February 2020

January Announcements

February 2020

Staff Appreciation Events

Join the Mason Staff Senate at the 2020 Winter Warm-Up Staff Appreciation Events. Enjoy some donuts, warm beverages, enter the raffle with a variety of prizes, and receive some special giveaways courtesy of the Staff Senate.

Science and Technology: Thursday, February 20, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Katherine Johnson Hall Atrium.

Arlington:  Tuesday, February 25, from 1 p.m. – 2 the Van Metre Multipurpose Room.

Fairfax: Thursday, February 27, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall. A departmental information fair will be held at the Fairfax event only.

February 2020

February Staff Senate Newsletter

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

Profile of a Senator February 2020

Meet Kathy Dodd: Staff Senator and Social Media Manager

Photo by: Creative Services/George Mason University

Role: My biggest responsibility is to manage the university-level high-profile social media channels (see list below). This translates into developing and overseeing the execution of the strategic marketing initiatives for those channels and collaborating with other campus units to strive to have a singular voice on our multiple social media outlets. The more fun way to say it – it’s like I’m the person behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz.

Ohio Girl: I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio – so that makes me a Cleveland sports fan. I’ve said the phrase, “There is always next year” more times than I can count! Pop is also soda. Sorry.

Best thing about working at Mason: I started at Mason in 2014 and I have to say that it’s the people, hands down. There are so many talented and hard-working people here in the Mason Nation that it brings me so much joy to come to work every day. I love that my job allows me to work with so many folks on campus, regardless of what they do in their daily job – from students to high-level administrators.

Why serve on Staff Senate: I come from a long line of service. My father was a union representative for United Rubber Workers during his time at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, so I saw that employee advocacy was important at a very early age. When I got to Mason, I knew that I wanted to help be that voice for the employees. With the role that I have at Mason, I get a really good sense of what is going on at the ground level to bring topics to the Senate and advocate for the employees here.

At the end of the day: I always feel connected to the Mason Nation and I am very proud to work for such a fine institution of higher education. Sure, in my role I get calls late at night about something that may have happened on campus, or have to monitor a situation from home – but I love my job and there is nothing else that I would rather do. This place feels like family, especially since most of my family are so far away! I’m proud to be a Patriot!

Follow George Mason University! If you aren’t already – you should follow the Mason Nation on Social Media!








And use the hashtag #MasonNation to stand out in your posts!


February 2020

Homecoming Headliner: Colin Jost (Faculty/Staff Discount)

Student Involvement Presents

Colin Jost: Homecoming Comedy Headliner 2020
Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts

Colin Jost serves as a head writer for Saturday Night Live (SNL). He started writing for SNL in 2005 and has been co-anchor of “Weekend Update” since 2014.

Jost has won four Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award, and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL.

Special ticket discount available for Mason faculty, staff, and alumni ($5 off). Purchase tickets online or at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

Visit the Homecoming website for more details.


February 2020

Homecoming Week: Feb. 17-23

The George Mason University Alumni Association has expanded the Homecoming event lineup to cover a week of unforgettable experiences from Feb. 17–23. Enjoy Mason basketball games, show off your creativity by decorating your office door for the contest, party with us at the Alumni Faculty and Staff Soiree, and more!

Visit for a full list of events.

February 2020

Celebrate Homecoming with Patriot Pets

In honor of Homecoming, the Mason Staff Senate will be collecting photos of your furry, feathered, or otherwise friends! Send all submissions to, post on our Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter @gmustaffsenate.

In your submission, include the name, age, and breed of your pet (if applicable)! Feel free to also briefly share their adoption stories. Bonus points are awarded if your pet is showing off their Mason spirit! The deadline for submissions is February 19. 

Look for an album to be published on our Facebook page on February 22 to display our Patriot Pets.

February 2020

Latest Announcements: January

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, and publishes the Staff Senate newsletter.  

February 2020

March Staff Senate Meeting

Lester L. Arnold Sr., vice president for Human Resources and Payroll, Human Resources/Payroll. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

The March Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Lester Arnold, vice president for Human Resources and Payroll. He will share recent updates from Human Resources and Payroll.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
10 a.m. to noon (10 to 10:30 a.m for guest speaker, followed by the general meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon)
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Van Metre Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferenced)
WebEx: / Meeting Number (access code): 648 314 965  / Meeting password: 2ktMam99 or join by phone: 1-240-454-0879

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.

For questions, contact

February 2020

Faculty/Staff Meal Plan Promotion

Sodexo would like to announce a faculty/staff meal plan promotion.  To sign up, go to the Mason Card Office, SUB I, Lower Level.

For more information, visit or contact 703-993-2870.