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August 2021

Election Results: New and Returning Staff Senators

We are excited to announce our newly-elected and returning senators:

Arlington Campus:

Shams Bahabib, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (incumbent)
Carlos Sandoval, Antonin Scalia Law School

Fairfax Campus:

Stephanie Atkins, Mason LIFE Program (incumbent)
Stacy D’Angelo, Digital Communications (incumbent)
Evan Frejo, Computer Science Department
Will Gautney, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Steven Lindner, Information Technology Services
Stacey Remick-Simkins, English Department
Lauren Reuscher, University Information (incumbent)
Kimberly Shaw-Mack, Human Resources and Payroll (incumbent)
Preston Williams, Office of Communications (incumbent)

SciTech Campus:

Colby Grant, SciTech Campus Executive Office (incumbent)
Kristen Wever, College of Science (incumbent)

At-Large:

Hugh Bayard, Office of Sponsored Programs
Taylor Griffin, School of Business

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August 2021

Washington Nationals to Host Mason Day on Sept. 17

Join Mason alumni, students, parents, employees, and fans as the Washington Nationals host George Mason University Day on Friday, Sept. 17. The game against the Colorado Rockies begins at 7:05 p.m. Purchase tickets today.

The first 1,500 fans who purchase a ticket through this offer will receive a limited edition Mason/Nationals co-branded bobblehead. A button on the base plays the Mason fight song when pressed. Details regarding Mason Day and bobblehead pickup will be emailed to all special ticket event buyers 24 hours prior to the game.

To purchase a group of 13 tickets or more, email John Manzoian or call 202-640-7723.

Washington Nationals George Mason Bobblehead. Nats Screech mascot with Mason jersey.

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August 2021

Campus Maps and Directions

Are you providing campus maps to new students or employees? Find the most recent versions at maps.gmu.edu.

The website also includes driving directions to Mason’s campuses and sites.

Contact Philip Stamper at pstamper@gmu.edu with questions.

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August 2021

Updating People Finder

Is your contact information up to date in People Finder, Mason’s online directory? Take a look at peoplefinder.gmu.edu.

To update an existing listing or create a new listing, submit a request through the online form.

For department-wide updates, University Information can provide a spreadsheet of all employees currently listed in a particular unit. Contact masondir@gmu.edu to request a master list to review and update.

For questions, contact University Information at masondir@gmu.edu.

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August 2021

Parking and Transportation Updates

Mason Shuttle bus parked on Fairfax CampusPhoto by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Fall Mason Shuttles Schedules Available

The fall 2021 Mason Shuttles schedules are available at shuttle.gmu.edu. Check out a summary of the shuttle start dates and major changes.

Note: Fall shuttles will be at 90% seating capacity and face coverings will continue to be required on board all shuttles regardless of vaccination status in keeping with public transit guidelines.   

Reminder: Mason Shuttles is operating on a summer schedule for most of August. There are two routes operating this summer: Fairfax to SciTech (on a reduced operating schedule) and the On-Demand Shuttle (serving stops on and around the Fairfax Campus). The CUE bus is operating on its regular schedule with service to Vienna Metro. Find details on the Mason Shuttles summer schedule at shuttle.gmu.edu.    

Save the Date: Abandoned Bike Sale

Parking and Transportation will host an Abandoned Bike Sale on Friday, Sept. 24 from 2-4:30 p.m. in Parking Lot C on the Fairfax Campus. Approximately 85-90 bikes are available for sale.

This year will be a little different than past sales. To space out customers, an online registration site will be available to sign up for a time to stop by in 15-minute increments. Walk-in customers will not be permitted. One bike per customer. 

Details and registration are available at bike.gmu.edu. Questions?  Contact Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or transpo@gmu.edu.

Is Rideshare for You?

Fall semester will be here before we know it. If you are commuting to campus, you may see traffic increase, particularly if your commute includes a major highway or arterial. 

We can’t keep you out of traffic, but maybe you can reduce your time at the wheel. Consider ridesharing—either car or vanpool. 

Mason Parking and Transportation has collaborated with regional partners on ridesharing and to compile a resource blog on ridesharing

Look for virtual “Rideshare Drop-In Sessions” to continue via Zoom in August and September. Visit the Parking and Transportation website for details. 

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August 2021

Human Resources and Payroll Announcements

Updates for Impact Awards and Departmental Monetary Awards

Reward and Recognition is updating its processes to follow Commonwealth of Virginia policy. Individual impact awards and departmental monetary awards will no longer be grossed up to cover the payroll taxes normally deducted from an employee’s paycheck so that the employee will receive the value of the award in the net pay. All monetary awards, regardless of the funding source, are subject to taxes in accordance with IRS regulations. 

Questions? Contact awards@gmu.edu.

WW Commonwealth of Virginia Employee Offer

Have you wanted to join WW (Weight Watchers)? All employees, spouses, and adult dependents get an exclusive discount of 50% off the retail price of WW. Join now for as low as $8.48 per month. 

Sign up or learn more at the WW Commonwealth website.

New “My Team” Feature in Patriot Web

A new Patriot Web Employee Dashboard feature for supervisors became available on Aug. 2. This new supervisor functionality is called “My Team.”

The new My Team button can be found within the Patriot Web Employee Dashboard, next to “My Profile.”  With this new view, supervisors will see their direct reports and those employees’ direct reports. Additionally, supervisors will be able to view their direct reports’ work email addresses (not actual email correspondence) and telephone numbers. 

To use this new functionality: 

  1. Log in to the Employee Dashboard
  2. Once in the Employee Dashboard, you will see a button labeled “My Team”
  3. Click on the My Team icon to see your list of employees 

Webinar: Preparing for Back-to-School

As you start to prepare for the new school year after months of worries and unstructured learning, this Preparing for Back to School Bright Horizons workshop will help you learn how to make the most of learning with your child at home, optimize learning with play and unstructured time, and how to encourage social development. 

Register for one of the sessions on the flyer.

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Awardees Announced

Marie Calle, development coordinator with the College of Science, and Jacelyn Tyson, director of administration and budget with the Office of Communications and Marketing, have each been awarded Faculty/Staff Book Scholarships for the 2021–22 academic year. 

Both employees receive $250 to help pay for textbooks or other course materials while they pursue their degrees at Mason. The scholarship has been awarded since 2011 to help support Mason employees’ professional and personal development. Congratulations to Jacelyn and Marie! 

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August 2021

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Explore the SeasonTickets for fall performances at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center went on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the incredible performances and amazing artists coming to our stages this fall! 

Flip Book

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June 2021

Patriots at Work: June 2021

 

As I come to the end of my term as chair of the Staff Senate, I am reflecting on the past two years. Serving in this role has been the greatest privilege of my time at Mason.   

Out of the turmoil and challenges of the past year, we have crafted new ways to live and work. As our lives start to feel a little more “normal,” many of us are trying to find our way back to a baseline of well-being.  

The continuation of flexible work is an important way to support staff well-being. Though a return to campus is exciting, many staff want to balance their time on campus with a flexible schedule or regular telework days. In the post-pandemic workplace, this is an essential practice to recruit and retain talent.

In the context of a university, we must resist the idea that telework is contrary to a vibrant campus culture. We’ve proven over the past year that we can connect with each other no matter where we are. At Mason, we have always existed together across campuses and distances. We can certainly modify our work schedules to ensure both in-person activity and telework. Flexible work options positively impact employee well-being and also reduce our carbon footprint. Mason strives to be innovative. To be seen as a leader, we must continue to use telework as a means of supporting employee well-being and protecting our planet.

As Mason shapes its plans, it is vital that staff be included in these discussions. Last year, the senate submitted a proposal to the Board of Visitors (BOV) requesting the addition of a nonvoting staff liaison to the board membership. The BOV unanimously approved this change in December 2020. The inclusion of a nonvoting staff liaison establishes a permanent seat for staff at the highest table of university decision-making. 

Staff are motivated and committed to Mason’s success. In our annual Staff Senate election last year, we received more nominations than any other year in recent memory. This was remarkable, considering the context of that engagement. The extreme demands of life and work during the pandemic drove Mason staff to become even more involved in the university’s organizational success.

Mason staff have worked incredibly hard—whether on campus or at home—to keep Mason safe and operational over the course of the pandemic.

As my term comes to an end, I am thrilled to pass the baton to Erin Iacangelo Rogers, incoming chair of the Staff Senate. I am grateful that this recurring column was published on the Mason News website during the past year. Future columns from the chair will be posted on the Staff Senate website 

This summer and fall, I hope we can all work toward that baseline of personal well-being. Let’s apply the lessons we’ve learned to build a new, and even better, “normal” at Mason.

Lauren Clark Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate 

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May 2021

Message from the Chair: May 2021

This week, Mason is celebrating its graduates both in-person and virtually. As we honor their accomplishments, remember that your work as a staff member is also reflected in our students’ success!  

This year was unlike any other. Mason staff have gone above and beyond to work under challenging circumstances, keep our campuses safe, and help our students succeed. You did it, and I hope you take a moment to reflect on everything you have accomplished this year. 

In June, the Staff Senate will start accepting nominations for the annual senator election in July. Last year, we had more nominees than any year in recent memory. This was remarkable, considering the challenges of 2020. I hope you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague. It’s a great way to get involved at the university and contribute to a positive work-life experience at Mason. 

Lauren Clark Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate 

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April 2021

Message from the Chair: Patriot Pathbreakers

Lauren Clark Reuscher, Staff Senate. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Mason’s Outstanding Achievement Awards give us an opportunity to recognize the exceptional work of our colleagues. The Patriot Pathbreakers Award, established this year by the Staff Senate and Human Resources and Payroll, honors high-performing teams that embody the Mason value “We Thrive Together.”

This year’s Pathbreakers award winners include:

  • Office of Admissions’ Relationship Management Team
  • Student Health Services and Housing and Residence Life
  • University Life Emergency Funding Team

Read more about the work of these exceptional teams.

There were 26 team nominations for this award, which speaks to the incredible work accomplished by Mason staff over the past year. I want to extend my congratulations to all the award winners, along with my appreciation to everyone who recognized the work of their colleagues. Recognition in every form is such an integral part of our community of colleagues at Mason.

Lauren Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate