Mason E-Files

Posted June 3, 2013


High School Graduation Traffic Alert

High school graduations at the Patriot Center begin in June. Mason is host to two dozen area high school graduations this year with attendance at the ceremonies ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 graduates and their family members. Each ceremony lasts approximately two hours.

Be prepared for heavier traffic up to 90 minutes prior to each ceremony and allow more time to drive to and from campus. Parking and Transportation Services encourages staff and students to use the Rappahannock River Parking Deck or the Field House parking lots to avoid traffic. Mason will be best accessed through entrances off of University Drive or Roberts Road. Check the Building Patriot Pride website and Parking and Transportation’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on conditions on and around campus.

Contact Parking Services at or 993-2710 with questions.

The schedule of graduations and expected attendance for June 3-19 is as follows:

Saturday, June 8
9:30 am Hylton (5,500)
2:30 pm Forest Park (4,800)
7:00 pm Freedom (PWCPS) (3,200)

Sunday, June 9
2:00 pm Park View (2,200)
7:00 pm Broad Run (2,700)

Monday, June 10
10:00 am Freedom (LCPS) (3,100)
2:00 pm Stone Bridge (3,900)
7:00 pm Briar Woods (3,000)

Thursday, June 13
9:30 am Robinson (5,400)
2:00 pm Falls Church (2,000)
7:30 pm Chantilly (5,400)

Friday, June 14
9:30 am Oakton (4,050)
2:00 pm West Springfield (4,250)
7:00 pm Gar-Field (5,300)

Saturday, June 15
2:00 pm Osbourn Park (4,500)
7:00 pm Thomas Jefferson (3,700)

Monday, June 17
9:30 am South County (4,250)
2:00 pm Robert E. Lee (3,600)
7:30 pm Westfield (4,050)

Tuesday, June 18
9:30 am Centreville (4,350)
2:00 pm West Potomac (2,500)
7:30 pm Herndon (3,500)

Wednesday, June 19
9:30 am Lake Braddock (6,000)


Summer Term Session B Classes Begin

Summer Session B classes begin today. The last day to add/drop for B session is June 12. For a list of courses or more detailed information, visit Questions? Call 993-2300 or email


Seeking Participants for a Psychology Study Investigating Memory Recall Across the Life Span

The study is being conducted by the Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Participation will require a few minutes each day (from any location), and last approximately 1-4 weeks. The study is completely anonymous (no identifiable personal data is collected) and safe both physically and mentally. The aim of this project is to gain an accurate understanding of the frequency of human episodic and prospective memory. Episodic memories are recollections of past events. Prospective memories are recollections of future intentions. Specifically, we measure the probability of having episodic and prospective memories and their durations in everyday settings from various age groups to determine age-related changes in memory frequency that may occur.

Requirements: If you are at least 26 years old, speak English fluently, with no memory/language impairment or diagnosed neurological condition, you can participate.

If interested, or would like more information, contact Robert Gardner at


Help Psychologists Learn How Couples Communicate

Married/co-habiting couples age 18 or older are eligible for a psychological study of couples’ communication. Both spouses/partners fill out questionnaires online (45 minutes to 1 hour), then have a 1.5-2 hour laboratory visit in Fairfax, where they have discussions about issues important to their relationship and then answer questions about those discussions. Four weeks later, both spouses/partners fill out an online follow-up survey (30 minutes). Evening/weekend lab visits are possible. On-site babysitting can be arranged.

This study is run by the Anxiety, Stress, & Relationships Lab at George Mason University, under the direction of Sarah Klein, M.A. and Keith Renshaw, Ph.D. For more information, contact or 993-5662.


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.

Earn $50 with an Apple Checking Account. Open a new Checking and free Visa Check Card by June 30 and receive $50 following your first credit (non PIN-based) transaction of $25 or more by August 31. Mention promo code MY50.

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


HR and Payroll

Reminders About the New Fiscal Year. A reminder that if you have a dependent care or medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you must incur your eligible expenses by June 30 to be reimbursed. Additionally, the new fiscal year may impact your net paycheck due to increases in health insurance premiums and any open enrollment changes you made. Additional information is available on the HR & Payroll homepage.


Parking Lot J Temporary Closure

Lot J will be closed from 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 2 until approximately 7:00 am Saturday, June 8 due to lot improvements. Lot J reserved parking permits will be honored in all non-restricted general permit areas during this time. Any vehicles that are left in Lot J after 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 2 will be towed/relocated at the owner's risk and expense.


Community Supported Agriculture Program

Interested in eating more sustainably-grown vegetables and in supporting Virginia's farms? George Mason University will be partnering 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, delicious, Virginia-grown vegetables.

  • The cost will depend on the size of share you get. You can find the options here:
  • The rates on this 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:
  • 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 on Fridays from June 5 to October 18.
  • You can sign up for the share using this link:

Deadline for registering has been extended to June 5.

Contact Danielle Wyman for additional details at or 993-7725.


Nature Lovers and Gardening Experts/Novices Wanted

Are you interested in gardening, environmental stewardship, or beautifying our campus? If so, consider getting involved with Mason's Innovation Food Forest permaculture project. Permaculture is an approach to landscaping that aims to create an ecosystem at once lovely and capable of producing healthy food (for humans and wildlife) perennially. This spring, planting has begun on a permaculture food forest next to Innovation Hall on the Fairfax campus. With support from the Office of Sustainability's Patriot Green Fund, the Innovation Food Forest will not only enhance the campus experience but serve as an educational demonstration project and enhance wildlife habitat on campus.

Volunteers are needed for garden work such as mulching, planting, weeding, and pruning – no experience required, though we welcome those with specialized skills. Website content development, educational signage assistance, and survey development are also needed.

To volunteer or find out more, contact us here.


Symantec Endpoint Protection Update

The IT Security Office is in the process of updating Symantec Endpoint Protection to version 12.

Symantec Endpoint Protection will be pushed out over the next few weeks by department. Each push will occur at 8:30 am. This week Symantec will be pushed to:

June 4 at 8:30 am
Learning Support Services
Mail Services
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Program
Mason Enterprise Center
Math Department

If you are connected to MESA domain, you do not need to do anything. You will get a pop-up stating that Symantec will commence installation; this is standard and just requires a restart of your system.

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

System Administrators, contact the IT Security Office for additional information.


EDIT 201: Strategies for Online Learning Success, Summer Session B

Are you interested in taking an online class, but not sure what to expect? Then Educational Instructional Technlogy (EDIT) 201 is right for you. This 1 credit course is offered in a modular, online format and is designed to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the online environment. Offered through the Learning Technologies Division, the course is self-paced, enabling students to proceed at their own speed. Once registered, students may start or stop any of the modules but must complete the course by the end of the semester in which they are registered. The course includes a combination of multimedia presentations, interactive exercises, electronic resources, videos and a final skills assessment to assess mastery. Students will also be provided with technical and content support. Register for Summer Session B, CRN 41706, offering of this course via Patriot Web.



Visit Today@Mason for the featured events this week.

Candidate Forum: Vice President of Research & Economic Development

15 Minutes with POTUS: A Policy Briefing Competition

Do I Have a Choice? A Saga of Socially Sanctioned Sexual Servitude

Travel Services Open House

Sustainability Efforts at Mason to be Discussed at June Staff Senate Meeting

Farewell Open House for Elizabeth Bernard

Mason Dining



Visit Today@Mason for the featured training this week.

IT Training and Certification Workshops

LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings

Fiscal Services

Environmental Health and Safety Office

HR Learning

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops