May 2016

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts: May 1-23

Open enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts runs from May 1-May 23, 2016. Please check the Benefits website at for the most up-to-date open enrollment information.

For questions, contact the Benefits Team at or 703-993-2600.

May 2016

Patriot Pack Out 2016: Volunteers and Donations Needed

DonationsDuring Patriot Pack Out, Mason will once again collect clothing, small appliances, and non-perishable food items to assist others in the Mason and Fairfax communities. This year, donations will go to the Mason Food Pantry, the Capital Area Food Bank, and Goodwill of Greater Washington. Last year, we collected over 16,000 pounds of goods, and we need your help to do even better in 2016!

We are seeking assistance in two specific ways:

  • Donate your items: Collection bins will be available from May 4–16 in Mason’s residential communities. Collection bins can be found at all three 24-hour Neighborhood Desks (Piedmont/Tidewater, Eisenhower, and Whitetop) to provide convenient access to all faculty, staff, and students.
  • Form a volunteer collection team: Teams are comprised of 4–8 members of students, staff, and/or faculty. Teams will collect goods from the donation sites and will be accompanied by staff from Mason Recycling and Waste Management. Collection routes begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. during most weekdays and typically take between 90 minutes and two hours.

Help is needed from Friday, May 6, through Monday, May 16. Team Captains can sign up online for their preferred day/time. Contact Christian Barber at cbarber6@gmu.eduor 703-993-2788 with questions.

May 2016

April Employee of the Month: Joan Mlotkowski

Joan Mlotkowski, Staff, CHSS, Portrait
Joan Mlotkowski, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Heartfelt congratulations to Joan Mlotkowski, human resources coordinator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Finance and Human Resources Department, for being selected as the April 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Joan 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 with questions.