It’s Number 2,000 at the NEW Center

Posted: July 20, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

By Janet Walker, work/life and communications coordinator, Human Resources and Payroll

Pat Donini, director of employee relations and deputy director of Human Resources and Payroll, welcomes Andre Radloff to the NEW Center. Photo by Lori Ann Roth

Mason’s New Employee Welcome (NEW) Center has been warmly welcoming many new faculty and staff members since it opened its doors within the Office of Human Resources and Payroll on Jan. 25, 2007.

This year, on July 14, the 2,000th new Mason employee crossed the threshold at the NEW Center. He’s Andre Radloff, the new education coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development’s VISTA program.

Radloff will be Mason’s VISTA instructional resource design specialist and will work with K-12 teachers to increase their understanding of innovative teaching practices.

Radloff is a former middle and high school teacher and came to Mason from the JASON educational project at National Geographic. Radloff says, “I always wanted to go back to school and came to Mason for the intriguing long-term opportunities.”

Like Radloff, each new employee who steps into the NEW Center is introduced to Mason by the center’s delightful coordinator, Jacquie Lowe.

Lowe helps new faculty and staff navigate those first steps in their career at Mason — getting a Mason ID, accessing Patriot Web to start their direct deposit and much more. Lowe spends about 30 to 40 minutes with each new hire, answering questions, sharing stories and providing the kind of individual support that new faculty and staff truly appreciate.

Lowe also answers a lot of questions. Interestingly, the question she is asked the most is, “How do I access my Mason email?” It’s all about staying connected.

The NEW Center helps new employees start that connection — one that Lowe and her colleagues hope lasts for a long time at Mason.

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to help new employees start their Mason career journey. The excitement and anticipation they have is contagious,” says Lowe. “We can now welcome them in our new offices in University Hall. It’s a wonderful gateway to the university.”

As Radloff headed out of the NEW Center with his Mason Welcome Bag chock full of interesting information, maps, discount coupons and more, Lowe smiled. “I never get tired of saying, ‘Welcome to Mason; you’re going to love it here,’” she says.

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