June 2017

From our Friends in HR

Physical Well-Being: Dimensions Tobacco Free Program

Dimensions is a 6-week course that provides education and skills to people who want to gain and maintain a tobacco free life.  An interest meeting, facilitated by Amanda Pusey of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, will be held on Tuesday, June 6 from noon-1 pm in SUB I, Room 4210.  Classes will be held at noon on Tuesdays from June 13 through July 25 (no class the week of July 3).  Sponsored by the Student Support and Advocacy Center, HR & Payroll, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.  For additional information and to register for the interest meeting, please visit

Social Well-Being: Family Matters Podcast Series

Tune into the Family Matters podcast series, brought to you by Bright Horizons®, for information on parenting, care-giving, and managing work with everyday life.  Throughout the hustle and bustle of daily life, you may have questions, concerns, or simply need support. Bright Horizons parenting and education experts are here to help you navigate the parenting journey.

For details, please see the flyer at

Career Well-Being: Flexible Summer at Mason

Summer is right around the corner and so is “Flexible Summer @ Mason” ( which runs from Sunday, June 18 through Saturday, August 12. During this time, if and when possible, it is strongly suggested that departments make a concerted effort to integrate some type(s) of flex-work into their daily operations. Human Resources and Payroll will host drop-in sessions about Flexible Summer @ Mason to answer any questions individuals may have. Visit for dates, times, and location of the sessions. A special abbreviated “Flexible Summer @ Mason” agreement form ( can be found at

Career Well-Being: Background Check Process Reminder

As you know, the Background Check Policy now includes all employees.  We are writing to remind you of the process that’s required for new or rehired benefited and non-benefited employees.  Please visit our webpage for background check process details.

Questions regarding the policy, our vendor, or the background check process? Contact Jessica Cain at 3.5298 or email

Community Well-Being: Smoking/Vaping Policy at Mason

A reminder that, as a state agency, Mason abides by Commonwealth policy on smoking as well as Mason’s own policy.  Please do not smoke within 25’ of any building entrance/exit, window, air intake or covered walkway (including parking structures). Additionally, please dispose of cigarette butts properly by putting them in a receptacle designed for this purpose. Please do not litter.  The use of e-cigarettes follows the same guidelines as the use of all tobacco products.  A flyer on courtesy bridging differences between non-smokers and smokers can be found at

Financial Well-Being: FromYouFlowers Discount Now 25%

We’re happy to announce that the discount for FromYouFlowers has increased from 20% to 25%.  Visit Mason’s customized website at for details.