December 2017

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Closure of Campus Drive for Fairfax Water Project

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Campus Drive is temporarily closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between West Campus Way and Global Lane. This is to allow Fairfax Water to construct a new water main. We anticipate this closure will last until mid-January. Updates will be provided as they become available.

The university will temporarily open Campus Drive for winter graduation and other major campus events. West Campus shuttles will continue to operate, but only Mason Shuttle buses will be able to pass through the gate to University Drive.

The Field House shuttle stop temporarily moves to the front of the Field House, and pedestrian access to the Field House will remain open from Patriot Circle along Campus Drive.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as Fairfax Water completes its project, which will continue on Braddock Road upon completion of work along Campus Drive. For more information, go to

While the road is closed, the West Campus parking lot and Rapidan River Road will be open and accessible from the Braddock Road entrance to Campus Drive. Access to the PV parking lot will be from Mason Pond Drive to Global Lane.

For more information and to view a map of the closure, visit Building Patriot Pride.

For questions or concerns, contact Mason Parking and Transportation at or visit @MasonParking for real-time updates.

December 2017

EagleBank Arena December Schedule

EagleBank Arena. George Mason University Athletics

Are you interested in attending events at EagleBank Arena? Check out the December schedule of events here.

For additional details about current and upcoming events, please visit EagleBank Arena’s website.

December 2017

Daily Promotions: Discounts for Mason Employees

Did you know as a Mason employee you are entitled to many daily discounts and promotions? For additional details and to take advantage of the offerings, visit the Daily Promotions website.

For questions, contact Auxiliary Enterprises at 703-993-2840.

December 2017

No Meeting in January/Meeting Announcement February

Enjoy Your Winter Break! Staff Senate Resumes General Meetings in February

While the Staff Senate is perpetually working to advocate, educate, and appreciate Mason staff and non-student wage employees, we will take a brief pause in January to concentrate on our upcoming Staff Appreciation Events and resume our General Meetings in February.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (telepresence)
Science and Technology: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (telepresence)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:

To promote dialogue at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions from constituents. This is your opportunity to ask university leadership about things that are important to you as Mason staff! Submit your question in advance using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

Staff Senate reserves the right to determine which questions are asked during the meeting. Any selected questions that are not asked during the session due to time constraints will be emailed to the guest speaker, and the responses will be published in the Staff Senate newsletter at a later date.

All who attend the Staff Senate general meeting are welcome to ask questions in-person, during the session.

For questions, contact

December 2017

Watch, Stream, Kick Back, and Listen with Mason Libraries

Shake off the stress of finals with a good book, a classic movie, or some relaxing music:

  • Watch Oscar-winning independent films, Twilight Samurai, and The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
  • Stream arthouse favorites, Donnie Darko and 56 Up, or enjoy one of the many other foreign, classic or feature films available on Kanopy.
  • Kick back with one of the 700 recent and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in the Gateway Library (located in the Johnson Center), or consider joining the Mason Libraries Book Club.
  • Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folks songs by Bob Dylan , all featured in Music Online: American Music or put on classic Mozart symphony, or holiday music from a dozen countries around the world along with 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more, available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

These resources are available 24/7 for free to all Mason faculty, students, and staff.

For more information or to find other fun library resources, try browsing our A-Z list of online resources or contact one of our subject specialists.

Contact LeighAnn Skeen at with questions

December 2017

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Well-being Seminar: Strategies for Quality Sleep and Enhanced Well-being

Wednesday, December 13, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. In Merten 2001

This talk will discuss how sleep and sleep disorders can impact an individual’s health, physical capacity, and quality of life.  We will describe common sleep disorders and the personal care approaches that individuals can use to minimize sleep disruption and increase sleep quality.  Participants will leave the talk with strategies they can use right away to improve overall sleep, increase awareness of the signs of poor quality of sleep and positively enhance their well-being.

This session will be video-conferenced to Arlington and SciTech.

You can register for this session here.

Winter Holiday Break and Timesheet Reminder

The winter break includes 9 business days off from Friday, December 22nd 2017 through Wednesday, January 3rd 2018. You can find guidance for timesheets here:

December 2017

Alumna Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

George Mason University’s, Bethany Sachtleben, competes in the 2014 George Mason University Invitational at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. on October 4, 2014. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Special congratulations to former Mason cross-country runner, Bethany Sachtleben, now a bookkeeper in the university’s Facilities department. Bethany earned a spot in the trials for the 2020 Games in Tokyo with a runaway win in the women’s Richmond Marathon on November 11, 2017! Read more about Bethany’s achievement in this Richmond Times-Dispatch article.

December 2017

Parking Services Canned Food and Toy Drive

Owe a parking ticket? Want to help a family in need?

Here is how it works: If you owe for a parking ticket, bring in a new, unwrapped toy or nonperishable food items to the Parking Services Office, and your account will be credited based on the following:

  •    1 toy= $10
  •    2 toys= $20
  •    5 cans/boxes of food= $10
  •    10 cans/boxes of food= $20

$20 credit per citation, with credit for up to three citations ($60) or, receive up to a $20 credit towards an upgrade to a parking deck spring permit.

(Does not apply to future tickets or other permit purchases or appeals.)

The last day to make donations and get credit is Noon:

SciTech: December 11

Arlington: December 12

Fairfax: December 19

December 2017

INOVA Toy Drive and Patriot Pantry Food Drive

INOVA Toy Drive & Patriot Pantry Food Drive

The Staff Senate is collecting new, unwrapped toys for INOVA Children’s Hospital.  Donations will be collected from December 1−19, 2017. The Staff Senate is also accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and school supplies to benefit the Patriot Pantry.  The last day to donate toys and food will be the day of each campus’ holiday party.  Until the day of the holiday parties, please use the drop-off locations specified for each campus.

Deadline for Collection:

Arlington:  Monday, December 11, Founder’s Hall Multipurpose Room

Science and Technology:  Tuesday, December 12,  Beacon Hall 1017, 1018, and Lobby

Fairfax:  Tuesday, December 19, Johnson Center Cinema

Drop Off Location(s):

Arlington:  Founders Hall lobby

Science and Technology:  Lobby of Colgan Hall and Lobby of Bull Run

Fairfax:  Merten Hall Information Desk and Johnson Center West Hallway Elevators* (Entrance/Exit toward the HUB on the main floor)

*Collection in the Johsnon Center location will begin on December 6, 2017

INOVA Children’s Hospital has set up an Amazon Wish List, a Wish List for currently needed items, and Gift Policies to avoid any items that they cannot accept.  Patriot Pantry also has a List of Items that are most requested.  If you are interested in supporting the Patriot Pantry with a financial contribution, you can donate to the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Fund by visiting

Visit the Staff Senate website for the most up to date information.  If you have any questions, please direct them to

December 2017

November Employee of the Month: Tracy Williams

Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Tracy Williams, budget analyst in Mason’s Office of Budget and Planning, for being selected as the November 2017 Employee of the Month. Read more about Tracy 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.