Looking Ahead: Events for Mason Staff

December 2014


In this issue . . .


From the Staff Senate Chair

Winter is finally here! While most of the campus is preparing for course finals and wrapping up the academic year with winter convocation, I find December to be a time of reflection and refocus. This year with a few extra days off, I am excited to be able to spend even more time focused on my well-being both at work and at home.

As this is also a season of thanksgiving and appreciation, I wanted to take a moment and truly thank you for all you do here at Mason. I am astounded at all the accomplishments by our staff on a daily basis. YOU make a difference here at Mason for every student and college you interact with, and even those you don’t! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping make Mason my home this holiday season.

Stephanie Payton

Chair, Mason Staff Senate

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Discounts and Life/Work Benefits to be Highlighted at December Staff Senate Meeting

Wednesday, December 3
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fairfax Campus: Research Hall, Room 163
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Prince William Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:
Janet Walker, Life/Work Connections Manager, Human Resources and Payroll, will discuss the many discounts and benefits available to Mason staff. Find out how you can save, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Rick Holt, Trainer, Human Resources and Payroll, will highlight professional development programs and opportunities available to staff.

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Lindsey Lowenberg Named November Employee of the Month

A heartfelt congratulations to Lindsey Lowenberg, Administrative and Program Specialist for the Office of Distance Education, and Mason Staff Senator, for being awarded the November 2014 Employee of the Month award.

Read more about Lindsey in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure he or she gets the deserved recognition and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month.  Additional information can be found on the HR awards page.

Contact Reward & Recognition at awards@gmu.edu with questions.

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From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day: Registration Now Open!

Deadline Extended: Entertainment Books

Financial Well-Being Seminar Series

Holiday Schedule for the Remainder of 2014 and All of 2015

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC)

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Toys For Tots (Logo)

Toys For Tots Annual Toy Drive

The Staff Senate, Office of Military Services, and Parking Services are again hosting the Toys for Tots toy drive.  All offices are encouraged to gather donations over the next several weeks leading up to the University Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  Toys should be new and unwrapped and can be dropped off at the Holiday Party.

Help spread the word by posting the flyer in your office or on your public bulletin board.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Roth, nroth@gmu.edu.

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Last Chance for On-Site Flu Shots for COVA Participants

An on-site flu shot clinic will be offered for COVA Care, COVA HDHP, and COVA HealthAware participants in conjunction with Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on Tuesday, December 2, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Gold Room.

To make an appointment, call 1-877-728-6655, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

For details, view Flu Shot Information. Contact Life/Work Connections at 703-993-2600 with additional questions.

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Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Save the Dates - Staff Appreciation Events

Mark your calendar for this winter's upcoming Staff Appreciation events at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Campuses.

Arlington Campus
Monday, January 26, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Founders Hall, Room 125/126
Snow Day: Tuesday, January 27

Prince William Campus
Wednesday, January 28, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Bull Run Hall, Atrium
Snow Day: Thursday, January 29

Fairfax Campus
Tuesday, February 3, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
SUB I, Patriot's Lounge
Snow Day: Wednesday, February 4

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University Holiday Parties

The dates of the season's University holiday parties have been announced.  Be sure to attend the festivities at your campus:

Arlington Campus:  Monday, December 15, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room
Prince William Campus: Tuesday, December 16, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Bull Run Hall, Atrium
Fairfax Campus:  Wednesday, December 17, 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

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The Patriot mascot gets the crowd hyped as the George Mason Patriots play against Fordham Rams in the Opening Round of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason Basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day: Get Your Free Tickets

George Mason University will honor faculty, staff, and retirees at Faculty/Staff and Retirees (FSR) Appreciation Night at a Mason basketball game on Wednesday, December 3, when Mason hosts a basketball doubleheader. The women’s team will face East Tennessee State University at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s team versus Old Dominion University at 7:30 p.m ...

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Susan Brionez and Dr. Angel Cabrera at the November 2014 Annual Award Ceremony. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Senator Highlight: Susan Brionez, Office Manager, Assistant to Associate Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

After a successful career in headhunting and then 10 years at home raising our children, I took a position at the elementary school in our neighborhood. When our youngest moved on to middle school, I craved a change to an environment that would build on my skills and challenge me. However, I felt a strong need to work close to home so I could be available to my family if needed. With Mason only 4 miles down Braddock Road, it seemed the likely choice ...

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Comments, Concerns, Ideas? Share them!

The Staff Senate seeks your comments, concerns, and ideas about issues on campus important to you.  We welcome all input.  You may remain anonymous, but if you wish to have a response, please include your contact information.