March 2016

Message from the Chair

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:14 am, Last Updated: March 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

If you’re like me, you are feeling the weight of those snow days. We had a few extra days off, but we have been busy ever since. Mason has become a hot spot for visits from presidential candidates. Traffic gets heavier, but the campus is invigorated. All of these things are generating a bit more chaos in […]

Upcoming Staff Appreciation Events

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 9:59 am, Last Updated: March 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Join the Staff Senate at its upcoming Staff Appreciation Events! Take a break to enjoy light refreshments, participate in the raffle, attend the information fair, and take our interactive survey. Fairfax: Tuesday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (immediately following the Spring Into Town Hall event), Research Hall, Room 163 SciTech: Thursday, March 10, 1:30 p.m. to […]

Spring Telework Week at Mason: March 7-11

Posted: February 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm, Last Updated: February 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Have you ever contemplated teleworking? Now is the time to try it out! From March 7–11, Mason will be celebrating its own Telework Week over the university’s Spring Break. An abbreviated, one-page agreement is available at and on the flexible work website at Note that those who participate in Telework Week are doing so under […]

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Posted: February 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm, Last Updated: March 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

Save Some Green: New Discounts Check out the Life/Work Connections discount page. Discounts can be a helpful way to price shop and save. As with any purchase, find the deal that is right for you. Three new Mason discounts have just been added: Bellini Salon & Spa (Vienna, Virginia) – Faculty, staff, and students receive a 10% discount on […]

Yoga for Well-Being

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Weekly yoga for well-being practice helps you recalibrate body, mind, and spirit leading to greater focus, productivity, and well-being. No prior experience needed. Please bring your own yoga mat. Each class is free and open to all students, staff, and faculty. All classes are on a drop-in basis. Beginners welcome! These weekly well-being practices are part […]

Global Professional Staff Exchange: A Glimpse into the Experience

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm, Last Updated: February 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

by Denisha Hedgebeth Jon Aponte had the experience of a lifetime when he received the opportunity to study abroad in Toledo, Spain, as a part of the Global Staff Exchange program (GSE).  The GSE is an international professional development exchange experience for staff that aims to enhance global awareness, encourage cross-cultural perspectives, and broaden professional expertise […]

February Employee of the Month: Gregory Pirog

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: March 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Heartfelt congratulations to Gregory Pirog, HRIS Analyst with Human Resources and Payroll, for being selected as the February 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. 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 […]

Potomac Arts Academy: Summer Programs Open for Registration

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm, Last Updated: February 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Summer programs at the Potomac Arts Academy are now open for registration! This summer, the Potomac Arts Academy offers a diverse array of creative programs on Mason’s Fairfax Campus and at the Chain Bridge Road location: Music Visual art Acting Computer game design Dance Film/video Photography Camps for ages 4-18 (and teacher training programs for adults) include half-day, […]

Faculty and Staff Lounge Now Open in the Johnson Center

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm, Last Updated: May 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Mason faculty and staff now have a space on campus reserved for their own enjoyment. The new faculty and staff lounge, located in the former Bistro in the Johnson Center, is open for faculty and staff to relax, work, and socialize. A formal name for the lounge is to be announced. The lounge is open from 7 […]

Registration for Spring Break Camps Now Open for the Mason Community

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm, Last Updated: March 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

The Potomac Arts Academy and Human Resources and Payroll have teamed up to offer a pilot program of exciting and interactive camp opportunities for Mason families during K-12 schools’ spring break. The camps will be in session from March 21-25. Choose from Game Design, Magical Camp, and Theater Camp. In response to your feedback, we have created […]