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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 Meeting: President Ángel Cabrera and Frank Neville

President Ángel Cabrera and Frank Neville, chief of staff and vice president of communications and marketing, will visit the October Staff Senate meeting to share updates and answer questions from staff.

Wednesday, October 4
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (video-conferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (video-conferenced)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:
To promote 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

September Employee of the Month: Lauren Reuscher

Lauren Reuscher, University Information, is Employee of the Month for September 2017. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Lauren Reuscher, Integrated Campuses Manager for University Information, for being selected as the September 2017 Employee of the Month. Lauren is also a Staff Senator! Read more about Lauren in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive 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.

Welcome Mason’s Newest Staff Senators

Congratulations to our newly elected Senators and returning Senators!


  • Stephanie Atkins, Mason LIFE program (incumbent)
  • Lisa Bair, Environmental Science and Policy (incumbent)
  • Susan Brionez, Volgenau School of Engineering (incumbent)
  • Andrew Burroughs, Registrar
  • Sean Cox, Student Centers
  • Kathy Dodd, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Jared Hagenow, Mason Police
  • Akitta Robertson, Provost Office
  • Brett Spencer, Facilities
  • Preston Williams, Strategic Communications
  • Joanne Zimmerman, Biology


  • Jennifer Gantt, Arlington Campus Administration
  • Carl Redmon, Arlington Events

Science and Technology:

  • Lindsey Olson, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (incumbent)
  • Michael Wharton, Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center


  • Christopher Maier, Facilities (incumbent)

Meal Plans Available for Staff

Staff and faculty can save money dining on campus by purchasing a Byte Meal Plan for discounted access to Fairfax locations of Southside, Ike’s, The Globe, and Simply to Go in SUB I.

2017-18 meal plans will be available for purchase starting Monday, August 21. Sign up for your meal plan before the end of September to take advantage of the free meal Early Bird Special:

  • 10 meals for $75, plus one free meal for early birds
  • 25 meals for $175, plus two free meals for early birds
  • 50 meals for $330, plus three free meals for early birds

To sign up, visit the Mason Card Office in SUB I or email

Arlington & Campus of Science and Technology- 10% Discount

Receive a 10% discount in all Mason Dining venues at Arlington Campus and Campus of Science and Technology when using Mason Money!

 Tremendous savings for all!

Mason Cultural Tour: Flavors of Southern France and Italy

Enjoy the flavors and fragrances  of Provence and Northern Coastal Italy on this journey of the senses. Enjoy cooking classes, meeting the cheese maker, and exploring the rich culture of a region steeped in history.  From Provence you will travel through the principality of Montecarlo, and onwards to Italy.  Learn about local foods with hands-on experiences. Your Mason multi-lingual escort, instructor Patricia Boudinot, is from Cannes and will give expert advice and suggestions from her first-hand knowledge of the region. Celebrate with new friends at our farewell dinner in Italy!








Program Details

Dates: October 7, 2017 – October 16, 2017


This program is open to all members of the Mason Community including students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.
No academic credit is awarded on Mason Cultural Tour programs.


First class hotel accommodations; double occupancy standard.

Eden Hotel & Spa, rue d’Antibes, Cannes, France

Grand Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo, Italy

Program Cost:  

  • $3695 with airfare included
  • Single supplement, $770


  • Round-trip airfare from Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • 9 Nights  with first class accommodations
  • Tour transportation in deluxe motorcoach
  • Itinerary events and excursions as listed above
  • Most meals
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:

  • Other transportation
  • Personal spending
  • Gratuities

The itinerary and additional details can be found here. For questions, contact Rita Rowand at