Mason Community Celebrates Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day

Posted: October 21, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

As Mason’s Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day nears, employees should prepare themselves for a day filled with motivational presentations and opportunities to grow professionally. Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day also gives employees the chance to meet their colleagues and learn more about the Mason community. The event is hosted by the Office of Human Resources and Payroll (HR).

The program will be offered at the Fairfax Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall, and on Friday, Oct. 31, on the Prince William Campus. All faculty, administrative faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

This year’s theme is “The Mason Community Experience.”

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast treats, coffee, and registration and check-in. At 9 a.m., keynote speaker Kate Ziegler, Mason sophomore and award-winning swimmer who participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, will give a speech about her experiences in Beijing and as a Mason student. Ziegler’s speech takes place in the Cinema.

“Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is not just a great opportunity for Mason employees to grow professionally, but also personally,” says Lori Ann Roth, training and development director in Human Resources and Payroll. “Employees should take this opportunity to network with people with whom they don’t usually interact and to learn things they wouldn’t normally learn.”

Anyone interested in taking a yoga class taught by Julia Morelli, director of operations for Capitol Connection, should meet at the registration table at 9 a.m.

Beginning at 10:15 a.m., employees can choose from a variety of morning breakout sessions conducted by various presenters from the Mason and outside community. The breakout sessions will take place on the third floor of the Johnson Center.

Motivation: What Would You Attempt to Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?, by Marc Williams, chief marketing officer in the College of Education and Human Development

Women and Heart Disease: Stories and Practical Application, by Sue Prince of Womanheart

Sitting at Your Desk and Other Hazardous Activities, by Patrice Winter, eldercare and life planning services coordinator in HR

Nutrition for You: Customize Your Nutrition Plan, by Alana Sugar, nutritionist

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Habit 5, by Cheryl Orr, Covey Certified Trainer

Teamwork: How to Use Various Exercises and Methods to Create a Better Team, by Susan Johnson, director of Hemlock Overlook Center for Experiential Education

A barbeque lunch will be provided by Sodexo. During and after lunch, participants can visit vendor displays for information, demonstrations and door prizes. Some participating vendors include Kaiser Permanente and Great Harvest Bread Company. Some of the door prizes include a stereo system, Barnes and Noble gift card, one year employee membership to the Aquatic and Fitness Center and Reston Town Limo wine tour for two.

There will also be a “Cute Pet Contest” where employees can submit pet photos that will be voted on during the vendor fair. Send a photo to Shannon Finley at MS 3C5 before Oct. 27, or drop off a photo at the registration desk on Oct. 29. Voting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the winner will be announced at the final door prize drawing of the day. The winning pet will receive a pet portrait by a local artist and the title of Mason’s Cutest Pet.

In the afternoon, the morning breakout sessions will be repeated. The day will end with a speech by Stephen Fuller, University Professor and director of the Center for Regional Analysis in the School of Public Policy, who will discuss the current state of the economy.

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 lunch.

For employees at the Prince William Campus, Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day will begin at 10 a.m. and will include an interactive resource fair and presentations by Williams, Ziegler and Charvis Campbell, assistant dean for the Office of University Life at the Prince William Campus. All events will take place in the Bull Run Hall Atrium.

Employees from the Arlington Campus and Loudoun site 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 and Prince William Campuses to Mason employees who are covered by COVA Care and COVA HDHP through Mason’s health benefits program. For more information and to make an appointment on Oct. 29, 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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