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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help Shape Mason's Future

University Departments Homecoming Tickets

Career Services Seeks Faculty Assistance

Stress and Worry Coping Workshop

Fenwick Addition News

Important Java Software Update Information

Breast Cancer Survivor or Know Someone Who Is?

Mason Staff Senate Seeks Departmental Involvement in Spring Staff Appreciation Events

Mason Recreation

Men's Basketball Hosts Georgia State for Homecoming '13 Saturday at 4:00 pm

Symantec EndPoint Protection Update

Student Success at Mason: MAP-Works Spring Survey Launch

OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award & OSCAR Student Excellence Award

Student Government Spring 2013 Election Packets Available Now

Change in Schedule: DMV2Go in Fairfax

HR and Payroll

Call for Proposals for Summer URSP

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

China In My Eyes: A Photography Exhibition about Life in China Today in Gallery 123

HEAL Your Body Art Contest

Fairfax Campus Event Traffic Advisory

E-Files Updates

EVENTS

The Vision Series at the Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus

Center for Consciousness and Transformation

Prince Among Slaves Film Screening and Book Discussion with Author Terry Alford

Mason Dining

Ni Un Muerto Mas! - No More Killings!

Once Upon A Seoul

The Vagina Monologues

Fourth Annual Film Series on Global Justice- Screening of The Fourth World

Travel Services Open House

Vanpool Formation at Mason

School of Music

Obama's Second Term: Impact on the Global Community

The Israeli-Palestinian Equation

A Tribute to The Dream: School of Music's Black History Month Celebration

School of Art

Get Your Heart On

ABFAS: Community Lunch Gathering

Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Spring Seminar Series

Global and Community Health Seminar Series: What's Ailing America?

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Mason Chapter Meeting

Vanpool Formation at Mason

2013 No Fear in Love 6 Mile Race

ADP Colloquia: Naomi Watanabe - Preschoolers' Emotional Development in Japan

Mason Recreation

TRAINING

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Fiscal Services

HR Learning

LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings Spring 2013

Environmental Health and Safety Office

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

MASON CARES Suicide Prevention

WAVES: Training Dates Ė Emerge

HR Learning

Posted February 11, 2013

Announcements

Help Shape Mason's Future

The Mason Vision and Working Group Reports are available for your review at vision.gmu.edu. Your feedback is important to the final Vision document and the future direction of Mason. Between now and February 28, take a moment to share your thoughts with us by attending a town hall with Dr. Cabrera (see vision.gmu.edu and below for schedule) or by emailing us at vision@gmu.edu.

Mason Vision Town Halls:

  • Fairfax:  February 18, 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall, North
  • Arlington:  February 19, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Founders Hall, Room 113
  • Fairfax:  February 22, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall, North
  • Prince William:  February 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Occoquan Building, Verizon Auditorium

Contact Carrie Klein at cklein7@gmu.edu or 993-5399 for more information.

 

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 15.

To access the discount ticket form, click here.

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

 

Career Services Seeks Faculty Assistance

Help your students prepare to speak to employers for the Spring Career Fair on February 20 and 21.

The Spring Career Fair is fast approaching. It will be held on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall. The Fair is open to all majors with many different employers attending each day.

Career Services has researched employers for their top tips to suggest to students and for the most common mistakes that students make attending career fairs. 

Help your students prepare by showing them our 5 minute slide show available on the faculty page on our website:  http://careers.gmu.edu/faculty.

For a complete listing of employers attending the fair, visit: 
https://gmu-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php?mode=list&cf=springfair2013.

For more information visit http://careers.gmu.edu/ or call 993-2370.

 

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 26.

Where: George Mason University, Center for Psychological Services, near Fairfax campus (10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 202 in Fairfax, VA).

For more information or to register, contact the Center for Psychological Services (http://psyclinic.gmu.edu/) at 993-1370 as soon as possible (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.

 

Fenwick Addition News

Mason Libraries has moved several collections and research areas to provide the best service possible for students, faculty, and staff during the two-year construction period for the new Fenwick Library Addition on the Fairfax campus. Two changes include the majority of the printed Federal Government Documents being moved from Fenwick Library to Arlington Campus Library and the Fenwick reference collection and service desk being relocated from Wing B to Wing C in Fenwick Library. In addition, the Johnson Center Library's books with Call Number L have been relocated to Fenwick Library's Wing C on the first floor. Visit fenwickfocus.gmu.edu for a complete list of changes and other updates. The Libraries appreciates your patience and understanding during this transition to a new addition, which will double the size of the existing Fenwick Library.

 

Important Java Software Update Information

Another critical patch to the Java software was released Friday, February 1, that is an important fix to security vulnerabilities in Java version 7 only. Internet Native Banner (INB) users using Java version 6, this does not apply. If you are unsure of which version you currently use, follow the instructions on the IT Security Site at: http://itsecurity.gmu.edu/Java-Update.cfm. This vulnerability would allow potential hackers to easily gain access to your system via Java. This patch protects you from hackers.

It is imperative that you visit the Oracle website to download this latest patch as soon as possible to protect your sensitive information.

For instructions on how to download the patch, which version to use, and how to find the necessary system information, visit the IT Security site at http://itsecurity.gmu.edu/Java-Update.cfm or the IT Services page at http://itservices.gmu.edu/alerts/.

For more information on this security patch and vulnerability, visit: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/858729.

Contact the ITU Support Center at 993-8870 or support@gmu.edu with any questions.

Breast Cancer Survivor or Know Someone Who Is?

The Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability in the College of Health and Human Services is studying tiredness and fatigue in breast cancer survivors. We still donít know how to prevent or treat it. The study welcomes eligible participants. If you choose to be part of this study, you will be asked to give 3 small blood samples for analysis and complete five (5) questionnaires. Some of you will need to exercise by running or jogging for 6 minutes or use a computer for 6 minutes.

The study will take 1 Ĺ hours on one day. To be eligible for the study you must have a diagnosis of breast cancer and have finished your original treatments, but can be on medication and hormones. Contact Patrice Winter with your questions and to sign up for this important project at pwinter@gmu.edu or 993-5036.

Mason Staff Senate Seeks Departmental Involvement in Spring Staff Appreciation Events

The Mason Staff Senate coordinates Staff Appreciation events on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses each year. This yearís events are scheduled for March 12 - March 15 (the week of spring break), and we are incorporating the opportunity for university departments to disseminate information about programs and services available for staff members. Departments can either provide literature or other items to be given away or be on site to talk with staff members.

To learn more about how to get involved, contact Kathrin Breitt Brown, Staff Senate Administrative Assistant, at 993-4141 or kbreittb@gmu.edu.

 

Mason Recreation

Aquatic & Fitness Center Closed for CAA Swimming Championships
February 28 - March 2
Contact: Tim Reffner, treffner@gmu.edu, 993-5159
Normal hours of operations will resume on Sunday, March 3.

Iron Mason
February 9 - May 4
Contact: Ethan Carter, ecarter@gmu.edu, 993-3935
Iron Mason is a Mason Recreation incentive program that encourages members to step up their physical activity during the semester. It is not a race. The distances can be completed quickly or over a period of time. As long as you complete your miles between February 9 and May 4 you have met the challenge. Participants, run (or walk), swim (or row) and bike their way to the finish. Start by completing the Olympic Mason distance. Then if you want to keep going, tally your miles until you complete the Ultimate Mason.

Each participant will receive his or her own log sheet that will be submitted every two weeks. We encourage all participants to complete the distances at their own pace. So, come out to the recreational facilities to have some fun while we Iron Mason our way to better health.

 

Men's Basketball Hosts Georgia State for Homecoming '13 Saturday at 4:00 pm

Mason men's basketball continues its push to climb the CAA standings as the Patriots host Georgia State this Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 pm in the Patriot Center presented by Verizon Wireless as we celebrate Homecoming '13. Fans should arrive early to take part in the Homecoming Block Party which begins at 1:00 pm; doors to the Patriot Center open at 3:00 pm, and there will be free Mason spirit items courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Limited tickets remain. For ticket information, call the Mason Athletics ticket office at 993-3270 or visit GoMason.com.

 

Symantec EndPoint Protection Update

The IT Security Office is in the process of updating Symantec Endpoint Protection to version 12, available to all university-owned resources, as well as to faculty, staff, and students.

Symantec EndPoint Protection will be pushed out to all MESA users automatically. If you are connected to the MESA domain, you will get a pop-up stating that your Symantec is being updated. This is a standard pop-up making you aware that your Symantec is being updated and prompting you to choose when to restart your system.

For more information regarding the new version, visit the IT Security Office website at http://itsecurity.gmu.edu/Alerts/symantec.cfm.

For any questions, contact the ITU Support Center at 993-8870 or via email at support@gmu.edu.

If you are a System Administrator, contact the IT Security Office at 993-5633 or itsoinfo@gmu.edu for additional information

 

Student Success at Mason: MAP-Works Spring Survey Launch

MAP-Works is an online survey that helps us learn about studentsí experiences at Mason as well as their academic behaviors and skills. Data from the fall survey coupled with studentsí college entry characteristics (e.g., standardized test scores, high school GPA) provide information about whether a student is at risk for poor academic performance and/or leaving Mason. This spring, we are administering a spring check up survey to the students who participated in MAP-Works in the fall. Faculty and staff members across campus are trained to interpret this information and intervene to support students. All students who respond to the survey also receive a personalized report about how their behaviors and attitudes affect their success.

Encourage all first-year students admitted in the fall 2012 as well as students in their second year at Mason (first-time first-year students in fall 2011) to complete the MAP-Works Spring Survey between Monday, February 11 - Friday, February 22. To learn more about how MAP-Works supports our commitment to fostering student success, contact success@gmu.edu.

 

OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award & OSCAR Student Excellence Award

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) requests nominations for the 2013 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award and the 2013 OSCAR Student Excellence Award.

The OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award ($3000/mentor) recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason employees who mentor undergraduate students in research and creative activities and foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Masonís Students as Scholars initiative. All current Mason community members (e.g. faculty, staff, or graduate students) are eligible. For more information, click here: http://oscar.gmu.edu/fac-staff/oscar-mentor-award.cfm.

The OSCAR Student Excellence Award ($500/student) honors outstanding Mason undergraduate students who have engaged in research, scholarly and creative activities. All current full-time Mason undergraduate students are eligible. For more information, click here: http://oscar.gmu.edu/students/OSCAR-Student-Excellence-Award.cfm.

OSCAR welcomes nominations from all disciplines. Nominations for both awards are due by March 1. Feel free to contact oscar@gmu.edu for additional questions.

 

Student Government Spring 2013 Election Packets Available Now

Faculty & Staff: give your students a voice. Empower them to be leaders and create change on their campus. If you can, share the following information with your students.

Calling all Mason Patriots. Itís that time again for Student Governmentís Spring Election Cycle. Are you interested in serving your school? Want to help create change on campus? Want a say in campus policy reform? Have an opinion about services on-campus? Then Student Government is for you.

Spring election packets become available Monday, February 18 at 12:00 pm in the Office of Student Involvement, which is located in The Hub, Suite 2300. During the Spring elections we elect 30 Student Senators, as well as our new Student Body President & Vice President. The packets are due back Friday, March 1 by 12:00 pm. For more information on the election process and our guidelines, visit: sg.gmu.edu/elections or email SGEDC@gmu.edu.

 

Change in Schedule: DMV2Go in Fairfax

DMV2Go was scheduled to be on the Fairfax Campus today, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12. A driver ran into the DMV building in Leesburg causing substantial damage. As a result, DMV2Go can only be on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, February 12 as they will be assisting customers at the Leesburg DMV today. DMV2Go will be in Prince William as scheduled on Wednesday, February 13. For times and locations, see the updated DMV2Go flyer.

 

HR and Payroll

University Day Service Awards. University Day will be held on April 9 and April 10. If you are reaching a service milestone, then join us for Masonís annual service awards get together. If you are a service award recipient, visit http://universityday.gmu.edu to verify that your information is correct for the program. Call Reward & Recognition at 993-2739 or email them at awards@gmu.edu with any questions.

Free Community Tax Assistance Day. On Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Deloitte LLP, in partnership with Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax, is providing free tax preparation for low and moderate wage earners. Pre-registration is available by calling (703) 324-7280. For more information visit www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/vita.php or call the Fairfax SkillSource Center at (703) 324-7280; TTY 711.

Telework Week. Help Mason celebrate Telework Week, March 4 - March 8. If you supervise Mason administrative/professional faculty, classified staff or non-student wage employees, it's a great time to start that conversation with your staff about using flexible work options. To help support telework at Mason during Telework Week, the paperwork has been greatly reduced. For details, visit the Flexible Work page. If you have any questions, contact the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 993-2600 and ask for the work/life team.

 

Call for Proposals for Summer URSP

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program (URSP) solicits proposals for the summer semester of 2013. URSP gives undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. Students may receive financial support and/or academic credit for their projects. There are two options available for summer:

  • Traditional, 144 total hours
  • Intensive, 360 hours

The deadline for both options is February 22. Further details and revised application forms can be found here: http://oscar.gmu.edu/students/ursp.cfm. For more information, contact ursp@gmu.edu.

 

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines have now been posted. Click here for additional details.

 

China In My Eyes: A Photography Exhibition about Life in China Today in Gallery 123

Come visit Gallery 123 in the Johnson Center from February 10 - February 21 to view a photography exhibition about China today. The exhibit, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at George Mason University, will be open from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm on weekdays and from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on weekends.

This non-juried exhibition features photographs taken by Mason students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of northern Virginia ranging from high school students to retired professionals. There will also be a display of Chinese shadow puppets and traditional paper cuts, as well as videos about Chinese culture.

If you visit the gallery during lunchtime on weekdays, also stop by the nearby kiosk where Confucius Institute teachers will be offering hands-on activities such as Chinese paper cutting and calligraphy.

For more information, contact Lucia Claster at 993-7780 or cimason@gmu.edu.

 

HEAL Your Body Art Contest

Healthy Eating and Love Your Body (HEAL Your Body) Task Force is hosting the second annual HEAL Your Body Art Contest. The winning art will be used to promote Positive Body Image events and campaigns on Masonís campus.

Winning artwork will be chosen based on how well they counteract the media's use of negative images of men and women.

Art should be graphically attractive and use a dynamic message that is appealing to college students. We seek images that demonstrate that beauty is not limited by body size, body type, ethnicity, age or physical appearance. The winning art will be displayed on campus and may be used on promotional materials, such as posters, t-shirts, fliers, etc.

Win big:
First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50

Deadline: February 18 by 5:00 pm

For more details, check us out on Facebook: HEAL Your Body Mason

 

Fairfax Campus Event Traffic Advisory

During  February, there are several evening concerts at the Patriot Center that will impact parking and traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus.  They will start 8:00 pm on February 13, February 14, and February 21.

If not going to the event, it is best to avoid Braddock Road and use alternative entrances and exits to campus, such as University Drive and Shenandoah River Lane (off Roberts Road). Traffic is heaviest starting 90 minutes prior to an event and immediately following the event. Traffic will often impact the schedule of our Mason Shuttles. Allow extra time when commuting to the Fairfax Campus on these evenings.

Visit http://parking.gmu.edu/announcements/2013febeventupdate.html for more information, as well as updates on the Homecoming Block Party, Braddock Road, and Campus Drive improvement projects.

 

E-Files Updates

As an improvement to the training and events submitted to E-Files, they will be connected to and featured in Today@Mason. They will be categorized as featured training and featured events.

The monthly calendar view will appear and each event or training will be connected individually. A quick and easy search can be done using the month view and selecting featured training or featured events as a category.

To submit suggestions or questions, email efiles@gmu.edu.

 

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