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ANNOUNCEMENTS

An Idea, A Vision, A Future: Presidential Inauguration

Faculty and Staff Have Moved to a New Email System Called Office 365

2013 Celebration of Teaching Excellence Winners

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Reimbursement Accounts

Graduate Record Exam Test Prep

Participate in Psychology Experiments: Critical Thinking and Multimedia

Undergraduate Scholarly Celebrations Across Campus

Mason 101: Enrich Your Mason Spirit

Call for Departmental Technology Coordinators

Quarterly Sprinkler System Inspections, Fairfax Campus

Apple Federal Credit Union

EVENTS

Mason President Ángel Cabrera to Host Ask Me Anything Reddit Chat

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mason Chapter, with Special Guest Dr. Beth Cabrera

Faculty and Staff Budget Town Hall

Meet the Candidates for Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Mason Sustainability Institute May Garden Seminars

Vision Series: Amy Best: Fast Food Kids

Vision Series: Kylene Kehn-Hall: Identifying Altered Host Pathways

Guest Speaker Dr. John Cook

Tesla Motors: Campus Visit

Tagalog Class

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Lunch

Vietnamese Cultural Night

APAC Volleyball Tournament

Interprofessional Health Science Forum With Dr. Particia Grady

Volgenau School of Engineering 2013 Awards Gala

NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane to Address Environmental Policy Concerns

Mason Baseball Team Returns Home to Host Game of the Week

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Spring Seminar Series

Islamic Ethics and Decolonialization - Guest Lecture by Farid Esack

Mock Oil Spill @ Mason

Bike to Mason Day at Fairfax Campus

Charting Your Course to Retirement

Patriot Computers Lunch and Learn with Adobe

17th Annual Victim's Rights 5K Run & Walk

Mason Recreation

Panel on Human Smuggling into the US

Well-Being in Action: Maijuna Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Fundraiser

Theories of the State: Spring 2013 Methodology Panel

Mason Dining

John Cage 101

Hand Papermaking Lecture and Workshop

TRAINING

Fiscal Services

Environmental Health and Safety Office

HR Learning

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Office of Equity and Diversity Services

Posted April 15, 2013

Announcements

An Idea, A Vision, A Future: Presidential Inauguration

Join the celebration on Friday, April 26, at 10:00 am in the Patriot Center as George Mason University inaugurates President Ángel Cabrera. Help make our new vision and our core institutional characteristics of the Mason Idea (innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible) come alive. Faculty and staff can get a Mason Idea t-shirt while supplies last from Human Resources and Payroll in University Hall to wear on Inauguration Day. Following the Inauguration, continue the celebration by joining in Mason Day activities.

Visit: http://inauguration.gmu.edu/ for more information.

 

Faculty and Staff Have Moved to a New Email System Called Office 365

Most of your email has already been moved to Office 365. Your email address will not change.

A. Options to Access Email
There are only 3 ways to access email and you must use your new Office 365 account.

1. Web Access - The easiest (and preferred) way is through the Outlook Web App. To log in, simply go to the login page at http://office365.gmu.edu.

2. Mobile Device - Follow device-specific directions to configure your mobile device by going to http://office365.gmu.edu and clicking on "Configurations" on the left menu for detailed instructions.

3. Desktop Email Client - The common desktop email clients are Outlook 2010 for Windows, and Thunderbird and Outlook 2011 for Mac. You must reconfigure your email client to connect to Office 365. Go to http://office365.gmu.edu and click on "Configurations" on the left menu for detailed instructions.

B. ITU Support
The ITU Support Center will be open. Call 993-8870 for assistance.

C. FAQ's and Information About Office 365
For more information about Office 365 or to view a list of frequently asked questions, visit http://office365.gmu.edu.

 

2013 Celebration of Teaching Excellence Winners

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) are proud to announce the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award winners.

Recipients for this year's awards are Daniel Cox, Shannon Davis, Christopher Hamner, Kathryn Jacobsen, Jaime Lester, Jeffrey Mantz, Paul Gorski for General Education, and Jeff Offutt for Teaching with Technology. The 2013 David J. King Award winner is Terry Zawacki. Visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website for additional details on the winners.

The Provost and the CTFE thank all of the finalists and nominees for their continued dedication to enhancing student learning and acknowledge the members of the Selection Committees for all of their hard work in making these awards possible.

We invite the university community in honoring excellence in teaching at the 2013 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, held on Monday, April 15, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Main Lobby.

 

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Reimbursement Accounts

This year there will be some important changes and new opportunities during the health insurance and flexible reimbursement account open enrollment process for benefits eligible faculty and staff. Open enrollment runs from May 1 to 24; choices made during open enrollment are effective on July 1.

Remember that flexible reimbursement accounts do not roll over from year-to-year; you must enroll each year. Because there are substantive changes to your choices this year, we strongly encourage all benefits eligible faculty and staff to actively participate in this year's open enrollment process.

The Department of Human Resource Management will be sending open enrollment information directly to your home address. Human Resources (HR) & Payroll will be holding open enrollment sessions in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William in May. Check the HR & Payroll homepage for details as they're available.

 

Graduate Record Exam Test Prep

Are you or your students interested in grad school? Mason offers a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Prep. This class is open to all faculty, staff and students. Sign up today at events.gmu.edu/testprep.html .

 

Participate in Psychology Experiments: Critical Thinking and Multimedia

Are you interested in participating multimedia psychology experiments? You must be 18-35 years of age to participate. Experiments may require multiple sessions. Participants may be monitored with a set of physiological measures that may include breathing, skin electrical activity, and eye movements. Experiments are run in Enterprise Hall and David King Hall. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/multimediastudy, or email MediaStudy-L@listserv.jhuapl.edu.

 

Undergraduate Scholarly Celebrations Across Campus

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) invites you to learn more about the many undergraduate scholarly celebrations happening across campus this semester. Visit our website: http://oscar.gmu.edu/students/Celebrations.cfm to find details about the various programs that showcase undergraduate research and creative work. Attend an event yourself, or encourage your students to go and be inspired by the breadth of academic work by our amazing undergraduate students.

If you do not see your event listed on our website, contact us to have it added. For any questions, feel free to contact us at oscar@gmu.edu.

 

Mason 101: Enrich Your Mason Spirit

Mason 101 is a monthly, two-hour information session providing essential information about Mason to faculty, staff and students.

Register today to learn about Mason’s unique history, administrative structure, and limitless future. Participants can also network with new colleagues and build invaluable relationships throughout campus. To register or learn more, visit http://info.gmu.edu/mason101.html.

Contact Tremayne Robertson, 993-5473, or email gmu101@gmu.edu for additional information.

 

Call for Departmental Technology Coordinators

The Information Technology Unit (ITU) is refreshing its university-wide Technology Coordinator Group, whose purpose is to work closely with ITU on major technology initiatives, as well as coordinate with ITU on departmental technology matters. The Technology Coordinator Group serves as a forum for the coordinators and ITU to communicate technology ideas, issues, concerns, and to learn from each other.

ITU is asking that each department appoint an individual to the Technology Coordinator Group. To learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Technology Coordinator, visit: http://itservices.gmu.edu/news/news-item.cfm?customel_dataPageID_9008=19546

To sign up, have your Technology Coordinator’s fill out this quick survey by April 30: http://websurvey.gmu.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1362452634371. We also encourage current technology coordinators to fill out this survey to provide feedback to help us improve the group.

If you have questions, contact Kate Orf at 993-9857 or korf@gmu.edu.

 

Quarterly Sprinkler System Inspections, Fairfax Campus

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) will conduct quarterly sprinkler system inspections at the Fairfax Campus between April 15 and April 26. Inspections will occur between 6:00 am and 2:00 pm Inspections should not interfere with daily buildings operations and will not require an evacuation of the building. Every effort will be made to follow the schedule however issues may necessitate a modified schedule. To access the schedule, click here.

During the inspection, EHS staff and contractors from Simplex Grinnell will be working throughout the building testing equipment related to the fire suppression sprinkler systems.

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.

 

Apple Federal Credit Union

MyRewards Visa. Earn 10,000 bonus points, no annual fee, no cap on rewards and lines up to $35,000

Earn points on the things you buy most:

  • 3X points on gas
  • 2X points on groceries
  • 1X points on everything else

Plus, now you can earn 10,000 Bonus Points. Simply open your MyRewards Visa by June 30, and spend $1,000 on purchases. Redeem your points for cash back, gift cards, travel, merchandise or charity.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) Rates Frozen Until 2014. Credit card bills add up, medical bills come due or major home repairs arise, but a HELOC could help restore your financial footing.

Apply online at AppleFCU.org/HomeEquity through June 30, and you’ll lock those funds at rates as low as 3.99% APR until January 2014.

For details, visit AppleFCU.org or the Mason Branch in the Johnson Center.

 

Events

Visit Today@Mason for the featured events this week.
 

Mason President Ángel Cabrera to Host Ask Me Anything Reddit Chat

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mason Chapter, with Special Guest Dr. Beth Cabrera

Faculty and Staff Budget Town Hall

Meet the Candidates for Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Mason Sustainability Institute May Garden Seminars

Vision Series: Amy Best: Fast Food Kids

Vision Series: Kylene Kehn-Hall: Identifying Altered Host Pathways

Guest Speaker Dr. John Cook

Tesla Motors: Campus Visit

Tagalog Class

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Lunch

Vietnamese Cultural Night

APAC Volleyball Tournament

Interprofessional Health Science Forum With Dr. Particia Grady

Volgenau School of Engineering 2013 Awards Gala

NRCn Chair Allison Macfarlane to Address Environmental Policy Concerns

Mason Baseball Team Returns Home to Host Game of the Week

COS STEM Accelerator & Biology Undergraduate Program Spring Seminar Series

Islamic Ethics and Decolonialization - Guest Lecture by Farid Esack

Mock Oil Spill @ Mason

Bike to Mason Day at Fairfax Campus

Charting Your Course to Retirement

Patriot Computers Lunch and Learn with Adobe

17th Annual Victim's Rights 5K Run & Walk

Mason Recreation

Panel on Human Smuggling into the US

Well-Being in Action: Maijuna Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Fundraiser

Theories of the State: Spring 2013 Methodology Panel

Mason Dining

John Cage 101

Hand Papermaking Lecture and Workshop

 

Training

Visit Today@Mason for the featured training this week.
 

Fiscal Services

Environmental Health and Safety Office

HR Learning

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Office of Equity and Diversity Services