June 2015

From Our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

“Who’s Walking Wednesday?”  led by David Wu, Mason’s new provost and executive vice president, kicks off Making Mason Magic: Summer Smooth, a wellness and well-being initiative. photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
“Who’s Walking Wednesday?” led by Provost Wu during summer 2014. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

June is National Employee Well-Being Month
Mason is a proud sponsor of National Employee Well-Being Month. Time to create a healthier lifestyle at work and at home. Let the weekly themes – connect, move, nourish and recharge – guide you on your path to increased well-being.  This first week, connect with family, friends, and co-workers, or try a device-free night. Visit for additional resources and opportunities.

Summer-Inspired Recognition
Reward & Recognition has some fun, summer-inspired awards perfect for spreading a little sunshine by recognizing a colleague.

  • Flip-flops in sizes small (6-7), medium (8) or x-large (11+). Indicate size when ordering.
  • Shoelace pouches hold keys or money and clip to your shoelaces or belt. These are great to use while walking, running, or when you don’t want to bring your purse or wallet.

To request an item, email with the employee’s name, G number, and reason for the award.  Visit for more information.

Global Professional Staff Exchange Program
The Office of Global Strategies, in coordination with the Staff Senate, is once again offering the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program. Now in its third year, the Global Professional Staff Exchange Program offers an international professional development exchange experience for staff that will enhance global awareness, encourage cross-cultural perspectives, and broaden professional expertise through direct in-service experience.

Upcoming opportunities include Spain in the fall of 2015 and Mason Korea in the spring of 2016 (application deadline is June 26).

For details, visit the Mason Staff Exchange Program website.

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Applications
Mason is offering a competitive $250 book scholarship created with the $25,000 endowment received from TIAA-CREF’s 2010 Raise the Rate contest. The application deadline is June 15, and applying is easy. For details, visit  The application is available online.

Contributions to the book scholarship foundation account are always welcome at The account number is #160013, Raise the Rate.

Café Rio Discount and More
With a Mason ID, faculty, staff, students, and retirees receive 50% off on the first Wednesday of every month through June 2015 at four Café Rio locations. For details, see the Café Rio flyer.

Visit the Life/Work Connections Discount Page for other opportunities to save.