Around Mason: Week of March 3, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Deadline is close of business Wednesday for inclusion in the following Tuesday's edition.

Changes to Login for Mason Applications on March 8

On Sunday, March 8, Information Technology Services (ITS) is unifying the login experience across most applications by having authentication services hosted by a third-party provider. Information about these changes is available at

Impact on Users Enrolled in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA):
This change will add 2FA to applications such as Webex, Handshake, StarRez, Salesforce, etc. Blackboard will not require 2FA at this time. 2FA users will see a new login page and be prompted to use 2FA with these additional applications.

Impact on Users NOT Enrolled in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA):
Users not enrolled in 2FA will see a new login page for Mason applications and will not be prompted or required to use 2FA. 

For questions, contact the ITS Support Center at or 703-993-8870.

Participate in Telework Week: March 9–13

Have you wanted to try teleworking? Now is the time! From March 9–13, Mason will celebrate Telework Week.

To participate, fill out a Flexible Work Agreement at and submit it to your supervisor for approval. When filling out the form:

  • Choose your begin date (March 9, 2020) and end date (March 13, 2020)
  • Check the box next to “Telework/Telework Week/Summer Telework”
  • Fill out the day(s) you will be teleworking
  • Indicate in the comments that you are submitting an agreement for Telework Week 2020

Those participating in Telework Week are doing so under the Flexible Work Policy 2202.

For questions, contact

ITS Support Center Spring Break Hours

During Mason’s spring break, the ITS Support Center will operate under modified hours:

  • Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8: Closed
  • Monday, March 9, through Friday, March 13: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14: Closed

Normal hours will resume on Sunday, March 15.

Contact or 703-993-8870 for assistance.

Spring Break Shuttle Schedule

Spring break will bring some modifications to the Mason Shuttle schedules. Details are available at

Parking and Transportation is also offering regional shuttles for spring break. View more information here.

Contact or 703-993-2828 with questions.

Save the Date: Bike to Mason Day

Spring will be here before we know it! Save the date for Bike to Mason Day at your campus:

  • Arlington: Tuesday, April 21, 3 to 7 p.m., Founders Plaza
  • Fairfax: Wednesday, April 22, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Merten Hall Lawn
  • SciTech: Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colgan Hall Front Patio

Additional details coming soon at

Education Recruitment Day

This is a recruiting fair for students and alumni interested in positions as teachers, counselors, or other jobs in the broader education field—including summer camps, tutoring, and related positions. 

Education Recruitment Day
Wednesday, March 18
Job Fair (open session): 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Scheduled Interviews (closed session): Noon to 4 p.m.
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

During the fair, some employers may invite participamts to come back in the afternoon to interview with them in Dewberry Hall during the closed session. 

View the list of attending employers.

For questions, contact Bernadette Davey, University Career Services, at or 703-993-2372.

STRENGTHen Your Feedback: Lunch and Learn

Ready to incorporate your CliftonStrengths into supervision?

Join us to learn and discuss different approaches to giving and receiving feedback.

STRENGTHen Your Feedback
Tuesday, March 3
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Johnson Center, Bistro

This session is sponsored by the University Life Professional Development Committee. Contact Rebecca McCrory at 703-993-2469 or with questions.

Faculty Lunch and Learn: Teaching at Mason Korea

Find out how you can teach at Mason Korea! Attend an upcoming lunch and learn on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 10
  • Tuesday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 12

All sessions will occur from noon to 1 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 3006. 

Mason Korea: A world away, but still home.

RSVP to Grace Lee at

Well-Being University Reading Group

The Well-Being University Reading Group is back for spring 2020! Join us for discussions on The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal.

The group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. for five consecutive Thursdays:

  • March 19 and 26
  • April 2, 9, and 16

Each session will begin with a short movement practice, and the final session will include a campus walk. The overall experience has the potential to benefit your well-being and even your productivity.

Register for the reading group at your campus location:

Contact Katie Clare at or 703-993-1177 with questions.

Call for Leadership Legacy Program Applications

The Leadership Legacy Program, sponsored by MasonLeads and Human Resources and Payroll, is designed for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development.

The program curriculum provides opportunities for experienced faculty and staff to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings.

Applications and nominations for the 2020–21 cohort of the Leadership Legacy Program are due March 5.

For more information and to apply, view the flyer and visit

Contact with questions.

2020 Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites students and recent graduates from all Mason schools and programs to participate in the 2020 Ventures for Well-Being Pitch Competition on April 23.

Well-Being is a $4.5 trillion marketplace. Early-stage concepts are encouraged to compete for $10,000 in prizes.

View more information and eligibility guidelines.

Application deadline is Friday, March 20. Apply here.

Contact Becky Howick, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at 703-993-9663 or with questions.

Spring Cycling Class

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) will be on the Fairfax Campus teaching a Learn to Ride class on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in Parking Lot C.

Cost is just $15 for Mason students and employees. Registration is required.

View more details and sign up.

Reminder: Daily Complimentary Parking Passes

Eligible faculty and staff who participate in carpooling, vanpooling, Commuter Choice, or Bike Commuter Choice receive complimentary daily parking passes as part of these programs.

Daily passes are meant for one day of parking, so include a date on the pass when using it or risk a parking ticket. Parking and Transportation does not want this to happen to anyone, so take a moment and put the complete date on the daily pass you are using.

For questions, contact

Prescription Drug Drop-Box

Do you have unused medications at home? The George Mason Police Department has a permanent drop-box installed in the lobby of the Police and Safety Headquarters for the deposit of prescription drugs and medications.

The building is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please do not use the drop-box to dispose needles or sharps.

For questions, contact Lt. Michael Guston at 703-993-3414 or

WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) Updates

There are new updates to WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined)! Starting March 2, users are invited to use the new WW enrollment portal.

Interested in joining? Read about the discounts you receive as a Mason employee (scroll down to WW).

The CommonHealth website and FAQ document provide more details, including enrollment information and pricing.

Questions? Contact

DMV2Go on the Fairfax Campus

Take care of your Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles business at a convenient Mason location. DMV2Go will be on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Merten Hall parking lot.

For a list of available services, visit the DMV2Go website. Check out the complete 2020 DMV2Go schedule for the Fairfax Campus.

Contact Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or with questions.

Hiring Student Workers: Do You Have a Handshake Account?

Handshake is Mason’s centralized hub for student on-campus job opportunities, including federal work-study, student wage, and graduate assistant positions. 

All degree-seeking Mason students have a Handshake account. Posting in the system is highly effective in reaching students and ensures equity of access for those seeking on-campus jobs.

Do you already have an established application process? Handshake offers the flexibility to point students to a pre-existing online job application, allowing you to retain your current process and gain maximum visibility for your job posting.

Register for a Handshake account today

Contact Debbie Zuiker, University Career Services, at with questions.