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.

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...

Mason Lobbies!Please join Student Government on a trip to Richmond for their 11th annual Mason Lobbies event.This event ...
01/25/2024

Mason Lobbies!

Please join Student Government on a trip to Richmond for their 11th annual Mason Lobbies event.

This event will allow you to advocate for issues that impact Mason.

If you are interested in advocating for Mason, please RSVP by January 26th!

Come join Student Government in our 11th annual Mason Lobbies event! Sponsored by Student Government, come to a trip to Richmond where you will be able to advocate for Mason and for issues that imp...

January Employee of the MonthCongratulations to Craig Zaccaro, Software Developer, College of Humanities and Social Scie...
01/22/2024

January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Craig Zaccaro, Software Developer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences for being selected as the January 2024 Employee of the Month! Check out the Employee of the Month spotlight page to see the most recent recipients!

Craig Zaccaro, associate director of IT and application development for CHSS, is the January Employee of the Month.

George Mason University has launched a new Glass Recycling Pilot program. • Recycle your glass bottles and jars at two d...
01/19/2024

George Mason University has launched a new Glass Recycling Pilot program.

• Recycle your glass bottles and jars at two drop-off trailer locations on the Fairfax Campus:
o 1st & 3rd weeks of the month at Southside Dining Hall and Lot R (near Potomac Heights)
o 2nd & 4th weeks of the month at Rogers Hall and the Student Townhouses
• Share the Glass Recycling Pilot Media Kit to inform folks about this exciting pilot!

Glass Recycling Pilot Details:
• Glass bottles and jars are only recyclable at drop-off trailer locations
• Recycle clean glass bottles and jars ONLY: you cannot dispose of any other items inside purple trailers
o NO other glass items (ex. tempered glass food storage containers, glass cups, ceramics, etc.)
o NO food or drinks
o NO plastic or paper bags
o NO lightbulbs or lamps
• Review the glass drop-off trailers’ schedule
o Find the locations on the Fairfax Campus Map
• Visit our Zero Waste Mason page to learn more

Reach out to University Sustainability at [email protected] if you have any questions about glass recycling access.

Learn more about Mason’s new Glass Recycling Pilot program: go.gmu.edu/zerowaste.

Zero Waste MasonHome / Our ‘Green’ Campus / Zero Waste Mason Dispose of your waste appropriately to make Mason even more sustainable! Your actions accelerate the university towards its Zero Waste goal: diverting 90% (or more) of all waste items away from the trash through reuse, recycling, and c...

Staff Senate Virtual Winter Trivia Appreciation Event Thank you to those who attended our Staff Senate Virtual Trivia Ev...
01/04/2024

Staff Senate Virtual Winter Trivia Appreciation Event

Thank you to those who attended our Staff Senate Virtual Trivia Event on December 11. Congrats to the top placing team, Law Abiding Reindeer, and the runners up, Santa's Reindeer.

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....

February General Meeting AnnouncementDue to the winter break, the Staff Senate General Meetings will resume in February....
01/03/2024

February General Meeting Announcement

Due to the winter break, the Staff Senate General Meetings will resume in February. The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker, Mary “Missy” Cummings, 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 December 2023 February General Meeting Announcement Post author By Amanda Corrigan Post date November 9, 2023 Photo provided by Guest Speaker Due to the winter break, the next Staff Senate General Meetings will resume in February. The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speak...

Mason Staff Senate Donation Drive For the 2023 holiday season, the Staff Senate is encouraging the Mason community to su...
12/15/2023

Mason Staff Senate Donation Drive

For the 2023 holiday season, the Staff Senate is encouraging the Mason community to support four organizations in our local communities. Thank you for your generosity!

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...

December Employee of the MonthCongratulations to Paul Nooney, Director of Student Services, Schar School of Policy and G...
12/14/2023

December Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Paul Nooney, Director of Student Services, Schar School of Policy and Government, for being selected as the December 2023 Employee of the Month!

Read more about Paul in this Mason News article.

Paul Nooney, director of student services at the Schar School of Policy and Government, is the December Employee of the Month.

12/13/2023

December General Meeting Recording

The December Staff Senate meeting featured guest speaker, Mason Rector Horace Blackman, who leads the university’s Board of Visitors.

If you missed the session, you can check out the recording.

Staff Senate Sustainability UpdateFor a greener holiday season, why not try to choose durable instead of disposable, and...
12/13/2023

Staff Senate Sustainability Update

For a greener holiday season, why not try to choose durable instead of disposable, and compostable instead of plastic? Or save those unusable food scraps from the landfill by dropping them off for composting!

Categories December 2023 Staff Senate Sustainability Tip Post author By April Lopez Post date December 11, 2023 For a greener holiday season, why not try to choose durable instead of disposable, and compostable instead of plastic? Or save those unusable food scraps from the landfill by dropping them...

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.

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....

12/06/2023

Join us today!

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

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....

11/28/2023

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

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