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November 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! 

  

TIAA Financial Seminars 

Looking to learn more about your finances? 

TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more! 

  

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance 

Telework and Inclement Weather 

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if: 

  • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed 
  • The university is on a modified schedule

  For more details, visit flexwork.gmu.edu. 

  

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance 

With winter weather fast approaching, please review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy 

  

Staying Updated 

Stay updated on university closings, late openings, or other weather-related changes to the university’s schedule through Mason’s switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university’s homepage, as well as local media outlets. 

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November 2021

December General Meeting Announcement

 

The December Staff Senate meeting will feature Mason President Gregory Washington.

Wednesday, December 1
10 a.m. to noon
General business meeting, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (agenda)
Dr. Washington will present from 11 a.m. to noon
Hosted on Zoom: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93999749658?pwd=UGRZMXdJbFpXaXpRdmRhdG1wMXMyZz09
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with the 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 more ways to engage with the senate before, during, and after our general meetings.

 

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November 2021

November General Meeting Recording

 

The November Staff Senate meeting featured guest speaker Jimmy Hazel, Rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors. This is the first time a Mason rector has visited the Staff Senate. We are appreciative to Rector Hazel for taking time out of his schedule to virtually join us.

If you missed the session, you can watch or listen to the recording.

 

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October 2021

October General Meeting Recording

The October Staff Senate meeting featured guest speakers Ken Walsh and Keith Renshaw, who shared and discussed the work of the Mason Innovation Commission.

If you missed the session, you can watch or listen to the recording

 

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October 2021

November General Meeting Announcement

 

The November Staff Senate meeting will feature Jimmy Hazel, Rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors.

Wednesday, November 3
10 a.m. to noon
Guest speaker will present 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (general meeting to follow)
Hosted on Zoom: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93999749658?pwd=UGRZMXdJbFpXaXpRdmRhdG1wMXMyZz09
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754

The senate is collecting your questions for consideration through October 27. Use the form to submit your questions. If you choose to ask your questions live, you must provide your name and Mason e-mail.

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 more ways to engage with the Senate before, during, and after our general meetings.

 

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October 2021

Committee Opportunity: 17 Rooms-U Mason

About Mason’s 17 Rooms 

The Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) and the Business for a Better World Center are coordinating Mason’s 17 Rooms-U initiative, a series of deep-dive discussions into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 Rooms is a proven catalyst for engaging, inspiring, and shaping an organization’s mission around the goal. Participants with diverse expertise and perspectives are invited to convene in 17 small groups – one group per SDG – and work together to identify actions their organization can take within 12 to 18 months to make progress toward their goal. 

The intent of ISE’s 17 Rooms-U is to obtain a set of coordinated actions across SDGs and catalyze action.

Who is invited? 

Participants in each room include students, staff, faculty and stakeholders, all coming together for a series of discussions guided by the Moderator Team.

We are creating a community of people at Mason who are knowledgeable and excited about advancing the SDGs and identifying a few ideas for advancing each goal and who are ready to spring into action. Bring your passion, ideas, narratives, initiatives! Everyone will share. 

To indicate your interest, fill out this participation form. 

Learn more: ise.gmu.edu/17-rooms

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October 2021

Committee Opportunity: Honor Committee

The Honor Committee is selected to promote academic integrity as a core value for our university community. Members of the committee also serve on hearing panels established to investigate and resolve alleged violations of the code.

Membership on the Honor Committee is limited to Mason faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members, administrative faculty members, and classified staff members who join the committee must have a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited program. Faculty members cannot participate in resolving cases they have referred. Faculty members, administrative faculty members, and classified staff members who join the committee must successfully complete the training and orientation program.  

Honor Committee panels consist of three Honor Committee members. 

In cases where a graduate student has been referred, at least one member of the Honor Committee must be either a graduate student, a classified staff member, an administrative faculty member, or a faculty member. 

You can find more information and the application process on the Office of Academic Integrity website: https://oai.gmu.edu/honor-committee-recruitment/  

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October 2021

Let’s Help Our Students: A Faculty and Staff Guide for Supporting Student Well-Being and Mental Health

 

At Mason, we are focused on our students’ success and cultivating a culture of well-being. The challenges of 2020 (and 2021), including the COVID-19 pandemic, have been extremely trying for our students. Whether these difficulties involved health concerns, personal losses, isolation, race-based violence, or uncertainty about their future, it is more important than ever that we support our students in need.  

This guide is designed to help faculty and staff recognize students’ concerns and guide them in managing challenges. Please use this guide to support our students’ well-being and mental health.

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September 2021

Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus. The 20th year of group meetings kicked off September 7, and meetings will continue virtually for the fall semester with the next one set for Thursday, September 23 at 2 p.m. We are offering a couple of in-person meetings in October and November as well. If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please visit our website for more information: 

http://wmst.gmu.edu/center/organizations/working-moms 

 Point of contact:  Heather Aleknavage, haleknav@gmu.edu, 993-2295 

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September 2021

Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series

Our Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series features free presentations from innovative speakers who work at the intersection of leadership and well-being. They will share some of the latest well-being research and insights with you. After each presentation, you can use what you’ve learned to fuel your professional and personal success. Plan to join us online with your colleagues and friends! 

Join us on September 14 at noon with an inaugural presentation from Anjali Bindra Patel, J.D., author of the bestselling book Humanity at Work: Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being in an Increasingly Distributed Workforce. Anjali is a TEDx speaker, lawyer, and founder of Sweatours.com, an inclusion and well-being consultancy. In this presentation, Anjali will share why it is vital to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and well-being to optimize workplace success and show you how to create a workplace where everyone can thrive. She will give you a roadmap of practical tips to engage people in your organization and equip them to tap into the strength of their collective power. 

Learn more and register for the September webinar.