April 2017

Well-Being with the Libraries

NYTimes Food and Travel

Let the Libraries help you Spring into Well-Being! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the NYTimes Food and Travel sections. Dig deeper than the front page and discover a world of food and travel. Strengthen your body with a wholesome loaf of Nordic whole-grain rye as you contemplate a hiking trip through remote Canada. Restore your spirit with a batch of chocolate ice cream profiteroles while planning a dream getaway to Barcelona. Explore new communities, learn new traditions, and recharge your batteries—all for free, from the comfort of home. NOTE: First time users must create a new account here using their GMU credentials to gain access. Available to all current Mason faculty, students, and staff.


National Geographic Virtual Library

Let the Libraries help you Spring into Well-Being! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the National Geographic Virtual Library. Broaden your perspective and investigate the world with National Geographic online. Browse full-color issues from 1888 to the present; explore maps, images, and videos; or play with the interactive Term Frequency chart and examine how the way we talk about our world shifts through the years. Available to all current Mason faculty, students, and staff.


Swank Digital Campus

Let the Libraries help you Spring into Well-Being! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the Swank Digital Campus. For those days when you just need to watch a movie, explore this rotating collection of 25 feature films and documentaries. Challenge yourself with films like An Inconvenient Truth or Malcolm X; watch a recent blockbuster like Inglourious Basterds; or kick back with a classic like The Breakfast Club or The Godfather. NOTE: Specific titles may change over time. Requires local installation of Widevine Media Optimizer; best accessed via Google Chrome. Available to all current Mason faculty, students, and staff.

April 2017

From our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Through April 28: Spring into Well-Being

Spring into Well-Being 2017, showcases Mason programs and events that highlight or support a dimension of well-being (physical, career, social, community, psychological and financial) and are open to the Mason community.  Spring into Well-Being and Mason’s Well-Being University initiatives are dedicated to helping faculty, staff, students, and alumni build lives of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement.  To learn more, visit

A Special note for Spring into Well-Being Events

A reasonable amount of time spent at the Health & Fitness Expos, Victims’ Rights Run/Walk or any Spring into Well-Being events can be considered part of the workday with supervisor approval.

Over 130 events will be included in Spring into Well-Being.  Here’s a sample:

Financial Well-Being: Social Security – Your Questions Answered (Fidelity Webinar) on April 6 at 1 p.m.

“Learn how to maximize your Social Security benefits to get the most you can out of the program.”

               Please note: You do not need to be a Fidelity member to participate in these webinars.

Financial Well-Being: Eye on the Prize – Almost There

As you approach the end of the accumulation phase of your career and into the spending phase of your life, you will want to make sure the ride into retirement is a smooth one. In this seminar on April 6 at noon, Steven Scott from ICMA-RC will discuss how much retirement will cost, Social Security planning and, a ready-to-retire checklist.  Who should attend? Mid-to-late career employees (family members welcome). You do not have to be enrolled in an ICMA-RC account to attend. (V/C Arl/SciTech)

Career Well-Being: Payroll Drop-In Meetings

Whatever your payroll-related question, we hope you will join us at our monthly Payroll Drop-In meeting.  No need to RSVP or register, just drop by Merten Hall, Room 4104 between noon and 2 p.m. (inside the HR & Payroll office) on any of the dates below.

  •         Friday, April 7
  •         Friday, May 19
  •         Wednesday, June 21

If you have any questions about the meetings, please contact Catalina Wheat at

Physical Well-Being: Healthy Aging and Longevity

Our goal is to age well. So how does one do that?  Could volunteerism hold benefits for your well-being? Join Patrice Winter PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT on April 10 at noon as she explores the evidence and best practices of this intriguing concept. (V/C Arl/SciTech)

Community Well-Being: DMV2Go

Take care of your Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) business at a convenient Mason location.  DMV2Go will be on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, April 11 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Merten Hall parking lot.  For a complete 2017 DMV2Go schedule, please visit DMV2Go at Mason.

Financial & Physical Well-Being: HR & Payroll Benefits Fair – Talk to Your Financial & Health Reps

Stop by Merten 1201 on Wednesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to chat with some of Mason’s financial vendors including TIAA, Fidelity Investments, ICMA-RC, Virginia Retirement System, Virginia 529, and Apple Federal Credit Union.  Mason’s health vendors will also be in attendance including Anthem (COVA Care), Kaiser Permanente, Aetna (COVA HealthAware), Delta Dental, MyActiveHealth and CommonHealth.  Hope to see you there!

Financial Well-Being: Getting the Most Out of Your Mason Benefits Package

If you are enrolled in or are eligible for benefits through Mason, you have a package of services and opportunities that can assist you throughout your career, in good times and in challenging ones. Join us for this session on April 20 at noon to see the role your benefits can play at every stage in your life at Mason. (V/C Arl/SciTech)

Physical Well-Being: SAVE THE DATE: 21st Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk (VRRW)

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 27 at 12 noon for the annual Victims’ Rights Run/Walk which will start and finish on the Merten Hall Lawn.

The VRRW is sponsored by Mason’s Department of Police and Public Safety in partnership with several other Mason departments and in collaboration with the Aimee Willard Endowed Scholarship Fund. The proceeds of this event go to support the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program, which teaches women basic self-defense and the Victims of Violence Fund which is administered by the Student Support and Advocacy Center. Your involvement makes it possible for Mason to fund these two important programs, while promoting and defending victims’ rights!  Registration information will be available soon.        

April 2017

March Employee of the Month: Olga O’Brien

Olga O’Brien, Employee of the Month Ceremony. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Olga O’Brien, interim general manager for the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, for being selected as the March 2017 Employee of the Month. Read more about Olga in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive 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.