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

Senator Highlight: Joe Hinrichs

Joe Hinrichs, Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS). Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Joe Hinrichs, Emergency Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Like many other staff members, I am a Mason alum. I completed both my bachelor’s and M.P.A. at Mason. Before returning to Mason to become a staff member in the Environmental Health and Safety Office, I worked in a similar capacity with the U.S. House of Representatives. I welcomed the opportunity to come back to the university and contribute to a growing emergency management program.

I joined the Staff Senate because I wanted to have a voice in high-level conversations at the university, and because I wanted to do good for my co-workers. I work across all three campuses, so I knew I would be in a position to reach out to a lot of staffers who might not otherwise speak up.

I value the opportunity to plant seeds in the minds of the guest speakers who present at our monthly Staff Senate meetings. This is a fantastic chance to share ideas and suggestions with university officials. I hope more Mason staff members come to these meetings in the future – your off-hand comment or well-framed question could make a big difference. Remember, those who speak up are heard.

I serve on the Education and Outreach Committee. One of our most noticeable responsibilities is the monthly Staff Senate Newsletter . . . which you might be reading at this very moment!  We use the newsletter to recognize the Employee of the Month and to highlight available benefits, services, and upcoming special events.

Outside of my time at Mason, I’ve taught rock climbing on the side for several years. I also love reading about and tinkering with new technologies, and I’m a sucker for an adventure.

 

 

Message from the Chair

Research Hall in the background on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Research Hall in the background on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

March at Mason can be snowy, but with spring break, it is also a month of slowing down. For students, this is a time to recharge before the final half of the academic year. As a staff member, I always look forward to spring break as a time to take a breath and grab a Starbucks in less-than-normal wait times. It’s also a great time to remember that spring is just around the corner.

This month, I encourage you to take an hour for yourself during Spring into Well-Being. Many departments across campus are hosting workshops, events, and information tents to help you focus on your personal well-being. This is a great time to find out how Mason is working toward creating a healthy balance for you in the workplace and striving toward the university’s strategic plan.

Stephanie Payton
Chair, Mason Staff Senate

 

March Staff Senate General Meeting to Highlight Recreation Options on Campus

Wednesday, March 4
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax Campus: Innovation Hall, Room 334
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Prince William Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:
Connie Benson, Director of Recreation, Mason Recreation, and Amanda Meiklejohn, Recreation Program Manager and Camp Director, Freedom Center, will offer information about fitness and recreation options available to staff at Mason.

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning Mason staff. The Staff Senate business meeting begins at 1 p.m. All are welcome, and registration is not necessary.

February Employee of the Month: Shams Bahabib

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Shams Bahabib at a ceremony at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Shams Bahabib at a ceremony at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

A heartfelt congratulations to Shams Bahabib, Education Support Specialist in the Volgenau School of Engineering, for being selected as the February 2015 Employee of the Month award winner.

Read more about Shams 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 & Recognition at awards@gmu.edu with questions.