August 2020

August Staff Senate Newsletter

Posted: August 13, 2020 at 1:15 pm, Last Updated: September 9, 2020 at 11:49 am

The August edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!

Message from the Chair: August 2020

Posted: August 11, 2020 at 10:17 am, Last Updated: August 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Here we are in August, getting ready for a new semester to begin—but in a way we never could have imagined. This fall is going to look a lot different for all of us, whether we are continuing to work from home, working on campus to support university operations, or some combination of both. The […]

September Speaker to Address Telework Culture

Posted: August 10, 2020 at 8:05 pm, Last Updated: September 9, 2020 at 11:50 am

The September Staff Senate meeting will feature Dr. Kevin W. Rockmann, professor of management and dean’s scholar, School of Business. Dr. Rockmann will share thoughts on telework culture and its effect on employee well-being. Wednesday, September 2 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. General Meeting will follow from 11:00 a.m. to noon Passcode: SS123 The […]

Webex Retirement

Posted: August 6, 2020 at 7:42 am, Last Updated: August 10, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Cisco Webex service offerings are being phased out at Mason to provide a more streamlined set of services. Alternate solutions are available including  Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard Collaborate. Webex services will be shut down in May 2021. Information about the upcoming changes, including how to prepare and the timeline for this project, is available at the Webex […]

George Mason Toastmasters Continues to Zoom

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 3:01 pm, Last Updated: August 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm

George Mason Toastmasters continues to ZOOM!  Following guidance from Toastmasters International, we were able to move our weekly meetings to an online format with our first “test” meeting held on March 25. We have made the most of the current situation, and continue to practice our speaking and leadership skills while developing new skills using […]

Human Resources and Payroll Announcements

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: August 12, 2020 at 7:19 am

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day is August 19, 2020. This is Mason’s first-ever virtual event for Mason faculty and staff and their Junior Patriots (grades pre-K – 12). You can register here by completing the online consent form.  Then you’ll be able to view and register for […]

July in Review

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 11:25 am, Last Updated: August 12, 2020 at 6:57 am

In addition, each month, the Mason Staff Senate: Presents the Employee of the Month with a gift Attends Human Resources and Payroll’s New Staff Orientations to welcome new employees and introduce them to the work of the Staff Senate Recognizes the service of Mason retirees with a letter of appreciation The Communications Committee meets monthly […]

Announcements from University Libraries

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 11:02 am, Last Updated: August 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

Below you will find updates with links to access the latest updates and information from University Libraries: Contact-free pickup/return service is now available through August 21 in the Fenwick Library lobby. Fall 2020 Course Reserves will feature electronic resources only; physical reserves will not be circulating. For fall 2020, the Libraries will offer online library […]

Meet Stephanie Atkins, Office Manager, Mason LIFE Program and Staff Senator

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 8:57 am, Last Updated: August 13, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Role: I joined the the Mason staff in April 2015. Mason LIFE (Learning Into Future Environments), in the College of Education and Human Development, is a postsecondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Mason LIFE offers the opportunity for an inclusive university experience and was one of the first such programs in […]

Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Update

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 8:44 am, Last Updated: September 9, 2020 at 11:50 am

During August, the Staff Senate usually collects nominations for the Outstanding Supervisor Award.  Until a date has been selected for the Outstanding Achievement Awards, we will pause on our nomination process.  The Outstanding Supervisor award seeks to recognize supervisors who routinely go above and beyond to provide unparalleled leadership, mentorship, and support within their departments […]