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July 2022

Summer Camps at Mason

Students work on a project in a Mason Community Arts Academy class. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Visit camps.gmu.edu for a list of summer camps and youth programs 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. Both in-person and virtual options are listed on the website.  

Questions about individual camps should be directed to the camp organizers.   

For questions about the summer camps website, contact gmutoday@gmu.edu. 

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July 2022

Mason Square Weekly Plaza Events

Plaza at Mason Square. Photo by University Life Arlington

Come to the plaza at Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) for dynamic weekly programming and ongoing special events. All programming is free and open to the public!  

Check out the Game Social every day at noon, or the Craft Social at 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.  

Weekly events include:   

  • Monday: Yappy Hour on the Plaza (bring your furry friends) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Coach Reza   
  • Tuesday: Hip Hop Dance Class with Ava Dance Company   
  • Wednesday: Movement and Self-Mastery   
  • Thursday: Flow Yoga with Mind the Mat   
  • Friday: Chess Social    
  • And more  

View the complete schedule of events. Contact University Life at ularl@gmu.edu with questions. 

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July 2022

Meal Plans for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can purchase meal plans, too! Faculty and staff Byte Plans are available with the following options for the fall semester:  

  • 50 Meal Swipes: $395 ($7.90 per meal)  
  • 25 Meal Swipes: $215 ($8.60 per meal)  
  • 10 Meal Swipes: $95 ($9.50 per meal)  

Door prices (without meal plan):   

  • Breakfast: $9.50  
  • Lunch: $11  
  • Dinner: $12  

Swipes can be used at Southside, The Globe, and Ike’s. Byte Plans can be purchased in person in the Mason Card Office located in SUB I, Room 1203 (bring your Mason ID) or online. Visit the Mason Dining website for more information. 

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July 2022

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship: Apply by July 15

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Applications are now accepted for the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. This $250 annual award was created to encourage and advance continuing education for Mason faculty and classified staff. The application period closes July 15.   

For eligibility criteria, FAQs, and instructions for applying, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship page. 

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July 2022

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

Highlights from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM):

Check out this month’s financial wellness newsletter and the items below to obtain the details of the financial education offerings and resources. 

VRS. Whether you’re paying down debt or saving for a future goal, financial stress can either motivate you to make positive changes, or it can affect your well-being. In just 25 minutes, the Managing Financial Stress course in myVRS Financial Wellness will explain financial stress and generate a personalized action plan that offers tips and analysis. See the full suite of interactive courses when you log in to your myVRS account and select Financial Wellness. 

Employee Discounts. Have you visited the state employee discounts page? Find information here on discounts you receive as a state employee! Be sure to check back often for updates. State Employee Discounts 

Employee Assistance Program. All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have employee assistance programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling, and legal or financial services. Learn more 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. State employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Learn more

 

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June 2022

Message from the Chair

Erin Iacangelo Rogers, chair, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services / George Mason University

The Staff Senate, in partnership with the Faculty Senate and Chairs and Directors group, rallied to address Governor Youngkin’s telework policy for state employees. We connected and collaborated with many of you during a special session on May 18 to ask questions, voice concerns, and solicit guidance from our colleagues and university leadership on how we can effectively navigate the first step of the policy: the telework form.  

This is only the beginning. As we heard from Mark Smith, executive director of Mason’s State Government Relations, when he presented to the Staff Senate on June 1, Mason submitted several hundred telework requests to Richmond. As we await determinations on those requests, both senates and the Chairs and Directors group are staying actively engaged so we can be ready to tackle any next steps. We will keep you posted.  

As always, the Staff Senate values your suggestions and feedback. Please reach out with questions or concerns through our online contact form. 

Erin Iacangelo Rogers
Chair, Staff Senate

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February 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening of Reflection

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening of Reflection Event Logo

The Mason community is invited to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening of Reflection with Mason’s Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) and The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee. 

Martin Luther King Evening of Reflection
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6–8 p.m.
Hybrid event (The Hub ballroom and GMUTV)
Register 

This year’s theme, “Dangerous Unselfishness,” reflects on Dr. King’s last iconic speech, “Mountaintop.” This year, our hope is to center coalition-building while reflecting on the work that still needs to be done on our campus and in our communities and nation to reach Dr. King’s idea of the “promised land.” 

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February 2022

Homecoming 2022: Brave, Bold, and BACK

Homecoming, Feb 4-13, Patriots Brave & Bold, #MasonHC22, Mason participants smilingLet’s join together for Homecoming 2022, which kicks off Mason’s year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary! 

Upcoming event highlights: 

For complete event details and registration/ticket information, visit homecoming.gmu.edu. 

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February 2022

Faculty/Staff Spouse and Dependent Tuition Benefit Survey

In response to the Faculty Senate’s and Staff Senate’s joint resolution supporting tuition benefits for spouses and dependents of Mason employees, Human Resources and Payroll is working toward understanding the implications and developing an implementation plan. Take this brief survey that will allow the university to gauge the degree to which this benefit might be used. 

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December 2021

Next Gen eVA! and Taxation of Reimbursements 

Next Gen eVA! Transition News and Fiscal Services Forums

Virginia’s electronic procurement system, eVA, is undergoing a complete system change that will go live in early January 2022. Updates may be found on the Fiscal Services website.

Fiscal Services will host forums to discuss these changes. eVA Transition Forums will take place on the following days: 

  • Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, from 11 a.m. to noon 
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Registration and session information is available on the Fiscal Services calendar. Only registered participants will be sent the virtual meeting information. 

Taxability of Reimbursements

All employee travel and non-travel reimbursement requests and supporting documentation must be submitted through the Mason Finance Gateway within 60 days after the return of business-related travel or the event date (non-travel). Reimbursements submitted after 60 days are considered taxable income and subject to taxation per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Beginning January 2022, Mason will implement changes to the process for travel and non-travel taxable reimbursements. The process changes are outlined below:

Employees will receive the fully-approved reimbursement amount processed through the Mason Finance Gateway. For example, if the employee submitted $100 for a taxable, non-travel reimbursement, the employee will receive $100. However, $100 is considered taxable income to the employee.
 
Taxable travel and non-travel reimbursements will be processed by the Payroll Office at the end of each quarter (March, June, September, and December). The full reimbursement, as mentioned in the example above, will be reported as income and added to the employee’s W2 in the quarter received to withhold the applicable taxes from the employee’s paycheck.
 
Questions related to tax deductions, timing, and the financial impact may be addressed to the Payroll Office at payroll@gmu.edu. Questions related to travel and non-travel documentation, approvals, and submission dates may be addressed with the Travel Office at travel@gmu.edu.