July 2018

July Staff Senate Newsletter

The July Staff Senate newsletter is now available! Click here to view the newsletter in your browser.

July 2018

Cabrera and Davis Discussions with Staff Senate

On separate occasions in May, President Cabrera and J.J. Davis spent time with the Staff Senate to discuss important topics.

Check out the video of President Cabrera’s meeting.

Here’s the presentation from J.J. Davis about the budget process.

We’re here for you, if you have any comments, concerns or ideas feel free to share anonymous and confidential information anytime here.


Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
J.J. Wagner Davis, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, Office of Senior Vice President. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University
July 2018

Message from the Chair

Mason is full-steam ahead with summer traveling, vacations, festivities and more.  If the Farmers’ Almanac turns out to be true it’s going to be a hot and humid summer, much more than usual.  The Staff Senate hopes to see you at our Staff Appreciation Events and wishes you, your family and friends a safe, relaxing and joyous season, whatever you decide to do.  Stay cool!

Very Respectfully,
Christopher Maier – Chair, Staff Senate

Christopher Maier, Staff Senate. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University
July 2018

Summer Dining Johnson Center Options

This summer, check out a variety of dining options at the Johnson Center! Take your pick from:

  • Panera
  • Chipotle
  • Express
  • Star Ginger
  • Steak ‘n Shake
  • Garbanzo
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Red Hot & Blue
  • IndAroma
  • Starbucks
  • And more!

For hours of operation, visit Contact Mason Dining at 703-993-3313 with questions.

July 2018

Governor’s Updated Parental Leave Policy

Our new paid parental leave policy (Executive Order Number Twelve) authorizes paid parental leave for employees of executive branch state agencies.  The new benefit provides up to eight weeks of paid parental leave to enable employees to care for and bond with a newborn, or for a child under the age of eighteen (18) newly-placed for adoption, foster or custodial care.   The paid leave may be used in combination with other leave benefits and will apply to both parents if both are eligible state employees.

Research shows that paid time-off to bond with our children provides benefits for the children, their parents, and the parents’ employers. Introducing a new child into a family is a time of great joy, but can also be stressful.  We are hoping to alleviate some of that stress.

You can find more details on this new policy on the Department of Human Resource Management’s website at, with specific details available here.

July 2018

Access Fairfax Dining Via the CUE Bus

Did you know that you can use the CUE bus to check out some dining options in the City of Fairfax? For details, please see their dining guide at  

The CUE Bus is free for staff, faculty, and students with a valid Mason ID.   

Questions? Please contact Parking and Transportation at 3-2828 or via email at  

July 2018

Reach Your Goals through Mason’s Positive Leadership Program

Discover how to develop the positive mindset that will help you achieve your professional and personal goals. Join the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being for the fall 2018 cohort of Mason’s Positive Leadership program.  Positive leaders are self-confident, optimistic, and resilient. They create an atmosphere that produces lower turnover, higher productivity, greater satisfaction, and a host of desirable bottom-line outcomes. Read this Positive Leadership faculty interview and see Positive Leadership alumni testimonials for more insights.

The Positive Leadership program consists of four half-day sessions. Read the course descriptions here. Mason employees will receive a 50 percent discountLearn more and register here!

July 2018

FYI-New Student Health Insurance Provider

Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, George Mason University has teamed up with UnitedHealthcare StudentResources to offer our student health insurance plan.  The Student Health Service website will be continually updated with all the information throughout the summer. Please frequently check our website,, for the updated 2018/2019 information.

July 2018

Summer Staff Appreciation Events

Join the Staff Senate at the Summer Staff Appreciation Events! Take a break from work to enjoy ice cream and network with your colleagues. Activities include a raffle and voting in the Staff Senate Election.

Fairfax: Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Corner Pocket, open to classified staff and non-student wage employees

SciTech: Thursday, July 12, 12:30 p.m to 1:30 pm, Bull Run Hall, Atrium*

Arlington: Wednesday, July 18, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Founders Hall, Plaza*

*The Staff Senate is partnering with other campus departments at their Ice Cream Socials. Staff Senate activities will include raffle prizes and voting in the Staff Senate election, open to classified staff and non-student wage employees only.

For more information, visit:

July 2018

Have an Outstanding SUPERvisor? Nominate them for the Outstanding Supervisor Award!

The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, seeks to recognize supervisors who routinely go above and beyond to provide unparalleled leadership, mentorship, and support within their departments or offices. Outstanding supervisors model and promote a positive work-life balance and strive to serve not only their departments or offices but also their personnel. Other activities that an outstanding supervisor demonstrates include:

  • Acknowledging exemplary performance
  • Supporting innovation and soliciting input from employees
  • Being fair and flexible
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for professional growth
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion

Does this sound like your supervisor? If the answer is yes, we want to know!

Consider submitting a nomination form for the Outstanding Supervisor Award.  More details can be found on the Mason Staff Senate website:  The nomination period opens on August 1, 2018, and ends on August 31, 2018.  Email completed nomination forms to

Questions? Contact Amanda Corrigan, Staff Senate (3.4141 or

The winner(s) will be officially recognized during the Outstanding Achievement Award ceremony.