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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Help Moscow State Students to Experience July Fourth

Are You Graduating This Year?

Roanoke River Road/Braddock Road Update

Parking Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

HR and Payroll

Mason Dining Hours of Operation for May 13 to 19

Summer Programs at Potomac Arts Academy

Community Supported Agriculture Program

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 in University Classrooms and Labs

Alumni Association FAQ Fliers and Window Clings Available for Graduation Celebrations

GradFest Celebrates Graduating Students

Take the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey

Sign Up Now for Free Summer English Programs

Participate in Psychology Experiments: Critical Thinking and Multimedia

EVENTS

Mason Staff Senate Monthly Meeting Featuring Frank Neville and Jennifer (J. J.) Wagner-Davis

ABFAS: Final Community Lunch Gathering for Spring 2013

Lavender Graduation

Critical Issues in C4I Symposium

C4I Seminar: The Ozone Widget Framework: An Open Source Web Application Display Environment for C4I

DI2E Plugfest, in Conjunction with George Mason University-AFCEA Symposium

Mason Dining

The Geography of Terrorism

Positive Polarity Learning Lab with Cliff Kayser and Louis Alloro

2nd Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Immigration Film Series: Bully

Mason Sustainability Institute May Garden Seminars

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 May 6, 2013

Announcements

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Here's your chance to be part of one of the happiest events on campus. The Office of Events Management is soliciting volunteers to work handing out programs at the doors and at the Information Kiosks inside the Patriot Center for Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers need to arrive at the Patriot Center by 8:30 am, doors open at 9:00 am, and Commencement begins at 10:00 am. The volunteers are welcome to stay for the ceremony or may leave after the audience is settled around 10:15 am - 10:30 am.

If you would like to volunteer, call 993-2124 or email sgrohnke@gmu.edu. We will email you FAQs and other details of the occasion.

 

Help Moscow State Students to Experience July Fourth

The Center for Global Education is hosting a group of 22 students and two faculty members from the Department of Political Science, Moscow State University, from June 30 until July 14. The group will be visiting various sites in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

We are looking for individual students/faculty willing to host our Russian guests on Thursday, July 4 for a barbecue, travel to DC to see the fireworks, etc. The students are proficient in English.

Hosts will pick up their guest/s from the Mason dorms and return them to campus at the end of the day.

Interested Mason students/faculty willing to host a Russian student, contact Shanaz Tihal at 993-2154 or btihal1@gmu.edu

Indicate the number of students you are willing to host.

 

Are You Graduating This Year?

All faculty and staff members who are earning a degree from Mason this year: stand to be congratulated. Send your name, title/department, and the degree you are earning to univnews@gmu.edu by Monday, May 13. Your information will be included in Mason News during graduation week.

 

Roanoke River Road/Braddock Road Update

During the week of May 6 to May 10 from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, expect intermittent lane closures on Braddock Road between Ox Road and Nottoway River Lane as well as on Roanoke River Road as the new traffic signals are installed. At times all lanes in one direction may be closed for fifteen minute intervals. While traffic is lighter at night, it is still advised to avoid this stretch of road during the nightly work hours. Final paving on Braddock Road and Roanoke River Road is expected to take place the week of May 20. There still may be limited lane closures from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday, in this area in addition to the lane closures on Braddock Road near the West Campus Lot. Make sure to allow extra time if commuting to campus along this corridor or seek alternate routes

 

Parking Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

As part of the University’s contract with Standard Parking to operate Parking Services, an annual customer service survey is conducted to help assess their performance. The survey also provides some valuable data information for Parking & Transportation. We appreciate it if you can take a few moments to complete this survey. Feel free to email parking@gmu.edu if you have any questions.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMW3SDQ.

 

HR and Payroll

Mason Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. Are you faculty or classified staff and enrolled in a degree program at Mason?  If so, you may be eligible to compete for a $250 Faculty/Staff Book ScholarshipApplications are due June 15.

Health and Flex Open Enrollment: May 1-24. This year there are new opportunities and some substantive changes; review your open enrollment information carefully.

If you currently have COVA Care or COVA HDHP or you choose the new COVA HealthAware, basic dental will only include diagnostic and preventive services beginning July 1.  If you would like to have dental coverage for primary care (including fillings, simple extractions, and root canals) you must purchase expanded dental.

The Benefits website has open enrollment information resources including in-person open enrollment sessions.

Questions? Call Human Resources & Payroll at 993-2600 and ask to speak to a member of the Benefits Team.

Timely Discounts for You. Log in to the Tick Tocks at myDiscounts for Mother’s Day flowers and an opportunity from Macy’s. 

 

Mason Dining Hours of Operation for May 13 to 19

See the Mason Dining website for their adjusted hours of operation for May 13 to 19. Summer Hours of operation begin May 20. Visit Masondining.com for more information.

 

Summer Programs at Potomac Arts Academy

Summer programs for all ages are available at Mason's Potomac Arts Academy. Programs for children include Ovations Strings Academy, Choir, Composition, Guitar, Computer Game Design, Film & Video Production, Piano, Jazz, Percussion and more. Adult programs are also available for music teachers and musicians alike. Call 993-9889 or go to www.PotomacAcademy.org for more information.

 

Community Supported Agriculture Program

George Mason University is proud to partner with Bull Run Mountain Farm for its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program this year. This type of program enables shareholders to pay their farmer a share at the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly box of fresh, Virginia-grown vegetables.

  • The cost will depend on the size of share you get. You can find the options here: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/sharetypes.html.
  • The rates on his site are set for Mason community members (we will not be charged an additional fee for delivery or credit card payment processing).
  • Here's a link to examples of vegetable shares from 2011 to give you a sense for what you might get each week: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/2011vegetables.html.
  • The drop-off/pick-up spot will be in the temporary parking lot in front of University Hall. The time will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • You can sign up for the share using this link: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/reserve.html.

  • Contact Danielle Wyman for additional details at dwyman@gmu.edu or 993-7725.

 

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 in University Classrooms and Labs

In advance of the fall semester, Microsoft Office 2010 will be installed to all university classroom and lab computers across the Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Campuses. Office 2010 contains new features and security enhancements that are essential to maintaining an enterprise level system. Microsoft Office is one of the most tested and utilized software suites in the world and little to no interruptions affecting faculty or instruction are expected. Training programs for Office 2010 are currently offered on campus through Training & Certification and will remain available to assist during this transition. Additionally, Desktop Support Services provides installation of Office 2010 on faculty and staff desktops upon request. Contact Desktop Support by calling 993-8870 or email support@gmu.edu.

 

Alumni Association FAQ Fliers and Window Clings Available for Graduation Celebrations

Is your department or organization hosting a celebration for graduating students? The George Mason Alumni Association has information for recent graduates and complimentary window clings that you can provide to your students. If you are interested in distributing these materials at your event, contact Christine Mutch in the Office of Alumni Affairs at cmutch@gmu.edu with your event name and suggested quantity.

 

GradFest Celebrates Graduating Students

Do you have students that are graduating seniors or grad students? GradFest is a series of events and programs throughout April in May that was created with students in mind. Students can register by visiting http://gradfest.gmu.edu/events/a-graduation-celebration/. Check out the full schedule of GradFest events by visiting gradfest.gmu.edu.

 

Take the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey

Participate in the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey. It is one of the most significant ways that George Mason University collects feedback and information about transportation and access to campus to make sure we are constantly improving. A summary of the results will be shared with university administrators in order to make improvements at Mason. The survey takes about 3-5 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6QVSH8.

 

Sign Up Now for Free Summer English Programs

This summer the English Language Institute (ELI) is offering seven free workshop series and a new book discussion group for international students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars.

Workshop series include: Building an Academic Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Advanced Grammar, Idioms for Professional and Academic Use, Public Speaking for the Classroom, Preparation for Graduate Writing, Research Writing and Book Discussion Group. In the book discussion group, participants will read and discuss the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, and then see the new feature film version of the book.

For more information about these workshops and ELI's other English language support programs, contact Melissa Allen, Coordinator of English Language Support Services, malle2@gmu.edu or 993-3642 or go to http://eli.gmu.edu/about/eli-support-services/.

 

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.

 

Events

Visit Today@Mason for the featured events this week.
 

Mason Staff Senate Monthly Meeting Featuring Frank Neville and Jennifer (J. J.) Wagner-Davis

ABFAS: Final Community Lunch Gathering for Spring 2013

Lavender Graduation

Critical Issues in C4I Symposium

C4I Seminar: The Ozone Widget Framework: An Open Source Web Application Display Environment for C4I

DI2E Plugfest, in Conjunction with George Mason University-AFCEA Symposium

Mason Dining

The Geography of Terrorism

Positive Polarity Learning Lab with Cliff Kayser and Louis Alloro

2nd Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Immigration Film Series: Bully

Mason Sustainability Institute May Garden Seminars

 

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