July 2018

From our Friends in HR

1. Free Financial Counseling Sessions

Do you need financial counseling? Mason employees can register at no cost for on-campus, individual consultations with TIAA, Fidelity, ICMA-RC and VRS. These consultations can address topics related to investments, retirement planning, and other financial needs. To register, please visit

2. Well-Being Seminar: Stress Reduction Tool Bag

Details: Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall 1202 on July 12 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources & Payroll is offering a Well-being Lunch and Learn Series focusing on mental health topics.

July’s topic is Stress Reduction Tool Bag. This seminar will discuss good and bad stress. Participants will explore how to recognize the symptoms of stress and gain tools to manage stress, including mindful communication.

To Register, visit:

Questions: Contact Niki Imamura at

3. New Location for the Mason Discount Page

The Mason discount page has a new look and a new home! Your discounts are now more accessible than ever. Find all the discounts you receive as a Mason employee on the HR & Payroll website:

4. Emerging Leader Series

Apply for the next cohort of the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series!

The series begins in September 2018 and runs until November 2019. In addition to the curriculum, participants will:

  • Work with assigned workplace coaches to set goals related to their growth as a leader
  • Complete a developmental project
  • Work with peers across the university to learn more about the institution and to build a network of fellow supervisors

Find application materials and a program schedule at The application deadline is  Friday, July 13, at 5 p.m. Applicants must be Mason faculty or classified staff and must supervise at least one employee who is faculty or classified staff.

Please contact Robyn Madar, Program Manager/Trainer, at with questions. 

5. Sign Up to Lead Who’s Walking Wednesday

Sign up to lead a Who’s Walking Wednesday walk! Choose a date then lead the walking group for 30 minutes anywhere around campus. Walks begin every Wednesday at noon in the Wellness Circle at Merten Hall. Anyone can join! If you would like to sign up, visit

6. WeightWatchers at Work

If you are interested, WeightWatchers at Work meetings are held every Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Merten Hall 2500.

Courtesy of the Commonwealth of Virginia and WeightWatchers, eligible faculty and staff receive special pricing and a 50% reimbursement opportunity on valuable and convenient weight-loss solutions.

For more information on how to join WeightWatchers at Work meetings, visit or email

7. Eat Well Challenge 2018

CommonHealth, the state’s Employee Wellness Program, is challenging employees to eat healthy with the 2018 Eat Well Challenge!

Registration is open! Visit or sign up here today.

The first 1,000 employees to complete the challenge (including submitting the follow-up survey at the end of the challenge) will receive a Ginny B. Well pin.

Questions? Contact your agency coordinator, Bridget Peabody, at