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

Senator Highlight: Francina Osoria

Francina Osoria, Office Coordinator, Division of Special Education, College of Education and Human Development

Francina Osoria, Office Coordinator, Division of Special Education, College of Education and Human Development

My first experience at Mason was as a full-time undergraduate student, earning my B.A. in Psychology. While working on my degree, I also had a job on campus− I worked as a receptionist for ITU (now called ITS). I have also worked as an administrative assistant for Telecom Administration. I now work in the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research in the College of Education and Human Development.

I joined Staff Senate because I love meeting new people and sharing a vision with others. Staff Senate provides me with the opportunity to do that. I get to meet new individuals from the Mason community at meetings and events, but I also get to push for the changes they want to see on campus.

My favorite thing about Staff Senate is how well we work together. We are a team, and everyone contributes in different ways based on their own areas of expertise. I have also been able to build relationships with people I may not have met outside of Staff Senate, which is very rewarding.

I serve on the Staff Senate Events Committee, which plans events for staff, like the Staff Appreciation Events that we hold in winter and summer.

When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking and finding new recipes on Pinterest. I also love reading, running, and spending time with my eight-year old!

March Employee of the Month: Melvin Parada

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

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

A heartfelt congratulations to Melvin Parada, Print Services Supervisor with Print Services, for being selected as the March 2015 Employee of the Month award winner.

Read more about Melvin 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 & Recognition at awards@gmu.edu with questions.

Spring Hikes to Ike’s and the Globe

Opening day at George Mason University's newly renovated dining hall Ike's. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Opening day at George Mason University’s newly renovated dining hall Ike’s. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Hike to Ike’s was so popular, it is coming back every Friday during Mason’s Spring into Well-Being. This time, we are adding the Globe as another hike destination. Join fellow faculty and staff around campus as they lace up their sneakers and hike to some fun, new dining venues on campus for lunch. Faculty and staff receive a discounted lunch rate of $8 at these locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Save even more money when you sign up for a Faculty/Staff BYTE Plan. Cash, credit card, and Mason Money are accepted.

View more details. Contact Wendi Carroll at wcarrol2@gmu.edu for more information.

 

Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For

Mason is once again participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” program. This is a wonderful opportunity to benchmark Mason as an employer. As part of the process, 600 full-time faculty and staff, along with 300 adjunct faculty, will be randomly selected to complete a survey, which will run from March 16 to April 13.

If you are selected for the survey, we hope you can take a few minutes to complete it.  Thank you for all you do to make Mason a great place to learn and work.

Contact Janet Walker at jwalker8@gmu.edu or 703-993-2604 with questions.

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