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New Time for Arlington Vision Town Hall

Stress and Worry Coping Workshop

Fenwick Addition News

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

Call for Proposals for Summer URSP

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

HEAL Your Body Art Contest

Seeking Participants for a Psychology Study Investigating Memory Recall Across the Life Span

Annual Fire Alarm System Inspections, Fairfax Campus

Recording of Spring Semester Budget Forum Available

Construction News: Building Patriot Pride

HR and Payroll

CGS Announces 2013-14 Faculty Grantees

Telework Week – Sign Up Now to Try Teleworking on March 4 - March 8

MasonAds: A New Look

Carpool & Save 20-40% on Parking Permit

Start or Join a Vanpool - $245 Transportation Fringe Benefit

Siblings Weekend 2013

New Policy Announcement: Applicable to All Mason Employees Driving State Owned Vehicles

Tornado Drill

Fairfax Campus Event Traffic Advisory

E-Files Updates


Faculty Forum on Regulatory Issues

Register Now for Leading to Well-Being: Facilitating Leadership for the Well-Lived Life Conference

Free Cupcake for Faculty and Staff

Dr. Michael Hieb: Brazil - US Collaborative Command and Control Research Testbed

Mason Catholic Campus Ministry: Catholic Daily Mass

Hanover Hall Open House Tuesday

Dr. Michael Furukawa Presents Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

Following the Money to Combat Terrorism & Crime: Case Studies in Mexico & Afghanistan

Men's Basketball Mason vs. William & Mary

Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina: End of Life Decisions: Culture and Tradition in Islam

Middle East and Islamic Studies Masters Program Information Session

Chinese Cultural Workshop on Yin and Yang

HEAL Your Body Week

Mason Dining

Ni Un Muerto Mas! - No More Killings!

Once Upon A Seoul

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

Travel Services Open House

School of Music

Obama's Second Term: Impact on the Global Community

The Israeli-Palestinian Equation

School of Art

Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Mason Chapter Meeting

2013 No Fear in Love 6 Mile Race

Vanpool Formation at Mason


Military Alliance Program

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Fiscal Services

LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings Spring 2013

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

HR Learning

WAVES: Training Dates – Emerge

Posted February 18, 2013


New Time for Arlington Vision Town Hall

The town hall on Tuesday, February 19 at the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Room 113 has been moved to 9:00 am. Join us at this new time to hear from Dr. Cabrera and to share your perspective on the Mason Vision. Other town hall dates and times can be found below and on the events page:

Mason Vision Town Halls:

  • Fairfax:  Today, 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 or 993-5399 for more information.


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 ( 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 A 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 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.


Student Success at Mason: MAP-Works Spring Survey Launch

MAP-Works is an online survey that helps us learn about students’ experiences at Mason as well as their academic behaviors and skills. Data from the fall survey coupled with students’ 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


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 Mason’s Students as Scholars initiative. All current Mason community members (e.g. faculty, staff, or graduate students) are eligible. For more information, click here:

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:

OSCAR welcomes nominations from all disciplines. Nominations for both awards are due by March 1. Feel free to contact 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. It’s that time again for Student Government’s 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: or email


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: For more information, contact


Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

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


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 Mason’s 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


Seeking Participants for a Psychology Study Investigating Memory Recall Across the Life Span

The study is being conducted by the Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study ( Participation will require a few minutes each day (from any location), and last approximately 1-4 weeks. The study is completely anonymous (no identifiable personal data is collected) and safe both physically and mentally. The aim of this project is to gain an accurate understanding of the frequency of human episodic and prospective memory. Episodic memories are recollections of past events. Prospective memories are recollections of future intentions. Specifically, we measure the probability of having episodic and prospective memories and their durations in everyday settings from various age groups to determine age-related changes in memory frequency that may occur.

Requirements: If you are at least 26 years old, speak English fluently, with no memory/language impairment or diagnosed neurological condition, you can participate.

If interested, or would like more information, contact Robert Gardner at


Annual Fire Alarm System Inspections, Fairfax Campus

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) will conduct annual fire alarm system inspections on the Fairfax campus between February 11 and May 15. Inspections will occur between 6:00 am and 2:00 pm. Inspections will include an audio and visual test requiring the evacuation of the building. The audio and visual test of the system will be conducted at a time that is minimally evasive to the building occupants. Every effort will be made to follow the schedule however; issues may necessitate a modified schedule. To access the schedule, click here.

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 we appreciate your cooperation in this process. If you have any questions contact EHS at 993-8448.


Recording of Spring Semester Budget Forum Available

For those of you unable to attend the February 8, Spring Semester Budget Forum, the recording is now available and can be viewed at:


Construction News: Building Patriot Pride

As Mason continues to grow and expand, Construction News: Building Patriot Pride is our initiative to increase and enhance the dissemination of information regarding campus improvements through construction projects that affect the Mason community.

Visit to review monthly updates on current and upcoming road, building, and facilities projects.

Contact Lori Yi, Fairfax Public Information Manager, University Information at


HR and Payroll

Mason Mentoring Programs: Deadline April 30. You are invited to learn more about the Mason Horizon and Footsteps Program, a professional development opportunity. The observership programs are designed to help you gain perspective on your future career path by providing you with an opportunity to shadow a senior administrator, usually one day per month, for three to six months. Learn more at Mason Horizon for tenured faculty and Mason Footsteps for administrative/professional faculty and classified staff. The submission deadline for a spring observership is October 31.

Child Protective Services Presentation Now Available.
A recording of the Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect presentation is now available for viewing on the HR website and can be accessed here: If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint, contact Christine Harchick at 993-3991. If your department is interested in scheduling a training with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, contact Ramona Simmons, Program Manager, at 703-324-7812.


CGS Announces 2013-14 Faculty Grantees

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) would like to congratulate its 2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant recipients: Supriya Baily, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD); Susan Hirsch, Associate Professor, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR); Richard Medina, Assistant Professor, Geography & Geoinformation Service; Agnieszka Paczynska, Associate Professor/Undergraduate Program Director, SCAR; Kristien Zenkov, Associate Professor, CEHD; and Anthony Pellegrino, Assistant Professor, CEHD.

See the following link for additional details:


Telework Week – Sign Up Now to Try Teleworking on March 4 - March 8

National Telework Week is on March 4 - March 8. This is a great time to try teleworking (working from home). Start the conversation with your supervisor today. Learn more about Telework Week on the Work/Life page and fill out the quick Telework Week 2013 Form to participate.

Already teleworking? Let us know which days you telework. Fill out the green box on the Telework Week 2013 Form.

If you have questions about Telework Week, contact Marina, transportation coordinator, at or call 993-9530.


MasonAds: A New Look

Hey Mason, check out the new MasonAds screen layout. The screens have been given a face lift with additional logos and messaging, better colors, and larger panels for your ads to really stand out and look awesome. Tell us what you think by emailing us at We would love your feedback. To have your ad displayed on the screens visit Go Patriots.


Carpool & Save 20-40% on 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:

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


Start or Join a Vanpool - $245 Transportation Fringe Benefit

Full-time employees who vanpool or take public transportation to work are eligible for a $245 fringe benefit. To join or form a vanpool, tell us a bit about your commute:

Then, join us for a Vanpool Formation session this Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00 pm in University Hall, Room 2500. During the session, interested employees will have a chance to find out more about vanpooling and to meet others commuting from their area.

Questions? Contact or call 993-9530.


Siblings Weekend 2013

Encourage our students to invite their siblings for Mason's second annual Siblings Weekend on April 20 - April 21. Events include Barnum and Bailey's Circus, Blacklight Bingo, a Dive-In Movie, and more. On-campus students can even invite siblings to stay overnight in their residence hall. Students and families can register on March 1 at


New Policy Announcement: Applicable to All Mason Employees Driving State Owned Vehicles

University Policy Number 1410
Vehicle Accident Review Committee
This policy applies to all George Mason University employees.

All persons operating state-owned vehicles are expected to operate them in a safe manner, observing all state and local traffic regulations. In accordance with this new policy, preventable accidents may result in disciplinary action and/or financial responsibility for the driver.

Review the entire policy:


Tornado Drill

The 2013 Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill, coordinated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at 9:45 am. This is an opportunity for university students and employees to focus their attention on tornado and severe weather safety at school, work, and at home.

A Mason Alert message will be sent at approximately 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 12, to initiate the drill and test the Mason Alert system.

A tornado drill message will be broadcast on National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio stations at approximately 9:45 am.

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) has prepared a Tornado and Severe Weather Preparation Guide to provide information on how to receive severe weather notifications, understand weather service warnings, select an appropriate shelter area, and how to design a basic plan for your location.

Thank you for participating in this drill. For additional information about emergency preparedness at George Mason University, visit or contact EHS at 993-8448.


Fairfax Campus Event Traffic Advisory

On Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 pm, there is an evening concert at the Patriot Center that will impact parking and traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus. 

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 this evening.

Visit for more information, as well as updates on 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



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