HR and Payroll Offers Lunch & Learn Series

Posted: September 24, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 24, 2009 at 7:57 am

Human Resources and Payroll’s fall Lunch & Learn Series for the faculty and staff is now under way. The free programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. at various Fairfax Campus locations. To register, go to the HR web site and click on Course Calendars.

The schedule below from the HR web site is subject to change. For more information, e-mail

Thursday, Sept. 24
Empty Nest, Full Heart.
Students are heading back to school, full of excitement and anticipation about the year ahead. It’s an exciting time, but also a stressful time for parents whose children will be living away from home for the first time. Join Adrienne Barna, associate director of Counseling and Psychological Services, as she discusses strategies for coping with your empty nest. Learn how to cope with changes in routine, develop a successful long-distance relationship with your child and transition from being the parent of a teen to being a parent of an adult.

CommonHealth’s Something to Smile About. Have you ever crawled into bed only to realize you forgot to brush your teeth? Put off going to the dentist until the pain was unbearable? Routine dental care and precautions may actually lead to more than just a great smile, and may even prevent a heart attack. Instructor is Mary Louise Gerdes.

Thursday, Oct. 1
Dream Interpretation.
For more than 50 years, science has explored the qualities of the dreaming mind, supplementing centuries of traditional wisdom about dreams and their meaning. This presentation will offer a summary of the science of dream psychology, along with a survey of practical methodologies for the art of dream interpretation—approaches that you can apply to your own dreams in the months to come. Instructor is Mark Thurston.

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Meet at the Market: Mason’s Farmers Market.
Dan Waxman leads a tour of the market and will help participants learn the value of local foods and appreciate the benefits of a market on campus, including:
– Supporting the local community
– Buying fresh, nutritious food
– Promoting sustainability
– Building community
– Enhancing university life and culture

Thursday, Oct. 15
Finish your degree with BIS!
Join us for an information session detailing the Bachelor of Individualized Study—Mason’s adult degree-completion program. Create your own concentration to get the degree you want. Instructors are Mark Sistek and Linda Hemm.

Thursday, Nov. 5
How Telework Can Work For You.
Flexible work is always in season at Mason.  Join us for an interactive panel discussion on Mason’s flexible work options.  Representatives from HR & Payroll and ITU, along with some Mason teleworkers and their colleagues, will discuss your work options, available technology and tips for teleworking successfully, and then open up the floor for your questions.

Thursday, Dec. 3
7 Hot Books Coming Out Soon.
Back once again by popular demand! Join Pegger Bercher from the Fairfax County Public Library as she highlights the season’s hottest new reads. Peggy always brings along a diverse selection of books and makes all the books available for checkout after the seminar (with library card, of course). Want to hear about a particular book? E-mail us at and we’ll pass along your suggestion to Peggy.

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