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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 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 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

2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award Winner: Robert Yi

Dr. Bethany Usher and Dr. Jeannie Brown Leonard present Robert Yi (left) with the 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award

Robert Yi, academic advisor in the School of Art, has been presented with Mason’s 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award.

The award was presented to Robert on March 30 by Jeannie Brown Leonard, dean of student academic affairs, advising, retention, and transitions, and Bethany Usher, associate provost for undergraduate education.

This honor is given annually to recognize excellence in advising across campus. This year, 661 nominations were submitted for a 110 different advisors representing every undergraduate Mason college/school.

Click here to learn more about this year’s recipient. Congratulations, Robert!

J.J. Davis to Speak with the Staff Senate on May 10

J.J. Wagner Davis, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, Office of Senior Vice President. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Due to the closure of the university on March 21 from inclement weather, the Staff Senate has rescheduled its meeting with J.J. Davis for Thursday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Meeting locations:
Fairfax: Research Hall, Room 163
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferenced)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:

To promote dialogue 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

Prospective Staff Senator Information Session

Interested in becoming a Mason Staff Senator? Want to learn about how the university functions from a new perspective, network across departments, and contribute to the well-being of your colleagues?

The Staff Senate will hold an information session and discussion for Mason staff who are interested in learning about the nomination and election process, the work of the senate, and what senators do. During the presentation, you will learn about the structure of the senate, how committees work, the time commitment expected of senators, and meet-and-greet with current representatives.

No registration is necessary.

Wednesday, June 6
10:30 to 11 a.m. (during the first 30 minutes of the June Staff Senate General Meeting)
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (videoconferencing)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferencing)

You are welcome to stay for the Staff Senate Business Meeting, which follows the information session from 11 a.m. to noon.

Contact Amanda Corrigan at with questions.

March Employee of the Month: Matt Kilday

Matt Kilday, Workforce Planning Analyst, Human Resources/Payroll, is the Employee of the Month for March. Photo by Melissa Cannarozzi/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Matt Kilday, workforce planning analyst in Human Resources and Payroll, for being selected as the March 2018 Employee of the Month. Read more about Matt 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.

Time Traveler Summer Camp with the Child Development Center

From the Dinosaur Age to the Digital Age! Register your rising first through sixth graders for the Child Development Center’s exciting Mason Kids Club Summer Camp.

This summer’s camp theme is “Time Travelers,” where children will journey through a different era each week.

For more information, visit

Questions may be directed to or 703-993-2600.

Summer Camps at Mason

High school students attending Mason’s Nursing Camp. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Would your kids enjoy attending a summer camp at Mason? Is your department or office sponsoring a summer camp program that could be advertised to the community?

Visit for a listing of summer camps offered at Mason. The website includes camps sponsored by Mason programs/departments, as well as external groups that host camps on a Mason campus.

Summer camps at Mason cover a wide variety of topics and activities, including academics, the arts, recreation, and sports.

Questions about individual camps should be directed to the camp organizers, whose contact information is available on the website. For questions about the summer camps website, contact