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

Message from the Chair

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

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

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.

Nicole Roth
Chair, Staff Senate

College Colors Day: Wear Your Green and Gold!

College Colors Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

College Colors Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Celebrated on Friday, September 4, National College Colors Day kicks off another school year of Spirit Fridays at Mason. The Mason community is encouraged to wear Mason gear every Friday, wherever they are, to show their pride.

Wear your Mason colors on September 4!

Contact David Atkins, Auxiliary Enterprises, at datkins1@gmu.edu or 703-993-3402.

September Staff Senate Meeting to Highlight Global Education and Dining Updates

Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Wednesday, September 2
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax Campus: Merten Hall, Room 3001
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Science and Technology Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:

  • Sarah Moran and Heidi Bloom, Program Officers with the Center for Global Education (CGE), will discuss international travel opportunities for Mason staff.
  • Mark Kraner, Executive Director, Auxiliary Enterprises, will discuss Mason Dining updates for the new academic year.

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning the Staff Senate. Contact staffsenate@gmu.edu with questions.

August Employee of the Month: Debbie Weitzman-Ward

Debbie Weitzman-Ward, Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Debbie Weitzman-Ward, August 2015 Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

A heartfelt congratulations to Debbie Weitzman-Ward, Executive Assistant/Office Manager with the Science and Technology Campus Executive Office, for being selected as the August 2015 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Debbie 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 awards@gmu.edu with questions.

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

Welcome Mason’s Newest Staff Senators

Please congratulate and welcome these stellar Mason employees to the Staff Senate!

Fairfax Campus:
H. A. Aguilar, Police Department
Stephanie Atkins, Mason LIFE Program
Lisa Bair, Environmental Science and Policy (incumbent)
Susan Brionez, Volgenau School of Engineering Undergraduate Student Services (incumbent)
Andrew Bunting, Office of Undergraduate Admissions (incumbent)
Cameron Carter, Office of Distance Education
Christopher Maier, Facilities
Dan Silver, George Mason University Foundation
Katara Wright, University Libraries

Arlington Campus:
Barbara Hill, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Al Underwood, CALT (incumbent)

Science and Technology Campus:
Tim Harps, Student Centers
Lindsey Olsen, School of Recreation Health and Tourism

2015 Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Period Now Open

The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, recognizes supervisors who most closely meet the criteria in each category. The winner is selected based on her or his ability to:

  • Promote collegiality in the department
  • Be receptive to employee ideas and engage them in the department and/or university goals
  • Promote and model a positive work-life balance
  • Acknowledge exemplary performance
  • Be fair in acknowledging exemplary performance
  • Encourage professional growth of classified or non-student wage employees
  • Support the work of classified and non-student wage earners
  • Support innovation in the department
  • Model leadership skills

Guidelines:

  • A supervisor may be of any employment category (e.g., faculty, administrative, professional, classified, etc.) but he or she must supervise classified and/or non-student wage earners
  • Supervisor must be employed at Mason at the time of nomination
  • Nominators must report directly to the nominated supervisor
  • Nominations must be submitted by classified or non-student wage earners
  • There may be more than one nominator on each nomination form
  • Only three nomination forms will be accepted for each nominee. The first three nomination forms received will be reviewed by the committee. Additional nominations will be discarded.
  • All identifying information is redacted before the nominations are reviewed by the selection committee
  • Nominations received after the due date will not be considered
  • Forms must be submitted electronically as a Word document (not PDF) with the nominee’s name in the file name
  • Nomination forms are to be emailed to staffsenate@gmu.edu
  • Nominations will be accepted between Monday, August 3, and Monday, August 31, 2015.

Download the Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Form 2015.

The winner will be officially recognized during the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on November 3 at 10 a.m. in Dewberry Hall.

Questions may be directed to Amanda Corrigan, Staff Senate, at 703-993-4141 or acorrig2@gmu.edu.

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 mglover2@gmu.edu or 703-993-8722.