As Thanksgiving approaches, I am feeling grateful for the opportunity to work on a university campus. Mason always has a special air of excitement this time of year as everyone prepares for the end of the semester, Winter Graduation, and some well-deserved time off with family and friends.
This holiday season, the Staff Senate is sponsoring donation drives to collect food, children’s books, and other items for those in need. Check out more information here.
Beyond the holiday season, we have a lot to look forward to at Mason. I am serving as the staff representative on the Presidential Search Committee, and our work is underway. I invite you to share your thoughts on what you would like to see in our next president. The best way to share your feedback is through the search committee contact form. I encourage you to follow the search process at presidentialsearch.gmu.edu.
Due to Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on December 4, the Staff Senate cancelled the December General Meeting.
During December, the Staff Senate is collecting items at the Arlington, Fairfax, and Science and Technology campuses. All non-perishable food items, personal items, and school supplies collected will be donated to the Patriot Pantry, a food pantry that provides access to non-perishable food items, toiletries, and basic school supplies to George Mason University students who are unable to afford them. In addition, we will also be collecting items for other campus-specific organizations. Click here for more information.
Extended Meeting Time in the Spring
Moving forward, the General Staff Senate Meetings will be extended by one half-hour from 10 a.m. to noon. This new schedule will be implemented starting at our February General Meeting on February 5, 2020. The new format will include a time for guest speakers and allow for a longer general business meeting.
With the holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to think about saving for future higher education expenses for your children, grandchildren or yourself. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how to:
Save for tuition and other college costs, such as housing, textbooks and more
Save for private or religious K-12 education
Take advantage of tax-free earnings and the Virginia state tax deduction
Registration is open for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on December 4. This daylong event is centered around the theme, “Adaptable, Flexible, Resilient” and features keynote speaker Lauren Cattaneo, associate professor of psychology at Mason, and lunchtime speaker Param Srikantia, professor at Baldwin Wallace University, as well as breakout sessions and events.
Take care of your Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles business at a convenient Mason location. DMV2Go will be on the Fairfax Campus on Monday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Merten Hall parking lot. For available services with DMV2Go, visit the DMV2Go website.
Thanksgiving Regional Transportation and Mason Shuttles Holiday Schedule
Mason offers affordable transportation to regional cities for the Thanksgiving holiday. Destinations include Virginia Beach, Christiansburg, and Richmond, as well as Philadelphia and New York. Buses will leave on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 27, and return on Sunday, Dec. 1. For a complete list of destinations, departure times, and pickup locations, visit shuttle.gmu.edu.
Additionally, a reminder that the Thanksgiving holiday also brings some modifications to the Mason Shuttle schedules. Details are posted here.
Questions? Please call 703-993-2828.
Zimsgiving – Zimride for Thanksgiving!
Heading home for Thanksgiving? Use Mason’s privateZimride network to share the ride! If you post a new ride at new.zimride.com/masonduring the month of November, you will automatically be entered in the 2019 Zimsgiving Post a Ride Sweepstakes and have a chance to win a $200 Amazon E-Gift Card, one of three $100 Amazon E-Gift Cards, or one of six $50 Amazon E-Gift Cards.
Looking for a convenient and National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited preschool for your child? The Mason Child Development Center (CDC) currently has part-time schedules available for 3- and 4-year-old children.
The CDC is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and follows the Mason administrative calendar.