From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Get Your Spring into Well-Being
Spring into Well-Being kicked off with Good Deeds Day and the Ask Me About Well-Being Tents on March 19. The celebration continues every week through April 30. There are lots of terrific ways to build your vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. Some events are long-standing favorites, and others are brand new. View the entire schedule at wbu.gmu.edu/spring-into-well-being.

Here’s just a small sample:

  • April 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Health and Fitness Expo at the Freedom and Aquatic Center at the Prince William Campus
  • April 15, 12 p.m.: Who’s Walking Wednesday special team-theme walk. Gather your colleagues and come dressed in a team-theme. It can be something super-simple, like everyone wears the same color t-shirt or hat, to something a little more involved. For example, the Fairfax walk leader is planning to arrive dressed as a carrot. No matter how you are dressed, we hope you will come out to take a walk in Arlington, Fairfax, or Prince William. The largest team dressed in a team-theme on each campus wins a pizza party donated by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.
  • April 23, 12 p.m.: 19th annual Victims’ Rights Run/Walk. Register online.

With supervisor permission, faculty and staff participation is encouraged. A reasonable amount of time spent at Spring into Well-Being events is considered training time and part of the Mason work day.

April is Financial Literacy Month
In honor of Financial Literacy Month, a number of financial education opportunities are available to Mason staff. Attend and upcoming financial well-being seminar:

  • April 13:  Confident Investing in any Market (Jeff Jones of Fidelity Investments)
  • April 21:  Getting Your Financial Records in Order (Kate DeWitt of Personal Money Matters)
  • April 28:  Money at Work #1: Foundations of Investing (Lisa Fulco of TIAA-CREF)
  • May 5:  Money at Work #2: Sharpening Investment Skills (Lisa Fulco of TIAA-CREF)

Register for classes at hr.gmu.edu/learning. Click on the Course Calendar tab.

​In our financial well-being portal, there are also a number of online opportunities for staff to engage in financial education at a time convenient to them. We particularly want to call your attention to some resources targeted specifically to women and the LGBT community, including:

From TIAA-CREF:

  • Start to Finish: The Early Career Woman’s Guide to Financial Wisdom
  • She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing
  • Postcards From the Future: A Woman’s Guide to Financially Ever After
  • Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women
  • Attention to Detail: Financial Finishing Touches for Women
  • Equally Prepared: Financial Planning for the LGBT Community (TIAA-CREF)

From Fidelity Investments:

  • Women and Investing
  • TIAA-CREF offers a site called Woman2Woman and an in-person seminar series for women (men are also welcome). The only hurdle is that we need about 35 people to commit to participate. Ask your staff to preview a TIAA-CREF online session. If they enjoy them and would be willing to participate in a four-session, in-person series held in Fairfax and videoconferenced to Arlington and Prince William, ask them to email worklife@gmu.edu and let us know of their interest. They can select sessions scheduled in summer 2015, fall 2015, or spring 2016. Once we have about 35 interested participants, we can reach out to TIAA-CREF and schedule the sessions.

DMV2Go Schedule
DMV2Go is coming to all three campuses in April! For dates, times, and locations, see hr.gmu.edu/worklife/documents/DMV2Go2015Schedule.pdf.


Posted: March 24, 2015