Around Mason: Week of Feb. 2, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Campus Updates

Spring Career Fair

Mason's Spring Career Fair will be hosted virtually Feb. 17–18 from noon to 4 p.m.

This campus-wide fair will include organizations offering internships and full-time jobs. Mason students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Participants will engage in group and individual video/text chat with employers. Students are encouraged to research employers in advance.

Registration is required and opens on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Feb. 17, at noon.

Visit for details.

Mason Shuttle On-Demand: New Pilot Program

Mason Shuttles is offering an on-demand shuttle service on and around the Fairfax Campus. This is a shared ride service with designated pick-up and drop-off locations on the Fairfax Campus and at nearby locations off-campus.

Service hours are Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. 

Parking and Transportation hopes Mason students, faculty, and staff will try out this new service. Visit the website for details.

Questions or comments? Contact

Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair

Contemporary Student Services will host a virtual off-campus housing fair on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff should encourage students searching for off-campus housing to attend the event. The virtual event will be hosted at during the scheduled time frame.

For questions, reach out to Anthony (Tony) Berardo at or 703-993-6299.

Mason Finance Gateway

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

Employees are required to complete the Mason Finance Gateway Navigation training prior to receiving access. This 30-minute online training provides an understanding of how to navigate the new system.

To access the training, go to and log in with your NetID and password. Locate the training under the “Required Training” tab. Users must complete this training before Feb. 15. Refer to the Training Guide for assistance.

Review the Gateway webpage for an overview of benefits, what to expect, and resources to get started.

Contact with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Want Tips and Guidance for Teaching Online?

Want tips and guidance for teaching online? Subscribe to the Stearns Center Digital Learning’s Online Teaching Coaching Newsletter!

Whether you are new to teaching online or an experienced online instructor wanting additional guidance, Stearns Center Digital Learning invites you to subscribe to the Spring 2021 Biweekly Online Teaching Coaching email newsletter.

You will receive practical tips, news, and other information about online teaching.

Topics include:

  • Academic Integrity Online
  • Active Learning Strategies Online
  • Checking Your Online Course for Quality
  • Inclusive Teaching Online
  • And more

Subscribe to the newsletter today.

Questions?  Contact the Stearns Center at

George Mason Toastmasters Continue to Zoom

Following guidance from Toastmasters International, George Mason Toastmasters have made the most of the current situation and continue to practice speaking and leadership skills while developing new skills using a virtual format.

The best way to experience Toastmasters is to attend as a guest. Zoom meetings are scheduled through the end of spring 2021. Meeting dates are available at

For more information, contact Heather Aleknavage, vice president of membership, at

Resources for You

Faculty/Staff Parking Options

Information on daily, short-term, and semester parking permit options for faculty/staff is available on the Parking and Transportation website

Contact 703-993-2710 or email with questions.

Connecting through Kindness

Kindness is essential to help us thrive together at our well-being university. Join Mason Chooses Kindness on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. for a “Connecting through Kindness” panel discussion online. Learn how to embed kindness into your daily life.

Register online.

Meeting link:

For more information, visit

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you bike, carpool, vanpool, use mass transit (e.g. bus, metro) or walk to work at least two times per week, you always have a ride backup with Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH).  

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), GRH is free to sign up and free to use.

Once you register, you can use GRH up to four times per year. If a qualifying emergency arises, Commuter Connections will arrange transportation for you (e.g. taxi, car rental, transit). 

It’s a good idea to sign up before you need it. Conditions apply. For details and to register, visit

Contact Mason Parking and Transportation at with additional questions.