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.

February 2020

Star Wars Night at EagleBank Arena

It’s Star Wars Night at EagleBank Arena as George Mason faces off against George Washington in the #RevRivalry Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4:30 p.m.

The first 1,000 fans in the door will receive a limited-edition Fleece Jersey Blanket. Enjoy a pre-game meet and greet with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Single tickets starting at $15. Shop now

Join the pre-game tailgate, a community-wide celebration, and show your Patriot pride among current students, alumni, and our surrounding community. Sign up now at!

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Learn Well-Being Leadership Skills for Success

Learn well-being leadership skills for success in these upcoming certificate programs from Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program

Cohort 9: September 2020 to January 2021 (application deadline is July 15, 2020)

Cohort 10: February 2021 to June 2021

Cohort 11: September 2021 to January 2022

The Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program is designed specifically for business professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture. The Mason coaching focus emphasizes strengths-based approaches and methodologies as well as transformative practices that deepen self-awareness, develop coaching presence, and facilitate organizational well-being. This experiential program features a competency and research-based curriculum that aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) requirements and coaching competencies.

Strengths-Based Leadership Program

May 8, 2020 or September 11, 2020

This one-day program shows leaders how to use their strengths to optimize leadership success. Research shows that using strengths-based leadership can lead to higher levels of employee motivation, engagement, and well-being. Leaders will experience a greater awareness of their unique mix of strengths and discover how to apply that knowledge to improve individual and organizational performance.

Leveraging the Power of Polarity Thinking Program

May 27–29, 2020

This three-day program equips leaders to use Polarity Thinking™ concepts, practices and tools, including the Polarity Map® and the Polarity Assessment™. Polarities are interdependent yet opposing forces that create tension in individuals, teams, and systems. Polarity Thinking will enable leaders to overcome their most complex and critical challenges by applying both/and thinking skills to the polarities they face in leadership. Leaders will gain experience managing polarities in a consulting/coaching client relationship by integrating what they have learned through an action learning project. Leaders will earn a certification in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation) through this program.

Questions? Contact or 703-993-6090.

February 2020

From our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Let’s Move Mason

Physical well-being is an important aspect of how we thrive. To aid in this, we are launching a new initiative for faculty and staff called, Let’s Move, Mason! This initiative is designed to get you moving throughout your day in a convenient way that is possible for you. Need some ideas on how to get moving? Check out the flyer!

With the addition of this new initiative, “Who’s Walking Wednesday?” is getting a new look and title! Now called, “We’re Walking Wednesday,” instead of weekly walks, this event is changing to a monthly time frame. Take a walk on campus on the first Wednesday of every month at noon with your campus colleagues! If you would like to lead one of the 12 walks throughout the year starting in January 2020, please sign up here. You do not need to wait for the monthly We’re Walking Wednesday to take a walk on campus! We encourage you to get moving in any way you can and want to throughout your day, and that includes getting a walk in on any day of the week.

Don’t forget to show us your moves! Tag Human Resources and Payroll (@GMUHRandPayroll) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #LiveWellMason.


Apply for Leadership Legacy

The Leadership Legacy Program, a partnership program sponsored by MasonLeads and Human Resources and Payroll, is designed for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development.

The program curriculum provides opportunities for experienced faculty and staff to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings.

Applications and nominations for the 2020-21 cohort of the Leadership Legacy Program are due March 5, 2020. To learn more, and to apply, visit


Employee of the Month Nominations

Do you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates with their colleagues, and supports the university? Then nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award!

Ready to nominate someone? Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll website.

If you have questions, contact


Inclement Weather Resources

Winter weather is here! Utilize the resources below to stay prepared.

Staying Updated
Stay updated on weather-related changes to the university’s schedule through Mason’s switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university’s homepage, as well as local media outlets.

Telework and Inclement Weather
Having telework agreements and technology in place in advance can come in handy if Mason experiences an extended weather event or other emergency.

Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

  • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed
  • The university is on a modified schedule

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. For more details, visit

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance
With winter here, review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy.