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Profile of a Senator July 2021

Meet Erin Iacangelo Rogers: Staff Senate Chair and Event Coordinator, SciTech Executive Office

 

ROLES: I manage SciTech event requests through 25Live, handle contracting with non-Mason event clients, give tours of the event spaces, provide logistical support to event clients, and provide coordination services for special events. This position allows me to be more connected with our Mason community and the surrounding community.

COVID-19 TRANSITION: The transition to telework and virtual programming was hard on events. We had to act fast in the event office to pivot and support virtual events. This meant doing industry research to find and purchase the best equipment to support this new virtual world. As restrictions reduced we also had to adapt to hybrid events and what that would look like for us and our clients. I’m thankful for the opportunities this presented me. I was able to learn a lot about managing virtual and hybrid events and expanded on my skill set as an event coordinator.

MASON JOURNEY: I began my Mason journey as a freshman in fall 2008 in the young degree of tourism and events management. In early 2010 I started working for University Life SciTech as the assistant special event coordinator then moved on to Artist Services with the Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts. I briefly left Mason after graduating in 2012 then returned in 2015 in my current position as event coordinator. I just couldn’t stay away from the Mason Nation community! In my time at Mason I was nominated to serve on the Staff Senate in 2016, became co-chair to the events committee, nominated as vice chair in 2019 and as of this month have begun to serve as chair. I’m excited to see how my journey continues.

WHY I SERVE ON STAFF SENATE: Working out of the Executive Office provides numerous opportunities to collaborate with Mason leadership and VIPs outside of the university. I saw the senate as a great opportunity to expand my Mason knowledge, network, advocate, and be more in the pulse of the university.

AT THE END OF THE DAY: I am a Mason Patriot whether on the clock or at home. I am always finding myself working Mason into conversation. When I do disconnect from work I enjoy spending time with my two bunnies, new puppy, and going on hikes with my husband.

 

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July 2021

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes
Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips! These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website each week for a new tip!

Strategies for the Sandwich Generation
July 27 at 12 p.m. ET

Double the care, double the love: the Sandwich Generation has the unique role of caring for children and parents at the same time. Join Bright Horizons for a webinar to dive into helpful strategies to care for them and for yourself. Register online.

Click the photo to access the Resilience Toolkit! Then, click directly on the links on the Resilience Toolkit to access these resources.

New Resilience Toolkit
Sometimes, we all feel overwhelmed and become unsure of how to deal with the stress in life. Building resilience can help us learn to handle the stress so we can bounce back and rediscover the energy needed to create positive solutions.

Press pause for a moment and press play on our new Resilience Toolkit. This toolkit is packed with resilience-building tools like a fun resilience music playlist, mental toughness webinars, asynchronous learning opportunities, short videos on stress, weekly wellness updates, and personalized programs at your fingertips.

DHRM Employee Experience Magazine
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the spring edition of the DHRM Employee Experience Magazine, here are a few highlights:

• Do you have a colleague who motivated others to maintain their health and wellness this year? Nominate them for the CommonHealth Wellness Champion Award
• If you have observed an employee (or group of employees) going above and beyond to help maintain operations, assist others, or ensure safety, you can recognize them by submitting to DHRM. This information will be posted to their website and social media.
• Have you found it challenging to recognize your co-workers while working remotely? Check out these tips for virtual employee recognition.

You are encouraged to take a few minutes to browse the magazine for more articles and tips to help you improve your engagement and well-being.

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July 2021

Updates from Parking and Transportation: July 2021

Parking Services Building at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Parking

Fall 2021 parking passes go on sale online on Monday, Aug. 2. Hang tags will be returning, but annual permits will not be sold for academic year 2021–22. The longest duration is a semester pass. There are also daily, weekly, and monthly options. Visit parking.gmu.edu and select “Faculty and Staff Parking.” 

Payroll Deduction Permits

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who is planning to return to campus and wants to reinstate your payroll deduction permit? If so, complete a Payroll Deduction form (Fairfax/SciTech or Arlington).   Questions? Call Parking Services at 703-993-2710 (Fairfax), 703-993-8007 (Arlington), or 703-582-4698 (SciTech).  

Transportation for the New Academic Year

While some staff have been on campus throughout the pandemic, many of you might be planning your transition back to campus in August. Parking and Transportation has put together some information to assist you as you plan your return. 

We hope you will consider commuting using a new mode for some or all of your journey! If you have any questions, reach out to 703-993-2828 or transpo@gmu.edu. 

Car and Vanpool

Are you looking for some insight on how to commute to and from campus during the fall semester? Ridesharing is a great option for those looking to potentially save at least $1000 a year, cut time from their commute, help reduce traffic for their community, and shrink their carbon footprint.

For some background information, visit Is Ridesharing a Commuting Option for You? 

When choosing to vanpool, you can also utilize Mason’s Commuter Choice subsidy that provides up to $270/month for vanpool monthly costs.   

Carpool/Vanpool Q&A Session: July 27

If you have questions about ridesharing, join Katie Thompson, transit consultant with Commute 66, along with Josh Cantor and Janet Walker of Mason Parking and Transportation for a drop-in session on Tuesday, July 27, from 10–11:30 a.m. 

Drop by to ask questions on commuting and learn about the resources available in the region. No need to register; just join them on July 27 at https://gmu.zoom.us/j/94993575101?pwd=d1RQbTVRTzRFY1kwUkJHbmxDR1N4UT09  

Recruiting Vanpool Riders from the Fredericksburg, VA Area 

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area? Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $270/month, tax-free, not have to do all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions? 

If so, consider vanpooling. Parking and Transportation is starting with the Fredericksburg area and has developed a short vanpool match survey. We will be recruiting for other vanpools in the future. 

Biking

Do you live within a few miles of a Mason campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being?

All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program. The program now has four tiers of support. The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive. The new, introductory tier requires just five rides per quarter.

For details, visit bike.gmu.edu and scroll to the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program.

Need help planning your route? Visit Community Biking Resources and scroll to the bottom. 

Mason Shuttles

For faculty/staff planning a return to campus in August, a reminder that Mason Shuttles is operating on a summer schedule for most of August. 

There are two routes operating this summer: Fairfax to SciTech (on a reduced operating schedule) and the On-Demand Shuttle, which serves stops on and around the Fairfax Campus. 

The CUE bus is operating on its regular schedule with service to Vienna Metro. 

For details on the Mason Shuttles summer schedule, visit shuttle.gmu.edu. Schedules for fall will be posted in early August.  Although service will be much more robust than last year, it will not be at pre-pandemic levels. Fall service is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 20, or Monday, Aug. 23, depending upon the route.   

COVID Response on Mason Shuttles

A reminder that a valid Mason ID is required to ride Mason Shuttles.   

Masks continue to be required to ride Mason Shuttles by all passengers, regardless of vaccination status. Mason and CUE follow the CDC Order regarding buses. 

Due to COVID-19, guests are not permitted to ride on Mason Shuttles until further notice.  

On-Demand Shuttle

Mason Shuttles is offering an on-demand shuttle service on and around the Fairfax Campus. This is a shared ride service with designated pick-up and drop-off locations. Waits time for pick up vary depending upon how many people have requested the service. 

For details, visit shuttle.gmu.edu and select the On-Demand Shuttle. 

Commuter Choice

If you’re a full-time faculty or staff member who uses public transportation to travel to and from work, you can use the Commuter Choice program. This program covers qualified transportation expenses (not parking) up to the IRS limit of $270/month, based upon your actual commuting costs. 

For details, visit Commuter Choice. The deadline to request September benefits (the deadline for August has passed) is Tuesday, Aug. 10.   

SmarTrip Cards and WMATA Improvements

Metro (WMATA) is installing new fare gates at their Metro stops over the next year. The new faregates will not accept older SmarTrip cards (purchased before 2012). If you are a current or future participant in Mason’s Commuter Choice program, visit Commuter Choice and Metro Fare Gates Update for information on how to check your SmarTrip card and replace it if needed.  

ParkMobile at Mason

If you’re coming to campus and looking for a convenient way to park, some areas of the Fairfax and SciTech campuses are linked to the ParkMobile app. For locations and codes, visit Quick Links on transportation.gmu.edu/parking-services. If you have questions, call 703-993-2710 or email parking@gmu.edu. 

 

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July 2021

Degree Completion Recognition Bonus

 

Recently earned a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree? Did you know that Mason departments may award recognition bonuses up to $5000?

Since January 2019, departments have been permitted to award recognition bonuses to administrative/professional faculty, instructional/research faculty, research staff, and non-probationary classified employees who earned a degree or qualifying certification. Non-student wage employees, student workers, and adjunct faculty are not eligible for the degree or certification bonus. This bonus is discretionary pay. 

View more information here: Degree and Certification Recognition Bonus Guidelines and Form

 

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July 2021 Sustainability at Work

Sustainability at Work: July 2021

Single-Use Plastics and Polystyrene are Banned at George Mason University

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 77 in March 2021 effectively banning single-use plastics and polystyrene from state agencies, including Mason. Mason purchasers and vendors, please review guidance (below) about acceptable items you can purchase as alternatives after July 21, 2021.   

As an overall waste reduction strategy, let’s reframe our thinking to “Buy Less, Buy Better.” If you purchase giveaways, support sustainability by purchasing durable, climate-neutral reusables, or contact the task force.  

Questions?    

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July 2021

Voting in the Staff Senate Election

 

Voting in the Staff Senate Election occurs from July 12 through July 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. Ballots were distributed to constituents’ email inboxes on July 12. Each ballot can be completed only once. If you did not receive the ballot or have any questions, please email staffsenate@gmu.edu.

Click here for more details.

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July 2021

June in Review

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Staff Senate Fall Meeting Schedule

The Staff Senate will be in recess during the month of July while we focus on our Staff Senate Election. During August, we will have a closed session to welcome newly elected senators and plan for the new academic year. Our meetings occur the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July and January) from 10 a.m. to noon. You can add a hold to your calendar by clicking here. We are determining the format of our meetings, but our virtual option will continue. See below for Zoom access information:

Zoom Meeting: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93999749658?pwd=UGRZMXdJbFpXaXpRdmRhdG1wMXMyZz09
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754