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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Migration to Office 365, the New Mail and Calendar System, is Delayed

Mason Pond Drive Road and Parking Closure

Mattapponi River Lane Shut Down

Professor Warfield Exhibit at Fenwick Library

Research and Scholarship (RS) Intensive Course Designation

Call for Proposals for the S-CAR Center for Gender and Conflict Research Conference

Grad Fair

Summer Game Institute for Kids and Teens

Telework Week, March 4-8: Last Chance to Sign Up

HR and Payroll

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

Join the Social Justice Scholars and Educators Faculty Learning Community

Free Research Writing Workshops for Multilingual Students and Faculty

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

Fiscal Year-End Purchase and Payable Deadlines

Tornado Drill

EVENTS

An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich

Renell Wynn, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, to Speak at Mason Staff Senate Meeting

Spring 2013 Staff Appreciation Coffee Klatch

New Media Talk by Dr. Rand Waltzman

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Spring Seminar Series

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

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

Covering Global Conflict Panel

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

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

Guest Panel on Illicit Trade in Wildlife

Mason Catholic Campus Ministry: Catholic Daily Mass

Register Now for Leading to Well-Being Conference

TRAINING

Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities for Faculty and Staff at Mason

WAVES: Training Dates - Emerge

Register Now for Tips for Web Accessibility Workshop

Military Alliance Program

Fiscal Services

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Environmental Health and Safety Office

Posted March 4, 2013

Announcements

Migration to Office 365, the New Mail and Calendar System, is Delayed

Last week, the ITU informed you that the university would be transitioning to a new integrated email and calendar system, Office 365, over the weekend of March 8. The vendor assisting with the migration needs additional time to complete work before the migration. As a result, we are delaying the launch date until the additional work is completed. We expect this to be a short delay. The ITU will notify you of the new launch date as soon as the information is available.

For updates and additional information about this, visit Office365.gmu.edu.

Office 365 workshops will proceed as scheduled. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit http://ittraining.gmu.edu/workshops.cfm.

For more information on Office 365 training opportunities, contact the IT Training group at http://office365.gmu.edu/training.

 

Mason Pond Drive Road and Parking Closure

Mason Pond Drive will be closed from Patriot Circle to Mason Pond Deck for milling, repaving and re-stripping from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. No parking allowed on either side of Mason Pond Drive all week. Mason Pond Deck will remain open from the Mason Pond Circle side. The disabled parking lot beside Mason Hall will be accessible at most times during the week.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Johnny Cameron at 993-3910 or jcamero7@gmu.edu.

 

Mattapponi River Lane Shut Down

Mattapponi River Lane will be milled, repaved and stripped from Patriot Circle to College Hall between Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. Deliveries will still be able to get to Johnson Center.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Johnny Cameron at 993-3910 or jcamero7@gmu.edu.

 

Professor Warfield Exhibit at Fenwick Library

The new exhibit, the Life and Work of Dr. John N. Warfield, is now on display on the 2nd Floor of Wing A in Fenwick Library on the Fairfax Campus. Dr. John Nelson Warfield (1925 2009) was a faculty member at George Mason University from 1984 until his retirement in 2000. During a sixty-year career, Warfield served as a World War II Army scientist, a pioneer in the field of computers, a holder of multiple patents for electronic devices, and a founder of Systems Science, an interdisciplinary field which studies complex systems in nature, human interaction, and science. At George Mason University, Warfield served as Director of Mason's Institute for Information Technology and ended his tenure as Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Integrative Sciences (IASIS), a part of the Institute of Public Policy, now known as the School of Public Policy.

For additional information or inquiries regarding the exhibit, contact Special Collections & Archives at speccoll@gmu.edu or 993-2220.

 

Research and Scholarship (RS) Intensive Course Designation

Does your class have students participate in an authentic research or a creative project, one in which the students are contributing new knowledge to your field? If so, your class may be eligible to be designated as Research & Scholarship Intensive through the Students as Scholars initiative. In RS courses, students do authentic scholarly work, the work is a significant portion of the class, and students have the opportunity to disseminate the results beyond the classroom. Learn more about RS classes, and benefits to both students and faculty, at http://oscar.gmu.edu/fac-staff/rs-courses.cfm. Mason has a very broad view of what scholarship is, and would like to encourage programs across campus to submit classroom-based, distance, and independent research courses for designation.

The deadline to apply for RS Designation this semester is on April 3. Stop by the OSCAR (Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, & Research) in Johnson Center, Room 246. Visit OSCAR.gmu.edu, or email us at oscar@gmu.edu for more information.

 

Call for Proposals for the S-CAR Center for Gender and Conflict Research Conference

The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), George Mason University, invites submission for its inaugural annual conference, Bridging the Gap: Gender and Conflict Theory, Research and Practice, to be held April 11-13 at our Arlington Campus.

We invite presentations of individual papers, organized panels and workshops, including those that focus on applicable strategies and skills, and artistic presentations. To submit, email Elizabeth Mount, edegi@masonlive.gmu.edu, with your abstracts of no more than 250 words. The final date to submit is Sunday, March 10.

 

Grad Fair

Make sure your students know about the University Bookstore Grad Fair. They will be able to purchase their caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames, college rings and more. Tickets for the Saturday, May 18, Commencement will also be available at the Grad Fair.

Fairfax Campus: March 5, 6, and 7 from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm in Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
Arlington Campus: March 5, 6, and 7 from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm in the Founders Hall, Bookstore
Prince William Campus: March 8 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Occoquan Building, Bookstore

For all the details go to: http://events.gmu.edu/commence2.html.

 

Summer Game Institute for Kids and Teens: Where Art and Technology Learn to Play

Computer Game Design is one of the fastest growing fields of study that incorporates computer technology, sciences, and arts, with creative & critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The Summer Game Institute, offered by the George Mason University Computer Game Design Program, offers courses in the fundamentals of Game Design, 3D Game Design, Art and Animation, Application development for iOS and Android, C++ programming, Java, and just for fun game modding. Some courses will be eligible for credit within the Mason Game Design Program.

Students can gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art technology, participate in team-based activities, and learn about the career opportunities in serious and entertainment game design and mobile application development.

Each course is one week long, Monday - Friday, June 24 - August 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Students can sign up for as many weeks as they wish.

To learn more, or to register, visit: http://potomacacademy.gmu.edu/Summer/GameDesign/GameInstitute.html or www.PotomacAcademy.org

For questions, email Vera Lichtenberg at vlichten@gmu.edu.

 

Telework Week, March 4-8: Last Chance to Sign Up

National Telework Week is on March 4-8. 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? Great, 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 Budimir, Transportation Coordinator, at mbudimir@gmu.edu or call 993-9530.

 

HR and Payroll

Reporting An Injury/Accident. If your employee is injured on the job, make sure they receive any medical attention needed right away. As soon as possible after that, complete a First Report of Accident and the Panel Physician Selection Form. Return both completed forms within 72 hours of the accident or injury to Courtney Ashmore at MSN 3C3. These forms and additional resources can be found on the Workers' Compensation webpage. If you have any questions now, or in the event of an injury or accident, contact Courtney at 993-7756.

Next Steps: Plan for Your Retirement (formerly Pre-Retirement Seminar). Mason faculty and staff who are planning to retire within the next five years are invited to this day-long seminar on Friday, April 12 to learn about the next steps toward retirement. Presentations will include Virginia Retirement System, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and healthcare.

For more information, or to register, visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning and click on Courses.

 

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 agordon8@gmu.edu.

 

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 ctfe@gmu.edu 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 http://ctfe.gmu.edu/social-justice-scholars-and-educators-faculty-learning-community/.

 

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 malle2@gmu.edu.

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: http://eli.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Workshops_Spring_2013.pdf.

 

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trust_in_elearning and complete it by March 10.

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

 

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 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 ehs.gmu.edu or contact EHS at 993-8448.

 

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Training

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