November 2021

October in Review

October 2021

September in Review

July 2021

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes
Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips! These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website each week for a new tip!

Strategies for the Sandwich Generation
July 27 at 12 p.m. ET

Double the care, double the love: the Sandwich Generation has the unique role of caring for children and parents at the same time. Join Bright Horizons for a webinar to dive into helpful strategies to care for them and for yourself. Register online.

Click the photo to access the Resilience Toolkit! Then, click directly on the links on the Resilience Toolkit to access these resources.

New Resilience Toolkit
Sometimes, we all feel overwhelmed and become unsure of how to deal with the stress in life. Building resilience can help us learn to handle the stress so we can bounce back and rediscover the energy needed to create positive solutions.

Press pause for a moment and press play on our new Resilience Toolkit. This toolkit is packed with resilience-building tools like a fun resilience music playlist, mental toughness webinars, asynchronous learning opportunities, short videos on stress, weekly wellness updates, and personalized programs at your fingertips.

DHRM Employee Experience Magazine
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the spring edition of the DHRM Employee Experience Magazine, here are a few highlights:

• Do you have a colleague who motivated others to maintain their health and wellness this year? Nominate them for the CommonHealth Wellness Champion Award
• If you have observed an employee (or group of employees) going above and beyond to help maintain operations, assist others, or ensure safety, you can recognize them by submitting to DHRM. This information will be posted to their website and social media.
• Have you found it challenging to recognize your co-workers while working remotely? Check out these tips for virtual employee recognition.

You are encouraged to take a few minutes to browse the magazine for more articles and tips to help you improve your engagement and well-being.

August 2021

July in Review

July 2021

Voting in the Staff Senate Election


Voting in the Staff Senate Election occurs from July 12 through July 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. Ballots were distributed to constituents’ email inboxes on July 12. Each ballot can be completed only once. If you did not receive the ballot or have any questions, please email

Click here for more details.

July 2021

June in Review

Profile of a Senator June 2021

Meet Alyssa Goff: Staff Senator and Administrator, Freshman Programs, Global Education Office

Meet Alyssa Goff: Staff Senator and Administrator, Freshman Programs, Global Education Office

ROLES: My primary role is to recruit, retain, and engage our ever-growing 200+ freshmen Global Gateway students who study abroad their second semester at Mason through the Global Education Office (GEO). This position has allowed me to grow in many of my strengths from social media management to building a rapport with our cohort via engagement programs to teaching UNIV-108, a specialized transition to Mason course. Teaching UNIV-108 is my favorite duty because it keeps me connected to the students.

COVID-19 TRANSITION: Like all Mason offices, GEO had to pivot our programs from in-person to virtual as much as we could, given study abroad is all about the experience. Our team had to find creative alternatives such as virtual internships and virtually attending a school abroad. Global Gateway was able to send 35 freshmen to Mason Korea for the Spring 2021 semester, and COVID-19 certainly added another level of stress for their transportation. Six hundred students studied abroad, interned abroad, or enrolled in virtual international experiences. It has been a busy time transitioning to telework and monitoring the pandemic around the world but it has also shined a light on many new online opportunities!

MASON JOURNEY: I began my Mason journey as a freshman in fall 2014! Time truly flies seven year later. My professional journey started in 2018, and I started my graduate coursework with the Tuition Exemption Benefit offered to all Mason staff. I completed my M.A. in Higher Education this year. In my three years, I have worked in a variety of offices within the university, and I am so grateful for the unique experiences contributing to where I am today in GEO. From undergraduate student to the role I have now, I hope my mix of experiences leads to being a successful Staff Senator offering a different perspective.

WHY I SERVE ON STAFF SENATE: I wanted to be a voice for the new staff who are finding their place at Mason and connect with more colleagues across campus. Staff Senate is a great place to remember why we work here and help each other out.

AT THE END OF THE DAY: I am a young professional, new dog-mom, and excited to see where Mason will take me! I wear many hats on and off campus, and I look forward to this new opportunity to improve Mason for our staff. GEO is a place for students to have a study abroad experience and also a place for individuals to grow and prosper. Mason has given me so much since I was a student, and I enjoy being able to give back through my work with Staff Senate.

Fast Facts about the Global Education Office

  • Students can choose from among more than 220 programs.
  • GEO maintains more than 100 partnerships in over 60 countries.
  • Each year GEO offers $500,000 in scholarships for study abroad.
  • Pre-pandemic, more than 1,750 students studied abroad during the academic year.
  • The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and South Korea are among the most popular destinations.
  • Global Gateway has become a signature program for GEO and Mason, currently enrolling more than 200 students for the new academic year.
  • Some students participate in multiple programs and even graduate early.

Follow GEO and the Global Gateway

June 2021

Mason Kids Club Summer Camp 

Mason Kids Club Summer Camp is a school-age, full summer program for rising first- through fourth-gradersStudents may register for particular weeks or for the full summer (June 14 to August 20). 

Each year, a new and exciting theme guides the interactive summer activities. The theme for summer 2021 is “STEAM, Exploration, Friends, and Fun.” 

View pricing information and register. 

Contact with questions. 



June 2021

Summer Dining Options   


This summer, limited dining options will be available on the Fairfax Campus. See the current options and hours of operation. 

Looking for more choices? Check out the list of Mason Merchants, local businesses that accept Mason Money for purchases. 

At the SciTech Campus, Mum Mum Thai and The Spice Route are open in Beacon Hall. Randall’s Café is currently closed. 

Off-campus dining options are available near the Arlington Campus. Au Bon Pain remains closed for summer. 

Check for updates. For questions, contact Mason Dining. 

June 2021

Financial Wellness Resources from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) 

Check out this month’s flyer and the new items below: 

  • CommonHealth Bite-sized Learning Videos. Click to Learn How To Relieve Financial Stress! 
  • BB&T/SunTrust is now Truist Bank! You are cordially invited to participate in a financial wellness virtual presentation on Thursday, June 24th at 5:30 p.m., titled “Your @Work Financial Wellness Benefits.” 
  • VACU Creative Ways to Save (CWTS) Program. A new savings initiative to encourage establishing emergency savings. Newer/younger employees and new families are encouraged to participate. Click Here To Start Saving! Employees can now join Virginia Credit Union online with no funding needed. In just a few easy steps: Visit Referral Code: 4842
  • Want to learn more about saving with Virginia529? Get your education savings questions answered through live informational webinars, or get hints, tips, and strategies from Virginia529’s on-demand video library. The Virginia529 Smart Savers Academy offers free segments to help you understand the ins and outs of 529 plans, including how to use your account when you’re ready.  
  • VRS Financial Wellness Resources. Making a move can have a major impact on your finances. Check out the myVRS Financial Wellness Start Here Guide to save money and lower stress before, during, and after move-in day. Available to you through your myVRS account. 
  • Virginia Department of Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division. Tasked with reuniting citizens with their lost funds. Unclaimed property can include dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, refunds, and more. One in four Virginians has missing money. Visit our free search site, to check your name and start the claim process.