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

Happy Father’s Day, Mason Dads!

This Father’s Day, take a moment to appreciate the dads who shape and contribute to the diverse and talented workforce at Mason! The Staff Senate would like to celebrate and honor: 1) the wonderful fathers who work on our campuses; and 2) fathers of those working at Mason.

Join the celebration by emailing staffsenate@gmu.edu with the material listed below by Friday, June 21:

Mason Working Dads:
1. Submit your selfie, portrait, or photo with your child(ren) or family to staffsenate@gmu.edu. Include your name and the department/unit where you work.
2. Optional: Include one piece of advice or encouragement that you can offer other working dads.

AND/OR:

Honor Your Own Dad:
1. Submit a photo of your dad to staffsenate@gmu.edu. Please include your dad’s name, your name, and the department/unit where you work.
2. Optional: Include one fun fact about your dad, or some memorable advice he has given to you.

We will put together an album of entries on our Facebook page on June 24 to celebrate and recognize these dads. Submit your entry by Friday, June 21, for the chance to be included. Like us on Facebook to celebrate with us!

Missed Our June Meeting? Watch President Cabrera’s Visit and Prospective Senator Information Session

If you missed the June Staff Senate meeting with President Cabrera, watch it here!

Are you thinking of joining the Staff Senate? Check out a recording of the Prospective Staff Senator Information Session held during the General Meeting on June 5.

Message from the Chair – June 2019

Lauren Reuscher, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Happy summer, Mason staff!

My name is Lauren Reuscher, and I was recently selected to serve as the new chair for Staff Senate. I am excited and honored to step into this role.

I work in the Office of Communications and Marketing, and I recently celebrated my 10-year work anniversary at Mason. I have worked at the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campuses. I’m also a Mason grad—I completed my master’s in history in 2012 (one of the great benefits of working at Mason!). I am a working mom to a two-year-old daughter, who keeps my husband and me on our toes.

I joined Staff Senate five years ago, and it has been a rewarding experience. Your Staff Senators are incredibly engaged, knowledgeable, and hard-working. They devote time and energy to advocate for and appreciate the work of staff across the university. They are motivated to serve the Mason community beyond the scope of their day-to-day jobs. I’m lucky to be part of such an inspiring group.

If you’re looking for a way to get more involved on campus, consider joining us. The Staff Senate nomination period is open from June 10-21. Check out more information here. You can nominate yourself or a colleague. The Staff Senate thrives by having a variety of perspectives and experiences represented at the table.

As I start this new chapter in my service to the senate, I want to thank our outgoing chair, Chris Maier, for his hard work, dedication, and contributions to the university.

I hope you all can take some time to relax and recharge during the summer months ahead. We know things will only ramp up from here!

Go Mason!

Lauren Clark Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Are you a faculty or staff member enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason? Then apply for the competitive $250 book scholarship!

The application deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019. For details, questions, and to apply, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship page.

Staff Senate Nomination Period Open June 10-21

Staff Appreciation Coffee KlatchBecoming a Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and to have an impact on your workplace. The Senate provides many opportunities to learn how the university works and to network with administrators and staff members outside of your unit.

The Senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Terms begin in August and are for two years. 2019 dates are below:

  • Nominations accepted Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 21, at 5 p.m.
  • Elections held Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m.

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George Mason University Day at Nationals Park

Join fellow Mason fans as the Patriots take over the ballpark on Friday, September 27, when the Nationals face the Cleveland Indians at 7:05 p.m.

Fans will receive a discounted game ticket and a New Era co-branded Mason/Nationals hat. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Washington Nationals’ George Mason Day webpage.

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. (more…)