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Posted November 19, 2015

Family Matters at Mason: An Invitation for Feedback

A Mason working group composed of faculty, staff and administrators has been formed to explore faculty and staff needs and ideas in the area of family support. We are currently seeking feedback on two specific initiatives related to the child care needs of our faculty and staff living near or working on the Fairfax campus.

• Spring Break Camp for school-aged children, 12 and under
• Extended Hours Care (before 7:00am or after 6:00pm) for children 2 -12 years old

We also invite faculty and staff at all Mason locations to share their specific family care challenges, including child care, eldercare, special needs support, and other family care matters.

As you know, the university recently implemented a new Parental Leave Policy for Instructional 9-Month Faculty. Through the survey below, we hope to gather further feedback on family-related challenges and potential University supports. Depending upon your responses, there is a maximum of 12 questions and we anticipate the survey will take less than 7 minutes to complete.

The survey is available for the next couple of weeks at Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Posted November 9, 2015

Gobble, Gobble: Annual Timesheet Guidance for Thanksgiving

Please check out our annual timesheet guidance for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Posted November 3, 2015

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Underway

The 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is under way. Contact Helga Yunker at for pledge cards or additional information. Online giving is available for both payroll deduction as well as one-time credit card donations at A list of charities can be viewed at

Posted November 3, 2015

IRS Limits for 2016

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2016 tax year. There is no change from 2015. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $24,000 in each plan. If you wish to change your 403(b) contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and return to Benefits at MS 3C3. If you wish to change your 457 contribution, please call ICMA-RC at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261), or log into your account at




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