Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Spring into Well-Being 2016


  • February 29-April 24: Resolution Solution and Competition hosted by Mason Recreation
  • March 14-March 30: Sharing Career Wisdom

    According to Gallup, Career Well-Being is liking what you do every day.  As people transition – from college to the work force, from being the new kid on the block to being the seasoned professional, from working full-time to thinking about retirement – there are always people who have taken the journey before us.  In the lead up to Spring into Well-Being, scheduled for April 6-13, 2016, the university invites any Mason faculty, staff, student, alumni, or retiree to submit a short video – 60 seconds or less – answering this question:

    What one thing do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started out in your career?

    The goal is to build an on-line library of career advice that can provide guidance and support to us all no matter where we are in our careers.  It’s an opportunity to share part of your career journey and light the path for those coming after you.

    Participating is easy!  You can create the video yourself and email it to by March 30, 2016.  Or, if you prefer, stop by Mason’s One-Button Studio on the dates and times below to record your video on site, first-come, first-served.  A member of the Spring into Well-Being Planning team will be available to assist you.

    Tuesday, March 15 from 1:00-2:00pm

    Thursday, March 24 from 12:00-1:00pm

    Tuesday, March 29 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

    In submitting a video to Mason, you understand that there is no guarantee that your particular video will be used and that you will receive no monetary compensation for Mason’s use of the video.  The video will become the property of Mason and Mason shall be the exclusive owner of any and all right, title, and interest, including copyright, in any and all advertising, promotional, Web pages/screens, and other materials containing the video. 

  • March 28: "Love is Louder Than Words." Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Resources. 7:30pm-9:30pm in Liberty Square Courtyard. Sponsor: Housing and Residence Life.
    Bringing the Mason community together to boost students' self-confidence and build community.
  • March 30: Faculty and Staff Physical Well-Being SeminarWorking with the Mind-Body Connection with Shernita Rochelle Parker,, 12pm-1pm. The "mind-body" connection can be extremely important when it comes to our physical well-being. Join us at this session to learn more about this critical partnership and some tips and tools that will help you work to create, strengthen, or renew this connection. Various techniques will be discussed and practiced, so come prepated to try them and find out which might be most useful for you. Videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  To register, please visit
  • April 1: Sustainable Food Systems Symposium. Contact Andrew Wingfield at
  • April 3-10: Greek Week, April 3-10, 2016
  • April 4: Advances of Health: Alcohol Awareness hosted by Department of Global and Community Health and in partnership with OLLI. 11:50am - 1:15pm. Church of the Good Shepherd (Braddock Rd. at Olley Lane). Speaker: Matt Rossheim,PhD Assistant professor GCH. Part of Public Health Week sponsored by Department of Global and Community Health. For more info, contact Patrice Winter at
  • April 5: "Contagion" movie screening as part of Public Health Week. A movie about disease detectives in action: Hollywood vs. Reality. 7:30pm, JC Cinema. FREE. For more info, contact Patrice Winter at



Wednesday, April 6, 2016: PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

  • Graduate Student Life - Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation. All day. Coffee Break
  • Who’s Walking Wednesday jointly led by Mason Recreation and the College of Health & Human Services' Public Health Week. 12pm-1pm, Wellness Circle in front of Merten Hall
  • "Mason Recess and Day of Play" with the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD). 11am-1pm, SUB 1, Patriot Lounge. Join the Leadership Education and Development office (LEAD) for a little fun and relaxation during our very own Mason Recess! Take some time to engage creatively with our coloring pages, painting, and play-doh.  We will also have board games, legos, corn hole, and much more! 
  • Gratitude Drop-in! The Office of Disability Services will host an Open House "Gratitude drop-in" providing refreshments and an opportunity to come post notes of gratitude. ALL DAY. Student Union Building I (SUB), Room 2500.


Thursday, April 7, 2016: PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING

  • The Encouragement Wall offered by CAPS. POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. For further information: 

  • Living Emotionally Healthy workshop offered by CAPS. 10am - 11am. Location: SUB1, Room 4210, CAPS. This is a workshop recommended for students who may feel overwhelmed by circumstances in their lives and experience difficulties managing their emotions. Attending this workshop will help students who have a tendency to feel overwhelmed learn to cultivate self-awareness and regulate their emotions more effectively.

  • Mindfulness workshop offered by CAPS. 1pm - 2pm. SUB1, Room 3008. Does it seem like you are always anxious about the future or get stuck dwelling on the past? Do these worries get in the way of relationships or contribute to stress in your life? The Mindfulness Workshops will teach you skills to live in the present moment and increase your enjoyment in life by learning ways to cope with stress and deal with relationship challenges.

  • Prayer Labyrinth hosted by College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 11am-3pm in the JC East Plaza.  Give yourself a few moments to reflect on your own well-being, your own level of stress, your own state of gratitude, and your own resilience by walking a simple labyrinth path on the grassy lawn outside of the JC. You might find this generates a centered ease with which you can greet the rest of your day. For more information, contact Kathleen Clare at
  • Finding Joy: Lessons from “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” presented by Patrice Levinson,, Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services. 12:00-12:45pm. Johnson Center Room F.  Join us for a lively discussion of this revolutionary style of organizing your space. Participants are encouraged to discuss their own decluttering challenges, perceived benefits and possible “life-changing” outcomes from organizing, as well as perceived barriers to utilizing this method in the office and at home.
  • Financial Well-Being Seminar: Building a Better Budget with Sarah Lieu of Apple Federal Credit Union, 12-1pm. A budget is the most powerful tool available for establishing financial control. After identifying short, mid-, and long-term goals, participants will learn how to design realistic spending plans to live within their means and savings plans to reach their goals. Within that framework, the session will address different options available for getting and staying out of debt.  Videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  To register please visit
  • Sleep Hygiene workshop offered by CAPS. 2pm - 3pm. SUB1, Room 3008.


Friday, April 8, 2016: SOCIAL WELL-BEING

  • Well-Being and Resilience Workshop with Mary Elizabeth Lynch sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being for Mason faculty, staff, alumni, and students, 9:30am-12:30pm, with an optional period from 12:30pm to 1:00pm for Q&A and open discussion. Location: Research Hall, 163. 

    In this workshop you will learn three approaches for dealing with adversity and conflict in your life -- approaches that are rooted in well-being practices and the mindful application of them.  You’ll learn how to go beyond just “stress management” and begin to cultivate a kind of inner development from which resilience is a natural by-product.  This workshop will help you look at your life from new perspectives and clarify how you can start building a more resilient life today.  

    This half-day workshop is free and open to all, but registration/RSVP is required:

  • Mandala Club is hosting a Labyrinth event 12:30pm - 4:30pm outside on the Southside Plaza. For more information, email Ashley Whimpy at 

  • International Parade of Flags, sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement's Registered Student Organizations, as part of iWeek, 12pm beginning at SUB1.

  • An Examination of Well-being Among Student Affairs Professionals presentation by Dr. Hollie Chessman, University Life. 12PM, SUB1 Room 3A. 

    The voice of student affairs professionals is lacking in the holistic well-being discourse. What leads to well-being of these professionals in the workplace? Does their position within the organization matter? This session will utilize a recent study on student affairs and well-being to engage participants in assessing their own level of well-being, followed by a discussion of strategies to increase ones own well-being and the well-being of staff.
  • Happy Hour Yoga & Yogurt sponsored by Dannon Yogurt, Mason Recreation, University Life, and Human Resources/Payroll. What better way to end the week but with free yoga outside?  Everyone is invited to get their “happy” on with this restorative BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) happy hour with free yogurt and other fun give-aways, including chances to win a Fitbit. 

The first 20 registrants receive a free yoga mat! (Must be present to receive mat.) Register today. Walk-ins welcome. See you at 4 p.m. on the Merten Hall Lawn on Friday, April 8. Rain location is The RAC, Cage Gym. For questions, contact


Sunday, April 10, 2016


Monday, April 11, 2016: COMMUNITY WELL-BEING

  • GOOD DEEDS DAY sponsored by Mason's Hillel and Registered Student Organizations. Everyone is invited to participate! To sign-up to volunteer for Good Deeds Day go to
  • "Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Moving beyond the Individual Level in Facilitating Well-Being." presented by Lauren Cattaneo, Ph.D. 5:00pm-6:00pm, Merten Hall 1201. Dr. Cattaneo will discuss the ways that her research program integrates wellbeing beyond the level of the individual. Through a continuing focus on social justice, and through specific projects at the intersection of teaching and scholarship, Dr. Cattaneo’s lab is exploring the ways in which higher education can contribute to the wellbeing of communities. 
  • Cigarette Butt Clean-Up – Clean the Butts sponsored by WAVES. As part of community wellbeing day during Spring Into Wellbeing, WAVES is leading a cigarette butt clean-up! WAVES will provide quit kits! 1:00pm–3:00pm. Meeting Point: Southside. Contact Point: Kathryn Walker.  703-993-3170.

    Sign up to volunteer:  

    Facebook Event:

    “Cigarette butts are not bio-degradable and can take on average 25 years to break down all the while leaching toxic chemicals like cadmium, arsenic, and pesticide residues into the soil and waterways.1” 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016: PURPOSE/CAREER WELL-BEING

  • "Equal Pay Day 2016" hosted by Women and Gender Studies. 4:30PM-6:30PM, JC 240A. 

    Come learn how pay in-equality effects your money now, and how it will effect your money in the future. Then learn how to negotiate your salary, and invest your money. Questions? Contact Emily Harvey, 703-993-2896.

  • Alumni Leadership Speaker Series sponsored by the LEAD Office and University Career Services. 6:30pm-8pm, The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400). Join the Leadership Education and Development office (LEAD) in collaboration with University Career Services for the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. A panel of George Mason Alumni will be discussing how their leadership involvement on and off campus have prepared them in their chose career fields. 
  • Investigating Identities: 6:30-9pm, JC Meeting Room G. The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being invites students and Mason community members to join us to discuss different facets of their identities. We will explore how the identities we hold impact us as we go through life. We hope to discuss how who we are and what power we hold changes in different contexts. Refreshments will be provided. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016: FINANCIAL WELL-BEING

  • "Who’s Walking Wednesday" led by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being with Dr. Nance Lucas for the NOVELTY walk, 12pm-1pm, Wellness Circle in front of Merten Hall
  • Employee Benefits Fair sponsored by Human Resources & Payroll, 9:00am-3:00pm in George’s at the Johnson Center.  Drop by all day to meet with representatives from Mason’s financial partners -- TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments, ICMA-RC, the Virginia Retirement System and Apple Federal Credit Union.  At the top of each hour between 10:00am and 2:00pm, there will be a short financial presentation by each group on a number of timely financial topics.  Additional organizations are being invited; check back for an updated list of participants.
  • Financial Well-Being Seminar: “Your Next Great Adventure: Living Well in Retirement” with Marilyn Huang of TIAA_CREF, 12:30pm-1:30pm. You've spent many years planning financially for your retirement and you've thought a lot about what you'll do once you've reached the goal. The possibilities for your next great adventures are endless and fun to imagine. Join us at this workshop where TIAA-CREF's workshop leaders will help you envision your ideal retirement to take an honest look at what you'll miss about working - and plan for how you will supplant those things in retirement, discover the rich possibilities inherent in retirement and help remove any barriers to the retirement you want, and learn about how you can pay yourself once you stop working.  Videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  To register, please visit
  • Let's Get Cooking! Co-sponsored by WAVES and Mason Dining. 11am - 1pm. Southside Gold Rush (at the bottom of the Southside stairs). Join WAVES and Mason Dining as we demonstrate how to practice healthy and cost-effective eating by preparing your own meals both on- and off-campus!
  • Wellness Wednesdays sponsored by WAVES. 12pm - 2pm. Southside Patio. Is your idea of a savings account the loose change in your cup holder? Is your bowling score higher than your credit score? Check out Wellness Wednesday with WAVES as we discuss basic tenets of financial wellness for students.



  • April 14: Financial Well-Being Seminar: “Getting the Most Out of Your Mason Benefits Package” with Courtney Ashmore of the Benefits Team, 12pm-1pm. If you are enrolled in benefits through Mason, you have a package of services and opportunities that can assist you throughout your career, in good times and in challenging ones. Join us for this session to see the role your benefits can play at every stage in your life at Mason. Topics will include some basics but also discuss some life planning resources to keep in mind at any age. Please feel free to bring your lunch to this session! Videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  To register, please visit
  • April 25: Vegan Society meeting, 12pm-1pm. The HUB, Meeting Room VIP II. Contact Carrie Grabo at for more information. 
  • May 4: Faculty and Staff Physical Well-Being SeminarDial it Down. Stress Less with Amy Moore of CommonHealth, 12-1pm. Merten 3001. Teleconference to Arlington and SciTech. Are you stressed? It is likely that you are in some way, and while some stress can be good, the chronic stress (which continues over prolonged periods of time) can negatively affect your health as well as your mood and productivity. Join Amy Moore of CommonHealth as she identifies some tools and tips to help you manage stress.  Videoconferenced to Arlington and SciTech.  To register, please visit



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