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 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 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

May Staff Senate Meeting: State Government Relations

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Mark Smith, Executive Director, State Government Relations, George Mason University

The May Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Mark Smith, executive director, State Government Relations. Mark will discuss the dynamics of the most recent legislative session in Richmond, the upcoming November elections for all 140 members of the General Assembly, and how the Staff Senate can build on its advocacy outreach.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fairfax: Research Hall, Room 163
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferenced)
Front Royal: Academic, Room 219 (703-249-8067)
WebEx:  gmu.webex.com / Meeting Number (access code): 648 314 965  / Meeting password: 2ktMam99 or join by phone: 1-240-454-0879

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.

All are welcome to attend the Staff Senate general meeting.

Submit your questions for the Staff Senate:

To promote dialog at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions/comments from constituents. Submit your question using the online submission form or email your question to staffsenate@gmu.edu. You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

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

For questions, contact staffsenate@gmu.edu.

April 2019 Staff Senate Newsletter

The April edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available! Click here to view the newsletter in your browser.

Missed Our April Meeting? Watch it Here!

If you missed the April Staff Senate meeting, watch it here.

Cathy Pinskey shared information and updates about the Core Campus Project, and Kevin Brim shared information about Mason’s recycling program.

Senator Highlight: Joshua Griset

Joshua Griset, Staff Senate

I first came to Mason as an undergraduate student. Going into college, I was interested in politics and international relations, and therefore was looking into the D.C. area. When I toured Mason, it just felt like home. I had several on-campus jobs as a student, including venue assistant, event technician, and photographer.

Before returning to Mason as a full-time staff member in 2014, I worked political campaigns around Virginia as a field organizer. My work locations included Appalachia, the Eastern Shore, and Northern Virginia.

I’m about to graduate from Mason again this spring—this time with a Master’s in Public Administration.

I joined Staff Senate because I wanted to make an impact on the campus community and felt I could share insights as an alumni. The best part about being on Staff Senate is getting the inside scoop on what’s happening around Mason and having a forum to communicate staff concerns.

Fun fact about me: I was my school’s jump rope champion in the fifth grade. Was I very good? No. The goal was to do as many jumps as you could, without stopping, in five minutes. Everybody went about it like the Hare, jumping very fast—and failed quickly. I was the Tortoise, slow and steady, and got 110 jumps.

My outside interests include sustainability, comedy, and travel.

Joshua Griset works as the Arlington information desk supervisor with University Information.  

Best Practices for Webex Meetings

Image result for cisco webexThe Staff Senate has recently started using Webex Meetings to allow participants to join our General Meetings from any location. Staff members can listen to and participate in meetings from their own office, while teleworking, or wherever life takes them!

Our goal is to make the work of Staff Senate more accessible to all staff members, no matter where they are located.

Webex is a powerful tool that can connect your team, save travel time between campuses, and allow greater flexibility in the workplace.

Below are some helpful tips for Webex Meetings. Use them to join Staff Senate meetings or to facilitate successful videoconferencing meetings of your own.

Common Questions about Webex Meetings:

How do I . . .

Join a meeting?

Connect my audio?

Share content and interact with participants?

Important Tips:

  1. Mute your audio unless you are going to speak
  2. Connect a few minutes early
  3. Use the chat feature to ask questions, or use the “raise your hand” feature to be called on to ask your question verbally

For questions or additional guidance, contact Collaborative Video Technologies at 703-993-5580 or cvt@gmu.edu.