October 2015

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Outstanding Achievement Awards
The deadline is fast approaching, so please don’t forget to submit your nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Awards by October 2.

We’ve also recently added The Civility Star Award and will be accepting nominations for that award through October 14. If you know someone who is a role model of civility and respect here at Mason, consider nominating them for this exciting and important new award. For questions, contact Beth Baroody at 703-993-2739 or email

Who Will Be #300?
Mason’s 300th Employee of the Month will be named in December. Submit your nomination now for your colleague to receive the honor of being #300. Nomination forms can be found at Questions? Call Beth Baroody at 703-993-2739.

October Learning Opportunities
October financial and physical well-being education classes are just a click away! This month, on-site classes (videoconferenced to Arlington and Science and Technology) include:

October 5 at noon: Joint Health: You Rest, You Rust with Patrice Winter of the College of Health and Human Services
October 12 at noon: Getting on the Right Path with Your Workplace Savings with Jeff Jones of Fidelity Investments
October 15 at noon: Brain Health as You Age with Christi Clark of Insight Memory Care Center
October 29 at noon: Transitioning from Career to Retirement with Marilyn Huang of TIAA-CREF
November 2 at noon: Preparing Your Savings for Retirement with Jeff Jones of Fidelity Investments

For more information and to register, visit

In addition to on-site classes, we hope you will visit the Financial Well-Being Portal, where you can find online sessions and a host of other financial resources to help you round out your personal financial knowledge.

TIAA-CREF’s Financial IQ Challenge 2.0
We are pleased to team up with TIAA-CREF to bring you the newest What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge. By testing your financial know-how, you could win a $25 Amex gift card!

From October 1 to October 31, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn important information about financial planning. The What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge 2.0 features all new topics and questions to test your financial knowledge. Each day, five new questions are added to the challenge. Every time you play, you are entered for a chance to win a $25 Amex gift card. The more you play, the better your chances of winning – so sign on every day! (All responses are confidential.) Ready to test your financial savvy?

Member Benefit Profiles Available at VRS
Annual Member Benefit Profiles (MBP) for faculty and staff who are enrolled in Plan 1 and Plan 2 of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) are now available by logging into your account at MBP’s provide information about your retirement and other benefits as a member of VRS. Questions? Email or call 703-993-27600 and ask for the Benefits Team.

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

Mason’s smoking policy is available at

Remember that courtesy can help bridge differences.  Let’s work together on this one.