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Mason to Move Email and Calendar System, Office 365, in March

Seeking Participants for a Study Focused on Body Image, Weight, and Appearance

Important Java Software Update Information

Join the Social Justice Scholars and Educators Faculty Learning Community

HR and Payroll

Free Research Writing Workshops for Multilingual Students and Faculty

The Global Register- Mason's New Global Portal

Seeking Participants for an Online Survey Investigating Trust of Students in E-Learning

Tours of Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award & OSCAR Student Excellence Award

Student Government Spring 2013 Election Packets Available Now

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

Construction News: Building Patriot Pride

CGS Announces 2013-14 Faculty Grantees

Carpool & Save 20-40% on Parking Permit

Tornado Drill


Cultural Studies Colloquium: Gar Alperovitz

Men's & Women's Basketball Host Senior Night Celebrations

Game of the Week: Men's Volleyball, Mason Vs. Harvard

Walk the Labyrinth: A Lutheran Campus Ministry Event

FAMS Visiting Filmmakers Series: Reportero and Bernardo Ruiz

Mason Sustainability Institute Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

GCH Seminar: Dr. Carlos Sluzki: Vicarious Trauma and Organizational Structure: A Research Project Conducted at the International Criminal Court

Academic Advising & Transfer Center Info Session for New Undergraduate Advisors

S-CAR's Genocide Prevention Program Co-Presents a Film with Human Rights Watch

Town Hall: George Mason Research Foundation Mission

Covering Global Conflict Panel

Jim Dear presents Citizens Emergency Response Portal System Simulation Experiment: After Action Review

Your Next Chapter - Charting a Course for Retirement

Violence as an Element of Irregular Border Crossings: Human Smuggling Operations in the US Southwest

Guest Panel on Illicit Trade in Wildlife

Mason Dining

School of Music

Faculty Forum on Regulatory Issues

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

Mason Catholic Campus Ministry: Catholic Daily Mass

Dr. Michael Furukawa Presents Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

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

Middle East and Islamic Studies Masters Program Information Session

HEAL Your Body Week

Obama's Second Term: Impact on the Global Community

The Israeli-Palestinian Equation

ESPN Recruitment Session


Register Now for Tips for Web Accessibility Workshop

Fiscal Services

HR Learning

Military Alliance Program

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Environmental Health and Safety Office

Posted February 25, 2013


Mason to Move Email and Calendar System, Office 365, in March

Over the weekend of March 8, the university will be transitioning to a new integrated email and calendar system, Office 365.

When you come to work on Monday, March 11, the simplest way to get access to your email is to go to and click on the login button. This site will point to the web-based version of Office 365. We recommend that you use the web-based version at for the first few days.

As we get closer to the migration, we will direct you to information on how to set up your mobile devices, calendars, email clients, and other tools. For updates and additional information about this, visit

In-person and online training will be offered. Instructor-led training begins on March 4. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit

For more information on Office 365 training opportunities, contact the IT Training group at


Seeking Participants for a Study Focused on Body Image, Weight, and Appearance

Seeking female college students between the ages of 18 and 25 to participate in a study focused on body image, weight, and appearance.

Women interested in participating in this study will need to meet the following criteria:
*Have been born in the United States or lived in the United States for at least 10 years
*Experiencing no current major life stressors

Participants will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of two Amazon gift certificates.

If you are interested contact Amanda Gordon, M.S. at


Important Java Software Update Information

Another critical patch to the Java software was released Wednesday, February 20, that is an important fix to security vulnerabilities in Java versions 6 and 7. If you are unsure of which version you currently use, follow the instructions on the IT Security Site at: 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 or the IT Services page at

For more information on this security patch and vulnerability, visit:

Contact the ITU Support Center at 993-8870 or with any questions.


Join the Social Justice Scholars and Educators Faculty Learning Community

Are you interested in joining a small community of colleagues for ongoing conversations about the challenges and triumphs associated with teaching courses about issues related to social justice? Would you enjoy the opportunity to bolster your teaching about social justice issues by sharing strategies with colleagues who also teach issues about racism, sexism, poverty, heterosexism, and environmental degradation? Would you find it helpful to connect with a network of colleagues from across the university who share your concerns about how to facilitate learning effectively around the most controversial issues?

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence invites interested faculty to participate in a Social Justice Scholars and Educators learning community during the 2013-2014 academic year. Selected participants will receive travel support to attend or present at relevant conferences and workshops. Space is limited; if you are interested, submit a brief statement (no more than 250 words) by 12:00 pm on Friday, March 8, to that address why you would like to participate and what challenge or struggle you might focus on during the learning community experience.

For more information, visit


HR and Payroll

America Saves Week: February 25 - March 2. America Saves Week is an annual opportunity for Mason to promote saving and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Virginia specific information can be found at Virginia Saves. Additionally, Mason has on-site resources to assist you.

Facing challenges? Reach out to your Employee Assistance Program (for salaried employees) or the Employee Relations Team (all faculty and staff). Both can help point you in the right direction to access the resources and services that can help.

Telework Week. Help Mason celebrate Telework Week, March 4 - 8. Inclement weather helps focus attention on how telework can help keep work flowing even if the traffic isn't. 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 work/life team at 993-2604 or via email at


Free Research Writing Workshops for Multilingual Students and Faculty

Multilingual students, faculty and visiting scholars are invited to attend a six-week series of workshops on research writing offered by the English Language Institute Office of Support Services. Workshops will be held on Tuesdays, March 19 to April 23, from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm in Johnson Center, Room A. To sign up, attend the first session on March 19. Questions? Contact Melissa Allen at

Other English language improvement workshops will continue after Spring Break and new participants are welcome. For the complete schedule of Spring 2013 English Language workshops:


The Global Register- Mason's New Global Portal

Mason's Office of Global and International Strategies is pleased to announce the launch of Mason's interactive global database – the Global Register – that captures and displays Mason's wide range of global activities and expertise. The purpose of this dynamic portal is to promote collaboration across university units and between Mason and international partners. Discover Mason's Global Register at

For questions, call Richena Purnell-Sayle at 993-9630.


Seeking Participants for an Online Survey Investigating Trust of Students in E-Learning

The Department of Applied Information Technology, specifically Dr. Diana Wang, is conducting research by offering a survey funded by the Office of Distance Education in order to gain insight into how best to create a trustworthy online course for students. This survey has been approved by Institutional Review Board (IRB), and all current Mason students are welcome to participate in the survey.

The survey should take only a few minutes to complete, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Barnes and Noble gift card (12 will be awarded).

If you are interested in taking this survey, visit the following website: and complete it by March 10.

If you have any questions about this survey, contact Dr. Diana Wang at


Tours of Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Sign up for a prospective student tour of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal on Friday, March 1. Open to prospective students and academic advisors. Faculty, share this opportunity with your students.

Tours depart Mason's Fairfax Campus at 11:00 am and return later the same day. See the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's endangered animals. Lunch will be provided for free to all participants. Email with the subject line 'Tour' to reserve a spot.

Future tours will be held on:
Thursday, March 21
Friday, March 29
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 26
Thursday, May 2

For more info visit or email


OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award & OSCAR Student Excellence Award

Nominations for the 2013 Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities & Research (OSCAR) Mentoring Excellence Award and the 2013 OSCAR Student Excellence Award are due by this Friday, March 1.

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. 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 are available 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 Friday, March 1 by 12:00 pm. For more information on the election process and our guidelines, visit: or email


Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

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


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, University Information at


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 Science; 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:


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.


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.



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