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

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)

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.” 

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 

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. 

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 Questions related to travel and non-travel documentation, approvals, and submission dates may be addressed with the Travel Office at 

December 2021

Sustainability Tip: December 2021 


Did you know that most wrapping paper is non-recyclable? Especially those that are metallic and glittery. This year, try alternative ways to wrap and decorate your gifts, like fabric, newspaper, or recycled wrapping paper. 

December 2021

Climate Action Plan Town Hall 

George Mason University is accelerating action in response to the climate crisis by developing a new Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will identify the most effective actions for the university to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact as quickly as feasible by focusing on electricity and fossil fuel use across all of Mason’s campuses. 

All options are being considered to help Mason decrease its environmental impact, and now is the time to share your thoughts! 

Mason staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members are all invited to attend the second Climate Action Plan Town Hall to suggest ideas, offer feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the CAP process. 

Climate Action Plan Town Hall #2
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Register via Zoom

Special guest speakers to be announced.

Submit feedback and ask questions using the CAP Feedback Form. Read more on the Climate Action Plan website.

Contact Ben Auger (he/they), Office of Sustainability, at with questions. The recording of the first Town Hall can be viewed here.

December 2021

Participation Requested in Strategic Planning Survey

Over the past several weeks, the university has engaged the Mason community as part of the strategic planning initiative to gain insights and perspectives on the strategic direction of the university.

Take a moment to provide your feedback and input via this survey. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and will be open for participation through Friday, Dec. 10.

Survey results will be combined with insights gathered from interviews and focus groups to inform the components of Mason’s five-year strategic plan.

December 2021

Faculty and Staff Are Invited to Winter Graduation Ceremonies

The Mason community is invited to attend the 2021 Winter Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 16, in EagleBank Arena.

To accommodate all graduates and their families, two ceremonies will be held:

  • 10 a.m.: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Schar School, Carter School, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • 2 p.m.: School of Business, College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health and Human Services, College of Education and Human Development, College of Science

The Doctoral Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Patriot Procession will also be hosted on Dec. 14–15 at EagleBank Arena.

Please consider signing up as marshal/greeter for the graduation ceremonies and/or Patriot Procession. Sign up as a volunteer by Friday, Dec. 10. Thank you for supporting our newest Mason graduates!

December 2021

Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series Event 


Join Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a new Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series event featuring Brian Levenson.

Levenson, author of the book Shift Your Mind: 9 Mental Shifts to Thrive in Preparation and Performance and founder of Strong Skills, will present a session on the key mental shifts used by the world’s highest achievers.

Space is limited for this free presentation. Secure your spot now.

Learn more about the Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series.