November 2015

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day: Register Now

fsed2015Register for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day at Dive into your strengths at this year’s event on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The keynote speakers include Men’s Basketball Head Coach David Paulsen and leadership and mindfulness expert Laurie Cameron.

Breakout sessions will provide strategies for using your strengths in teams, in conflict, to improve your health, and more. Take the StrengthsFinder assessment for free at You must have taken StrengthsFinder to attend.

For questions, contact

November 2015

Fight Hunger by Donating to Mason’s Pop Up Pantry

Graduate students Yara Mowafy (on right) and Michael Galvin start a food pantry for needy students on campus in Sub I. Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University
Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University

Started in fall 2014, Mason’s Pop Up Pantry works to mitigate the challenges that face Mason students, faculty, and staff with food insecurity and hunger. Please consider donating any of the items listed below to this worthy cause. Drop-off your donation in SUB I, Room 4207.

Moreover, with supervisor approval, Mason employees may consider using some of their school assistance/volunteer leave to work in the pantry (Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). To arrange to volunteer, contact Yara Mowafy at

Items needed:

  • Boxed pasta/rice
  • Spam/canned meats or fish
  • Sauces/dressings/gravy
  • Applesauce
  • Chili
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers, size 4
  • Drinks (i.e. individual-sized soda, Gatorade, bottled water)
  • Snacks/chips
  • Individual-sized cereal cups
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Microwaveable single-serving meals
  • Granola bars
  • Spices (especially salt and pepper)
  • Individual serving soy milk and milk (shelf-stable)

No Ramen noodles, please. For more information, visit the website.

November 2015

October Employee of the Month: Gregg Black

Gregg Black, Employee of the Month. Photo by George Mason University.
Gregg Black, Environmental Health and Safety. Photo by George Mason University

A heartfelt congratulations to Gregg Black, Fire Safety Coordinator with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, for being selected as the October 2015 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Gregg in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure he or she receives the deserved recognition, and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the HR awards page.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.