Around Mason: Week of Jan. 12, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

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 Spring Service

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

The Fairfax/SciTech route will have 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.

Auto Enrollment for Accounts Payable Direct Deposit

In an effort to provide more efficient and cost-effective payment processing, Fiscal Services will routinely enroll all Mason employees in Accounts Payable Direct Deposit for travel and business expense reimbursements.

Fiscal Services will automatically match the Accounts Payable Deposit to the employees’ primary Payroll direct deposit account. No change will be made to employees who have self-enrolled in Accounts Payable Deposit using an alternative account.

The Accounts Payable Direct Deposit Guide provides instructions for employees to view and make changes to their current account in Patriot Web.

Contact Accounts Payable at for assistance or questions regarding this process.

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.