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Posted October 22 2014

National Work & Family Month Continues; Some great events coming up.

There are many ways to get involved at Mason! Below are some events coming up soon. Visit Today@Mason for more.

October 26: Witch Watch
On Sunday, October 26th from 1:00 – 4:00pm Student Government will be hosting it's annual Witch Watch program in the Hampton Roads Housing Area (near the Rappahannock Parking Deck & Pilot House). This annual event offers a lot of FREE fun, food, games, activities, raffles & more to our Mason and Fairfax community. The event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring neighbors and friends.

October 30: How About a Garden Party
The Mason Organic Gardening Association invites faculty, staff, students, and their children for an evening filled with fun, games, learning, and food in the organic garden behind Potomac Heights on Thursday, October 30 from 4:00-8:00pm. Details on the Garden Party flyer.

October 31: Spooky Selfie Challenge on Halloween
WAVES, Got Recovery? is sponsoring a costumed Spooky Selfie Challenge on Friday, October 31 beginning at 5:00pm at the Mason Pond Bridge. Details on the Spooky Challenge flyer.

Discounts on Family Fun
Check out the Life/Work Connections discount page for deals on family favorites like Kings Dominion, Six Flags, Busch Gardens and more! Log-in to and select “myDiscounts” from the left-hand menu. Select “Fun for all ages” from the drop-down menu.

Through October 31: TIAA-CREF’s Financial IQ Challenge
TIAA-CREF’s 30-day Financial IQ challenge for faculty and staff is underway through the end of October. See what you know about financial planning. Check out the leader board to see how we’re doing by age, gender, and location. 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.

Through November 22: National Outdoor Challenge
Mason is one of 10 schools vying to win the National Outdoor Challenge. At stake are bragging rights (of course), $50,000 worth of outdoor gear for the university, and a chance for you to win a prize too. Wow. Participating is easy. Check out the infographic. 1) register at 2) Participate in an outdoor activity for 30 minutes – hiking, biking, walking, running, picnicking, gardening, walking your dog, you name it, 3) Take a picture of yourself doing it, 4) Upload the photo to the challenge website 5) Repeat and spread the word.

Faculty, staff, and students are eligible to participate but so are alumni, retirees, friends and family. When signing up, select George Mason University as the school you’re supporting. The Challenge is underway until November 22. Mason Recreation will be giving out weekly prizes as well.

Go Mason!! Let’s bring that prize back home to Northern Virginia!

Posted September 30 2014

October is National Work & Family Month

Celebrate National Work & Family Month at Mason throughout October and all year long! Here is a sample of some of the opportunities on campus. We hope you find something that interests you.

If you would like the Life/Work Connections team to visit your department or you would like to discuss work/life opportunities individually, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone at 3.2604 or via email at

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 26 2014

Thanks for Coming Out to the 6th Annual Happy Heart Walk!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 6th annual Happy Heart Walk. It was a blast and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you. Please see "Resources to Make Your Heart Smile" for some opportunities to build your knowledge and participate in other opportunities to make wellness and well-being a daily part of your life. Continue walking throughout the year every chance you get. It will make your heart smile! Go Mason ... walk and rock on!!

Posted September 26 2014

Winter Wellness: Flu Shot Information

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 August 25 2014

Welcome New Academic Year Newsletter Available

As we begin the new academic year 2014-2015, your colleagues in Human Resources and Payroll want to wish you the best and encourage you to explore the many resources at Mason that can contribute to your overall well-being. Whether you are new or have been here for many years, we invite you to explore how Mason helps build community and encourages us to thrive together. Please start your journey by taking a few minutes to review the New Academic Year Newsletter. We have organized this year’s newsletter around the theme of thriving together, sharing opportunities around campus to help you with your own individual well-being journey. If you have any questions, please call the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 3.2600. Have a great year!

Posted August 18 2014

Mason Welcomes New Instructional/Research Faculty

Welcome to Mason!  As new instructional/research faculty members, we want to share some of the resources and opportunities you have at Mason.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us at benefits@gmu.ed or worklife@gmu.ed

Posted August 15 2014

Mason Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Welcome to Mason! We want to share some of the resources and opportunities you have available as a member of our university community.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us at



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Take care of your DMV business at a convenient Mason location!  The 2014 annual schedule for DMV2Go visits is available.  Services available are 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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Duffy is sporting Mason colors

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Talented Stitchers!

(Photo of Duffy courtesy of Megan Kirk)

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Welcome New Adjunct Faculty

Welcome New Faculty

New Academic Year Newsletter

Flu Shot Consent form 2014-15

Flu Shot Description 2014-15

Flu shot Information 2014

Happy Heart Walk: Resources to Make Your Heart Smile

Flu Shot Flyer 2014

National Work Family Month Resources

Healthy Cookie Recipe Contest

Enchanted Garden Party

Halloween Party

Witch Watch

Working Dads Flyer