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.

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Congratulations to all those recognized in this year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards! 🎉
04/07/2021

Congratulations to all those recognized in this year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards! 🎉

🏆 Congratulations to Mason's 2021 Outstanding Achievement Awards Winners! View the complete list of award winners:https://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/HumanResources/RewardAndRecognition/documents/2021OutstandingAchievementAwards.pdf

🙌 Take a moment to congratulate the winners below or by sending them an e-card: https://services.mtmrecognition.com/ecards/mason/

04/02/2021
George Mason University

George Mason University

Are you ready for George Mason University's #Give2Mason Giving Day? Make a donation, share what inspired you to give, or just show support for the #MasonNation! 💚💛

Donate now: bit.ly/GMUGivingDayDonate

George Mason University
01/16/2021

George Mason University

We're excited to welcome the #MasonNation back to campus in 10 days!

As previously announced, George Mason University's spring semester will begin on January 25, 2021. Read on for more information from President Washington on the updates for spring 2021 and how we are coordinating a safe return to campus!

Read more here: http://ow.ly/4lro50D9TsH

George Mason University
12/18/2020

George Mason University

💚💛You've done it! After a year like no other, the future holds new challenges to overcome and new paths to explore. We're proud of your achievements and eager to see you make your mark amid a world of possibilities. 🎉Congratulations 2020 graduates, and may your (virtual) caps 🎓 fly as high as your dreams. #MasonNation #WeAreMason #Mason2020

👉 Details of the virtual ceremony here: http://ow.ly/yz0650CLng6

We hope all our Veterans have a wonderful Veterans Day and know that Mason/the Staff Senate celebrates you daily, not ju...
11/11/2020
Mason Staff Senate Newsletter: November 2020

We hope all our Veterans have a wonderful Veterans Day and know that Mason/the Staff Senate celebrates you daily, not just today. Read more about how Mason is honoring Veterans today along with announcements for the month of November in our monthly newsletter.
https://staffsenate.gmu.edu/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=109&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=7

• Meet Matthew Berlejung, Staff Senator and Videoconference Engineer, Enterprise Collaboration, Information Technology Services

Mason's Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic will be held on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. i...
10/02/2020

Mason's Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic will be held on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

Appointments will be required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the flu shot clinic will follow all safety and social distancing protocols.

More info about getting your flu shot on or off-campus:
https://hr.gmu.edu/worklife/index.php?t=3

Check out the FAQs: https://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/HumanResources/WorkLife/flu-shot-clinic/WinterWellnessFluShotClinic.pdf

Contact [email protected] with questions!

Find out the latest news from the Mason Staff Senate in our September Staff Senate Newsletter! https://staffsenate.gmu.e...
09/09/2020
Mason Staff Senate Newsletter: September 2020

Find out the latest news from the Mason Staff Senate in our September Staff Senate Newsletter!

https://staffsenate.gmu.edu/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=104&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=7

Classes have resumed online and in-person, with many staff reporting to campus for work. Remember to do your part by wearing your face covering, observing social distancing, completing the Mason COVID Health Check, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if you are unwell. Find information and...

09/02/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

The September Staff Senate meeting will feature Dr. Kevin W. Rockmann, professor of management and dean’s scholar, School of Business. Dr. Rockmann will share thoughts on telework culture and its effect on employee well-being.

TODAY
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
General Meeting will follow from 11:00 a.m. to noon
https://gmu.zoom.us/j/97615034925?pwd=dHhrSy9OeUxxMW1Ic2liV0F0czlmdz09
Passcode: SS123

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.

Please submit your questions for Dr. Rockmann by using the form on our website.

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Parking and Transportation has developed a short survey for students, faculty, and staff regarding their transportation ...
07/23/2020
Home Page - Parking and Transportation

Parking and Transportation has developed a short survey for students, faculty, and staff regarding their transportation plans for fall. While not everyone’s plans are firm, even tentative feedback will help them. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PlanTransport through Thursday, July 30. If you have any questions, please email them to [email protected].

Please continue to check http://transportation.gmu.edu for the latest information on return to campus parking and transportation information as it’s finalized.

Services Permits and Citations More Info Shuttles and Schedules More Info Carpool and Vanpool More Info Motor Pool More Info Read More

The Staff Senate Election begins today, July 13! Cast your ballot before July 24!
07/13/2020

The Staff Senate Election begins today, July 13! Cast your ballot before July 24!

Alan Merten and his administration were the reason why we have a Staff Senate. He and his Senior Vice President, Morrie ...
05/22/2020
George Mason University

Alan Merten and his administration were the reason why we have a Staff Senate. He and his Senior Vice President, Morrie Scherrens, gave the Staff Senate a generous budget and sat many lunch hours with the founding members to help us make it a solid and valuable organization. He loved the Employee of the Month celebrations. He would read every letter submitted for nomination and spend about 10 minutes highlighting and reading those parts of it which most illustrated the employee’s outstanding qualities. He would then tell a wonderful story. He was the first president to start the tradition of inviting families to the event and taking pictures with everyone. He is the very reason the Staff Senate became an important part of the institution. He was a kind and compassionate visionary who saw staff as critically important to Mason's success. - Stacey Remick-Simkins, Founding Member, Staff Senate

Mason Remembers Alan Merten >> https://bit.ly/2ARUZ8X

George Mason University
05/22/2020

George Mason University

👋 Mason Nation! Let's get ready to celebrate #Mason2020! 🎓

Having your Patriot Pride grad festivities today? Or are you a proud parent, faculty, staff, or alumni that want to share in the moment? 🎉 We know you do, so here's how!

1️⃣ Set your ⏰ for 2 p.m. for Friday, May 22
2️⃣ Visit: go.gmu.edu/celebration
3️⃣ Start to celebrate because you're a proud member of the George Mason University Alumni Association now!! 💚 💛 - Once a Patriot, Always a Patriot!

04/22/2020
George Mason University

George Mason University

Happy Earth Day Patriots! 🌎🌍🌏Did you know students can conduct impactful sustainability research with support from 500+ faculty working with Mason's Institute for a Sustainable Earth? Key areas of focus include: ✅ human health and well-being, ✅ sustainable and resilient communities ✅ digital technologies and education for all ✅ climate action ✅ reduced inequity, and ✅ peace, justice, and strong institutions. Start learning today: https://ise.gmu.edu/centers-programs-facilities/

George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll
04/20/2020

George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll

Self-care is important 🙏Use this Self-Care Bingo to help practice self-care.

Tomorrow at 10:30AM, President Anne Holton will provide updates on Mason's #coronavirus response and take questions from...
04/16/2020

Tomorrow at 10:30AM, President Anne Holton will provide updates on Mason's #coronavirus response and take questions from students, faculty, and staff.

Submit questions for the Town Hall >> http://bit.ly/3af49rU
Watch it live on GMU TV 📺 >> https://gmutv.gmu.edu/live-broadcast/

04/14/2020

It’s #TeleworkTuesday again! Today, we would like to see your co-workers who share your telework space. These could include pets, children, roommates, and even partners/spouses! For working parents, share an idea of how you are balancing your time at home while keeping your family entertained.

Thank you to our staff in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for fostering community, even if from afar with the ...
04/01/2020

Thank you to our staff in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for fostering community, even if from afar with the Mason Arts at Home programming.

We believe the arts create community, even if from afar. So on April 2, we're launching Mason Arts at Home, an initiative to bring incredible performances right to you!

We'll feature livestreams and recorded shows from guest artists, opportunities to experience work by our talented alumni, students, and faculty, and interactive activities from across the college.

We have some incredible events planned, including a concert from the Bumper Jacksons and a Q&A with Maria Schneider!

Watch this space for more details, and visit bit.ly/2xv4kSa.

As staff, we have been faced with quickly adapting to a new style of working together while remaining physically distant...
03/31/2020

As staff, we have been faced with quickly adapting to a new style of working together while remaining physically distant from each other. We understand the many challenges facing our staff, and we hear your concerns. During this time where morale could be low, we want you to know that we are here for you and we will get through this together. We understand the gravity of the current situation, but we would also like to take this time to build and engage our community! We hope you will join us tomorrow for our Staff Senate Telework Special Session. In the meantime, on this #TeleworkTuesday, share in the comments an image or describe your telework set-up at home. Do you have a home office, are you taking advantage of some time outdoors on the patio, or do you prefer a mobile set-up depending on your day or mood?

Please join us in thanking and acknowledging essential staff on our campuses who are carrying out key university functio...
03/26/2020

Please join us in thanking and acknowledging essential staff on our campuses who are carrying out key university functions! #ThankyouThursday

For those teleworking, look for some fun engagement opportunities on our page on Tuesdays!

Remote training from my dinning room table? Why not?!Are you looking for ways to keep your staff engaged? Sign-up for a ...
03/26/2020

Remote training from my dinning room table? Why not?!

Are you looking for ways to keep your staff engaged? Sign-up for a refresher training! Brush up on your knowledge and skills, or learn something new -

Offices all over Mason are excited to provide you with online training opportunities! To register for a training, and for more information go to - https://masonleaps.gmu.edu

“I would love to see you in my next fiscal training (Webex) session!”- Jessi

George Mason University
03/23/2020

George Mason University

Dear Patriots:

The university continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and take additional measures as appropriate. This is important as we focus our efforts around resuming the spring semester through alternative virtual instruction, supporting the small community of students who must remain on campus, and providing essential operations to support our mission.

As a result of our continuing focus on the safety of our community, the University will be closing our buildings to the general public for the foreseeable future. We also will be mandating telework for all faculty and staff except for those who need to work on campus to continue critical functions for the university as outlined below.

Building security and core functions

University buildings will be closed effective Wednesday, March 25, except as otherwise provided. All exterior and interior doors will be locked. Faculty and staff will continue to have card-swipe and key access but must comply with the telework mandates outlined below.

Police and Safety Headquarters will remain open, with police patrolling the campus and facilities monitoring buildings. Southside Dining will provide grab and go dining service for those remaining on campus during hours listed here (https://masondining.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours). Retail dining establishments with separate entrances will be allowed to remain open so long as they are complying with the Governor’s Executive Order limiting numbers of occupants and enforcing social distancing; more details are available here (https://masondining.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours).

Mason library facilities, including Fenwick, will be closed starting Monday, March 23. Library services will continue to operate, will expand virtual access as feasible, and will be available virtually to support faculty and students in accessing needed materials for online classes and assisting with other resources and services. For more details about library services and accompanying policy changes during this period, please see: https://library.gmu.edu/

SUB I will be closed to the public, but Student Health Services (https://shs.gmu.edu/), the Mason Card Office (https://masonid.gmu.edu/), and the Cashier’s Office (https://cashiersoffice.gmu.edu/) will be open on a limited-access basis. In an effort to limit the risk of infection, we ask students to call 703-993-2831 and speak with a nurse prior to coming into Student Health Services (https://shs.gmu.edu/). For more information, visit the Student Health Services page and click the Patient Notice link.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to access the Mason Card Office should call 703-993-1004 to make an appointment. The Cashier’s Office will be accepting cash payments by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; please call Bill Cunningham, Assistant Director, Cashier's Office, and Account Management, at 703-993-2498 to schedule an appointment. All check payments should be mailed to GMU Cashier’s Office, 4400 University Drive, MS 2E2, Fairfax, Virginia 22040.

The HUB will be closed to the public. Packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Amazon will be delivered to the Mail Center in the HUB. Individuals with a valid Mason ID will be able to access the HUB via the ground floor (basement level) door across from the Shenandoah parking deck, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday for mail and package pickup.

If faculty and staff need more information or have questions about card access please go to https://masonid.gmu.edu/access/ or contact the Card Access Security Office at 703-993-3127, or contact [email protected] or Key Control at [email protected] or 703-993-2823. If you need to request access to a locked building please review this list to determine the appropriate contact (http://police.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Key-Authorizations-Listing.pdf).

Telework mandate

The university is mandating that all employees who can work remotely should do so, except those who must report in person to carry out key university functions, such as critical research, teaching including online instruction, supporting students allowed to remain on campus, health care, and administrative and other obligations that cannot be conducted remotely.

Deans, directors, unit leaders and managers have the authority to identify those who must report in person, those who can work remotely, and those who may need limited intermittent access. They should share that guidance with their faculty and staff. Those who need access, including on a limited basis, to perform key university functions should coordinate with co-workers to allow for social distancing and of course should continue to practice careful hand hygiene.

Employees shifting to telework should return to campus before Wednesday, March 25 to collect whatever items they may need to work remotely for the remainder of the semester. Please practice social distancing during this time; you may need to schedule individual time in your department for employees to retrieve belongings.

If you have questions about the leave, your ability to do your job remotely or your current job duties, please contact your supervisor and/or Employee Relations. If you have questions about Virginia Public Health Emergency Leave, please review the PHEL guidance and/or contact the HR Benefits Team (https://hr.gmu.edu/benefits/leave/PublicHealthEmergencyLeave(PHEL).pdf).

Notification of confirmed cases in our community

We want to let you know about another confirmed coronavirus case associated with our campus. On March 14, we received notice from a student regarding their positive diagnosis of coronavirus. The public health department has since confirmed that case and has informed us that since the student had not been on campus since Feb. 25, to include during the infectious period, there is no risk to the campus community from this case.

As I stated in my last message on Friday, we do not anticipate sending messages about coronavirus testing or positive cases each time we learn of a new confirmed case associated with our university. Instead, please visit the university’s confirmed coronavirus cases webpage, which will be updated at 2 p.m. daily if there is new information to share.

Please continue to monitor the Virginia Department of Health for the latest information about the virus in Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for national and worldwide updates and George Mason’s coronavirus website for the latest Mason information.

Remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, take time to get outdoors, and get sufficient rest. We remain focused on our core education and research missions along with our commitment to keeping our community safe and thank you all for your cooperation toward those ends.

Sincerely,
Anne Holton
Interim President
https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

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