January 2017

January 2017 Staff Senate Newsletter

The January 2017 Staff Senate Newsletter is now available!

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January 2017

Message from the Chair

Megan Kirk, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Happy New Year, and welcome back from winter break! I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones and relax a little bit. I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed bragging about the length of our holiday break to friends and family as they complained about having to go back to work!

The Staff Senate is undergoing some changes. Nicole Roth is leaving Mason to move on to new opportunities and will step down from her position as Chair of Staff Senate. Nicole attended Mason as an undergrad, worked here as a student, and has been classified staff since June 2008. Now our baby bird is flying away! Nicole’s contributions to Mason and the Staff Senate will be greatly missed. Nicole brought a positive attitude, wise judgement, and a passion for staff, faculty, and students to the Staff Senate and to her position as Graduate Coordinator for the History and Art History Department.

As Interim Chair, I will bring my love for my dog, Judge Judy, and 90’s R&B to the Staff Senate. More importantly, I will also do my best to represent the interests of George Mason staff and ensure their voices are represented through shared governance. I look forward to my new role as chair and hope that everyone marks their calendars for the Staff Appreciation Events planned for February!

Megan Kirk
Interim Chair, Staff Senate

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Save the Date: Staff Appreciation Events, Winter 2017

Mark your calendar for this winter’s upcoming Staff Appreciation Events at the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campuses:

Thursday, February 16 (note: date changed from February 21)
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, February 15
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SUB I, Patriots Lounge

Wednesday, February 22
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bull Run Hall, Atrium

Open to Mason classified and non-student wage employees. For questions, contact

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Life/Work Connections Discounts

Save some money on the Life/Work Connections discount page at Discount opportunities are available for local day spas, cell phone service, local restaurants, and more! On the Life/Work Connections Discount page, you can also connect with discounts arranged through the Mason Merchants program and by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management. Be sure to check out the Tick Tock discounts (which have deadlines).


January 2017

Mason Shuttle Service During Winter Break

Mason Shuttle on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Mason Shuttles are providing modified shuttle services during winter break (January 5–20). Visit to view the shuttle service schedules.

For parking information, visit Socialize with us on Twitter @MasonShuttles and @MasonParking.

For questions, contact Glenn Hiner at 703-998-9530 or

January 2017

Safe Zone Training Series: Spring Dates

The primary mission of George Mason’s Safe Zone Program, like the LGBTQ Resources Office, is to create a safer, more welcoming and inclusive campus environment, to strengthen community, and to encourage networking among faculty, staff, and students toward the goal of supporting the well-being of LGBTQ people.

Safe Zone training includes three modules that focus on awareness of LGBTQ issues/intersectionality, gender identity/expression and the obstacles trans and nonbinary individuals face, and ally/skills building. The training is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Register online to attend Safe Zone training and acquire a Safe Zone button/card. The January 12 training is already full, but many other dates are available.

For questions, contact LuLu Geza at or 703-993-2702.

January 2017

Speaker Notes from December Staff Senate Meeting

Shernita Parker of Human Resources and Payroll and President Ángel Cabrera were the guest speakers at the December 2016 Staff Senate meeting. Review the highlights from their visit here.


January 2017

December Employee of the Month: Susan Eckis

Susan Eckis, office manager for the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services, is the Employee of the Month for December 2016. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Heartfelt congratulations to Susan Eckis, office manager for the School of Nursing, for being selected as the December 2016 Employee of the Month award winner. Read more about Susan 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.

January 2017

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) 2nd Anniversary Celebration

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) will celebrate its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, January 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1204. Deb Crawford, VP of Research, will be a special guest. The meeting may also include a presentation by Great American Restaurants.

The meeting is open to anyone on campus who considers themselves to be working in an administrative professional role.

For questions, contact Lynne Paraggio at 703-993-3844 or

January 2017

Updates from University Libraries

The Music Library is moving!
The University Libraries’ music materials are moving to a new location. Effective January 2017, all music collections (including books, scores, and CDs) will leave their long-time home in the Gateway Library and move to the second floor of Fenwick Library. In the meantime, a whole host of music-related resources are available online 24/7, free to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music—or for your own relaxation and enjoyment:

  • Met Opera on DemandOffers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings for high-quality viewing and listening.
  • Naxos Music Library JazzOffers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy, and others.
  • Music & Performing Arts Video CollectionPresents an extensive array of content in video, audio, and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theater.

For more information or to find other music resources, try browsing our Music & Performing Arts database list or contact Steve Gerber, our Music Librarian, at