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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 14, 2014

Ice Cream: Part Deux

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Faculty and staff are invited to take a break and enjoy some ice cream on Friday, August 22.  The ice cream will be served at the Facilities Administration Building and Merten Hall from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. while supplies last.  Please stop by for an end of summer treat and welcome in a new semester!

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 July 11, 2014

Making Mason Magic: Summer Smooth

As part of all the wonderful events for Making Mason Mason: Summer Smooth, all classified staff were entered in a random drawing to win a half day of recognition leave.  We're happy to share the winners here - they will also receive an email will all the details.  Congratulations winners - hope this helps to smooth out your summer!

Amy Adams Ctr Proteomics & Mol Med (CAPMM)
Robert Adams Art and Visual Technology
Angie Admana Fiscal Services
Shirley Al-Jarani Capital Connection
Kristin Amaya Civil Engineering& Infrastructure
Thomas Bacigalupi Operations
Jose Leonardo Barrios Housing & Residential Life
Jeanette Barton Law Instruction & Research
Sandra Bowen Law Instruction & Research
Timothy Briscoe Facilities Mgmt
Robert Bussjaeger Fiscal Services
Zhe Chen Technology Systems
Jennifer Cho Philosophy
Traci Claar Director, Community & Local Government Relations,
Marilyn Clark Provost Activities
Angela Davenport ITU Self-Supported Activities
Lisa Ely SPGIA Academic Admin & Student Svcs
Martin Evans Facilities Mgmt
Debra Gregg Intercollegiate Athletics
Luis Grillo Housing & Residential Life
Molly Grove Regional Campuses
Monique Healy Regional Campuses
Kelly Heflin COS Academic Admin & Student Svcs
James Heinemann Library
Debra Hogan Library
Dolores Izer-Horn SBus Graduate Programs
Jarek Johnson Facilities Mgmt
Sarah Kersey Community Relations/Info Services
Brittney Knight Advancement
Robert Kosar Facilities Mgmt
Samira Lloyd Provost Activities
Jing Lu Technology Systems
Hector Martinez Law Academic Admin & Student Svcs
Margaret McClure SPGIA Academic Admin & Student Svcs
Bertha McCoy COS Academic Admin & Student Svcs
Erich Miller Facilities Project Management
Davi Mohammed University Services
Susan Mueller VSE Academic Admin & Student Svc
Patrice Musco Budget & Planning
Jennifer Newsome Technology Systems
Laura Ramos Library
Joanne Rieder Technology Systems
Brenda Roberts Admissions
James Safley History & Art History
Robin Scott COS Academic Admin & Student Svcs
Kevin Smith Hylton Performing Arts Cntr (HPAC)
Carol Stockman OCPE Operations
Lavert Twisdale University Services
Shuang Wu Admissions
Diane Zinna Pettyjohn CHSS Acad Admin & Student Services


Posted July 9, 2014

Non-Exempt Employees Can Choose Leave or Pay for Their Overtime Hours

Effective August 1st, non-exempt employees (i.e. overtime eligible for all hours over 40 worked in a week) can initiate or change their election regarding how their overtime is to be handled by the Payroll Department. All non-exempt employees have the option of being paid for their overtime (which is the default) or to accumulate their overtime as leave.

If, as a non-exempt employee, you made an election in the past and you do not want to change your election, you do not have to do anything. If you want to continue to receive pay for any overtime earned, you also do not have to complete a form. However, if you would like to change your election from receiving pay to receiving leave or receiving leave to receiving pay, please complete an Overtime Leave Agreement Form and submit it to the Payroll Department no later than Tuesday, September 2.

Unfortunately this deadline is firm and we cannot accept forms after that date. Please remember that an election commits you to your choice for one year until the next open enrollment period. This means that if the you elect leave accumulation you will receive leave and not pay for any overtime worked during the next academic year.

Please contact Catalina Wheat at 3.2751 if you have any questions.

Posted June 25, 2014

Summer's Here and the Time is Right for Recognition!

Reward & Recognition has some fun, summer-inspired awards perfect for spreading a little sunshine:

  • Flip Flops
  • Battery-powered fans
  • Car sun visors

To request an award, simply send an email to with the employee’s name, G# and reason for the award.  For more information please visit,

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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