The August 2016 Staff Senate Newsletter is now available!
Welcome to a new and exciting school year! As August winds down, life will return to the campus and the temporary calm felt across the university will be transformed with new life. The class of 2020 is arriving!
One thing that I love to do around this time of year is be helpful. These little moments happen in the Johnson Center food court, or while walking near the statue, when a parent or a student is trying to find their way in their new world. I do my best to carry my Mason ID and make it visible, so they know I can help.
Soon, students will wander through the campus with fresh perspectives. As part of their daily lives, we help craft their experiences. I have no doubt that there is a staff member each student can look back on and thank for their kindness. We bring out the best in Mason!
I hope that the start of the new school year is kind to you and the stress is manageable. Remember, we are working for futures here!
Chair, Staff Senate
Congratulations to our newly elected Senators and returning Senators!
Science and Technology:
Science and Technology Campus:
Construction of the Sandy Creek Transit Center has begun. As a result, several major changes to shuttle operations, garage operations, and traffic patterns are occuring:
Updates will be posted at building.gmu.edu.
For questions about Mason Shuttles, contact email@example.com or 703-993-2828. For questions about parking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-2710.
Check out the following updates from Mason Dining for the fall semester:
Auxiliary Enterprises has a new comprehensive website, Shopmason.gmu.edu.
Reminder: Summer Flex
A reminder that the four hours of additional Special Flex Holiday leave provided to salaried staff (and faculty) last month has to be used, with supervisor permission, by the end of August 2016.
An FAQ is available on the Human Resources and Payroll homepage at hr.gmu.edu. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ, contact 703-993-2600.
Adult Caregiving Support Group: Regular Meetings
Due to positive feedback at the June interest meeting, Human Resources and Payroll will host regular meetings to support Mason faculty and staff caring for adult loved ones (i.e. adult children, spouses/partners, and parents). Meetings will provide opportunities for members to share stories, strategies, and resources as they navigate the unique challenges of adult caregiving.
If you are interested in participating, join us in Merten Hall, Room 4102 on the first Thursday of every month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming meetings dates:
For questions, contact the Life/Work Connections team at email@example.com.
New Online Financial Well-Being Classes from TIAA
TIAA has some new online financial well-being offerings! You do not need to be a TIAA member to participate. August and September will feature some special topic, live webinars that may be of particular interest:
For a complete schedule, including dates and times, visit TIAA Q3 Webinars. Register at tiaa.org/VE.
Well-Being Seminar on Mason Cultural Tours
Join Rita Rowand, Mason’s Cultural Tours Program Manager, as she reprises her engaging travel planning seminar on Thursday, September 1, at noon. During this session, learn about travel opportunities through the new Mason Cultural Tours program, which invites everyone to take part in cultural travel programs throughout the world. Hear about exciting destinations which incorporate learning and fun, while traveling with friends of Mason.
Learn how you can take advantage of group rates and travel in comfort and safety with the services of a Mason Study Abroad staff member. To register, visit hr.gmu.edu/learning/hr.php. This session will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.
Summer Bridge Camp
Sometimes summer camps end a little too soon, leaving time that needs to be “bridged” before public elementary schools start. To help with that challenge, Human Resources and Payroll is piloting a summer bridge camp from August 15 to September 2 for children ages 6-10. Choose one, two, or three weeks.
The camp theme is “Junior Detective Agency.” Camp will be held on the Fairfax Campus. For details, including camp pricing and before/after camp care, see the Summer Bridge Camp flyer. If you have questions or would like to discuss this new opportunity, contact Tina Morris at 703-993-5807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Recreation invites you to incorporate some fun and fitness into your Fridays this summer. All faculty and staff (with a Mason ID) have complimentary access to the RAC and the Aquatic and Fitness Center on Fridays through August 12, 2016. Visit recreation.gmu.edu for the summer schedule and hours of operation.
Stop by for a workout, or participate in any of the exercise classes they offer. Try a walking meeting on the treadmills, or a workout meeting with the weights. Or just come by for some “me” time. You choose!
With your supervisor’s permission, combine Free Fridays with a flex schedule (e.g. four 9-hour days and one 4-hour day), so your workout fits nicely into your workday. Come in a little earlier or stay a little later on Fridays to enjoy a workout when it works for you and your team.
Try some Free Friday Flex Fun and Fitness, courtesy of Mason Recreation!
Summer deals are sizzling! Check out these new discounts available to Mason staff:
NEW Life/Work Connections Discounts:
NEW Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) Discounts:
See all your DHRM discounts at dhrm.virginia.gov/employeediscounts.
Please note: The Optional Benefits listed on the DHRM discount page are not available at Mason.
Heartfelt congratulations to Bridget Peabody, training assistant for Human Resources and Payroll, for being selected as the July 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Bridget 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 Human Resources and Payroll awards page.
Contact Reward and Recognition at email@example.com with questions.