Staff Senate - George Mason University

Staff Senate - George Mason University We are the voice of classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.

Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage staff at George Mason University. We encourage participation through feedback, and attendance at general meetings, educational forums, and other sponsored events. Our positive and collaborative working relationships with the administration, Faculty Senate, and Student Government help the Senate to find common areas of concern and make the

case for change that will benefit the staff at Mason, as well as the entire campus community. Through our work together, we can all continue to make Mason a great place to work! If you would like to join the Staff Senate listserve or have any questions or concerns for the Senate, please send us an email.

Staff Senate Winter Virtual TriviaThe Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter Virtual Trivia on...
12/07/2023

Staff Senate Winter Virtual Trivia

The Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter Virtual Trivia on Monday, December 11, noon to 1 p.m. Teams will be assigned randomly, encouraging networking and developing new connections with staff across all locations, backgrounds, and departments. Get ready for fun and entertainment— this event will have trivia questions for all, covering many genres! RSVP by filling out and submitting a registration form. SPACE IS LIMITED and registration closes TODAY at 5 p.m. on ! More information can be found at

Staff Appreciation EventsHome / Events & Activities / Events / Staff Appreciation Events Events & Activities General Meetings Events Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Holiday Donation Drive Staff Appreciation Events When Walt Disney was a child, which character did he play in his school....

Last Call to Register for the Winter Virtual Trivia!The Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter...
12/06/2023

Last Call to Register for the Winter Virtual Trivia!

The Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter Virtual Trivia on Monday, December 11, noon to 1 p.m. Teams will be assigned randomly, encouraging networking and developing new connections with staff across all locations, backgrounds, and departments. Get ready for fun and entertainment— this event will have trivia questions for all, covering many genres! RSVP by filling out and submitting a registration form. SPACE IS LIMITED and registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 7! More information can be found at go.gmu.edu/sae.

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12/06/2023

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Staff Senate December Meeting

The December Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mason Rector Horace Blackman, who leads the university’s Board of Visitors. The Rector will be joining the Staff Senate at 10 a.m., and the Staff Senate general business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. See details below for how to join.
Wednesday, December 6
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon – General Meeting
Constituents are invited to attend in-person in Merten Hall, Room 1201, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

Classified Staff and Non-Student Wage Employees: Reminder: Staff Senate December Meeting The December Staff Senate meeti...
12/05/2023

Classified Staff and Non-Student Wage Employees:

Reminder: Staff Senate December Meeting

The December Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mason Rector Horace Blackman, who leads the university’s Board of Visitors. The Rector will be joining the Staff Senate at 10 a.m., and the Staff Senate general business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. See details below for how to join.
Wednesday, December 6
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon – General Meeting
Constituents are invited to attend in-person in Merten Hall, Room 1201, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

Staff Appreciation EventsHome / Events & Activities / Events / Staff Appreciation Events Events & Activities General Meetings Events Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Holiday Donation Drive Staff Appreciation Events When Walt Disney was a child, which character did he play in his school....

Staff Senate Holiday Donation DriveFor the 2023 holiday season, the Staff Senate is encouraging the Mason community to s...
12/01/2023

Staff Senate Holiday Donation Drive

For the 2023 holiday season, the Staff Senate is encouraging the Mason community to support four organizations in our local communities. Learn more about the charities and ways to give here or by visiting go.gmu.edu/staffsenatedonations.

Holiday Donation DriveHome / Events & Activities / Events / Holiday Donation Drive Events & Activities General Meetings Events Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Holiday Donation Drive Staff Appreciation Events For the 2023 holiday season, the Staff Senate is encouraging the Mason communi...

Staff Senate Winter Virtual TriviaThe Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter Virtual Trivia on...
11/28/2023

Staff Senate Winter Virtual Trivia

The Staff Senate has partnered with District Trivia to host a Winter Virtual Trivia on Monday, December 11, noon to 1 p.m. Teams will be assigned randomly, encouraging networking and developing new connections with staff across all locations, backgrounds, and departments. Get ready for fun and entertainment— this event will have trivia questions for all, covering many genres! RSVP by filling out and submitting a registration form. SPACE IS LIMITED and registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 7! More information can be found at

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11/28/2023

Mason's 2023 Commuter & Transportation Survey has been extended to December 3rd!

Please answer the following questions to help Mason understand how our community gets to and from campus and be sure to check out how you can enter to win a sustainable giveaway at the end of the survey!

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11/03/2023

President’s Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for the Fall Semester

George Mason University President Gregory Washington will host two 90-minute town halls to discuss the state of the university and to engage with faculty and staff.

The second town hall, for employees working in academic units, will take place on Monday, Nov. 6, from 1–3 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

For those unable to attend in person, both town halls will be livestreamed on Zoom. Please contact your respective unit leadership for Zoom links and passwords.

11/01/2023

The November Staff Senate meeting today featuring guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office of University Branding, is being rescheduled as a special session. Please stay tuned for more information. Our general meeting will continue until we have completed our agenda.

Wednesday, November 1
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – General Meeting
Updated space: Constituents are invited to attend in person in Peterson Hall, Room 1109, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

11/01/2023

Join Us today!

Location Update: Peterson Hall, Room 1109, or join the meeting via Zoom.

The November Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office of University Branding.

Wednesday, November 1
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – General Meeting
11 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Updated space: Constituents are invited to attend in person in Peterson Hall, Room 1109, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

10/31/2023

Location Update: Peterson Hall, Room 1109, or join the meeting via Zoom.

The November Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office of University Branding.

Wednesday, November 1
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – General Meeting
11 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Updated space: Constituents are invited to attend in person in Peterson Hall, Room 1109, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

10/30/2023

$5 Friday for Faculty and Staff at Dining Halls: November 3rd

On the first Friday of the month, Mason faculty and staff are eligible for a $5, all-you-care-to-eat lunch at all campus dining halls—Southside, Ike’s, The Globe, the new vegetarian dining hall (The Spot), and even The Commons in Front Royal. Valid Mason faculty/staff ID required. Check it out on Friday, Nov. 3rd.

For more information about dining on campus or how to sign up for a faculty/staff dining plan, visit Mason Dining’s website.

IT Security Awareness Training Due October 31The mandatory 2023 IT Security Awareness Training has been assigned to Maso...
10/19/2023

IT Security Awareness Training Due October 31

The mandatory 2023 IT Security Awareness Training has been assigned to MasonLEAPS accounts of all Mason employees, including contractors, affiliates, and student wage workers. Employees must complete all training by Tuesday, October 31, to avoid having their NetIDs disabled, which interrupts their access to Mason’s IT services, including Patriot Web, Office 365, and Wi-Fi networks. Additional information about the training is available here. If you have issues accessing the training, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or [email protected].

Categories August 2023 2023 IT Security Awareness Training Due October 31 Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date August 6, 2023 The mandatory 2023 IT Security Awareness Training has been assigned to MasonLEAPS accounts of all Mason employees, including contractors, affiliates, and student wage wor...

10/18/2023

President’s Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for the Fall Semester

George Mason University President Gregory Washington will host two 90-minute town halls to discuss the state of the university and to engage with faculty and staff.

The first town hall, for Mason employees working in nonacademic units, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 3–5 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Hub ballroom.

The second town hall, for employees working in academic units, will take place on Monday, Nov. 6, from 1–3 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

For those unable to attend in person, both town halls will be livestreamed on Zoom. Please contact your respective unit leadership for Zoom links and passwords.

Ticket Discount: Cirque du Soleil, Echo Virginia state employees are eligible for discounted tickets to Cirque du Soleil...
10/17/2023

Ticket Discount: Cirque du Soleil, Echo

Virginia state employees are eligible for discounted tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Echo at Under the Big Top in Tysons through Oct. 22. Learn more and purchase tickets.

10/16/2023

Collaborating with Government and Community Relations

Does your department want to connect with government officials, engage the business community, or share its expertise with the community? Contact the Government and Community Relations team for guidance as you advocate on Mason’s behalf and build relationships with community groups. Learn more at relations.gmu.edu.

Performance Management Training Opportunities The Performance Management team is offering several performance management...
10/13/2023

Performance Management Training Opportunities

The Performance Management team is offering several performance management trainings this fall, including:

Lunch and Learn: Performance Management Updates for 2023–24
Performance Management for Supervisors and Non-Supervisors
Setting Performance Goals and Objectives
Visit the Human Resources website for details and registration information. Contact the Performance Management team with questions.

Trainings Organizational Development & LearningPerformance Evaluation ResourcesProfessional DevelopmentTalent Acquisition Hiring Search Training Expand To be eligible to participate in the hiring process, Mason’s Hiring and Recruitment Policy requires all individuals involved to show completion of...

10/12/2023

Campus Sustainability Month is celebrated every October at Mason. Join University Sustainability and Mason Facilities, along with many partners, for a month of fun, educational, and engaging activities and events.

Participate in “Lights Out, Power Down!”, learn about Zero Waste Mason, food justice projects, sustainable agriculture on campus, enhancing recycling and composting, and much more.

Make a sustainable impact, celebrate success, and learn about ongoing initiatives and how you can get involved this Campus Sustainability Month.

The November Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office...
10/11/2023

The November Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office of University Branding.

Wednesday, November 1
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – General Meeting
11 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Constituents are invited to attend in person in Merten Hall, Room 1204, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

The Staff Senate will collect questions in advance for consideration. Please use the form below to submit your comment or question by Wednesday, October 25. We will also be accepting live questions, time permitting.

Categories October 2023 November General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date September 19, 2023 The November Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Allvin, vice president and chief brand officer, Office of University Branding. Wednesday, November 1 10 a.m. to....

Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team Challenge Join the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge on...
10/10/2023

Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team Challenge

Join the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 14, on the Fairfax Campus. Gather your colleagues and create teams of four to participate.

The Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K is not just about wellness; it's about building camaraderie and enjoying time together.

The challenge will have two categories for team prizes: Fastest Overall Team and Most Spirited Team. Get ready to be active, have fun, and thrive together. Learn more.

HR News Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team Challenge Join us for the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge! Gather your colleagues and create teams of four to participate in this challenge. This exciting event is not just about wellness; it's about building camaraderie and....

Kindness Ambassador NominationsMason Chooses Kindness (MCK) is accepting nominations for the 2023–24 Kindness Ambassador...
10/09/2023

Kindness Ambassador Nominations

Mason Chooses Kindness (MCK) is accepting nominations for the 2023–24 Kindness Ambassadorship through Tuesday, Oct. 10. Help identify at least 100 new Kindness Ambassadors at Mason!

Nominations are open to all Mason students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Submit a nomination to explain why your nominee should be recognized as a Kindness Ambassador. For questions, contact [email protected].

Now more than ever, we believe kindness is essential in uplifting compassion, connectedness, and courage to advocate for our common humanity. The goal of Mason […]

Shuttle Schedule During Fall BreakAn abbreviated Mason Shuttles schedule will be in effect during Fall Break, Oct. 8–9. ...
10/06/2023

Shuttle Schedule During Fall Break

An abbreviated Mason Shuttles schedule will be in effect during Fall Break, Oct. 8–9. For details, visit shuttle.gmu.edu. Contact [email protected] or 703-993-2828 with questions.

Shuttle schedules for multiple Mason shuttle from Fairfax Campus to Mason Square, SciTech Campus, Vienna Metro, and area shopping centers.

10/06/2023

President’s Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for the Fall Semester

George Mason University President Gregory Washington will host two 90-minute town halls to discuss the state of the university and to engage with faculty and staff.

The first town hall, for Mason employees working in non-academic units, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 3–5 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Hub ballroom.

The second town hall, for employees working in academic units, will take place on Monday, Nov. 6, from 1–3 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

For those unable to attend in person, both town halls will be livestreamed on Zoom. Please contact your respective unit leadership for Zoom links and passwords.

Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team ChallengeJoin the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge on ...
10/05/2023

Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team Challenge

Join the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 14, on the Fairfax Campus. Gather your colleagues and create teams of four to participate.

The Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K is not just about wellness; it's about building camaraderie and enjoying time together.

The challenge will have two categories for team prizes: Fastest Overall Team and Most Spirited Team. Get ready to be active, have fun, and thrive together. Learn more.

HR News Mason Nation 5K: Faculty/Staff Team Challenge Join us for the Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Faculty/Staff Team Challenge! Gather your colleagues and create teams of four to participate in this challenge. This exciting event is not just about wellness; it's about building camaraderie and....

10/04/2023

Join Us today!

The October Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University.

Wednesday, October 4
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. – General Meeting
11 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Constituents are invited to attend in person in Merten Hall, Room 1201, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

10/03/2023

Fall Flu Shot Clinics

Stay healthy and protect your community this flu season with the convenience of our on-campus flu shot clinics. Let's keep our campus safe and thriving! Sign up today to receive your flu shot at one of our on-campus events.

Appointments for the COVA flu clinics are available at SciTech (Thursday, Oct. 5), Fairfax (Thursday, Oct. 12), and Mason Square (Thursday, Oct. 19).

Employees with Kaiser should register for the Kaiser clinic on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Fairfax, or visit kp.org/flu to find an in-network provider.

Flu shots are fully covered for those with COVA, Kaiser, or Student Health Insurance. Visit the Human Resources website for more information, including student flu shot information.

The October Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University.W...
10/03/2023

The October Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University.

Wednesday, October 4
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. – General Meeting
11 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Constituents are invited to attend in person in Merten Hall, Room 1201, or join the meeting via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

Categories Featured on Homepage September 2023 October General Meeting with President Washington Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date September 11, 2023 Dr. Gregory Washington, president of George Mason University. Photo by: Ron Aira/Office of University Branding/George Mason University   The O...

09/06/2023

Join us today!

The September General meeting will feature Andrew Lane, director, Performance Management & Employee Engagement. Andrew will provide updates on the performance evaluation process for the fall and spring, upcoming trainings, and new programs.

Wednesday, September 6
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon - General Meeting
Constituents are invited to attend in person in Merten Hall, Room 1204, or via Zoom.
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 946 9452 3314 / Passcode: 760740

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents. Find more ways to engage with the senate before, during, and after our general meetings.

Virtual Parking Permits are in Effect Have you updated your license plate in your parking portal? Hang tags are official...
08/25/2023

Virtual Parking Permits are in Effect

Have you updated your license plate in your parking portal? Hang tags are officially a thing of the past, and your license plate is now your parking permit. Be sure to associate your vehicle with your license plate at parking.gmu.edu.

Parking permits for resident students, off-campus students, faculty/staff & visitors. Short-term and semester options. Purchase Online Today.

Arts Alive! at the Hylton Center Arts Alive! at the Hylton Performing Arts Center is an annual, family-friendly arts fes...
08/24/2023

Arts Alive! at the Hylton Center

Arts Alive! at the Hylton Performing Arts Center is an annual, family-friendly arts festival featuring Prince William County Arts Council members and other community performers and fine artists. Enjoy activities for all ages, multiple stages of performances (indoors and out), and more.

Join the celebration on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 4 p.m. on the SciTech Campus. Arts Alive! includes:

Live performances and exhibits by local artists and art organizations
Visual art on display and for purchase
Local authors reading and selling their work
Hands-on activities and live demonstrations for all ages
Food and beverages available for purchase
Come celebrate your local arts community. This event is free; no tickets required.

This annual family-friendly arts festival features Prince William County Arts Council members and other community performers and fine artists. Enjoy activities for all ages, multiple stages of performances indoors and out, and more! 

Mason is Going Mobile with the Launch of the Mobile IDGeorge Mason University is proud to be the first four-year univers...
08/23/2023

Mason is Going Mobile with the Launch of the Mobile ID

George Mason University is proud to be the first four-year university in Virginia to introduce a Mobile ID program, offering an innovative and optional digital ID card for the Mason community.

Now, you have the flexibility to choose whether to carry your Mason ID on your Apple or Android device. Embrace the convenience and sustainability of the Mobile ID. Visit the website for details and enrollment instructions.

Activate your Mason Mobile ID and conveniently access campus services, building, meal plans, and Mason Money on your mobile devices.

IT Security Awareness Training Now AvailableInformation Technology Services (ITS) has assigned all Mason employees manda...
08/22/2023

IT Security Awareness Training Now Available

Information Technology Services (ITS) has assigned all Mason employees mandatory 2023 IT Security Awareness Training in MasonLEAPS.

The training equips all employees, including contractors, affiliates and student wage workers, with knowledge about cybersecurity risks and online safety and security.

All employees must complete the training by Tuesday, October 31, to avoid having their NetID disabled, which interrupts access to Mason’s IT services, including Patriot Web, Office 365, and Wi-Fi networks.

If you have issues accessing the training, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or [email protected].

All George Mason University employees, including contractors, affiliates, and student wage workers, are required to complete IT Security Awareness Training annually. The training is assigned… (READ MORE)

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