Around Mason: Week of Nov. 3, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Staff Senate Meeting: Mental Health and Resilience

The Staff Senate will host Katie Clare, associate director for resilience programs, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, for a conversation on mental health and resilience—topics that are especially important during the challenges of 2020. Katie will also share information about the Mental Health First Aid training and Resilience Badge programs available at Mason.

November Staff Senate Meeting: Mental Health and Resilience
Wednesday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
General meeting will follow from 11 a.m. to noon
Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 976 1503 4925 / Passcode: 572793

All are welcome to attend the Staff Senate meeting. Contact for more information.

Show Appreciation to a Veteran

Do you know a veteran? Nominate them for a chance to receive a Hero Box! Each Hero Box is filled with a Mason-OHT (Operation Hat Trick) branded cap, Mason facemask, and other Mason merchandise. Nominate a veteran using this form, by November 6.

For more information, contact David Atkins at 

(Virtual) Family Weekend 2020

While it’s not possible to hold Mason's traditional, in-person Family Weekend events, you can create your own Family Weekend experience!

  • Register for live events. Engage with Mason faculty and senior leaders from the comfort of your home.
  • Explore the Digital Activity Guides. Find local activities that are good for social distancing, dining, and shopping.
  • Snap a family photo with the Virtual Photobooth. Dress up and take pictures using the virtual photobooth and custom filters and frames. Post them on social media with hashtag #VFW20.
  • Mark our map. Tell us where you’re celebrating! Visit, scroll to the bottom of the homepage, and click the "Mark Our Map" button.
  • Nominate your family for the Family of the Year Award. Applications are accepted until Nov. 6.

For more information on Family Weekend, visit or contact New Student and Family Programs at or 703-993-2475.

Zimride Indefinitely Suspending Service on Dec. 31

As a result of the ever-changing environment, Zimride, Mason’s ride sharing service, is indefinitely suspending its carpooling platform for all college and university networks on Dec. 31.

Note the following:

  • On Dec. 31, the Mason Zimride network will be shut down and Mason user accounts will be deactivated.
  • Until then, Zimride will operate as usual, and you can post and search for rides.
  • Zimride will retain user records only up until this time while accounts are active and as needed to provide services.

Zimride has posted FAQs at Mason Parking and Transportation is researching other rideshare opportunities for the future.

Contact with questions.

Mason Shuttles Service and the Holidays

The last day of Mason Shuttles service during the fall semester is Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Since Mason is moving to a virtual class environment after Thanksgiving, shuttle service will resume when the spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 25.

The CUE bus is available on its regular schedule for transportation to Metro and within the City of Fairfax. Scheduling information is available at

A reminder that there is no Mason Shuttles regional transportation this academic year for Thanksgiving or winter break (there is no spring break at Mason in 2021).

For questions, reach out to Parking and Transportation at

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: featuring Michael Brown, piano

Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center
CMS Front Row: National
Michael Brown, piano
Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
Free, online event

This performance features pianist Michael Brown along with fellow CMS musicians in a program infused with passion and dance music by Barber and Mendelssohn, as well as a work composed by the pianist himself. The performance is hosted by CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, who share insights on the music and performance.

Details for how to watch will be updated on the Center for the Arts website closer to the event date.

Deadline for Mandatory IT Security Awareness Training is Nov. 16

Information Technology Services (ITS) reminds employees that the deadline to complete the IT Security Awareness Training is Monday, Nov. 16.

The required training is assigned to employees in MasonLeaps. It can be accessed by logging in at using your NetID and Patriot Pass Password.

Select “IT Security Awareness Training” in the “Your Action Items” box to the right.

If you have issues accessing or taking the training, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or

Records Management Fall Workshops

University Records Management is offering virtual workshops for staff and faculty throughout the fall, including:

  • Records Coordinator Training
  • Building Internal Records Policies and Practices
  • Quick Retention Review sessions focused on specific records types (such as academic and research records, human resources and fiscal records, and administrative and miscellaneous records).

University Records Management offers these workshop to assist the Mason community, as improper handling of university records can affect audits, accreditation, litigation, and more.

Each workshop is limited to 10 attendees. See dates, times, and register at

Contact with questions.

Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program

Like to bike? Live within biking distance of the Mason location where you work? Thinking it may be time you changed up your commute to include a few days of biking per month? Consider the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice program and find joy in commuting to campus on two wheels!

• Three tiers of financial support tied to the number of rides per quarter
• Earn complimentary parking passes
• Ride more than 10 miles each way to work – earn a distance bonus!
• Ride at Tier 2 or Tier 3 all year – receive funds for a complimentary bike check
• Can be used in conjunction with Commuter Choice

Conditions apply – the big one is that the program, unlike Commuter Choice, is taxable per the IRS. But don’t let that stop you; check out the details.

Need assistance in mapping a route? We have volunteers who can assist you in finding a biking route that is comfortable for you. For details and regions covered, visit resources and volunteer pages. 

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or

Get Your Flu Shot at an On-Campus Clinic

Mason faculty and staff have additional opportunities to get their flu shot at an upcoming on-campus flu shot clinic.

Giant Pharmacy will be present on November 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., and CVS Pharmacy will be present on November 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to provide flu shots for faculty, staff, and students. Flu shots are by appointment. Schedule your appointment online.

Flu vaccination is no-cost with most health insurance plans when you get your flu vaccine with an in-network provider. Confirm coverage with your health insurance plan prior to getting your flu shot with the pharmacy.

Questions? Contact Student Health Services at

Capital Bikeshare Membership Raffle

Looking for a new way to get around? Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) may be a solution for you.

Mason Parking and Transportation is raffling off up to 30 complimentary annual memberships with Capital Bikeshare for Mason faculty and staff. The annual membership begins with the first CaBi bike ride. Note: The value of the membership is $85 and due to IRS rules, recipients will be taxed on this amount through Payroll.

The Capital Bikeshare raffle is for Mason faculty and staff only. Parking and Transportation will accept names through Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by email after the drawing. To enter the raffle, visit

A reminder that all Mason students have an ongoing discount with CaBi. See details here.

Contact with questions.

Special Four-Week Intro to Drawing Class for Adults

Are you looking for a new hobby to change up your work-from-home routine?

The Mason Community Arts Academy is offering a four-week, online Intro to Drawing class for art lovers of all levels. The class will focus on the proportion and placement of figure drawing. Students will learn fundamental drawing theory through interactive workshops, guided projects, and individualized coaching.

Intro to Drawing: Faces and Figures
Saturdays, Nov. 14 to Dec. 12
10 a.m. to noon
Ages: 16 and up
Location: Zoom

All Mason faculty, staff, and their immediate family members receive a 10 percent tuition discount. Contact to receive the discount.

Learn more at