Around Mason: Week of Jan. 5, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

Mason Finance Gateway

Fiscal Services is excited to announce that the Mason Finance Gateway is almost ready for campus release.

The Gateway is scheduled to go live in February 2021 and will replace the current Travel Request System (TRS) and most manual reimbursement forms (i.e., Food and Beverage reimbursement and Payment Requests for reimbursement).

Review important information about the Gateway, an overview of benefits, what to expect, and resources to get started at

Contact with questions.

Hours of Operation Website

Check out the Hours of Operation website, which lists in-person, virtual, and phone contact hours for Mason offices and services. Visit

Don't see your department listed, or need to submit a change? Share your department's contact hours using this form. Be sure to list any changes for January intersession and/or the spring semester.

Only one person needs to submit the form for each department.

Please share the link with your students to help them connect with the services they need.

For questions, contact Lauren Reuscher, University Information, at

Spring Parking Permit Sales begin Jan. 15 (Online Only)

Spring parking permits may be purchased online starting Friday, Jan. 15, at

As was the case in the fall, permits will only be sold with daily, weekly, monthly, and semester options. All permits are printable only; no hang tags (except for motorcycles).

For important details on parking permits for spring, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Faculty and staff using payroll deduction for their parking permits do not need to take any additional action.

Contact or 703-993-2828 with questions.

Reminder: Mason Shuttles and Spring Semester

A reminder that the only Mason Shuttles route running Monday–Friday from Jan. 4–22 will be a very limited Fairfax/SciTech route. The schedule is available here

There will be no shuttle service on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Spring Mason Shuttles service will begin on Monday, Jan. 25, with two routes running: Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason (Monday–Friday only). There will be no weekend service. 

The Fairfax/SciTech route will run two buses with service every 75 minutes. Other than Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason, all other routes will not operate during the spring semester.

For the latest information on Mason Shuttles, visit

Contact Mason Shuttles at 703-993-2828 or with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Words of the Wise: Worth of Well-Being from University Life Associate Deans

Have you ever struggled balancing work and well-being? Join the Zoom webinar, Words of the Wise: Worth of Well-Being from Associate Deans, on Jan. 15 from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

Gain insight into resiliently managing work and life as Mason’s University Life (UL) associate deans share their struggles, successes, and the importance of prioritizing well-being during uncertain times.


  • Rachel Wernicke, associate dean and chief mental health officer, University Life
  • Creston Lynch, associate dean, University Life
  • Sally Lorentson, associate dean, University Life
  • Lewis Forest II, associate dean, University Life

This webinar is presented by the Supervision Collective, part of UL Professional Development.

Register today.

Contact Rebecca McCrory at with questions.