Spotlight on Benefits: Merchants Offer Savings for Mason Employees

Posted: June 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

Looking for a mortgage? Already settled into domestic bliss, but need to stock your refrigerator? Then pull out your George Mason ID. From home buying to groceries, a wide range of merchant discounts on products and services is available for Mason faculty and staff.

Here is a sampling:

University Bookstore—Ten percent discount on textbooks purchased for personal use and on all other merchandise except special orders, sale books, class and alumni rings, computer hardware and software, periodicals, discounted merchandise, stamps, health and beauty aids, snacks, and beverages.

Borders Books—Special discount to state employees, June 25-27. Just present your George Mason ID or pay stub to receive discounts of 40 percent on café items, 20 percent on books and music, 15 percent on DVDs, and 10 percent on electronics and video games.

Home Buyer’s Assistance—Online resource to help Mason employees explore home financing options. The program provides tools and calculators to compare various loan options, a streamlined loan application process, multiple loan choices with a single application, and articles that describe each step of the mortgage process. In addition, Mason employees who close a home loan through the program receive special discounts. (An introductory session on the program will take place on June 24 at the Arlington Campus, Original Building, Room 269, noon to 1 p.m. Dessert and drinks will be provided.)

University Cinema—Discount tickets for all shows.

Harris Teeter—Five-percent discount on all merchandise except alcohol and tobacco.

Ruth Lynch, office manager in the dean’s office, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), says she frequently uses the university bookstore–both as an individual employee and a CEHD representative–for gifts and stationery items. “Karen Eiserman [bookstore operations manager] has been an invaluable help in selecting gifts for retiring faculty and staff members, and the customer service in all areas of the store is excellent.”

CEHD is especially interested in the new Home Buyer’s Assistance Program because of “sticker shock” in the D.C. metropolitan area, Lynch adds. “We are hopeful that this service will offer some encouragement to those who want to join us at George Mason, but also need affordable housing.”

Even if a merchant doesn’t advertise a discount, it pays to ask. Just have your Mason ID handy. In fact, don’t leave home without it.

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