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.

Shop for free at Patriot Packout’s annual Free Store from July 1 – July 3 and July 8 – 10! The Free Store is a ‘for the ...
07/01/2024

Shop for free at Patriot Packout’s annual Free Store from July 1 – July 3 and July 8 – 10!

The Free Store is a ‘for the Mason community, by the Mason community’ resource to address basic needs insecurity.

Shop gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, art supplies, small appliances, electronics, household items, and kitchen goods. All items in the Free Store were donated during Patriot Packout’s sustainable move-out initiative.

The Free Store is open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Gillespie Gallery at the Fairfax Campus. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Art and Design Building (Google Maps pin here).

All Mason Patriots are welcome! Students, staff, faculty, alumni, contracted employees - if you're part of the Mason community, you're invited. Partners, family members, siblings, etc. are invited to shop with their Patriot.

Registration via a very short Microsoft Form is required to participate. Submit the registration form here.

Patriot Packout (PPO) is George Mason University’s annual sustainable move-out initiative. Each year, PPO collects thousands of pounds of like-new and gently used donations and redistributes the items with the help of on-campus resources like the Patriot Pantry, Trans Clothing Closet, Ar...

Meet Timothy Diggins Staff Senator & Administrative Specialist"The most rewarding thing about working at Mason is that I...
06/28/2024

Meet Timothy Diggins Staff Senator & Administrative Specialist

"The most rewarding thing about working at Mason is that I’m able to pursue various professional interests and fold them into my current position. Taking advantage of the continuing education opportunities at Mason and learning from others has been an amazing experience."

Categories Profile of a Senator June 2024 Meet Timothy Diggins, Staff Senator & Administrative Specialist Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date June 11, 2024 Timothy Diggins, Administrative Specialist, Mechanical Engineering, College Engineering and Computing. Photo by: Creative Services/George M...

June Employee of the MonthCongratulations to Christopher (Chris) Wagaman of Fiscal Services, for being selected as the J...
06/27/2024

June Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Christopher (Chris) Wagaman of Fiscal Services, for being selected as the June 2024 Employee of the Month! Read more about Chris in this Mason News article.

Christopher (Chris) Wagaman, travel manager in Fiscal Services, is the June Employee of the Month.

06/26/2024

June General Meeting Recording

The June Staff Senate general meeting featured guest speaker Mary Lucal, vice president, Human Resources, and chief human resource officer. For those who missed the meeting, or would like to re-watch the session, the recording is now available. Mary has also provided answers to some questions not addressed during the live session.

Fall General Meeting AnnouncementThe Staff Senate will be in recess during the month of July while we focus on our Staff...
06/25/2024

Fall General Meeting Announcement

The Staff Senate will be in recess during the month of July while we focus on our Staff Senate Election. During August, we will have a closed session to welcome newly elected senators and plan for the new academic year.

We'll see you at our next meeting in September!

Categories Featured on Homepage June 2024 Staff Senate Fall Meeting Schedule Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date July 10, 2023 The Staff Senate will be in recess during the month of July while we focus on our Staff Senate Election. During August, we will have a closed session to welcome newly e...

New Employee Resource Group for Hybrid/Remote Employees
06/24/2024

New Employee Resource Group for Hybrid/Remote Employees

HR News New Employee Resource Group for Hybrid/Remote Employees A new Employee Resource Group aimed at hybrid and remote faculty and staff is kicking off this summer! Mason Throughout the Nation (MTN) is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community for remote and hybrid faculty and staff...

Staff Senate Nomination Period Opens in June2024 Senator Election Important Dates:Nomination Period: June 10 - 21, 2024E...
06/06/2024

Staff Senate Nomination Period Opens in June

2024 Senator Election Important Dates:
Nomination Period: June 10 - 21, 2024
Election Period: July 8-19, 2024

Available Seats by Campus:
At-Large: 1 seat
Fairfax: 9 seats
Mason Square: 1 seat
SciTech: 4 seats

Join the Staff SenateHome / Meet the Senate / Join the Staff Senate Meet the Senate Chair’s Message Staff Senators Join the Staff Senate Becoming a Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and to have an impact on your workplace. The senate provides many opportuni...

Join Us Today!The June Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Mary Lucal, vice president of human resources ...
06/05/2024

Join Us Today!

The June Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Mary Lucal, vice president of human resources and chief human resource officer.

Wednesday, June 5
9:40 to 10 a.m. - Staff Senate Recognition Ceremony
10 to 11 a.m. - General Business Meeting
11 a.m. to noon - Guest Speaker

Categories Featured on Homepage May 2024 June General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date May 6, 2024 Photo provided. The June Staff Senate general meeting will feature guest speaker Mary Lucal, vice president, Human Resources, and chief human resource officer. Wednesday, J...

Congratulation to the George Mason Retirees: February to June 2024
06/03/2024

Congratulation to the George Mason Retirees: February to June 2024

Congratulations to the George Mason University faculty and staff retirees from February to June 2024. The list below includes retirees, the department from which they retired, and years of service.

May Employee of the MonthCongratulations to Silke Vrouletis, senior consultant in University Business Consulting, for be...
05/31/2024

May Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Silke Vrouletis, senior consultant in University Business Consulting, for being selected as the May 2024 Employee of the Month! Read more about Silke in this Mason News article.

Photo by Ayman Rashad/Office of University Branding

Silke Vrouletis, a senior consultant in University Business Consulting, is the May Employee of the Month.

May General Meeting Recording The May Staff Senate general meeting featured guest speaker Trishana Bowden, vice presiden...
05/31/2024

May General Meeting Recording

The May Staff Senate general meeting featured guest speaker Trishana Bowden, vice president for advancement and alumni relations and president of the George Mason University Foundation.

Categories Featured on Homepage May 2024 May General Meeting Recording Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date May 6, 2024 Photo by: Ron Aira/Office of University Branding The May Staff Senate general meeting featured guest speaker Trishana Bowden, vice president for advancement and alumni relation...

June General Meeting AnnouncementThe June Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Mary Lucal, vice president ...
05/31/2024

June General Meeting Announcement

The June Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Mary Lucal, vice president of human resources and chief human resource officer.

Wednesday, June 5
9:40 to 10 a.m. - Staff Senate Recognition Ceremony
10 to 11 a.m. - General Business Meeting
11 a.m. to noon - Guest Speaker

Categories Featured on Homepage May 2024 June General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date May 6, 2024 Photo provided. The June Staff Senate general meeting will feature guest speaker Mary Lucal, vice president, Human Resources, and chief human resource officer. Wednesday, J...

The Staff Senate and AKA sponsored blood drive is happening now at the Hub! Limited walk-ins are available starting at 2...
04/29/2024

The Staff Senate and AKA sponsored blood drive is happening now at the Hub! Limited walk-ins are available starting at 2 p.m.

Join Us!Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patriot Families. ...
04/25/2024

Join Us!

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patriot Families. Pick up your passport cards to join the fun at the Merten Lawn between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or print before you come to campus!

Categories Junior Patriot Junior Patriot Passport Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 17, 2024 The Mason Staff Senate is excited to engage with Junior Patriots at the Fairfax Campus in a scavenger hunt for stamps that can be collected on a provided passport card at different sites and act...

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day is Thursday, April 25! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patr...
04/24/2024

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day is Thursday, April 25! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patriot Families. Pick up your passport cards to join the fun at the Merten Lawn between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or print before you come to campus!

Categories Junior Patriot Junior Patriot Passport Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 17, 2024 The Mason Staff Senate is excited to engage with Junior Patriots at the Fairfax Campus in a scavenger hunt for stamps that can be collected on a provided passport card at different sites and act...

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day is Thursday, April 25! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patr...
04/23/2024

Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day is Thursday, April 25! The Staff Senate is organizing a fun scavenger hunt for Patriot Families. Pick up your passport cards to join the fun at the Merten Lawn between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or print before you come to campus! go.gmu.edu/jrpassport

Join the Mason Staff Senate at the 2024 Spring Staff Appreciation Events. Open to classified staff and non-student wage ...
04/23/2024

Join the Mason Staff Senate at the 2024 Spring Staff Appreciation Events.

Open to classified staff and non-student wage employees.

Science and Technology: Tuesday, May 14, from 1 to 2 p.m., on Katherine Johnson Patio.
Fairfax: Wednesday, May 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Wilkins Plaza.
Mason Square: Thursday, May 16, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Van Metre Plaza.

Spring Staff Appreciation EventHome / Events & Activities / Events / Spring Staff Appreciation Event Events & Activities General Meetings Events Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Holiday Donation Drive Staff Appreciation Events Join the Mason Staff Senate at the 2024 Spring Staff Appreci...

Happy Earth Month, Patriots!Get involved in the many events happening around Mason this month and learn about how we can...
04/22/2024

Happy Earth Month, Patriots!

Get involved in the many events happening around Mason this month and learn about how we can all be more sustainable.

Categories April 2024 Happy Earth Month, Patriots! Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 2, 2024 Happy Earth Month, Patriots! Get involved in the many events happening around Mason this month and learn about how we can all be more sustainable. Check out the event calendar for more details.....

May General Meeting AnnouncementThe May Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Trishana Bowden, vice preside...
04/19/2024

May General Meeting Announcement

The May Staff Senate general meeting guest speaker will be Trishana Bowden, vice president, Advancement and Alumni Relations and president, George Mason University Foundation.

Wednesday, May 1
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon - General Business Meeting

Categories Featured on Homepage April 2024 May General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 2, 2024 Photo by: Ron Aira/Office of University Branding The May Staff Senate general meeting will feature guest speaker Trishana Bowden, vice president, Advancement and Alumni....

April General Meeting Recording and Follow-upThe April Staff Senate meeting featured guest speakers Dr. Gregory Washingt...
04/18/2024

April General Meeting Recording and Follow-up

The April Staff Senate meeting featured guest speakers Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University, and Greg Farley, director, University Sustainability. The recordings and follow-up responses from the president are now available.

Categories April 2024 Featured on Homepage April General Meeting Recording and Follow-Up Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 3, 2024 The April Staff Senate meeting featured guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University. The president responded to some questions....

Meet Lei An Ilan-GarciaStaff Senator and Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Risk, Safety, & ResilienceI enjoy working at Mas...
04/17/2024

Meet Lei An Ilan-Garcia
Staff Senator and Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Risk, Safety, & Resilience

I enjoy working at Mason, and I’m glad I can help fellow Mason staff by being a part of a group that maintains workplace health and safety.

Categories Profile of a Senator April 2024 Meet Lei An Ilan-Garcia, Staff Senator and Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Risk, Safety, & Resilience Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date April 3, 2024 Lei An Ilan-Garcia, Staff Senator and Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Risk, Safety, & Resilience Role:...

Staff Senate/AKA Blood Drive 4/29 - Register to Donate!The George Mason University Staff Senate and Alpha Kappa Alpha (A...
04/17/2024

Staff Senate/AKA Blood Drive 4/29 - Register to Donate!

The George Mason University Staff Senate and Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority will host a blood drive on Monday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot near The Hub. Currently, we have many available appointments. If you are able, please consider donating and share this e-mail with your network. You may book your appointment in advance. Donors will receive a complimentary spring themed t-shirt from INOVA and giveaways from the Staff Senate.

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03/06/2024

Join us!

Mason Rector Horace Blackman, who leads the university’s Board of Visitors, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the March Staff Senate meeting.

Today
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon – General Meeting (Agenda)
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

*Starting today, the Staff Senate will be requiring that virtual attendees join our Staff Senate General Meetings with their Patriot Pass credentials. If you are already signed into Zoom using your Mason-licensed Zoom account, you should not see a difference. If you are not already signed into your Mason-licensed Zoom account, you will be told authentication is required to join, and prompted to sign in. For more information, please access our helpful FAQ document.

03/05/2024

Join us tomorrow!

Mason Rector Horace Blackman, who leads the university’s Board of Visitors, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the March Staff Senate meeting.

Wednesday, March 6
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon – General Meeting (Agenda)
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

*Starting this month, the Staff Senate will be requiring that virtual attendees join our Staff Senate General Meetings with their Patriot Pass credentials. If you are already signed into Zoom using your Mason-licensed Zoom account, you should not see a difference. If you are not already signed into your Mason-licensed Zoom account, you will be told authentication is required to join, and prompted to sign in. For more information, please access our helpful FAQ document.

Mason RetireesCongratulations to the Mason faculty and staff retirees from September 2023 through January 2024. We hope ...
02/14/2024

Mason Retirees

Congratulations to the Mason faculty and staff retirees from September 2023 through January 2024. We hope you’ll come back to visit sometimes. Once a Patriot, always a Patriot! Check out the list.

Congratulations to the George Mason University faculty and staff retirees from September 2023 to January 2024. The list below includes retirees, the department from which they retired, and years of service.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Nomination DeadlineNominations are now accepted for Mason's  Outstanding Achievement Awa...
02/13/2024

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Nomination Deadline

Nominations are now accepted for Mason's Outstanding Achievement Awards. Review the various award categories and nominate a colleague today. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m.
Human Resources will host the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, from 10–11:30 a.m. on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

Reward and Recognition Outstanding Achievement Awards Reward and Recognition HomeFaculty and Staff Engagement HomeFormal RecognitionInformal RecognitionRecognition & Appreciation ToolkitReward and Recognition FAQ The Outstanding Achievement Awards celebrate the hard work, dedication, and achievement...

Upcoming Changes to Staff Senate General MeetingsBeginning in March 2024, the Staff Senate will be requiring that virtua...
02/12/2024

Upcoming Changes to Staff Senate General Meetings

Beginning in March 2024, the Staff Senate will be requiring that virtual attendees join our Staff Senate General Meetings with their Patriot Pass credentials. Requiring authentication to join ensures that we are not interrupted by disingenuous parties.

Categories Featured on Homepage December 2023 Upcoming Changes to Staff Senate General Meetings Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date December 11, 2023 Events & Activities General Meetings Events Prospective Staff Senator Information Session Holiday Donation Drive Staff Appreciation Events Beginn...

Richard Jackson is the February Employee of the MonthRichard Jackson has been at Mason since 1982, working first as a co...
02/09/2024

Richard Jackson is the February Employee of the Month

Richard Jackson has been at Mason since 1982, working first as a computer science student employee before moving to a full-time position. As a computer systems engineer in Mason’s Information Technology Services, Jackson is known by his colleagues as a dedicated, resourceful engineer who is always willing to help others. For his team mindset, innovation, and commitment, he is recognized as the February Employee of the Month.

Richard Jackson, a computer systems engineer in Mason’s Information Technology Services (ITS), is February Employee of the Month.

Join us today!The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of Mason's A...
02/07/2024

Join us today!

The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of Mason's Autonomy and Robotics Center, to discuss her work in artificial intelligence.

Today
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.

Categories Featured on Homepage December 2023 February General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date November 9, 2023 Photo provided by Guest Speaker The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, to discuss her work in artificial int...

February General Meeting AnnouncementThe February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings...
02/06/2024

February General Meeting Announcement

The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of Mason's Autonomy and Robotics Center, to discuss her work in artificial intelligence.

Wednesday, February 7
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.

Categories Featured on Homepage December 2023 February General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date November 9, 2023 Photo provided by Guest Speaker The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, to discuss her work in artificial int...

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