Mason Matters: Making Mason an even better place to work
From J.J. Davis and Peter Stearns:
We are excited to launch Mason Matters, a new program designed to solicit creative ideas from faculty and staff to reduce expenses, increase revenue and improve efficiency at Mason. Do you have an idea that will:
• Improve EFFICIENCY and help us better organize, manage and utilize our resources on a university-wide basis?
• Lead to INNOVATION that will help us operate in a more cost efficient new way?
• Increase REVENUE from new or existing activities?
Please visit https://MasonMatters.gmu.edu to learn more about Mason Matters and electronically submit your idea. The University Process and Improvement Committee (UPIC) will manage the program and review all ideas. The email address for UPIC is UPIC@gmu.edu.
Thank you for participating in Mason Matters. We look forward to receiving your idea.
Staff Senate December General Meeting this Wednesday, December 4, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Guest Speakers: Charlene Douglas, Associate Professor, College of Health & Human Services and Faculty Senate Chair, and Dilan Wickrema, Student Government Liaison, will discuss ways that faculty, staff and students can collaborate to benefit the entire Mason community.
Location: Fairfax, Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room; Arlington Founders B119; Prince William, Bull Run Hall 254; Front Royal and Loudoun worksites.
Holiday Toys 4 Tots and Food Drives Across Mason Campuses
The annual collaboration of the Mason Staff Senate, Office of Military Services, Parking Services, Dining Services, Prince William Operations, and the Arlington University Life for the Holiday 2013 Toys 4 Tots and food drive is now underway. Toys should be new and unwrapped. Only nonperishable food items are able to be accepted. The Mason community can make donations of toys or food in a variety of ways:
Parking Services is offering credit toward outstanding parking citations to those who bring in toys or food donations to the Parking Services Offices on the Fairfax, Arlington, or Prince William Campuses. Learn more about their program here.
To participate in the annual Staff Senate sponsored Toys 4 Tots and Food Drive contest, click here for guidelines. Donations will be accepted at the Fairfax holiday party on Wednesday, December 18. Toys collected through this event are donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys 4 Tots program, and food is donated to New Hope Housing.
Contact Kathrin Breitt Brown at 703.993.4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
PRINCE WILLIAM CAMPUS
On November 25, Prince William Operations delivered Harvest Baskets to each department at the Prince William Campus for the collection of food donations. All donated food items benefit Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts (SERVE), a group dedicated to strengthening the Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park community programs that provide basic needs and promote economic independence for homeless and underprivileged individuals and families in the area.
A list of acceptable food items will be provided with the Harvest Baskets. Baskets will be collected at the Prince William Campus Holiday Luncheon on December 17.
Contact Maren Paslick at 703-993-8585 or email@example.com with questions.
The annual Arlington Campus Winter Food Drive is underway and will continue through December 18. All donations will benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Suggested donations include: Canned goods, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, rice, jelly, flour, and sugar. Collection bin locations:
Founders Hall, First Floor LobbyMetropolitan Building, Fifth Floor LobbyHazel Hall, Atrium and Level B1
For questions, contact Arlington University Life at 703-993-8984.
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Winter 2014 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch Dates Announced
Save the date for this winter’s coffee klatches!
- Prince William, Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 – 11:30, Bull Run Atrium (snow date: Monday, February 3)
- Arlington, Wednesday, February 5, 9:30 – 11:30, 125 Founders Hall(snow date: Monday, February 10)
- Fairfax, Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 – 11:30, Patriot Lounge, Sub I(snow date: Monday, February 17)
Learn more about these events and view the photo gallery from previous events here.
Jed Frye named November Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Diane Swain, October Employee of the Month
Thank you to Diane Swain, October Employee of the Month. Read more about Diane in this Mason News article.
Jean-Pierre Auffret and Peggy Aldrich selected as the 2013 Outstanding Supervisors!
From a ballot of 18 candidates, Jean-Pierre (JP) Auffret, Director of Executive Degree Programs in the School of Management, and Peggy Aldrich, Associate Registrar at Prince William, were chosen as this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Supervisor Award.
Read more about their accomplishments and to learn the names of all nominees, view the Mason News article.
Exciting News from Parking & Transportation
Shuttle Pilot Program for Employees Traveling on I-95 – We need your help!
Good news! Mason Shuttles is starting a shuttle pilot program for employees who travel on I-95 to get to work. But we need your help to determine where to pick up passengers along the route. Please take this brief survey if you’re interested in this service: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMUshuttle
A large portion of the I-95 freeway is under construction and traffic will only get worse. To help mitigate traffic, Fairfax County has generously offered to pay for 50% of the cost to run a shuttle for Mason employees who would normally have to drive on I-95 to get to work.
If you have any questions, please contact Marina at email@example.com.
Burke VRE Express Shuttle – Starts on Monday, September 23
On Monday, September 23, Mason Shuttles will start a new shuttle service between Burke VRE and the Sandy Creek bus stop. The new Burke VRE Express shuttle schedule will be posted online at http://shuttle.gmu.edu. Ample free parking is available at the Burke VRE stop. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take the VRE train or drive to the Burke VRE train station and then hop onto the Burke VRE Express to get to campus!
Strategic Planning Town Hall Meetings Scheduled
Mason Staff: Your input is invaluable. Please consider attending one of the town hall meetings listed below:
Tuesday, September 17, 9-10 a.m. in Verizon Auditorium – Prince William town hall with President Ángel Cabrera
Tuesday, September 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 113 – Arlington town hall with President Cabrera
Wednesday, September 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D023 – Fairfax town hall with President Cabrera
Monday, September 23, 9-10 a.m.– Mason Hall, Rooms D003A&B – Fairfax town hall with Provost Peter Stearns
Friday, September 27, noon-1 p.m. in Verizon Auditorium – Prince William town hall with Provost Stearns
Tuesday, October 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 120 – Arlington town hall with Provost Stearns
Wednesday, October 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D023 – Fairfax town hall with President Cabrera
Tuesday, October 15, 11 a.m.-noon in Mason Hall, Room D023 – Fairfax town hall with Provost Stearns