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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

December Staff Senate Newsletter

The December 2016 Staff Senate Newsletter is now available!

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University











Toys for Tots and Food Drive

Toys For Tots LogoMason’s annual collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots is underway. Staff Senate is collecting new, unwrapped toys (for Toys for Tots) and also any non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for Mason’s Pop-Up Pantry.

Donations will be collected from December 1−13. The last day to donate items will be the day of each campus holiday party:

SciTech: Monday, December 12
Arlington: Tuesday, December 13
Fairfax: Wednesday, December 14

Donations locations will be posted on the website as the information becomes available. Donations may also be dropped off at the faculty/staff holiday parties.

For questions, contact Katara Wright at or 703-993-9061.


University Holiday Parties 2016

university-holiday-party-2016The dates of the university holiday parties have been announced. Be sure to attend the festivities at your campus:

SciTech Campus: Monday, December 12, 12 p.m. 1:30 p.m., Beacon Hall, conference center
Arlington Campus: Tuesday, December 13, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room
Fairfax Campus: Wednesday, December 14, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Owe for a Parking Ticket? Want to Help a Needy Family?

Toys For Tots LogoParking Services is collecting toy and food donations at the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Parking Services offices.

Do you owe money for a parking ticket? Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or nonperishable food items to the Parking Services Office, and your account will be credited based on the following:

  • 1 toy = $10 credit
  • 2 toys = $20 credit
  • 5 cans/boxes of food = $10 credit
  • 10 cans/boxes of food = $20 credit

Maximum $20 credit per citation, with credit for up to three citations ($60); or, receive up to a $20 credit toward an upgrade to a parking deck spring permit. (Does not apply to future tickets or other permit purchases or appeals.)

The last day to make donations and get credit is NOON on the following dates:

SciTech: December 12
Arlington: December 13
Fairfax: December 14

For questions, contact

December Staff Senate Meeting: Updates from President Cabrera and Training and Organizational Development

The Staff Senate will host two exciting guest speakers at the December general meeting:

  • Shernita Rochelle Parker, director, Training and Organizational Development (12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Ángel Cabrera, president, George Mason University (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 7
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax: Research Hall, Room 163
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (video-conferenced)
SciTech: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (video-conferenced)

Shernita Parker will speak from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Staff Senate will conduct its general meeting from 12:30 to 1 p.m. President Cabrera will speak and answer questions from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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

November Employee of the Month: Lindsey Olson

Lindsey Olson, November 2016 Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Lindsey Olson, November 2016 Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Lindsey Olson, administrative assistant in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, for being selected as the November 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Lindsey is also a Staff Senator! Read more about Lindsey 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.