Around Mason: Week of Oct. 6, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic on Oct. 13

Mason's Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic will be held on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

Appointments will be required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the flu shot clinic will follow all safety and social distancing protocols.

Find more information about getting your flu shot at Mason or off-campus.

Check out the FAQs. Contact

Staff Senate Meeting with President Washington

The Staff Senate will welcome President Gregory Washington as guest speaker at the October Staff Senate meeting.

October Staff Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 7
11 a.m. to noon
Staff Senate General Meeting will precede from 10 to 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 976 1503 4925 / Passcode: 572793

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, the senate addresses concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.

Contact for more information.

Hylton on the Hill Outdoor Performances

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome you to Hylton on the Hill, a new outdoor performance space with seating on a natural rise just behind the theater. Enjoy these performances in your own seating area, physically distanced from other audience members.

Ranky Tanky
Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m.
Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky is about to bring an outdoor concert to the Hylton Center that’s part folk, part funk, and totally fearless.

The Queen's Cartoonists
Sunday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.
With virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and large doses of comedy, The Queen’s Cartoonists will change the way your family sees (and hears) the Sunday funnies.

Tickets and information at

Programs, Events, and Camps (PEC) Summit Rescheduled

Due to the unknown impact of COVID-19 on Programs,Events, and Camps (PEC) serving minors next summer, the annual PEC Summit has been rescheduled to February 2021.

As things firm up, the new date and meeting procedures will be announced to the university community.

Questions? Contact Buz Grover at 703-993-5784 or

Fall Career Fair: Virtual Event Oct. 8–9

The Fall Career Fair is a university-wide event for organizations offering internships and full-time jobs. The fair is open to all Mason students and alumni. This year's fair will be virtual, using group video and text chat with employers.

Students must register to attend the fair and can research employers in Handshake.

Registration will be open from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6. Visit for details.

Lactation Spaces

Mason is committed to supporting lactation and providing clean, healthy spaces for nursing mothers during COVID-19.

Visit the Human Resources and Payroll parenting website for an updated list of lactation spaces and hours for the fall semester.

The lactation rooms have been equipped with cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer dispensers, and the rooms will be cleaned on a regular basis. Nursing mothers should follow current health and safety protocols by practicing proper personal hygiene, wiping down surfaces before and after use, and wearing a mask while using a lactation space.

For questions or support, contact

Webinar: Accessibility in Online Course Design

All learning begins with access. The Stearns Center Digital Learning team invites you to an upcoming webinar:

Accessibility in Online Courses
Friday, Oct. 9
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This session will answer basic questions: What is accessibility? Why incorporate accessibility into online courses? How can we ensure and check for accessibility in online courses?

Participants will learn:

  • Methods to ensure an online course is accessible to all learners
  • Where to find help at Mason for accessibility
  • Tips for using the Blackboard Ally tool to check accessibility (now available in all Mason Blackboard courses)

Contact Darlene Smucny, Stearns Center Digital Learning, at with questions.

Teaching Online? Get Help from Stearns Center Digital Learning

The Stearns Center Digital Learning is expanding its virtual resources to help faculty face new teaching challenges, connect with peers, and extend understanding of effective strategies for online teaching and learning.

Subscribe to the Online Teaching Newsletter to receive tips, guidance, and resources concerning specific online teaching topics throughout the fall semester.

Check our Consultations, Trainings, and Webinars page for more ways that you can reach us and participate in opportunities to improve online teaching and learning.

Questions? Contact Stearns Center at

Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group

Inspired by mass actions and worldwide protests demanding racial justice this year, the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Arts in Context is continuing the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group this fall.

The group will meet virtually every Friday from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 (except Oct. 9) from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Visit for details. All are welcome to participate.

Seminar: Race, the Origin Story of the Criminal Legal System, and the Future of Reform

Join Mason's Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative for an upcoming seminar:

Race, the Origin Story of the Criminal Legal System, and the Future of Reform
Thursday, Oct. 8
4 to 6:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Parisa Deghani-Tafti is the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church.

Following the keynote, small breakout sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Racial Justice
  • Legal Reform and Restorative Justice
  • Domestic and International Activism
  • Change-Making and Well-Being

A Zoom link for this virtual event will be sent upon registration. Learn more and register at

For more information on this multi-department, collaborative event, contact Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron at

Bicycle Commuting 101: Online Training

Bicycling to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Join Delia Johnson from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor for Bicycle Commuting 101.

Join the Zoom session on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at noon. Delia will share information to help you feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels.

Bicycle Commuting 101 is open to faculty, staff, and students. Register today. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registrants.

Contact with questions.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Newsletter

Sign up for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's once-a-week newsletter and find out the latest in entrepreneur and innovator news on campus. The newsletter features center programming, book club updates, Mason student and alumni highlights, community-at-large Information, and more!

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Apple Federal Credit Union is Here for You

Life happens . . . Apple Federal Credit Union (FCU) can help! For the expected and unexpected expenses we all face—weddings, debt consolidation, home repairs, technology needs, and more—Apple FCU's personal Signature Loan can help you afford whatever you need, with rates as low as 7.99 percent APR.*

Stop by the Mason Branch in the Johnson Center or the relocated Burke Centre Branch (6025-E Burke Centre Parkway) to get started today.

Apple FCU is committed to providing you a clean, safe environment to conduct your financial affairs.

*Conditions apply; visit for details.