May 2018

May Staff Senate Newsletter

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

May 2018

Human Resources and Payroll on the Mobile Mason App

Human Resources and Payroll now has a presence on the Mobile Mason app! The app is free and available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

Here is a list of just a few items found on the app:

  • Holiday calendar
  • Payroll calendars
  • Upcoming important Human Resources and Payroll dates
  • Flex work
  • Employee Relations
  • Upcoming courses
  • HR news
  • Benefits news
  • Life/Work news

For questions, contact

May 2018

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month! Parking and Transportation invites you to join the National Bike Challenge, run by the League of American Bicyclists and The challenge is underway until May 31.

Registration is free. Sign up as an individual, join a Mason team, or start one of your own!

For details, visit Stay tuned for the Workplace Bike Challenge coming in September!

Contact Janet Walker at with questions.

May 2018

Mason Shuttles Summer Schedules Available

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

Parking and Transportation has posted the summer shuttle schedules at The current spring schedules remain in effect until Sunday, May 20.

The summer schedules begin on Monday, May 21. There will be no shuttle service on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

For any questions, contact or 703-993-2828.

May 2018

Time Traveler Summer Camp with the Child Development Center

From the Dinosaur Age to the Digital Age! Register your rising first through sixth graders for the Child Development Center’s exciting Mason Kids Club Summer Camp.

This summer’s camp theme is “Time Travelers,” where children will journey through a different era each week.

For more information, visit

Questions may be directed to or 703-993-2600.

May 2018

Congratulations to the Staff Appreciation Event Raffle Winners!

Thank you to all who attended the Winter Staff Appreciation Events! Stay tuned for details about the upcoming Summer Staff Appreciation Events, happening in July.

Congratulations to our winter raffle winners:

Wendy (Lay) Lim
Ka Hang Kwong
Tian Hui Wang
Natalie Haynes
Alice Berney
Rodrigo Alva
Stevie Kelly
Lisa GC Sevilla
Patricia Haggerty
Brittany Sanders
Yena Kim
Cinthia Molinari
Kristin Heydt
Heather Leadingham
Francesca Brunner-Kennedy
Cristal Geris
Hillary Hamm
Lifang Vanderwill
Joan Stahle
Megan Edmondson
Charles Thilking
Dom Vines
Maya Karki
Heidi Osorio
Arielle Singleton
Hope Fentress
Shahida Memon
Stephanie Kane
Pamela Ononiwu
JD Sayle
Chris Ryan
Rizza Villacorte
Cheryl Howe

May 2018

Announcing Newly-Elected Staff Senate Executive Committee Members

Congratulations to our newest elected Executive Committee Members!  

Jennifer Gantt, Treasurer

Jenna McGwin, Vice Chair

Brett Spencer, Parliamentarian

The newly elected members, nominated and voted in by the Senate, will work with our current executive committee members: Christopher Maier, chair; Stephanie Atkins and Lindsey Olson, co-chairs of the Education and Outreach Committee; Lisa Bair, chair of the Awards Committee; and Rebecca Stone, chair of the Events Committee.  

May 2018

Staff Senate Election Nomination Period Opens in June

Becoming a Mason Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and have an impact on your workplace. The Senate provides many opportunities to learn about how the university works and network with administrators and staff members outside your unit.

The Senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Terms begin in August and are for two years. 2018 dates are below:

  1. Nominations accepted Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 22, at 5 p.m.
  2. Elections held Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, at 5 p.m.

The Staff Senate nomination form can be found here: Nomination Form 2018.

Completed forms are due on Friday, June 22, by 5 p.m. All nominations must be submitted electronically to

For questions about the responsibilities of being a senator, contact Christopher Maier, chair of Staff Senate. For questions about the nomination or election process, contact Brett Spencer, parliamentarian of Staff Senate.

May 2018

Prospective Staff Senator Information Session

Interested in becoming a Mason Staff Senator? Want to learn about how the university functions from a new perspective, network across departments, and contribute to the well-being of your colleagues?

The Staff Senate will hold an information session and discussion for Mason staff who are interested in learning about the nomination and election process, the work of the senate, and what senators do. During the session, you will learn about the structure of the senate, how committees work, the time commitment expected of senators, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with current representatives.

Wednesday, June 6
10:30 to 11 a.m. (during the first half hour of the June Staff Senate General Meeting)
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (videoconferencing)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferencing)

No registration is necessary.

You are welcome to stay for the Staff Senate Business Meeting, which follows the information session. 

If you have any questions, contact  

May 2018

April Employee of the Month: Samantha Price

Samantha Price, Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Heartfelt congratulations to Samantha Price, scheduling manager for University Events, for being selected as the April 2018 Employee of the Month. Read more about Samantha 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.