May 2021

June Grab and Go Ice Cream Truck Staff Appreciations



The Staff Senate will host a Grab and Go Ice Cream Truck Staff Appreciation to kick-ff summer at three locations. Please register for the grab and go during an available time slot to ensure social distancing among attendees. Staff may register for the location of their choosing, whether it is their usual work site or the location closest to where they live.

Ice cream will be provided by Scoops2u

All participants must register in advance, wear face coversings, follow six feet of distance between participants, complete the Mason COVID Health Check, and prespare to show their green COVID Health Check status. If you have questions, please contact

May 2021

Message from the Chair: May 2021

This week, Mason is celebrating its graduates both in-person and virtually. As we honor their accomplishments, remember that your work as a staff member is also reflected in our students’ success!  

This year was unlike any other. Mason staff have gone above and beyond to work under challenging circumstances, keep our campuses safe, and help our students succeed. You did it, and I hope you take a moment to reflect on everything you have accomplished this year. 

In June, the Staff Senate will start accepting nominations for the annual senator election in July. Last year, we had more nominees than any year in recent memory. This was remarkable, considering the challenges of 2020. I hope you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague. It’s a great way to get involved at the university and contribute to a positive work-life experience at Mason. 

Lauren Clark Reuscher
Chair, Staff Senate 

May 2021

Pregnancy and Parenting rights under Title IX

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources for Students

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. Know your rights, and know where to get support.YOUR RIGHTS

  • You must be provided with reasonable adjustments, such as a larger desk, elevator access, or allowance for frequent bathroom breaks, when necessary because of your pregnancy.
  • You must be allowed to make up any work missed while on medical leave.
  • You must not be required to submit a doctor’s note for absences related to your pregnancy or childbirth, unless ALL students are required to submit a doctor’s note for absences and hospitalizations related to physical or emotional conditions.
  • You must be allowed to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities while you are pregnant.
  • Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused, for as long as your doctor deems necessary.
  • Your instructor may not refuse to allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. You should be allowed to make up any participation or attendance credits you did not have the chance to earn due to your pregnancy-related absence.


Student Health Services

Student Health Services offers both pregnancy testing (for a fee) and counseling regarding options, resources, and services available.

Office of Disability Services

Contact Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations (e.g., classroom furniture, location to retake exam) if you need assistance with a pregnancy-related condition.

New Student and Family Programs & Contemporary Student Services

Contemporary Student Services and New Student and Family Programs coordinate with faculty, staff, and outside organizations to provide information that meets the unique needs of Mason student-parents.

Child Care Services

The Child Development Center at the Fairfax Campus serves faculty, staff, and students at the university, with enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular child care is provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for children 2-5 years old. Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days per week.

Additional resources are available across local counties, including: Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County.

Lactation Spaces

The University supports working and learning mothers. As such, we offer private spaces on each campus to accommodate nursing mothers. Specific locations at the Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus, and SciTech Campus can be found online.

Title IX Website

Student-Parents Website

Resources for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Office of Compliance Diversity & Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus

Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

May 2021

Save the Date for Family Weekend

This past year has been incredibly challenging for everyone – our students, families, faculty, staff, and community. However, from challenges come innovation, persistence, courage, and creativity. From this, Family Programs looks toward the 2021-2022 academic year and how we can engage new and continuing families as well as all of you.

Please save the date for Family Weekend taking place October 15-17, 2021. Family Weekend is an annual, university-wide celebration that provides our community with the opportunity to connect, celebrate what it means to be a Patriot, and make new memories, which is why our program will include events for Mason students, adults, and children of all ages, as well as Mason faculty and staff. We are optimistic for the fall as we plan an in-person experience with virtual offerings that will feature the best of Mason.

Please mark this date on your calendar, help us spread the word, and/or contact the Family Programs team with any questions: Rebecca McCrory (, Daylen Orlick ( and Samaria Moss (

Stay tuned to and follow New Student and Family Programs socials for the most up-to-date information (@MasonNSFP on Instagram and Facebook). We look forward to welcoming your Mason family to Family Weekend 2021!


May 2021

April in Review

May 2021

June Staff Senate Meeting Announcement

The June Staff Senate Meeting will feature Leah Nichols, executive director, Institute for a Sustainable Earth, and Greg Farley, director, University Sustainability, to share, discuss, and receive feedback on the Mason Sustainability Council goals and guiding principles.

Wednesday, June 2
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
General meeting will follow from 11 a.m. to noon (agenda)
Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 976 1503 4925 / Passcode: 572793

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. Find ways to virtually engage with the senate before, during, and after general meetings.


May 2021

Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Recording

Interested in joining the Mason Staff Senate?  The senate hosted an information session for interested candidates. If you missed the session, you may review the recording.  If you have further questions, please email or learn more at Join the Senate.

May 2021

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship
Are you enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason? Then apply for the competitive $250 book scholarship for faculty and staff enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason.

The application deadline is June 11For details and to apply, please visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship web page. 

Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony Recording
If you missed the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony, you can watch a recording of the ceremony.

Congratulations again to all the award winners.

TIAA Financial Seminars
Looking to learn more about your finances?

TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more.   

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer Search Page
George Mason University believes that diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy to an academic community. George Mason is currently in the search process for the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer. 

To provide transparency and to keep the community involved, we created this search information page. Frequently visit this page to stay updated on: 

  • The hiring timeline 
  • Search process updates 
  • Opportunities for the community to be involved 
  • Search committee members 

We look forward to keeping the community informed and involved. If you have questions, please email  

Summer Camp Resources
Start planning for summer now! To help families with children, we compiled a list of summer camps and activities at Mason and in the surrounding community. The list is organized by area and links directly to the activity page. 

If you have questions about a specific camp, please contact the camp directly. 

May 2021

People Finder: Adding Pronouns to Your Listing

People Finder, Mason’s online directory, can display pronouns for faculty, staff, and affiliates. Mason employees may choose to add this information to People Finder by using the online form to update their listing.

Adding pronouns to People Finder helps build an inclusive and welcoming community at Mason and supports university initiatives recognizing chosen names and pronouns.

For questions related to People Finder, contact


Profile of a Senator May 2021

Meet Stephanie Zeher: Staff Senator and Office Manager/Executive Assistant in the School of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephanie Zeher, Office Manager/Executive Assistant, School of Integrative Studies. Photo by Creative Services

ROLES: I wear many hats in the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) and love each one. SIS enables students to design an individualized course of study or choose from many concentrations. I help faculty with the promotion and tenure process, run our website and social media accounts, execute all the hiring contracts for full-time faculty and adjunct faculty, and serve on our scholarship committee, among other things!

One of my favorite parts of my job is planning our SIS Degree Celebration Ceremony, annually held in the Center for the Arts. The past two years have been a much different experience but I truly believe the university has done its best to make it as special as possible for the students. The logistics of planning a graduation event range from student awards, live and streamed music, program creation, day-of timelines, scripts, and so much more! I love seeing it all come together and the joy in the students’ faces when they cross the stage.

I’ve been working a 32-hour-a-week schedule since 2015, which contributes to a wonderful work-life balance.

MASON JOURNEY: This September will mark my 15th year at Mason. My first job was in the Office of the Registrar at the ripe age of 21. I spent seven years in the degree compliance section, still some of my fondest memories at Mason. I also took advantage of the staff tuition waiver and completed a graduate certificate in higher education administration. I then spent two years in the College of Education and Human Development as the advising and outreach coordinator within the Academic Affairs Office. I went back to the Registrar’s Office for another two years as the consortium coordinator before taking my current role in the School of Integrative Studies four years ago.

You might say I’ve been around the block! My hope is that the variety of my work experiences lends itself to being a successful Staff Senator. This is my second time serving on the Staff Senate. The first was from 2011 to 2013.

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT MASON: The people! I’m always blown away at the amazing things faculty are researching and accomplishing in their fields. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest staff around! I’m so grateful for the friendships I’ve developed over the years. I love making new staff connections across campus. The students at Mason are so inspiring, especially during this past year. They are so resilient and carry so much more on their shoulders than I did when I was their age.

WHY I SERVE ON THE SENATE: I am one of the biggest cheerleaders Mason can have! I’m always singing the praises of the amazing environment this campus provides to all its constituents. On the flip side, if I feel as though a process or policy can be done better or is lacking a staff point of view, then I’m also the first to use my voice. I tend to get pretty passionate about issues as well. A few things I’m currently working on are implementing a flexible plastic recycling program (Trex’s “Bags to Benches”), encouraging the university to divest from fossil fuels, increasing child care options on campus for students, making senior leadership aware of the new software platform fatigue that staff are feeling, and bringing my 15 years of experience to the newly formed Faculty and Staff Experience (formerly called the Quality Work Life) Committee.

UNIQUE FACT: I’ve made 464 wreaths since the summer of 2019! I’ve sold 393 and given away 71. I do all the holidays and mostly use burlap and florals in my designs. I am so grateful to have a craft and hobby that has kept me entertained, especially with all the time we spent indoors in 2020. But don’t be surprised if you catch me on the soccer field watching my two boys (ages 5 and 7) play while also building a wreath.

AT THE END OF THE DAY: I have every intention of retiring from Mason. Something that I’d really like to do before I retire is to attend a study abroad trip with Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL), housed within the School of Integrative Studies.