August 2018

August Staff Senate Newsletter

The August Staff Senate Newsletter is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.

August 2018

Election Results: New and Returning Staff Senators!

The election results are in, and we are excited to welcome back our returning senators and newly-elected senators!

Christina Dicicco, Human Resources and Payroll

Liam Dillon, Center for the Arts Ticket Office

Christina Frasson, Collaborative Video Technologies (incumbent)

Joshua Griset, University Information

Erin Iacangelo, Science and Technology Executive Office (incumbent)

Pamela Ononiwu, College of Health and Human Services

Stacey Remick-Simkins, English Department

Lauren Reuscher, University Information (incumbent)

Lauren Reyna, Computer Science Department

Tiffany Sandstrum, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (incumbent)

Stacy Wilson, College of Education and Human Development

A heartfelt thank you to our outgoing senators for their contributions and volunteerism: Amanda Kennedy, Megan Kirk, Ann Moran, Lindsey Olson, Carl Redmon, and Rebecca Stone.

August 2018

September Staff Senate Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (video-conferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (video-conferenced)
Front Royal: Academic, Room 219 (703-249-8067)

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the Senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.

All are welcome to attend the Staff Senate general meeting.

Submit your questions for the Staff Senate:
To promote dialog at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions/comments from constituents. Submit your question using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

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

For questions, contact

August 2018

New @TodayAtMason Twitter Feed

Looking for updates that will impact you at Mason? Check out the new @TodayAtMason Twitter feed! This feed will feature updates and announcements impacting the campuses of George Mason University (Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech).

August 2018

Purchasing Updates

eVA Ordering Update

As a process improvement for FY19, purchasing requisitions between $2,000 and $5,000 will no longer be assigned to a buyer in the Purchasing Office when a special review is not required. This will significantly reduce the processing time for departmental orders under $5,000 to vendors with whom we regularly conduct business. In these cases, an EP# will be assigned to the order and returned to the eVA user for vendor submission, if necessary.

Re-manufactured Toner

The Supply Room (TSRC) is now offering re-manufactured toner options. To see if re-manufactured toner is available for your machine, search for the traditional toner in the TSRC PunchOut Catalog and then click the “Family” tab at the bottom of the item page. If “Remanufactured Toner Cartridge” is listed, simply click “Add to Cart.”

Sit Stand Desks

The Supply Room (TSRC) has a variety of sit stand desks available at contract pricing. The TSRC Punch-Out Catalog homepage features a link to the available options. In order to access the Punch-Out Catalog link, you must be logged into eVA.

Scientific Vendor Information

For units that order Scientific Supplies, the Scientific Vendor list has been updated with the latest information.  Be sure to reference the contract number to ensure you are receiving preferred pricing.                                       

SWaM Fest 2018

Virginia’s largest supplier diversity conference will be taking place on October 3–4 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. If your department works with a vendor who would potentially be interested in attending/sponsoring the event, details can be found here. Contact Mikaela Reinard with any questions.

New Contracts

Purchasing has negotiated new contracts. Go to the Purchasing and Accounts Payable update page to learn more!   

Travel Reminders

As a reminder, many guides are available for trip planning. These guides will help travelers to stay in compliance with Mason policies and procedures while traveling on university business. Check out the following:

Take a look at our new webpage, Purchasing & Accounts Payable Updates, for expanded information and photo guides on the topics above.

August 2018

Reminder: Metro Maintenance Impacts on Orange Line and Other Lines

Metro is planning maintenance and construction on the Orange Line from August 11–26. This maintenance will impact commutes, as “rail service will be significantly reduced.”

Visit the WMATA website for details. The site also mentions projects beyond the Orange Line and will be helpful for future reference.

For assistance with other transportation options during August, contact Parking and Transportation at or visit

August 2018

New Student Convocation

The Green Machine. Photo by Rafael Suanes/Athletics

Mason faculty and staff are invited to join President Cabrera, Provost Wu, and the senior administration in welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students as they start their Mason experience!

New Student Convocation
Friday, August 24, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Eagle Bank Arena, East Entrance

Bring friends and colleagues for a fun morning to kick off the academic year at New Student Convocation. Dr. Angela Hattery from Women and Gender Studies and recipient of the 2018 Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion will give the keynote.

Mason’s talent will be on display with student performances and our very own number one Pep Band in the country—the Green Machine.

RSVP online. Mason shirts will be provided for the event to faculty and staff members registered by August 20. Shirts will be delivered between August 22–23.

Arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. at the east entrance of Eagle Bank Arena, wearing your Mason gear or Mason colors.

Contact Lauren Long, Office of Student Involvement, at with questions.

August 2018

Still Need a Good Book? 14 Summer Reads by Mason Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

Looking for a great book to read this summer? Browse through the faculty, staff, and alumni reading list and find some books that are sure to please.

August 2018

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Well-Being Seminar

As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources and Payroll is offering a Well-Being Series focused on mental health topics. The August session will discuss Alcohol and Substance Abuse:

Thursday, August 16
Noon to 1 p.m.
Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall, Room 1202

This seminar will address:

  • The basics of alcohol and substance abuse
  • How to identify if someone has a problem
  • The difference between substance abuse and dependence
  • How drugs affect the body
  • The basic family and social problems that arise from substance abuse and how to get help

Register online.

For questions, contact or 703-993-2600.

Call for Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Awards

It’s time to nominate a faculty or staff member for the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards! If you want to nominate someone, these guidelines can help you prepare a nomination.

The nomination deadline is September 28, and the ceremony will be held on November 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

Questions? Contact Beth Baroody at 703-993-2739 or

Mason Flare

Great Job! Thank You! Bravo! Mason Flare helps you say all of this and more to your colleagues. Even student employees can receive Mason flare. There are a variety of items available!

Submit your request for Mason Flare via the Reward and Recognition website.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.

Holy Guacamole! You’re the Best! Award

Chipotle gift cards are now available through Reward and Recognition. When you want to show your appreciation to a Mason colleague by saying “Holy Guacamole! You’re the Best,” request a Chipotle gift card!

Visit the Reward and Recognition website to submit a request.

Questions? Contact Reward and Recognition at

August 2018

August Employee of the Month: Jennifer Gantt

Jennifer Gantt, Operations Manager, Arlington Campus. Photo by Lathan Goumas.

Heartfelt congratulations to Jennifer Gantt, operations manager at the Arlington Campus, for being selected as the August 2018 Employee of the Month. Jennifer is also a Staff Senator! Read more about Jennifer 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 website.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.