Human Resources and Payroll

Reward and Recognition



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George Mason University values a culture of recognition to appreciate, motivate and retain its faculty and staff. The Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition program creates and implements recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful and linked to the values and mission of Mason.

Purpose of Recognition

The George Mason University Rewards and Recognition program’s purpose is to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to their department, school or the University as a whole. Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition tools and resources available to them to foster an environment of shared success and commitment. The program provides various opportunities to acknowledge other’s contributions from gift cards and non-monetary awards to events that celebrate the achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff.

Types of Awards

Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. Mason’s Reward and Recognition program provides a continuum of opportunities for recognizing colleagues across the University.

Formal Recognition - this type of recognition occurs on a regular basis and is delivered by HR & Payroll, The Commonwealth of Virginia or in schools or departments.

HR & Payroll Awards

  • Employee of the Month
  • Faculty Staff Book Scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • University Day Service Awards

Departmental Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Awards for Public Service

Informal Recognition - this type of recognition includes on-the-spot and day-to-day recognition and is typically administered by HR & Payroll but delivered by departments and schools.

eCards - electronic greeting cards that anyone can send to congratulate, encourage or send some cheer.

Monetary Awards

  • Gift Cards - for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Impact Awards

Non-Monetary Awards – awards that are material goods, such as non-refundable gift certificates, plaques, trophies, desk items, clothing, tools, electronics or sports equipment.

  • Mason Flare – fun, informal awards for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Student Employee Recognition – for request to recognize Mason’s student employees
  • Presidential Citation

Recognition Leave

Employee of the Month

George Mason University’s Employee of the Month highlights the hard work and achievements of a Mason faculty or staff member who embodies the values of the University. Since 1991, each Employee of the Month has been honored with a special ceremony in the Office of the University President. In addition to a personalized plaque and photo taken at their ceremony posted on the Mason Career Opportunities website, each Employee of the Month receives an array of items generously donated by various University departments.


Do you have a colleague who deserves the special recognition of being named Mason’s Employee of the Month? Download and complete the Nomination Form. Then, submit it via email to or mail it to the Employee of the Month Coordinator, Mailstop 3C3, Human Resources and Payroll.

The nomination form must be signed by the supervisor and department head of the unit in which the nominee works. Three or more support letters for the nomination are suggested. The criteria used in the nomination is up to the discretion of the department and could include such qualities as professionalism, customer service, integrity, enthusiasm, or any of the Mason values demonstrated by the nominee. A selection committee composed of members of various University departments reviews the nominations and selects each month’s recipient.

Previous Recipients

Current Recipient

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December 2017

Congratulations to Jim McLean, ITS

Past Recipients

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January 2017

Yali Guo

Accounts Payable

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February 2017

Rupa Mehta

Enrollment Planning and Administration,
Office of the Provost

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March 2017

Olga O’Brien

Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center

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April 2017

Molly Baldovin

College of Visual and Performing Arts

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May 2017

Aziza Noory

Mason Enterprise Center

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June 2017

Patrice Bolton

School of Business

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July 2017

Joanne Zimmerman


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August 2017

Jennifer Kasse-Wanzer

Office of Admissions

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September 2017

Lauren Reuscher

University Information

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October 2017

Meredith Muckerman

Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management

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November 2017

Tracy Williams

Office of Budget and Planning

Do It Yourself (DIY) Recognition

We encourage Mason employees to print and use the meaningful and instant appreciation cards and labels on this page to recognize others. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration, ideas and free recognition!

Thank you and congratulations cards

Can be printed on 8.5x11 (letter) or on 5x8 index cards in color or black and white. Be sure to choose the appropriate size (after you choose print, click on properties, then click on the paper quality tab and scroll through the menu to pick the correct size).

Instant Employee Appreciation

Just print, cut and share!

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These stickers could be used alone...

But were designed to put on the bottom of Hershey Kisses or Rolos for some really “sweet” recognition. Avery ¾” round labels are recommended.

Looking for a little reward & recognition inspiration?

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Sympathy Cards

Are provided upon request. Please email with the number of cards you’d like and to which mail stop they should be sent. sympathy card image placeholder

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Recognition Post-It Notes

...are provided upon request! They come in packs of 25, 3x4” post-it notes. Please email with your request indicating style, number of packs and to which mail stop they should be sent.