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New Look for the Mason Home Page

Submit Accolades to Mason News

2013 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Call for Proposals

URSP Proposal Deadline and Writing Workshops

Microsoft Security Updates

Mason Recreation

Campus Drive and Braddock Road Project Updates

Want to Learn Basic Conversational Chinese?

MATS - Mason Assessment Tracking System

Pride Week: Nominate Allies Who've Made a Difference

HR and Payroll

Siblings Weekend 2013

The Global Register: Mason's New Global Portal

Proposals for the Creation of New Living Learning Communities are due by March 29

Professor Warfield Exhibit at Fenwick Library

Research and Scholarship (RS) Intensive Course Designation


CCT Brown Bag with Dr. Peter Stearns

A Conversation on the Widening Income Gap: Causes and Solutions

Finding Ethics in Islamic Law: Guest Lecture by Rumee Ahmed

4th Annual Mason Miles 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Graduate & Professional Fair

Mason Dining

Candidate Public Presentations: Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Jeremy Black Lecture

eLearning Colloquium: Dr. Milton Chen

Hire a Liberal Arts Student Career Panel

Education Recruitment Day

Is it Cost-Effective to Pay People to Stop Using Illicit Drugs?

When Dreams Defy Reality: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation

Center for Global Studies 10th Annual Spring Conference

15,000 and Counting - The Search for the Disappeared in Peru

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Spring Seminar Series

Mason Sustainability Institute Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

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


Office 365 Workshops

Office of Equity and Diversity Services

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Register Now for Tips for Web Accessibility Workshop

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Environmental Health and Safety Office

Fiscal Services

Posted March 18, 2013


New Look for the Mason Home Page

Check it out: see all the Mason News stories right on the Mason home page,, in the news carousel. Click on the right or left arrows to see more stories. Send your comments and suggestions for news articles to


Submit Accolades to Mason News

Accolades for the April 1 column are due on Monday, March 25. Send faculty and staff achievements--honors, awards, publications, presentations, and appointments to


2013 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Call for Proposals

The Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2013 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, which will be held on Friday, September 19.

The fifth annual ITL Conference's theme is: Transformational Learning Campuswide: Insights to Enhance Student Engagement. Proposals are being accepted for a variety of session types, including 40-minute compact sessions and distance education showcases, as well as 90-minute interactive presentations and demonstrations. Proposals are due by Monday, April 8, and should include a 150-200 word abstract and description of audience takeaways.

See our official call for submission guidelines and further information:


URSP Proposal Deadline and Writing Workshops

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is accepting applications for the fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP). The URSP is designed to give undergraduates an authentic research, creative, or scholarly experience under the guidance of a mentor. Visit to learn more and to find the student and mentor applications.

Applications for the fall 2013 URSP are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 15. In preparation for this deadline, OSCAR will be hosting two upcoming proposal-writing workshops where students and their mentors can learn how to strengthen their URSP proposals and make themselves more competitive within the applicant pool. These workshops will be held on:

1) Wednesday, March 20 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in University Hall, Room 3300
2) Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room B

Contact OSCAR at if you have any questions.


Microsoft Security Updates

Microsoft has released several critical updates for various Microsoft applications to address a recent vulnerability. It is important that you install these updates as soon as possible, to ensure that your Windows machine is fully protected.

For MESA Users: No action is needed. Systems will automatically be patched with the latest updates, and no further action is needed on your part.

For Non-MESA Users: make sure that automatic updating is available on your machine and your system is up-to-date. This will ensure that you receive the latest updates.

For more information and instructions for how to set up automatic updates and making sure your system is up-to-date, visit:

For information regarding the Microsoft updates, visit:

For questions, contact the Support Center at 993-8870 or


Mason Recreation

Facility Survey: to better serve our members, Mason Recreation would like to know what you think about our facilities. Click here to access the survey. Surveys need to be completed by March 31.

March Madness Bracket Challenge
Register Online: March 18-20
Group: 33118
Password: patriots

Reminder that the Health and Fitness Expo will be on Thursday, March 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall. Click here for more information.


Campus Drive and Braddock Road Project Updates

Campus Drive. The Campus Drive project continues to progress. A significant phase is construction of a detour on Route 123 (Ox Road), which will allow for the construction of the bridges to begin. As a result, the inside lanes of Route 123 between Mason Pond Drive and University Drive will have intermittent closures between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, for the next month. The Route 123 detour lanes are expected to open by mid-April.

Braddock Road/Roanoke River Road. The lane closures are continuing through the end of April on Braddock Road between Route 123 (Ox Road) and Nottoway River Lane, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, as the project nears completion.

With all lane closures, expect traffic delays on Braddock Road and Route 123 commuting to and from campus and use alternate entrances.

Visit Construction News: Building Patriot Pride and follow @MasonParking on Twitter for further updates.


Want to Learn Basic Conversational Chinese?

Register for the summer session of non-credit Chinese language classes being held April 15 to June 10 at the Confucius Institute at Mason.

Classes will be held once a week for an hour and a half, with both lunchtime and evening sessions offered. Classes will be held at the Confucius Institute office on Mason's Fairfax campus. No more than 8 students will be in a class with teachers from Beijing Language and Culture University.

Registration deadline is April 1. For registration forms and class details, go to

To learn about other Confucius Institute cultural programs, contact Lucia Claster at 993-7780.


MATS - Mason Assessment Tracking System

June 15 is the deadline for submitting assessment results into MATS. All academic, administrative and University Life units should use MATS to list unit outcomes, assessment procedures and results.

For detailed information about reporting requirements, go to and log on using your Mason email and password. The first two items (Updates) provide information regarding requirements and timelines. If you do not have access to MATS, the information is also available on the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) website:

Be advised that if you have not collected appropriate data such as student papers or other artifacts, you should do so this semester in order to conduct the assessments by the June deadline. Anyone who needs access to MATS should have their unit head email OIA at

Assessment workshops are being held in April. Register at

Questions? Contact OIA at or 993-8834.


Pride Week: Nominate Allies Who've Made a Difference

Mason's Pride Week is coming soon: April 1-7, with many amazing programs and events now in the final stages of planning.

You are invited to nominate students, faculty, or staff whom you consider as effective allies, to be named and potentially publicly appreciated at the Pride Week event: Honoring Our Allies, Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in Student Union Building I, Patriots Lounge.

Consider someone who has taken significant steps in support, advocacy or on behalf of Mason's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities. We're defining ally as a member of a privileged group(s) who steps up in support of marginalized group(s) and stands against oppression. Thus, nominees may be straight allies, or also L,G,B,T, or Q folks who have made important contributions across these identities and communities for groups with less privilege than they themselves identify with. Think of someone you would like to be acknowledged for their work on behalf of LGBTQ equality, equity and/or social justice.

Here is the link to the survey where you can submit your nomination(s):

Contact 993-2702 or for more information.


HR and Payroll

Check Your Paystub. A reminder that it is a good idea to check you pay stub every pay period. It's easy to do at PatriotWeb. Log-in and go to Employee Services, then Pay Information, and Pay Stub.

Free Health Screenings. Kaiser Permanente's mobile health vehicle will be at the Fairfax campus Thursday, March 28 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Southside Plaza offering free blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose and cholesterol screenings. Faculty and staff do not have to be Kaiser Permanente members to participate. The process takes 10-15 minutes. Call the Work/Life Team at 993-2604 to schedule an appointment. March 28 is also the day of the annual Health & Fitness Expo (HFE) in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Stop by for free food, health screenings, and health information. See for details.

Life Planning Seminar: Medicare 2013 Primer: Need to Know Update. Has the Affordable Health Care Act changed Medicare? Do you need to enroll while still employed? Join us from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20 in University Hall, Room 2001 as Medicare expert Howard Houghton discusses these topics and more. This session will be videoconferenced to the Arlington (Founders Hall, Room 322) and Prince William (Occoquan Building, Room 221) campuses.


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


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 Demonstrations of the Global Register will take place on March 12, April 3 and April 8. See Today@Mason for more information. For questions, call Richena Purnell-Sayle at 993-9630 or email


Proposals for the Creation of New Living Learning Communities are due by March 29

University Life is soliciting proposals from the University community for new Living Learning Communities (LLC) to begin in fall 2014. LLCs provide academic departments with opportunities to enhance their connection with students; deepen learning and engagement with course content, and help departments recruit students into their major and minor. National research indicates that LLCs improve retention and that students in LLCs earn -higher grades. Faculty that participate in LLCs have an opportunity to share their own broad interests with the university community. LLCs also provide numerous possibilities to introduce research, study abroad and internship opportunities to new students. Proposal guidelines can be found at:

Contact Kara Danner at or 993-8910 if you have follow-up questions


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 was 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 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 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, or email us at for more information.



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