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!

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January 2020 Profile of a Senator

Meet Jessi Adams: Staff Senator and Fiscal Training Manager

Jessi Adams, Staff Senate. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Role: I educate members of the Mason community on the policies and procedures for making purchases on behalf of Mason and (ultimately) the state. I teach people how to appropriately spend state money!

Mason journey: I started in University Career Services in 2011 and transitioned to University Life’s central office in 2014. I joined Fiscal Services in 2017.

Live and learn: In May 2019, I earned my master’s degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management. We are a proud Mason family—my husband, Wayne Adams, is senior academic affairs coordinator in the College of Health and Human Services. He also earned his master’s degree here.

Best thing about working at Mason: The people! I love the work that I do and my ability to connect with individuals from all over campus no matter their position, title, or location. I enjoy helping people and encouraging them to be their best. The fiscal requirements of working for a state agency can be tedious, so I like to bring empathy, humanity, and a little bit of humor to the topic.

Why serve on Staff Senate: I want to be an advocate and a voice for staff members. I think everyone is valuable, and too often I hear from other staff members that they do not feel appreciated for what they bring to their team. Honestly, the staff (admins, analysts, advisors, and everyone in between) run this place, and we need to look out for those people who are the backbone of our community.

Added impact: I have worked hard, along with my supervisor, Heather Strange, to create the Fiscal Support and Connections Network (FSCN). This supportive and collaborative group of almost 200 people from all over the university come together once a month (roughly 20 to 50 people attend in-person or via WebEx) to share their knowledge, insight, and input to the fiscal procedures. Any Mason staffer who would like more information can contact me and subscribe to our newsletter for previous meeting notes and future dates.

At the end of the day: Mason is more than a job or a place of work for me; it is a family. A home. I have grown so much because of the people I have had the privilege to work alongside. I have discovered that in every experience and interaction we have a chance to learn and grow. Mason has made me the person I am today, for the better.

Newsletter April 2019

April 2019 Staff Senate Newsletter

The April edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available! Click here to view the newsletter in your browser.

Newsletter April 2015

Looking Ahead: Events for Mason Staff, April 2015

The April Staff Senate newsletter is out!

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June 2014 Newsletter

Join the Staff Senate: Nominations and Elections Coming Soon

Staff Senate Ask Me Button WRBecoming a staff senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and to have an impact beyond your workplace. The senate provides numerous opportunities to learn how the university functions from a variety of perspectives and to network with administrators and staff members outside your unit.

The Senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Two-year terms begin in August. 2014 dates are below:

  • Nominations accepted Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 20, 5:00 pm
  • Elections held Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 18, 5:00 pm

Read more about becoming a staff senator here.

June 2014 Newsletter

Staff Senate June General Meeting

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 pm

The Staff Senate June general meeting will feature guest speaker Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, who will discuss changes at Mason including construction, policies, University Process Improvement Council updates, Mason Matters and more.

The guest speaker begins at noon, followed by time for constituents to take the microphone to express their concerns or accolades. The business meeting begins at 1:00 pm. All are welcome, and registration is not necessary.

Meeting will be held on the Fairfax campus in the Innovation Hall 334; Arlington, Founders Hall B119; Prince William, Bull Run Hall 254; and Front Royal, Academic 219

June 2014 Newsletter

Have You Met Lucy?

Mason’s first K-9 officer Lucy
Mason’s first K-9 officer Lucy

The newest member of the George Mason University Police Department hails from England, enjoys a vigorous scratch behind her silky ears and has the best nose on the force.

Lucy, a two-year-old purebred English Springer Spaniel, became Mason’s first K-9 officer when she graduated from explosive ordnance detection school. Sporting a coat as lustrous as Kate Middleton’s locks and a vivacious personality to boot, Lucy is more than cuteness personified; she’s a working dog with a mission to protect and serve the George Mason community.

Learn more about Lucy here and meet her at the Summer Coffee Klatches.