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Posted January 28, 2013


Roanoke River Road/Braddock Road Improvements - January 2013 Update            

The next phase of Roanoke River Road/Braddock Road improvement project is expected to start Monday, January 28. The work zone will shift to Braddock Road approaching Roanoke River Road traveling east and west. Between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, one lane in each direction on Braddock Road will be shut down between Ox Road and Nottoway River Lane to enable doubling the length of the turn lanes on Braddock Road into Roanoke River Road. Work will continue until the end of March and depending on the weather, work may continue further into the spring.


It is highly recommended to avoid this stretch of Braddock Road when traveling to Mason. Alternate options include:


  • On Braddock Road from the east, turn right onto Roberts Road to enter campus at Shenandoah River Lane.
  • On Braddock Road from the west, turn left at Ox Road and enter campus at Mason Pond Drive or University Drive.

Occasionally, drivers will be unable to turn left onto Roanoke River Road or into University Mall from Braddock Road. Drive cautiously on Roanoke River Road and Braddock Road to ensure the safety of construction workers, other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.


To review a map of the construction area and for more information visit Building Patriot Pride at


Questions can be sent to


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Call for Directory Updates

Each semester is full of transitions and changes in faculty/staff and locations. University Information is gathering information to update People Finder and the departmental directory

Use the update form on the People Finder website to add or remove faculty and staff members or update any information. 

  • To remove someone from the system, enter the name in original name field, email address and department, and type: Remove, in the comments field.
  • To add someone to the system, include their name in the original name field, fill out the appropriate fields and type: New, in the comments field. 

If you have multiple changes to make, you are welcome to send them to For new hires include the following information:

  • Name
  • G number: this is not published, but is used to manage the database
  • Title
  • Department
  • Building and room number
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • Mason email address
  • Mail stop number

People Finder is updated weekly, and the departmental directory is updated monthly. For any questions or comments email Suzy Wiedemann at or call 993-1005.


Quarterly Sprinkler System Inspections, Fairfax Campus

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) will conduct quarterly sprinkler system inspections at the Fairfax Campus between January 22 and February 8. Inspections will occur between 6:00 am and 2:00 pm. Inspections should not interfere with daily buildings operations and will not require an evacuation of the building. Every effort will be made to follow the schedule however issues may necessitate a modified schedule. To access the schedule, click here.

During the inspection, EHS staff will be working throughout the building inspecting equipment related to the fire suppression sprinkler systems. You will only be required to evacuate the building if the general building fire alarm is activated or you are advised to do so by a representative from EHS. This inspection is mandated by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, and your cooperation in this process is appreciated. If you have any questions call 993-8448.


Do You Have Neck Pain?

Are you a healthy individual with neck pain for 3 months or more? If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, you may be able to participate in a neck pain study and receive a comprehensive cervical musculoskeletal examination and treatment. Healthy volunteers without neck pain are also needed. This study is currently open. Contact Dr. Lynn Gerber at 993-3070 or


Register Your Mason-Related Social Media Account

Mason’s social media team is currently compiling a list of official departments, colleges, and organization that have social media accounts. Our goal is to have a master list of active Mason social media profiles listed for others to easily find and stay connected.

Our unfinished list of social media accounts are available here:

Don’t see your department, college, or organization listed? If you are an administrator or know of a Mason related social media account, fill out this form to be added to our growing list:


Spring 2013 Parking & Transportation Update

As the beginning of the spring semester rapidly approaches, Mason students, faculty and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax campus greatly increases, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. The following information is intended to serve as a campus parking and transportation guide and help minimize potential parking and traffic delays.

A valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas. During the first few weeks of the semester, we suggest allowing an extra 30-45 minutes to arrive on campus. Though some parking spaces are more convenient to your destination than others, the Fairfax campus has more than enough total parking spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many general parking permit lots are still expected to fill at peak class times. Below is information about road construction, parking, shuttles, alternative transportation options, parking citation & appeal changes and finding parking & transportation information.

Click here for more information:


Potomac Arts Academy Spring Class Registration

Do something creative and new this spring. Music, theater, and visual art classes for kids and adults start in February with Potomac Arts Academy. Programs are for all ages, from kids to senior citizens, including piano, theater, guitar, steel pan ensemble, voice, and more. Easy online registration is available at or for theater. Call 993-9889 to register and receive your 10% discount for Mason faculty and staff. Classes start in February, so register now.


Psychological Fitness for Seniors

Do you want to enhance your thinking, identity, moral health, behaviors, emotions, relationships, and sexual health?  A new mental health promotion class especially for seniors age 50+ is being offered through Mason's Center for Psychological Services to teach psychological principles to enhance psychological health.  This class is led by Diane Wagner, M.A., a doctoral student in clinical psychology, and supervised by Dr. Jerome Short, licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor,, who has taught and evaluated these evidence-based principles with individuals of all ages for over 20 years.  This 8-week non-credit class is being offered from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Thursdays from February 21 until April 18 at the Mason Center for Psychological Services, a mile north of the Fairfax campus.  

For more information, visit or call the Center for Psychological Services at  993-1370.


EDIT 201 - Strategies for Online Learning Success

Are you wondering if online learning is right for you? This 1-credit course can help you find out.

Strategies for Online Learning Success is in a modular online format and is designed to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the online environment. The course is self-paced, enabling students to proceed at their own speed. Once registered, students may start or stop any of the modules but must complete the course by the end of the semester. The course includes a combination of multimedia presentations, interactive exercises, electronic resources, videos and a final skills assessment to assess mastery. Students will also be provided with technical and content support.

Registration for Spring 2013 is open through January 29. Register now through Patriot Web.

Contact Lindsey Lowenberg, 993-8978,, for more information.


Join a Carpool and Save Money on Your Parking Permit

Mason has two carpool programs for employees: Carpool Preferred Parking and Carpool Premium Parking. Individuals who carpool save money on gas, have a less stressful commute and are able to use HOV lanes.

The Carpool Preferred Parking program allows employees to park in designated carpool spaces in general lots. The Carpool Premium Parking program allows employees with Lot I, Lot J and deck permits to receive up to 40% per semester off of the parking permit. The deadline to apply for the Carpool Premium Parking program and get the discount is Friday, March 1.

For more info, visit:

Carpool application:

If you have any questions, email or call 993-9530.


Apply for the Mason Open Access Publishing Fund

The University Libraries is accepting applications to Mason’s Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF), established directly in response to faculty interest in open access publishing. Visit the OAPF guidelines page for funding and fee information. All Mason faculty members, registered graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. The OAPF will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been awarded during the fiscal year. Read the OAPF eligibility requirements before applying. Complete and submit the Open Access Publishing Fund application, available on the University Libraries’ website, to request funds.

For more information on the OAPF, contact Claudia Holland at or call 993-2544.

Help Psychologists Learn How Couples Communicate 

You may be eligible for a research study examining how romantic couples communicate if you are living with a spouse/romantic partner and you both are age 18 or older.

You and your spouse/partner would be asked to fill out questionnaires online, have discussions about issues important to your relationship, and answer questions about those discussions. Four weeks later, you will both fill out a short survey. The first questionnaires will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour online, the subsequent visit to our lab will take 1.5-2 hours, and the follow-up survey will take approximately 30 minutes.

This study begins January 25 and is being run by the Anxiety, Stress, & Relationships Lab at George Mason University, under the direction of Sarah Klein, M.A. and Keith Renshaw, Ph.D.

For more information call 993-5662 or email


University Departments Homecoming Tickets

University Departments are encouraged to order their homecoming tickets at a discounted rate. The George Mason Men's Basketball Homecoming Game is Saturday, February 16 vs. Georgia State at 4:00 pm at the Patriot Center. The minimum number of tickets to get the discount has been reduced to 10 for University Departments. The deadline to order is February 8.

To access the discount ticket form, click here.

Contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 993-3270 for follow up questions.


Leadership Legacy Nominations: 2013-2014, Deadline - February 1

Applications for the 2013-2014 Leadership Legacy Program (LLP) are currently being accepted.  This program is designed for Mason faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development. Applications need to be submitted online no later than this Friday, February 1. 

Your name, title, and position along with your current CV or resume, a statement of interest, and any additional information for the selection committee is required for the application process.  In addition, applicants need to have two completed online recommendations.

More information and details for application requirements, process and recommendations can be found at


Stress and Worry Coping Workshop 

Do you frequently worry about issues such as responsibilities, your job or schoolwork, or friends and family? Are you often restless, fatigued, irritable, tense, or have difficulty concentrating or sleeping?
Join the Stress and Worry Coping Workshop. You will learn skills to help with coping, stress and worry management, calming your mind, and approaching your valued life goals.

When: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, for 8 weeks, beginning February 22.

Where: Mason Center for Psychological Services near the Fairfax campus: 10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 202 in Fairfax, VA.

For more information or to register, contact the Mason Center for Psychological Services, or call 993-1370. Space is limited.

We will meet with interested participants to ensure that the group is a good fit for your needs. You must be 18 or older to participate.

Proposals for Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) welcomes proposals for the summer semester of 2013. The URSP is a competitive program open to any undergraduate student with a scholarly project and support from a Mason mentor faculty, staff, and graduate students can all be mentors. There are two options available for summer.

  • Traditional URSP, 144 total hours
  • Intensive URSP, 360 hours

The deadline for both options is February 22. Further details and revised application forms can be found here: Contact or call 993-3794 for additional information.



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