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Mason Dining Offering Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days

Southside dining at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University
Southside dining at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason Dining will sponsor two Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days in the month of October, with discounted lunches for Mason employees:

  • Friday, October 2: The Globe, $8
  • Friday, October 9: Southside, $8  

Present your Mason ID between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for these discounted rates. Contact Mason Dining with questions at 703-993-3313.

September 2015

For Mason’s Well-Being, and For Ours

Save the dateKeep your ear to the ground! At 3 p.m. on September 16, the university community will gather in Fairfax for the launch of a bold new effort honoring Mason’s extraordinary forward progress. The public phase of a major fundraising campaign announced on that day will address key areas of need in the university’s long-term Strategic Plan and help to strengthen Mason for the future. Priorities include improving student access to higher education, gathering the community, and bolstering both faculty teaching and research. The renovation or construction of new facilities for concerts and sporting events will support the well-being of everyone who calls Mason home. Details for the September 16 kickoff event will be shared through email and social media over the coming weeks.

September 2015

Message from the Chair

Nicole Roth, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University
Nicole Roth, Chair, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Happiest of Septembers to you all! The campus is changing, and we are once again feeling the energy that only students can bring. The advent of the academic year brings new events, new studies, and new chapters to so many of our students’ lives. I hope you know your work for the University is important. Mason staff help make our students’ lives and educations so much better. We are the gears that keep this clock ticking!

It has been a busy first month for me as Chair of the Staff Senate. I’ve received many warm congratulations from the administration and had the opportunity to meet with fantastic advocates for staff. If you don’t already know about the Office of Government & Community Relations, you should certainly put them on your radar. In meeting with Mark Smith and Sabena Moretz, I was able to speak about staff concerns regarding compensation. It was heartening to hear that these two advocates work tirelessly on our behalf in Richmond. If you’d like to hear more about what Mark and Sabena do on behalf of Mason staff in the state capital, and tell them what is important to you, they will be presenting at our October 7 general meeting.

Coming up at our general meeting on September 2, we’ll host Sarah Moran and Heidi Bloom from the Center for Global Education, followed by Mark Kraner of Auxiliary Enterprises and Mason Dining. I hope you will come and discover all of the wonderful opportunities offered by these organizations.

Nicole Roth
Chair, Staff Senate

September 2015

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Call for Nominations
Human Resources and Payroll is accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards. Nominations are due Friday, October 2, and the ceremony will occur on Tuesday, November 3, at 10 a.m. in Dewberry Hall.

For a detailed list of the awards and nominations forms, visit Questions? Contact Beth Baroody at 703-993-2739 or

Healthy Campus Week
Healthy Campus Week will be held from September 21-25. “Plug into Your Wellness” with opportunities and events each day, as well as a challenge from Mason Dining to eat more fruits and vegetables. For details, visit Wellness by Mason. A Healthy Campus Week flyer is also available.

October Fun
Join the fun at Family Weekend (October 16-18) and Alumni Weekend (October 15-18). Choose from lots of great events, including the Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 18. Details available at Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend.

September 2015

Well-Being University Reading Group: The Upside of Stress

The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) invites Mason faculty and staff to join the fourth installment of the Well-Being University (WBU) Reading Group.

The group will meet six times during the fall semester to discuss Kelly McGonigal’s The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It. Join us for conversation around this familiar topic.

CWB will purchase books for participants who commit to the six meetings. Register by September 16. Meetings will take place in the Johnson Center, Room E, from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11

For questions, contact Katie Clare at or 703-993-7078.

September 2015

Call for People Finder Updates

People Finder is Mason’s faculty, staff and student directory, and the new semester is a great time to update any changing contact information. Use the update form on the People Finder website to add or remove faculty and staff members or to update any information.

To add someone to the directory, include his/her name, fill out the appropriate fields, and type New Employee in the comments field. To remove someone from the system, include his/her name and type Remove in the comments field.

If you have multiple changes, send them to

For questions, contact University Information at

September 2015

College Colors Day: Wear Your Green and Gold!

College Colors Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
College Colors Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Celebrated on Friday, September 4, National College Colors Day kicks off another school year of Spirit Fridays at Mason. The Mason community is encouraged to wear Mason gear every Friday, wherever they are, to show their pride.

Wear your Mason colors on September 4!

Contact David Atkins, Auxiliary Enterprises, at or 703-993-3402.

September 2015

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Participants of Wellness by Mason take the inaugural walk of the Yellow Birch Trail, a 1.6 miles walking trail that mirrors Patriot Circle at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University
The Yellow Birch Trail is a 1.6-mile walking trail that mirrors Patriot Circle around the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason is participating in the Campus Outdoor Challenge, sponsored by Outdoor Nation, from September 6 through October 17. All Mason faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members can sign up, log points, and help Mason win the title of National Outdoor Champion. We also have an opportunity to win grants for our Outdoor Adventures program and great individual prizes.

If you participated in the last event, it is even easier to participate this year. We came in fourth out of 10 colleges last year!

Visit to create an account for yourself under Mason’s account. If you sign up now, you can log points as soon as the Campus Challenge begins on September 6.

If you have any questions, contact Susan Johnson at or Ryan Murphy at

September 2015

September Staff Senate Meeting to Highlight Global Education and Dining Updates

Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University
Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Wednesday, September 2
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairfax Campus: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington Campus: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
Science and Technology Campus: Bull Run Hall, Room 254 (videoconferenced)

Guest Speakers:

  • Sarah Moran and Heidi Bloom, Program Officers with the Center for Global Education (CGE), will discuss international travel opportunities for Mason staff.
  • Mark Kraner, Executive Director, Auxiliary Enterprises, will discuss Mason Dining updates for the new academic year.

Guest speakers begin at noon, followed by time to ask questions, express concerns, or offer accolades about issues concerning the Staff Senate. Contact with questions.

September 2015

Mason Dining Updates: Fairfax Campus

Faculty and staff take part in Faculty/Staff Enrichment Day , sponsored by HR and Payroll’s Learning and Professional Development on the Fairfax Campus.
Pilot House is located in the Hampton Roads area on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Below are updates from Mason Dining for the fall semester:

  • Mason Dining hours of operation for the fall semester can be found on the Mason Dining website
  • The Starbucks located in Northern Neck on the Fairfax Campus is newly renovated and open for business
  • Byte Plans (Faculty/Staff meal plans) are available for purchase for the 2015-2016 school year
    Two more Byte-eligible locations have been added: Simply to Go in SUB I (formerly Peet’s Coffee) – Available for meal plan users only; Pilot House in Hampton Roads – Serving late-night menu favorites in an all-you-can-eat setting

Contact Mason Dining at 703-993-3313 for more information.