Melinda Barnhart

Exec. Director, Finance & Administration

Volgenau School of Engineering

703-993-8663 ph; 703-993-1734 fax


From: HR/Payroll Department Contacts
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Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:24 PM
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Subject: Instant HR/Payroll: Health and Flex Open Enrollment Dates
Announced, Life Planning Seminar on Medicare, Mason Night Out, Chronicle
Survey Season Starting Soon, Health & Fitness Expo, KP On Site, Wage Limits,
and Some Online Financial Training


Health and Flex Open Enrollment Dates Announced
The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has announced that Health
and Flex Open Enrollment will be held from May 1-24, 2013 this year.
Details, as they're available, will be posted on the HR  <>
& Payroll homepage.  This is later than usual; please advise your faculty
and staff of the dates with special emphasis for 9-month faculty who may not
be on campus throughout open enrollment.  Thanks so much for your help in
getting out the word! 

Life Planning Seminar: Medicare 2013 Primer: Need to Know Update    
Has the Affordable Health Care Act changed Medicare? Do you need to enroll
while still employed? Join us from 12-1pm on Wednesday, March 20th in
University Hall, Room 2001 as Medicare expert Howard Houghton discusses
these topics and more.  This session will be videoconferenced to the
Arlington (Founders Hall, 322) and Prince William (Occoquan, 221) campuses.
Register at and click on the "Courses" tab.

Mason Night Out: DSW and Coyote Grille
Tick tock discounts are discounts with a deadline.  Our latest one comes to
us from DSW.  On Thursday, March 21, from 10:00am-9:00pm only, a special
discount is available for faculty, staff, and students at participating DSW
stores.  You must bring the DSW flyer with you.  Download a copy at
mymasonhr <> .  Choose myDiscounts from the
left-hand menu and select "Tick Tock Discounts".  Special note -- if you're
shoe shopping during your work day (with supervisor permission), please take
appropriate leave.

Hungry after shoe shopping?  Faculty and staff can stop by Coyote Grill
(Fairfax) between 5:00 and 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 21 only and enjoy a
15% discount with your Mason ID.  

So round up your colleagues and have a Mason Night Out! 

Reminder: It's Chronicle Survey Season
On Monday, March 18, Provost Stearns and Senior VP Davis will be sending out
an email to the 900 randomly selected recipients of this year's Chronicle of
Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work For survey (including 300 adjunct
faculty).  The survey runs from March 18 - April 15.

We hope you can help remind your faculty and staff about the survey and
encourage them to participate if they've been selected.  Their feedback is
incredibly important and helpful.

It's Spring: Must be time for the Health & Fitness Expo...
Forget daffodils and tulips, it's not officially spring until the annual
Health & Fitness Expo!  Stop by for free food, health screenings, and lots
of great health information. 

Thursday, March 28
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Johnson Center Dewberry Hall, Fairfax Campus

Thursday, April 4
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bull Run Hall, Prince William Campus

Additional details are available on the  Health  <> &
Fitness Expo website. With supervisor permission, faculty and staff
participation is encouraged; a reasonable amount of time spent at the Expo
is considered training time and part of the Mason work day.  

We hope you can stop by!  And don't forget, Kaiser Permanente will be in
Fairfax on March 28 as well.  Details below.

Kaiser Permanente On Site on Health & Fitness Expo Day
Kaiser Permanente's mobile health vehicle will be at the Fairfax campus on
Thursday, March 28 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Southside Plaza offering
free blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose and cholesterol
screenings.  Faculty and staff do not have to be Kaiser Permanente members
to participate.  The process takes 10-15 minutes. Call the Work/Life Team at
3.2604 to schedule an appointment.  

Reminder: International Student Wage Limits    
Just a short reminder that Mason's international students are generally
limited to a 20 hour work week as a condition of their visa.  Other Mason
student employees, while not under the same restriction, should maintain a
work schedule that permits them to put their primary effort toward their
academic work.  

Online Training and Financial Resources
The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) has some helpful online financial
training at Money Matters <> .
Sessions include:

*	Banking
*	Credit
*	Taxes
*	Investments
*	Financial Planning
*	Home Finance

            Additional resources are also available on the work/life
financial page. <>