax Campus will host Yukiko Okazaki from Toledo, Spain.
Read more about the program on Mason’s Office of Global Strategy website.
The 2016 GPSE program application period will begin in late spring 2016. Staff Senate and the Office of Global Strategy will share more details as the time nears.
Congratulations to this year’s participants!
Wednesday, October 7
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax Campus: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Science and Technology Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)
Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning the Staff Senate.
A heartfelt congratulations to Samira Lloyd, Office Coordinator with the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), for being selected as the September 2015 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Samira 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 and Recognition at email@example.com with questions.
Happiest of Septembers to you all! The campus is changing, and we are once again feeling the energy that only students can bring. The advent of the academic year brings new events, new studies, and new chapters to so many of our students’ lives. I hope you know your work for the University is important. Mason staff help make our students’ lives and educations so much better. We are the gears that keep this clock ticking!
It has been a busy first month for me as Chair of the Staff Senate. I’ve received many warm congratulations from the administration and had the opportunity to meet with fantastic advocates for staff. If you don’t already know about the Office of Government & Community Relations, you should certainly put them on your radar. In meeting with Mark Smith and Sabena Moretz, I was able to speak about staff concerns regarding compensation. It was heartening to hear that these two advocates work tirelessly on our behalf in Richmond. If you’d like to hear more about what Mark and Sabena do on behalf of Mason staff in the state capital, and tell them what is important to you, they will be presenting at our October 7 general meeting.
Coming up at our general meeting on September 2, we’ll host Sarah Moran and Heidi Bloom from the Center for Global Education, followed by Mark Kraner of Auxiliary Enterprises and Mason Dining. I hope you will come and discover all of the wonderful opportunities offered by these organizations.
Chair, Staff Senate