Around Mason: Week of Nov. 24, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Staff Senate December Meeting: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force

The Staff Senate will host Shernita Rochelle Parker, assistant vice president for Human Resources/Payroll, and Wendi Manuel-Scott, professor of history in the School of Integrative Studies, to discuss updates from the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force.

December Staff Senate General Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 2
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

Submit a question for the guest speakers using the online form.

All are welcome to attend Staff Senate general meetings. Read more about the virtual general meeting format.

Contact for additional information.

Updated: Mason Shuttles Service and the Holidays

Since Mason is moving to a primarily virtual environment after Thanksgiving, there will be no Gunston Mason Shuttle service after Tuesday, Nov. 24, until 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

NEW! The Fairfax/SciTech shuttle will operate on a very reduced Monday–Friday schedule from Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. Service will resume Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 22. No service on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Spring semester service will begin Monday, Jan. 25.

For details, see the Revised Fall 2020 Shuttle Schedule #2.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at

Reminder: Short-Term Parking Options

A reminder that short-term parking options are available on campus for hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly parking.

For more information, visit the Safe Return website or log in to the Parking Portal at and select “Purchase a Permit.”

Questions? Reach out to Parking Services at

The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Theresa Ruth Howard and Nicole Brewer

The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices is pleased to host Theresa Ruth Howard along with anti-racist theater advocate Nicole Brewer for a digital conversation focused on being change agents for diversity, equity, and inclusion within their respective fields of dance and theater.

Howard and Brewer will share insights from working with various organizations and discuss what it means to be aniti-racist educators, artists, and facilitators, especially in traditionally white-dominated fields. The evening will conclude with live questions from the participating audience.

The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Theresa Ruth Howard and Nicole Brewer
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

This conversation will be livestreamed on the Center for the Arts website, Facebook, and YouTube at the scheduled time.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Join the Center for the Arts on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in its tradition of ushering in the holiday season with peace, joy, and a cappella with a specially-recorded digital performance by Chanticleer.

With their signature harmonic blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass, this festive holiday program features American hymns, Christmas carols from around the world, Gospel melodies, and Renaissance motets. Since Chanticleer began recording in 1981, it has sold more than one million albums and won two Grammy® Awards.

Access passes go on sale Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Only one access pass is needed per household for each concert. When selecting your access pass, you may also select your preferred price (pay-what-you-wish between $15–$45, in increments of $5).

Before the event at 7:15 p.m., subscribers from the 2019–20 season, as well as current Friends of the Center for the Arts ($150+) and Friends of the Hylton Center ($150+), are invited to an exclusive Artists in Conversation. Details for how to join the conversation will be emailed prior to the performance.

Learn more about this virtual performance here. Contact for assistance.

New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop

The New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop will be held virtually on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is open. Encourage your adjunct faculty to register to ensure they receive communications and schedule updates from Faculty Affairs and Development.

Reach out to Faculty Affairs and Development at with any questions.

Mental Health First Aid

The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and Student Health Services are pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training to members of the university community.

This eight-hour training provides participants with basic skills to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. MHFA teaches about risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns. The session covers depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

Training occurs over two separate days. Registration is open for an upcoming Zoom training on Dec. 3 and 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

Register here. Contact Katie Clare at with questions.

Nominate Faculty for 2021 Online Teaching Excellence Award

Stearns Center Digital Learning invites Mason students, faculty, and staff to nominate faculty members for the 2021 Online Teaching Excellence Award (OTEA).

This award recognizes teaching excellence of faculty who teach fully-online courses at Mason. To be eligible, faculty may be full-time or part-time (adjunct) and need to have taught online at least four complete semesters at Mason.

Nominations are accepted through Dec. 1. For more information about OTEA, visit the Stearns Center website.

Submit a nomination here. Questions? Contact