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Posted September 30, 2014

Performance Evaluation Season Underway

While informal feedback can and should be given throughout the performance year, autumn heralds the formal performance evaluation process for administrative/professional faculty and classified employees. Performance evaluations are a key form of communication between a supervisor and his or her employees. Open and honest evaluations of performance are an opportunity for supervisors and employees to discuss job interests, issues encountered, areas for improvement and departmental and employee goals.

Performance appraisals for Administrative/Professional faculty and Classified staff are due in HR & Payroll by the close of business on Friday, October 24th. For details please see the memorandum from Linda Harber.

Posted September 30, 2014

Reminder: Winter Wellness Day Next Week

Be a Flu Fighter! Winter Wellness Day, an all-campus wellness event with flu shots and financial information, will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William.

Flu shots are part of your wellness benefit through COVA Care, COVA HDHP, COVA HealthAware, and Kaiser Permanente. There are multiple ways to get a flu shot this season, including at on-site clinics. For details about the on-site clinics and other options, please visit Flu Shot Information 2014.

If you have any questions, please call the work/life team at 3.2604.

Posted September 29, 2014

Financial Well-Being Resources

We are delighted to announce expanded offerings in the area of financial and retirement preparedness. Partnering with our retirement providers, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, ICMA-RC and VRS as well as financial providers such as Apple Federal Credit Union and others with expertise to share, we have lined up a comprehensive opportunity for faculty and staff to delve into those personal financial areas where they could use a hand. Everything from budgeting and saving to investing, annuities, retirement, home buying, college savings and more. There are in-person sessions, as well as online sessions. Join us live or watch a session at your convenience, when and where it works for you. In person sessions will be videoconferenced to Arlington and Prince William.

To keep things fun, TIAA-CREF is holding a 30-day challenge at Mason to see what we all know about financial planning. What’s Your Financial IQ? starts on October 1 and runs throughout the month of October. Every day, 5 new questions are added and every time you play, you are entered for a chance to win a $25 Amex gift card.

In addition to sessions, webinars, and a challenge, there are also a host of tools on the site. We’re hoping you will think of the site as a gateway to rounding out your personal financial knowledge. There are more classes in the works, so please check back.

To register for these classes, please visit

Don’t forget to line up your individual session with representatives from TIAA-CREF, Fidelity or ICMA-RC. They are all on campus throughout the year. For dates and times, and to schedule an appointment visit Individual Counseling Sessions.

SAVE THE DATE - The all-day retirement planning seminar, Next Steps: Plan for Your Retirement, will be held on Friday, November 7. Registration details coming soon.

Posted September 23, 2014

Virginia is for Givers: Annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Begins October 1

The annual CVC campaign begins on October 1 and runs through December 15, 2014.  Details coming soon.

Posted August 20, 2014

Do You Know Someone Who Stands Out from the Crowd?

Mason’s best and brightest deserve recognition.  If you know a superstar, nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month.

Additional information can be found at Contact HR Reward and Recognition at with questions.

Posted August 11, 2014

Nominations Open for Outstanding Achievement Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards. The submission deadline for nominations is Friday, October 3, and the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m in the Mason Global Center, Ballroom (formerly the Mason Inn).

For a detailed list of the awards and nomination forms, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Reward and Recognition at 703-993-2739 or

Posted June 9, 2014

Mason Star Newsletter

We want to highlight your award winners in our annual newsletter, The Mason Star! If you had an employee awards ceremony in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), please submit the name of the award(s) and the employee recipient(s) by Thursday, July 3 to for inclusion in The Mason Star. Last year???s issue is available for review at The Mason Star.

Posted January 16, 2014

Additional Leave Hours

Just before winter break, the Governor granted an additional 4 hours of holiday leave for Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  Because Mason was already closed for winter break, the 4 hours have been added to eligible employee’s leave balances as a special flex holiday.  The hours can be used through December 24, 2014.

Posted January 14, 2014

Employee of the Month

Mason's best and brightest deserve recognition. If you know a superstar, nominate them for Mason’s employee of the Month. Additional information can be found at Employee of the Month. Contact HR Reward & Recognition at with questions.

Posted December 12, 2013

2014 Tax Implications for Employee Graduate Tuition Waiver

Per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), beginning with calendar year 2014, employees who currently utilize a tuition waiver for graduate study will have amounts in excess of $5,250 reported as taxable earnings. This means that your tax withholding will increase in the pay period in which the excess amount is reported. We expect to report amounts in excess of $5,250 as taxable income in October 2014. Anything less than or equal to $5,250 is not reportable.

Tuition waivers for employees in undergraduate programs are not impacted by this change.

Additional information is available in IRS Publication 970, Chapter 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Mira Halilovic at 703.993.2625 or

Posted November 4, 2013

Retirement Tax Savings Limits for 2014

The IRS did not change the limits for 2014. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $17,500 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457(b)). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $23,000 in each plan. If you wish to change your contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and/or a 457 salary authorization agreement (2014 procedure coming soon) and return to benefits at MS 3C3.




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