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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.



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Financial Well-Being

Make 2015 the year you set savings goals to reduce debt, save for a short or long-term goal (including retirement), and to build wealth!  Please check out the Financial Well-Being Seminar Series - bringing financial education sessions on-campus and on-line.  See Financial Well-Being for topics, dates, times, and locations.  On-line sessions available anytime. 


Take care of your DMV business at a convenient Mason location!  The 2015 schedule and the 2016 schedule are available; DMV to go services are listed on the DMV2Go website.

Giving Back

Let Mason help you give back!  Visit School Assistance & Volunteer Service Leave

Biking Rocks

Check out the Biking page of the Transportation website for lots of great information on biking to Mason ... including the Commuter Bike Program.

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Mason offers a competitive faculty/staff book scholarship each year.  For details, please visit the book scholarship FAQ.

Keep Walking Even During Inclement Weather Using Mason Walk In'

Don't let inclement weather or rain keep you from taking a walk!  Wellness by Mason has mapped out indoor trails in many buildings on all three campuses. Find the one nearest you at Mason Walk In'

Mason Walk In' Flyer

Keep More of What You Earn

Check out the discounts and opportunities at Mason. Secure access at myMasonHR. Use your email user name and password to log-in. Select "myDiscounts".

Flexible Work is Always in Season!

Test drive a flexible work option. Each agreement comes with a 90 day trial period. See if it's right for you and your department. Details at Mason Flexes.

Plan Ahead

Be prepared for your loved one's aging and your own. See Life Planning for details.

Stay Well

See how your Mason benefits package can help you stay well. Details under "Preventive Screenings". Wellness events and information abound at Wellness by Mason, an interdepartmental effort to promote a healthy Mason!


Spirit Fridays

Show your Mason spirit.  Wear your Mason gear every Friday!


Sittercity's Corporate Program is now known as Bright Horizons Care Advantage. Faculty, staff, and graduate students have a complimentary subscription to Sittercity's comprehensive database of in-home caregivers for child care, pet care, home care and tutoring plus Years Ahead, a senior care resource that can assist you in developing a plan to care for an aging loved one.

To learn more and to register for free access, please visit myMasonHR.

Important note: Mason does not own, sponsor, or endorse Bright Horizons Care Advantage. It is your responsibility to carefully screen and check the references of any caregivers, including those who are listed on Bright Horizons Care Advantage, before you retain their services.



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