September 2018

Become a Certified Leadership Coach

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” - Jack Welch Become a certified leadership coach through the International Coach Federation. Join Mason’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program in 2019!

This program is designed for professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture. The Mason coaching focus—led by an outstanding leadership coaching team—emphasizes strengths-based approaches and methodologies. 

  • Spring 2019 cohort takes place from February to June 2019. Application deadline: December 15, 2018. 
  • Fall 2019 cohort takes place from September 2019 to January 2020. Application deadline: July 15, 2019. 

Mason employees receive a 10 percent discount. Learn more and apply here!

For questions, contact the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at or 703-993-6090. 

September 2018

Strengthen Well-Being and Reach Goals through Mason’s Positive Leadership Program

Positive Leadership Schedule, Tuition & RegistrationDiscover how to develop the positive mindset that will strengthen your well-being and help you achieve your goals. Join Mason’s Positive Leadership program this fall!

This certification program consists of four half-day sessions, featuring teaching from popular Mason faculty members Dr. Steve Gladis and Dr. Beth Cabrera 

Dates include:

  • October 2
  • October 16
  • October 30
  • November 13

Mason employees will receive a 50 percent discountLearn more and register here!

For questions, contact the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at or 703-993-6090. 

September 2018

First Generation College Graduates: Get Your Sticker!

Are you a first generation college graduate? All faculty and staff who self-identify as first generation college graduates are invited to pick up a sticker to display near their work space.

This removable vinyl sticker can be affixed to doors, cubicles, laptops, or wherever you want!

To pick up a sticker, visit Jenna McGwin in Buchanan Hall, Room D201I. Alternatively, you can request a sticker be mailed to you by sending an email to

September 2018

Mason 101 is Back: Sign Up Today!

George Mason Statue. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
George Mason Statue. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Whether you are new to the Mason community, looking to update your Mason knowledge, or interested in resources available at Mason, sign up for Mason 101!

Mason 101 is a free, in-classroom session that shares the history, organizational structure, and resources of George Mason University, as well as a virtual tour of all Mason campuses and sites.

Sessions are held throughout the semester. Register online.

For questions, or to set up a group session for your unit, contact Philip Stamper, University Information, at or 703-993-5308.

September 2018

Financial Well-Being Seminar: Building a Better Budget

Image result for budgetCheck out the upcoming financial well-being seminar, “Building a Better Budget,” led by Dawn Davis from Apple Federal Credit Union.

Wednesday, September 19
Noon to 1 p.m.
Merten Hall, Room 2001

After identifying short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals, participants will learn:

  • How to design realistic spending plans to live within their means
  • How to design realistic saving plans to reach their goals
  • The different options available for getting and staying out of debt

Register online. The seminar will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.

Contact with questions.

September 2018

Fall Parking and Transportation Update

Mason Shuttle
Mason shuttle on the Science and Technology Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University

Mason students, faculty, and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus will increase during the first few weeks of the fall semester. The following serves as a campus parking and transportation guide to help minimize potential parking and traffic delays.

Drivers are advised to allow an extra 30–45 minutes to arrive on campus during the first few weeks of classes. Though some parking spaces might be more convenient to your destination, the Fairfax Campus has more than enough total parking spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many general parking permit areas are expected to fill at peak class times.

Note: A valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas.

Check out the Fall Parking and Transportation Update for full details and guidance on:

  • Parking
  • Shuttles
  • Alternative transportation options
  • Construction
  • Where to find parking and transportation information

For more information on parking, shuttles, biking, and other transportation options, check out the new Transportation website at

Follow Parking and Transportation on Twitter (@MasonParking or @MasonShuttles) and Facebook for updates.

Questions? Contact, or

September 2018

Nominations for Outstanding Achievement Awards

Image result for AWARD green gold ribbonThe 2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAA) celebrate the hard work, dedication, and achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff across 12 award categories. These categories include the Civility Star Award, the Exceptional Support Award, and the Mason Faculty Staff Alumni Award.

If you want to recognize a faculty or staff member’s hard work, nominate them for the Outstanding Achievement Awards. These guidelines can help you prepare a nomination.

The nomination deadline is September 28. The ceremony will take place 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

September 2018

October Staff Senate Meeting

The October Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Patricia Coray, HRIS and Benefits Director, Human Resources/Payroll. We will discuss the new paid parental leave policy for classified staff, as well as other Benefits updates.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferenced)
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

September 2018

Congratulations to Our Summer 2018 Staff Appreciation Raffle Winners!

Image result for and the winner isArlington Campus:  

  • Rocklands Barbeque gift certificate: Stephanie Humphries
  • $25 Amazon gift card, courtesy of the Staff Senate: Tara Memmen
  • Semester Parking Pass, courtesy of Mason Parking and Transportation: Chris Anclien
  • Center for the Arts tickets: Tae Seok Seo

Fairfax Campus:  

  • $25 Amazon gift card, courtesy of the Staff Senate: Denise Elles-Mdahuar
  • Semester Parking Pass, courtesy of Mason Parking and Transportation: Moe Ahmed
  • Panda Express entree voucher: Erika Marquina, Stephanie O’Neill, Ashley Howell, and Akitta Robertson
  • George Mason University Bookstore (Barnes and Noble) gift card: Lisa Ganocy
  • Center for the Arts tickets: Wendy Lim
  • EagleBank Arena tickets:  Maria D’Souza 

Science and Technology Campus:  

  • $25 Amazon gift card, courtesy of the Staff Senate:  Stephanie Kane
  • Semester Parking Pass, courtesy of Mason Parking and Transportation: Matt Berlejung
  • Center for the Arts tickets: Colby Grant
  • Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center membership: Gwen Cox
  • 2 Silos Brewing Co. gift card: Donna Tressler
  • Rangoli Indian Restaurant gift cards: Lindsey Olson and Michael Wharton
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center ticket vouchers: Youstina Abdelmalak