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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

October Staff Senate Newsletter

The October 2016 Staff Senate Newsletter is now available!

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University









Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day: October 26

square-fsed-2016-logoRegistration opens October 3 for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day at This year’s event, which will take place on Wednesday, October 26, will focus on the theme “Building a Culture of Appreciation,” and will include speakers Beth Cabrera and Michael “Doc Nix” Nickens, as well as breakout sessions and networking.

The first 100 to register will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Keep an eye on the Human Resources and Payroll website for more details, as they are released.


Call for Mentors: Mason Dream-Catchers Program

Mason Dream-Catchers participants

Mason Dream-Catchers participants

Mason faculty and staff are invited to participate as mentors in the sixteenth year of the Mason Dream-Catchers Program, a university-wide partnership with the Fairfax and Prince William counties’ public school systems. Volunteer mentors in the Mason community identify and support capable alternative high school students in achieving their dream to attend George Mason University.

If you are interested in participating in this program or would like additional information, contact Karen Kitching at

Save the Dates: Winter Wellness Days Flu Shot Clinics

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

For faculty and staff who are enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP, COVA Health Aware, and Kaiser Permanente, seasonal flu shots are part of your wellness benefit.

This year, flu shot clinics will be held on the following dates:

  • SciTech: Thursday, October 6
  • Fairfax: Thursday, October 13 (and Wednesday, October 26 as part of Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day)
  • Arlington: Thursday, October 20

For times and important details, view the Flu Shot 2016 Information flyer.


September Employee of the Month: Stephen Monroe

Stephen Monroe is the Employee of the Month for September 2016. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Stephen Monroe is the Employee of the Month for September 2016. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Stephen Monroe, marketing and communications coordinator for University Career Services, for being selected as the September 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Stephen 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 Human Resources and Payroll awards page.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.


October Staff Senate Meeting: Human Resources Updates and Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP)

Linda Harber, Vice President of Human Resources and Payroll, and members of Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) will be guest speakers at the upcoming Staff Senate meeting:

Wednesday, October 5
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (video-conferenced)
SciTech: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (video-conferenced)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:
To promote a dialog at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions from constituents. This is your opportunity to ask university leadership about things that are important to you as Mason staff! Submit your question in advance using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

Staff Senate reserves the right to determine which questions are asked during the meeting. Any selected questions that are not asked during the session due to time constraints will be emailed to the guest speaker, and the responses will be published in the Staff Senate newsletter at a later date.

All who attend the Staff Senate general meeting are welcome to ask questions in-person, during the session.

For questions, contact