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May General Meeting Announcement

The May Staff Senate meeting will feature the Prospective Staff Senator Information Session.

Wednesday, May 5
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Prospective Staff Senator Information Session
General meeting will follow from 11 a.m. to noon
Zoom Meeting: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/97615034925?pwd=dHhrSy9OeUxxMW1Ic2liV0F0czlmdz09
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 976 1503 4925 / Passcode: 572793

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. Find ways to virtually engage with the senate before, during, and after general meetings.

 

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Student Employee Appreciation Day

In honor of next week being National Student Employee Appreciation Week, University Life is partnering with Student Centers to host a Student Employee Appreciation Event at the Corner Pocket. Students can enjoy free play on all games and free ice cream. Any students who work on-campus are welcome but must register in advanced on Mason360.

Friday, April 16th, 12pm – 3pm
Corner Pocket

Register on Mason360

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Spring Staff Appreciation Event Results

Staff Senate Virtual Trivia Room 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Virtual Staff Senate Appreciation Event on March 10. District Trivia hosted a fun afternoon of trivia from all genres.  Congratulations to the winning teams that received prizes ranging from gift cards to Staff Senate giveaways.  If you would like to contribute any feedback related to this event or have suggestions for future events, please contact us.

 

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April General Meeting Recording

 

The April Staff Senate meeting featured guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University.

If you missed the session, you can check out the recording.

 

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March in Review

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Upcoming Performances at Mason

In Person Events for the Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Barclay Brass :  Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. , Mason Pond Lawn

Dewberry School of Music
Mason Opera  Acts of Love and Marriage

Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m., Hylton Center

Collision of Rhythm: Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m.,  Mason Pond Lawn

Runaways: Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. , Mason Pond Lawn
Written and Composed by Elizabeth Swados
Directed by Erin Gardiner, Musical Direction by Joe Walsh

Tribute to Sonny Rollins : Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m.,  Mason Pond Lawn
Featuring Mason Jazz Faculty

Mason Arts at Home

The Artist Activist: Centering Black Voices Maurice Cherry and Lex Brown:  Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Earth Day: Arcadia Mixtape:  Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Dewberry School of Music International Jazz Day:  Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m.,  Virtual Event

Black Voices Screening: Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.,  Virtual Event

Dewberry School of Music
A Song of Freedom: Musical Reflections Featuring Black Composers:
Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m., Virtual Event

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Meet Stacy D’Angelo: Staff Senator and Marketing Coordinator, Office of Communications and Marketing

Stacy D'Angelo, Staff SenateROLES: My role is to assist in the coordination, execution, and reporting on university-level marketing efforts, which often involves new tasks and responsibilities. For example, last summer I helped the Office of Continuing and Professional Education work toward its marketing goals. This past fall, I was the interim social media manager. (David Loughner is our new and amazing social media manager.) These opportunities strengthened my relationships with units throughout Mason while enhancing my goal to boost university-wide collaboration. One of my favorite duties is leading the monthly marketing group meeting. This provides an opportunity for university marketers to stay informed about the processes, tools, and changes that directly affect our success. The meeting is open to any staff member, so reach out if you’re interested.

COVID-19 TRANSITION: My transition was similar to many other parents out there. Overnight, my husband and I found ourselves working from home with our 3-year-old son. Our days were longer—beginning at dawn and often ending well into the night. As difficult as it was, I’m so thankful for all the extra memories we were able to make. My son returned to the Mason Child Development Center in September, where they have all been so incredible over the last year, and our schedules have returned (somewhat) to normal. Be sure to take time to thank the teachers and child care workers in your life. They are amazing!

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT MASON: I have never worked where the work/life balance is as valued as it is here. Coming to Mason has been eye-opening to what can be possible when an employer values this aspect of its employees’ health.

UNIQUE FACT: I’m from Mars! (Pennsylvania)

SUSTAINABILITY: Happy Earth Month! I feel very strongly about doing my part to make sure our earth is beautiful for future generations. One of the reasons I joined the Staff Senate was to work sustainability into the conversation. With the recent development of the ad-hoc committee Environmental Justice and Sustainability, we are beginning to identify the issues to address and potential initiatives to involve the staff in contributing to the university’s commitment to a healthy planet. This Earth Month, I ask you to think about what little changes you can make in your daily lives to make a difference. “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne-Marie Bonneau, author and environmentalist.

 

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Mason Libraries provides full complimentary access to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com)

Mason Libraries provides full complimentary access to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com) to current students, faculty, and staff. Creating an account is required. Learn more. 

 

 

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Updates from Parking and Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Learn to Ride a Bike with FABB

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) is teaming up with Mason Parking and Transportation to offer a Learn to Ride Cycling class on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in Parking Lot C.  Just $10 for Mason faculty, staff, and students. For details and to register, visit FABB’s registration site.

Virtual Bike to Mason Week 2021

Could biking be part of your commute plan? From April 19-23, join Parking and Transportation for Virtual Bike to Mason Week.  For more details and to register, click here  

Classes include: 

  • Fix a Flat: Don’t let the potential for a flat tire stop you from biking for commuting or recreation. Learn how you can fix a flat at home or while on a bike ride.  
  • Biking at Mason: Hear about the biking facilities and programs at all three of Mason’s campuses. 
  • Dressing and Packing When Commuting by Bike: Receive tips on biking in all types of weather and conditions. 
  • Bicycle Commuting 101: Learn how to feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels. 
  • Bicycle Friendly Driver Training: How to be a safer driver around bicyclists and pedestrians, the related Virginia laws, and where to report near misses on our roads. 
  • Multi-modal Commuting and Car-Free Living: Learn about mixed modal commuting via cycling and public buses like CUE and the Fairfax Connector as well as general car-free living. 
  • Cycle Talk: A virtual social hour to talk cycling at Mason. 
  • Why Would You Want an eBike?: Hear about eBikes and see if one is right for you. 
  • Smart Cycling: This session provides the building blocks to developing confidence and competence when riding a bike. Get acquainted with lane positioning, rules of the road, hazards and more.

We hope you can join us for one or more sessions!  If you have any questions, please reach out to transpo@gmu.edu. 

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Spring into Well-Being

Spring into Well-Being, Mason’s annual well-being celebration, began March 22 and will run through Friday, April 23. During this time, people throughout Mason Nation and beyond will participate in the events to help students, faculty, staff, and the public learn more about well-being and try out a diverse variety of well-being practices. Visit a calendar of events for details. Use #SIWB21 on social media and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being will amplify your posts.