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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

Message from the Chair

Nicole Roth, Graduate Coordinator, CHSS. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Nicole Roth, Chair, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

What a July it has been! The Events Committee hosted three fabulous Staff Appreciation events in mid-July, and the turnout was great. Best of all, we had more staff vote in our election than we have in years. Thank you for your continued support.

As we head into August, we prepare for the Staff Senate Retreat. Here we will welcome our new Senators to the team and begin our year of advocacy. We will have Senators representing a range of departments and offices on campus. When you see their names announced, be sure to touch base and let them know what’s important to you as a staff member.

If you haven’t had the chance to touch base with the Senate, you can also reach us online. It would be great to hear from you as we start to identify the issues on campus that we can address and help resolve.  We’re here to help advocate for staff. You can contact us in person at any of our General Meetings (held the first Wednesday of each month), or through our web contact form.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the remaining days of the summer. Before you know it, the sidewalks on campus will be full of students yet again, and the new school year underway!

Nicole Roth
Chair, Staff Senate

All Faculty and Staff Invited to New Student Convocation

A rendering of what the arena will look like with the new EagleBank Arena logo. Courtesy of EagleBank and George Mason University

Courtesy of EagleBank and George Mason University

Join President Cabrera, Provost Wu, and the senior administration in welcoming the incoming freshmen and transfer students at New Student Convocation on Friday, August 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in EagleBank Arena.

All faculty and staff are invited to participate.

Please take the time to register for this event. We need this information to reserve the correct number of seats. The incoming student class increases each year, and this information is critical. All  present will receive the popular Mason pin.

Arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. (in the Hospitality Room) so we can process in as a group. Wear your green and gold!

For questions, contact Marcy Glover at or 703-993-8722.



July Employee of the Month: Deborah Hutton

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

A heartfelt congratulations to Deborah Hutton, Department Manager for Geography and Geoinformation Science, for being selected as the July 2015 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Deborah 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 with questions.