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Voting in the 2022 Staff Senate Election

 

Voting in the Staff Senate Election occurs from July 11 through July 22, 2022, at 5 p.m. Ballots were distributed to constituents’ email inboxes on July 11. 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 2022

Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series 

Applications are now open for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series (ELSS). This program aims to support Mason supervisors as they:

  • Develop a leadership mindset
  • Create and implement a vision for their own leadership and their team
  • Lead a high-performing team
  • Learn tools and strategies to grow their self-awareness, relationships, and communication skills, which will support the above three objectives

In addition to the in-class curriculum, participants will:

  • Complete a developmental project
  • Work with peers across the university to build a network of fellow supervisors
  • Work with coaches/mentors to set goals related to their growth as leaders

The program begins in September 2022 and runs until December 2023. This will be an in-person cohort. Applicants who work fully remotely will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that applicants must be Mason faculty or classified staff and must supervise at least one faculty or classified staff employee.

For more information, including registration details and the program schedule, visit the Organizational Development and Learning website.

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July 2022

RAMP Grants and Agreements Modules Go-Live

The new Research Administration Management Portal (RAMP) Grants and Agreements modules went live on July 11, 2022. RAMP, an integrated research web-based system to support Mason’s growing research enterprise, is supported by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) team and Information Technology Services (ITS). Faculty and staff who have a question or issue can enter a RAMP ticket for support or send an email to RAMP@gmu.edu, which will be routed to the appropriate team member for follow-up. 

Virtual live training sessions for RAMP are available for registration via MasonLEAPS.  Just go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab and search for “RAMP.”  Training sessions include the following:  

  • RAMP Exploratory Lab
  • RAMP Create a Funding Proposal
  • RAMP Create a Budget
  • RAMP Complete SF424
  • RAMP Ancillary Review, Certify and Submit, Sponsor Requests

 

In addition, training materials to include a series of short videos and quick reference guides for RAMP are available to the research community for their reference in MasonLEAPS by searching “RAMP.”  Please visit https://ramp.gmu.edu/training/ for additional training information and https://ramp.gmu.edu/resources/ for additional RAMP resources. 

Please email the Project Team at ramp@gmu.edu any time with questions, and be sure to visit the RAMP website at https://ramp.gmu.edu/ to keep up-to-date with the project. 

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July 2022

Patriot Green Fund

You can help green Mason with the Patriot Green Fund!  

Do you have an idea for how to make your workspace, projects, or operations more sustainable? The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) can help!  

The PGF is a $100,000 annual fund from Mason Facilities that finances infrastructure improvements and student research efforts that reduce Mason’s environmental impact.  

Any current student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project, and quick fund applications can be submitted any time.  

 Staff have used the PGF to bring water bottle refill stations and recycling bins to campus buildings, upgrade necessary equipment for more energy efficient alternatives, reduce the amount of waste their operations produce, and more! 

Learn more about the PGF, check out the list of past projects, and submit a short interest form today at pgf.gmu.edu! 

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July 2022

Summer Camps at Mason

Students work on a project in a Mason Community Arts Academy class. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Visit camps.gmu.edu for a list of summer camps and youth programs offered at Mason. The website includes camps sponsored by Mason programs/departments, as well as external groups that host camps on a Mason campus.   

Summer camps at Mason cover a wide variety of topics and activities, including academics, the arts, recreation, and sports. Both in-person and virtual options are listed on the website.  

Questions about individual camps should be directed to the camp organizers.   

For questions about the summer camps website, contact gmutoday@gmu.edu. 

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July 2022

Mason Square Weekly Plaza Events

Plaza at Mason Square. Photo by University Life Arlington

Come to the plaza at Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) for dynamic weekly programming and ongoing special events. All programming is free and open to the public!  

Check out the Game Social every day at noon, or the Craft Social at 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.  

Weekly events include:   

  • Monday: Yappy Hour on the Plaza (bring your furry friends) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Coach Reza   
  • Tuesday: Hip Hop Dance Class with Ava Dance Company   
  • Wednesday: Movement and Self-Mastery   
  • Thursday: Flow Yoga with Mind the Mat   
  • Friday: Chess Social    
  • And more  

View the complete schedule of events. Contact University Life at ularl@gmu.edu with questions. 

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July 2022

Meal Plans for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can purchase meal plans, too! Faculty and staff Byte Plans are available with the following options for the fall semester:  

  • 50 Meal Swipes: $395 ($7.90 per meal)  
  • 25 Meal Swipes: $215 ($8.60 per meal)  
  • 10 Meal Swipes: $95 ($9.50 per meal)  

Door prices (without meal plan):   

  • Breakfast: $9.50  
  • Lunch: $11  
  • Dinner: $12  

Swipes can be used at Southside, The Globe, and Ike’s. Byte Plans can be purchased in person in the Mason Card Office located in SUB I, Room 1203 (bring your Mason ID) or online. Visit the Mason Dining website for more information. 

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July 2022

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship: Apply by July 15

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Applications are now accepted for the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. This $250 annual award was created to encourage and advance continuing education for Mason faculty and classified staff. The application period closes July 15.   

For eligibility criteria, FAQs, and instructions for applying, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship page. 

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July 2022

Financial Wellness Resources from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM)

Highlights from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM):

Check out this month’s financial wellness newsletter and the items below to obtain the details of the financial education offerings and resources. 

VRS. Whether you’re paying down debt or saving for a future goal, financial stress can either motivate you to make positive changes, or it can affect your well-being. In just 25 minutes, the Managing Financial Stress course in myVRS Financial Wellness will explain financial stress and generate a personalized action plan that offers tips and analysis. See the full suite of interactive courses when you log in to your myVRS account and select Financial Wellness. 

Employee Discounts. Have you visited the state employee discounts page? Find information here on discounts you receive as a state employee! Be sure to check back often for updates. State Employee Discounts 

Employee Assistance Program. All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have employee assistance programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling, and legal or financial services. Learn more 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. State employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Learn more

 

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July 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

 

Free and No ID: City of Fairfax CUE Bus 

A reminder that the City of Fairfax CUE bus is free for all Mason students, faculty, and staff.  Because CUE is operating fare-free until at least June 2025, you no longer need to show your Mason ID.  CUE departs from Rappahannock River Lane and all of its routes stop at Vienna Metro.  

Did you know you can track CUE buses on the RideSystems app?  Just select the menu button, choose “Change transit agency” from the menu, and select CUE Bus – City of Fairfax.  You can also track CUE on the TransLoc app. 

For information on CUE schedules, CUE’s Zero-Fare Pilot, and CUE’s bus tracking, please visit http://www.cuebus.org. 

New Mason Shuttles Stops 

New stops have been added to both the Gunston Mason and the Fairfax/Mason Square (Arlington) routes. 

  • Gunston Mason – two stops have been added on Fair Lakes Parkway 
  • Fairfax/Mason Square (Arlington) – a stop has been added at Fairfax Circle 

For details, please visit Shuttle Announcements at https://transportation.gmu.edu/news/shuttle/.  Questions?  Reach out to Parking and Transportation at 3-2828 or via email at shuttle@gmu.edu. 

  

  

Reminder: Vanpool Formation – Loudoun County to Fairfax Campus 

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in Loudoun County and works on the Fairfax Campus?  Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $280/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 has developed a short vanpool match survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LoudounVanpool 

  

More detailed information about vanpooling at Mason is available at https://transportation.gmu.edu/transportation-services/#CarpoolVanpool.  If you have any questions about vanpooling – whether you live in Loudoun County or not – please reach out to us at transpo@gmu.edu 

  

Commuter Choice Reminder 

If you’re a full-time faculty or staff member, you have access to the Commuter Choice program which covers qualified transportation expenses (not parking) up to the IRS limit of $280/month based upon your actual commuting costs.  For details, please visit https://transportation.gmu.edu/transportation-services/#CommuterChoice.  The deadline to receive August funds is Thursday, July 7.  If you have any questions, please contact Parking and Transportation at 3-2828 or via email at transpo@gmu.edu. 

  

Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice 

Do you live within a few miles of campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being?  All faculty and staff (non-student) are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program.  The program has four tiers of support.  The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive.  The introductory tier is just 5 rides per quarter. For details, please visit http://bike.gmu.edu and select the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program.  

  

Need help finding a comfortable route to campus?  Visit our biking resource page at https://transportation.gmu.edu/transportation-services/bicycle-programs/#BikingResources  

 

Questions?  Email us at transpo@gmu.edu.