September 2017

From Our Friends in HR

Reminder: Need some extra hands?

Talent Acquisition is happy to provide Mason Talent Temps, an alternative to recruiting wage or seasonal employees through eWork and available at a reduced cost compared to external temp agencies. Talent Acquisition manages a vetted and on boarded (yes, that means no EPAFs) pool of ready employees with skill sets ranging from reception and administrative support to financial and technology professionals.  Mason Temps can provide temporary help for a few days, or up to 40 hours per week for up to 9 months.

Have questions? Please take a look at our Q&A.
To request a Mason Talent Temp, please complete the electronic form.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Achievement Awards

Nominate a colleague for the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Awards.  The nomination deadline is September 29, 2017 and there are guidelines to help you prepare a nomination.  Join us for the 20th anniversary of this awards ceremony on November 2, 10:30 a.m. – Noon in Dewberry Hall.

Questions?  Please call Beth Baroody at 3-2739.

World Gratitude Day: September 21

Join Beth Baroody, Reward and Recognition Coordinator, on World Gratitude Day, September 21 from noon-2pm in Merten Hall, Room 1201.  Beth will help you enhance your gratitude practices towards your Mason colleagues with some resources and information.  Make a point to express gratitude to one of your colleagues with a heart-felt thank you on World Gratitude Day or any day.

Save the Dates: Healthy Campus Week

As part of University’s collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America, Mason will be celebrating Healthy Campus Week from September 25-October 1.  It’s a terrific opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to connect with making the healthy choice, the easy choice!  A schedule is available on the Wellness by Mason site; please check back as events are being added.  Events include:

  •  Physical Well-Being Seminar Series: CommonHealth, Think About It

Join Amy Moore, from CommonHealth, as she shares what you can do to keep your brain healthy. Keeping your brain healthy isn’t hard. It involves living intentionally and caring for your brain and your body every day. CommonHealth has broken it down into 5 easy steps: learn more, get moving, stay connected, eat right, and take charge.  The session will be held on Monday, September 25 at noon and will be videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  For locations and to register, please visit

  • Mindfulness Practices for the Mason Community

Join leaders from University Life, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Human Resources & Payroll as they facilitate a variety of mindfulness practices each Tuesday from noon-12:45pm through December 19 in SUB I #3309.  For more information, please visit the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

  • The Move to Improve Challenge

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), Charity Miles and Meredith Publishing Company have launched the Move to Improve Challenge with a goal of achieving 20.17 million miles of movement in 2017! Charity Miles raises support for PHA’s mission for every mile logged.

This Challenge is free for Mason and is underway right now. It will run through the end of 2017. The school with the most miles logged during Healthy Campus Week will be recognized across PHA’s channels!  We hope you’ll help Mason help others.  For details on how to join, please visit

9/11 Day of Service, Women Giving Back Clothing Drive

Between now and September 11, as part of the 5th Annual Mason Day of Service, a clothing drive is being held on behalf of Women Giving Back, a local non-profit that provides free clothing to women and children in Northern Virginia homeless shelters.

Items they need:

Suits, separates, business attire, shoes, jewelry, coats, unopened makeup and toiletries, purses and business accessories. Also, children’s clothing, shoes, books and toys.

Boxes are now available in:

  • Child Development Center
  • CHSS, Buchanan 201 (formerly Mason Hall)
  • Colgan Hall 217, SciTech
  • Founders Hall 220, Arlington
  • Freedom Center Lobby, SciTech
  • HR & Payroll, Merten, Suite 4100
  • ITS Support Center, Innovation Hall 226
  • Patriot Tech, Johnson Center, Room 133
  • Collaborative Learning Hub, Johnson Center, Room 311
  • Aquia, Room 349

If boxes are full prior to 9/11, please contact Whitney Sublett at or Janet Walker at and they will stop by to collect the donations.  Otherwise, volunteers will stop by on 9/11 to pick up the boxes and their contents.  Questions?  Please contact Whitney or Janet.

Smoking at Mason

A gentle reminder that, as a state agency, Mason abides by Commonwealth policy on smoking.  Please do not smoke within 25’ of any building, including parking structures.  Additionally, please dispose of cigarette butts properly by putting them in a receptacle designed for this purpose.  Please do not litter.

Mason’s smoking/vaping policy is available at Please remember that courtesy can help bridge differences.  Let’s work together on this one.