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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

Go Gaga for Green!

GO-GAGA-2016-graphicGo Gaga for Green and celebrate sustainability at Mason’s Arlington Campus on Saturday, April 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This family-friendly community event celebrates Earth Day with fun activities, green refreshments, and live entertainment including the Green Machine Brass Band and a Lip Sync Battle.

Go Gaga for Green features the Arlington Green Patriot Awards and showcases Operation Rain Barrel, where 37 artistic rain barrels decorated by Arlington Public School students are displayed in the Founders Art Gallery and sold via silent auction.

Proceeds benefit George Mason’s Early Identification Program, the Arlington County Council of PTA’s Scholarship Fund, and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment’s Energy Masters Program.

For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit the website. Questions? Contact Toni Andrews at

Spring into Well-Being: April 6-13

SpringIntoWellBeingThe daffodils are blooming, so it must be time for Spring into Well-Being! This year it runs from Wednesday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 13. The theme is “Six Days/Six Domains of Well-Being.” Events and opportunities will lead up to April 6, and a host of exciting opportunities will occur throughout this annual celebration and awareness campaign. 

For a schedule of events, visit the Well-Being University website or click here. Human Resources/Payroll is delighted to participate in this event, and we hope you will extend an invitation to all your faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Well-Being means something different to each of us. Spring into Well-Being is designed to highlight some of the well-being programs, activities, and resources available to the Mason community that help build individual and collective capacities for increased vitality, purpose, resilience and engagement. Well-being is for everyone!  It is a way to put some tools in your toolbox and help build your capacity to manage life’s ups and downs, both at home and at work.

You are cordially invited to sample what the Mason community has to offer you. And the menu is astonishing; here’s a sample:

Financial Well-Being Seminar: Building a Better BudgetThursday, April 7, 12p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Human Resources/Payroll for the Financial Well-Being Seminar Series at Building a Better Budget with Sarah Lieu of Apple Federal Credit Union.  A budget is the most powerful tool available for establishing financial control. After identifying short, mid-, and long-term goals, participants will learn how to design realistic spending plans to live within their means and savings plans to reach their goals. The session will address different options available for getting and staying out of debt. This session will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech. Register online.

Resilience Workshop, Friday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being for a free half-day Resilience Workshop. Learn three different approaches for dealing with adversity and conflict in your life. Learn how to go beyond just “stress management,” and begin to cultivate a kind of inner development from which resilience is a natural by-product. RSVP is required

Financial Well-Being Seminar: Your Next Great Adventure – Living Well in RetirementWednesday, April 13, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
With Marilyn Brennan of TIAA. You have spent many years planning financially for your retirement. The possibilities for your next great adventures are endless and fun to imagine. Marilyn will help you:

  • Envision your ideal retirement
  • Take an honest look at what you will miss about working, and plan how you will supplant those things in retirement
  • Discover the rich possibilities inherent in retirement
  • Help remove any barriers to the retirement you want
  • Learn about how you can pay yourself once you stop working

This session will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech. Register online

There are also some wonderful ways to give back on Community Well-Being Day (Monday, April 11), including:

  • Good Deeds Day
  • WAVES Cigarette Butt Clean UpWAVES is leading a cigarette butt clean-up on campus and will provide quit kits to anyone who wants one. Cigarette butts are not bio-degradable and can take an average of 25 years to break down. All the while, they leave toxic chemicals like cadmium, arsenic, and pesticide residues in the soil and waterways. The clean up runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 11. Meet at Southside. Contact Kathryn Walker at 703-993-3170 or with questions. To sign up as a volunteer, click here. 

March Employee of the Month: Erin Harpine

Erin Harpine, patient advocate and special projects coordinator for George Mason University’s Student Health Services, is the March 2016 Employee of the Month.

Erin Harpine, Student Health Services, is the March 2016 Employee of the Month. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Erin Harpine, Patient Advocate and Special Projects Coordinator, Student Health Services, for being selected as the March 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Erin 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.

Benefits/Discount Fair: Talk to Your Financial and Health Representatives

Health and Fitness Expo at the Fairfax campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

As part of Spring into Well-Being, Human Resources and Payroll invites you to stop by George’s in the Johnson Center on Wednesday, April 13, between 9 .m. and 3 p.m. to chat with some of Mason’s financial vendors (TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments, ICMA-RC, Virginia Retirement System, Virginia 529, and Apple Federal Credit Union).

Mason’s health vendors will also be in attendance, including Anthem (COVA Care), Kaiser Permanente, Aetna (COVA HealthAware), and CommonHealth. Information about faculty/staff discounts will be on hand, as well. See you there!

Contact the Benefits Team at or 703-993-2600 with questions.

Sharing Career Wisdom: Help Others on Their Career Journey

As part of Spring into Well-Being, Human Resources/Payroll and University Life invite you to share some career advice with the Mason community. Answer the following question: What one thing do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started out in your career?

The goal is to build an online resource that offers guidance and support, no matter where we are in our careers. This is an opportunity to share part of your career journey and light the path for those coming after you.

Participating is easy! For details, visit the Spring into Well-Being website.

Contact with questions.

Faculty and Staff Lounge Now Open in the Johnson Center

A faculty and staff lounge is now opened in the site of the old Bistro in the Johnson Center. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

A faculty and staff lounge is now open in the site of the old Bistro in the Johnson Center. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason faculty and staff now have a space on campus reserved for their own enjoyment. The new faculty and staff lounge, located in the former Bistro in the Johnson Center, is open for faculty and staff to relax, work, and socialize. A formal name for the lounge is to be announced.

The lounge is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consider bringing your lunch or coffee to relax and catch up with your colleagues or spend some quiet time. Read more in this Mason News article.