If you are looking to have your voice heard, now is the time. Over the next two months, we have several opportunities for staff to make their thoughts known to Staff Senate, the President’s Office, and our state representation.
At the Staff Senate meeting on Wednesday, October 7, we’ll host Mark Smith and Sabena Moretz, representing the Office of State Government Relations. They will discuss the work of their office and the main issues they advocate for in Richmond. While I know we have recently received the increase in our salaries, this office continually advocates for the needs, including increased compensation packages, of Mason staff. Mark and Sabena are ready to hear your thoughts and take them to Richmond.
On Wednesday, October 14, President Cabrera will host a State of the University Town Hall. This meeting, exclusively for staff, will help the Consultation Committee (on which I sit for the Presidential Evaluation process) understand the state of the university from your perspective. You will have an opportunity to engage with President Cabrera and make your thoughts known. I will be available to hear your comments as well. Specifically, I would like to hear how you think the President is doing in relation to University values and goals during his leadership.
If you are unable to make it to these opportunities, please feel free to reach out to me, or any of your Staff Senators. They will get your thoughts to me so I may go forward and contribute your views to the Consultation Committee. I urge you to take this moment as your own, and let your feelings be heard.
Mason has partnered with lynda.com to provide free and unlimited online training to Mason students, faculty, and staff. An online subscription library, lynda.com offers more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added weekly.
Access the lynda.com library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password. Visit lynda.gmu.edu for more information and to log in to the site.
National Work and Family Month is about supporting healthy work/life strategies. This October, we encourage faculty and staff to explore the variety of family resources available at Mason to help create and maintain a healthier and more flexible work and family life.
The Center for the Arts (CFA) invites you to volunteer for the performance of Compañia Flamenca José Porcel: Flamenco Fire on Friday, November 6. Mason Volunteers Night is a wonderful chance to meet staff from around the university and support the arts at Mason.
At 5:30 p.m., join House Manager Megan DuBois for snacks, networking, and training to learn the job responsibilities of ushering. Then you will work with the staff to ensure that CFA patrons have a safe and enjoyable evening.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to represent staff at Mason and see a performance at the CFA.
For faculty and staff who are enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP, COVA Health Aware, and Kaiser Permanente, seasonal flu shots are part of your wellness benefit. Winter Wellness flu shot clinics will be held at all three campuses:
Jonathan Aponte, Program Assistant/Office Manager in the Cultural Studies Program, and Wayne Adams, Academic Advisor in the School of Art, were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program (GPSE). From a strong group of applicants, these two were chosen to expand their world view, professional development, and global higher education knowledge by working abroad for a week. Jonathan will travel to Madrid, Spain this fall. Wayne will visit Mason Korea next spring.
In September, Mason’s Office of Global Strategy and other administrative offices on the Fairfax Campus will host Yukiko Okazaki from Toledo, Spain.