Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day Brings Mason Community Together

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Mason employees who want to get motivated, grow professionally and meet their colleagues are encouraged to attend Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, hosted by the Office of Human Resources and Payroll (HR).

The program will be offered at the Fairfax Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall, and on Friday, Oct. 26, on the Prince William Campus. All faculty, administrative faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This year’s theme is “The Mason Experience: An Enlightened Past, an Exciting Present and a Brilliant Future.”

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast treats, coffee and registration and check-in. Keynote speaker Peter Stearns, provost, will give a speech titled “Using George Mason’s History: What Continues, What Changes” in the cinema. The discussion will highlight some of the founding characteristics of Mason and discuss the path of the university today and in the future.

“Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is a great opportunity for Mason employees to learn all day,” says Lori Ann Roth, training and development director in the Office of Human Resources and Payroll. “Employees will have training opportunities and be able to network with other people with whom they don’t usually interact.”

Beginning at 10:15 a.m., employees can choose from a variety of morning breakout sessions conducted by university staff from different offices. The breakout sessions will take place on the third floor of the Johnson Center:

  • Mason Discounts, by Robyn Madar, training assistant, and Helga Yunker, reward and recognition coordinator for HR

  • Who’s Who and What’s What at Mason, by Becky Nemeth, manager for Information Services

  • Generations at Mason, by Linda Harber, associate vice president for HR

  • Sitting at your Desk and Other Workplace Hazards, by Patrice Winter, elder care services coordinator for HR

  • Diversity at Mason, by Rory Muhammad, assistant director of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services

  • Public Relations at Mason, by Christine LaPaille, vice president for University Relations, and John Blacksten, director of the Office of Media Relations

Lunch will be provided by Sodexho. After lunch, participants can visit vendor and Mason displays with information, demonstrations and door prizes. Some vendors participating are Burke Florist, TIAA-CREF and Ellie’s Deli. President Alan and Mrs. Merten will also be available to chat with employees.

Afternoon breakout sessions are

  • Generations at Mason repeated

  • Sitting at your Desk and Other Workplace Hazards repeated

  • Coaching for Results, by Dan Taggart, employee relations specialist, and Pat Donini, employee relations director and deputy director for HR

  • The Arts at Mason, by William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Diversity at Mason repeated

  • Public Relations at Mason repeated

    The day will end with a speech by Thomas Calhoun, vice president for Facilities, and Larry Czarda, vice president for regional campuses, who will discuss “The Future of George Mason University.”

    Employees who are not able to leave the office for the whole day have the option of attending a morning breakout session or an afternoon breakout session. However, employees who choose to stagger their time will still have an opportunity to participate in the vendor fair during the two-hour lunch.

    Employees who attend the event on the Prince William Campus on Friday, Oct. 26, will begin their day at 10 a.m. for registration. Throughout the day, a variety of presenters from the Mason and outside community will give speeches about topics such as “Vacations on a Shoestring Budget” and “Techniques for Weight Loss in 8 Weeks or Less.”

    Vendor displays will also be available to provide information, demonstrations and door prizes. Keynote speaker Czarda will discuss various building and construction projects on Mason’s campuses.

    In conjunction with Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, Mason Military Outreach (MMO) will be hosting a care package drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus and Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Prince William Campus.

    The care packages will be sent to specific soldiers to be shared with their unit. Items that can be donated include toothbrushes, pens and batteries.

    For more information on what can be donated, click here.

    Employees from the Arlington Campus are invited to either the Fairfax or Prince William Campuses for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day.

    Free flu shots will also be given at the Fairfax Campus to Mason employees who are covered by COVA Care or Kaiser Permanente through Mason’s health benefits program. For an appointment on Oct. 24, click here.

    For more information or to register for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, visit the Office of Human Resources and Payroll web site.

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