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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

2014 Staff Senate Elections Open July 7 – July 18

  • Elections for the next term of the Staff Senate will be held from Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 18, 5:00 pm.
  • Ballots will be distributed electronically via the Staff Senate Listserv on Monday, July 7. Voting will also be available at the Summer 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatches.
  • Only classified and nonstudent wage employees are eligible to vote for senators across all campuses and categories.
  • To confirm that you are on the Staff Senate listserv, email
  • Meet the nominees at the Summer 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatches.
  • In addition to the candidates on the ballot, write-in candidates are allowed for each campus.


Announcing . . . The New Staff Senate Logo

The Staff Senate is pleased to share it’s new logo!  Designed for us by students in the School of Art, the idea behind the logos is the Staff Senate’s three initiatives–to advocate, appreciate, and educate staff–holding the Mason staff community together.  Whenever you see this logo, know that the Staff Senate is working hard to serve your needs!

Staff Senate Logo

Staff Senate on Hiatus for July General Meeting

No Staff Senate general meeting this month! The Staff Senate is putting its energy into the Summer 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatches!  Stop by to meet your senators, senator nominees, and enjoy a cup of coffee on us at the dates below:

Arlington, Monday, July 7, 9:30-11:00 am, Founders Hall 125

Prince William, Thursday, July 10, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Bull Run Hall Atrium

Fairfax, Wednesday, July 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Patriot Lounge, Sub I

 Next general meeting will be Wednesday, September 3, 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  Guest speakers and location to be announced.

June Employee of the Month: Janet Walker

June 2014 Employee of the Month

June 2014 Employee of the Month

The biggest congratulations possible for Janet Walker, Work Life & Communications Coordinator, Human Resources/Payroll.  Anyone who knows Janet, knows that she is always smiling!  That makes sense, since Walker is effusive about her love for Mason.  “It’s a caring community, full of fascinating people, doing amazing things. I enjoy coming to work because each day is unique,” she says.

Read more about Janet at this Mason News article.

To learn more about Mason’s recognition programs, click here.

Washington Post Names Mason as one of the Top Workplaces in the D.C. Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 7.57.38 PMGlad they asked us!  We know Mason is a great place to work, now so do all the Post readers!  Read the Washington Post article here.




Summer 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch

Summer 2014 Coffee Klatch CORRECTEDThe Mason Staff Senate is delighted to host the Summer 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch, honoring the hard work of Mason classified and nonstudent wage employees. Activities include:

  • breakfast with expanded gluten-free options,
  • beach-themed photo booth,
  • raffle prizes,
  • departmental info fair,
  • voting to fill staff senator seats for the upcoming term,
  • used professional clothing drive,
  • visit from Gunston, Mason green and fuzzy former Mascot, and
  • special guest, Lucy, Mason’s first K9 officer.

The Coffee Klatch will be held in:

Arlington, Monday, July 7, 9:30-11:00 am, Founders Hall 125

Prince William, Thursday, July 10, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Bull Run Hall Atrium

Fairfax, Wednesday, July 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Patriot Lounge, Sub I

While attending, tag your photos on Facebook or Twitter with #GMUstaff for a chance to win one of the great raffle prizes. Can’t attend? Tag an image of what you’re doing during the event time to enter the drawing, held the week of July 21.

Download a flyer for the Summer 2014 Coffee Klatch here!

No registration is necessary, but bring your Mason ID and/or Mason business card for entrance. For additional information or if you have questions, contact Kathrin Breitt Brown, or 3.4141.