Around Mason: Week of April 13, 2021


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Campus Updates

Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony and Winners

Congratulations to Mason's 2021 Outstanding Achievement Awards Winners! View the complete list of award winners.

Join the virtual ceremony on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be livestreamed on GMU-TV.

Take a moment to congratulate the winners by commenting on the "Congrats" post on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter or by sending them an e-card.

Virtual Bike to Mason Week: Active Transportation Bingo

Join Parking and Transportation for Virtual Bike to Mason Week from April 19–23. Choose from nine virtual classes—everything from fixing a flat to learning about e-bikes. You can also learn the rules of the road in the Safe Cycling class, or what to wear when biking in any weather.  

View more information and register for sessions.

The celebration also includes an Active Transportation Bingo game! Download the bingo card, choose three activities that give you a "bingo," and send the completed card to by April 30 for a free Active Transportation Kit.

Updated Fairfax Campus Map

The latest version of the Fairfax Campus map is available at

Mason departments are encouraged to share the 2021 map with those visiting the Fairfax Campus. The webpage also includes local driving directions and transit options to Mason locations.

For questions, contact Philip Stamper, University Information, at

Touchless Printing Is Here

Don’t stress about printing, because touchless printing from your phone is now available on campus!

Simply follow these quick and easy steps to fulfill all your printing needs. There is no need to carry your Mason ID for printing.

For questions, contact

Summer Mason Shuttles Schedules Coming Soon

Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 17.

Service will continue Monday–Friday only. The schedule includes a limited Fairfax/SciTech route (one bus) and the On-Demand shuttle (two buses). Schedules will be posted soon at

Contact with questions.

Purple Up! For Military Kids

The Mason Nation is invited to wear purple on April 15 in honor of the Purple Up! For Military Kids program.

April is Month of the Military Child. On April 15, military families and communities wear purple to show support for and to thank military children for their strength, sacrifice, and courage.

Wear purple on April 15 and tag @GMUHRandPayroll on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show your support.

The color purple was selected to represent all branches of the military. When you mix all of the branches’ colors together, you get purple: Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard service color is blue, the Army service color is green, and the Marine service color is red.

Purple up, Mason Nation!

Spring Cleaning on Patriot Web

Can you believe the spring semester is ending soon? To prepare for summer, let’s do some spring cleaning on Patriot Web! Update your information on Patriot Web—such as addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts.

Training and Professional Development

Stearns Center Digital Learning Webinar: Benefits and Challenges of Alternative and Authentic Assessments

Faculty and GTAs are invited to this Stearns Center Digital Learning webinar. Attendees will:

  • Learn student perspectives about alternative and authentic assessments
  • Identify potential benefits and challenges of alternative and authentic assessments
  • Consider examples and models for developing alternative and authentic assessments, particularly in online courses

As part of the Stearns Center Continuing Development Program Online Teaching Credential, participants are encouraged to use the webinar information to design an alternative or authentic activity or project for their own courses.

Friday, April 16, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Laura Todd and Darlene Smucny, Stearns Center Digital Learning

Questions? Contact

Records Management Infolinx System Now Live: April Trainings Available

University Records Management has begun training on the new Infolinx system for better management of the University Records Center.

Offices wishing to submit boxes for storage/destruction, or to request files/boxes back, will need to be trained on the new system in order to have access to the appropriate processes. Trainings are available in April.

See for a list of available training dates. Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up in advance. Trainings will occur via Zoom.

Contact with any questions.

Resources for You

Bike Commuter Choice: New Introductory Tier

Do you live within a few miles of campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being?

All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program. The program now has four tiers of support. The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive. 

The new introductory tier is just five rides per quarter. For details, visit and scroll to the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program. 

Questions?  Email

TIAA Financial Seminars

Looking to learn more about your finances? TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more.

Contact with questions.

Summer Camp Resources

Start planning for summer now! To help families with children, Human Resources and Payroll compiled a list of summer camps and activities at Mason and in the surrounding community. The list is organized by area and links directly to the activity page.

Learn to Ride a Bike with the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB)

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) is teaming up with Mason Parking and Transportation to offer a Learn to Ride Cycling Class on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in Parking Lot C on the Fairfax Campus.

Class fee is $10 for Mason faculty, staff, and students. For details and to register, visit FABB’s registration site.

Contact with questions.

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Dewberry Artist Series: Duo-Piano and Musical Theater!
Dewberry School of Music
Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m. 
Virtual Event 

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music faculty resume their free recital series with digital pre-recorded performances as part of Mason Arts at Home. Recorded at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, this performance features musical theater faculty vocalist Jim Van Slyke as well as piano faculty members Anna Balakerskaia and Linda Apple Monson playing duo-piano works by Bernstein and others.

K [squared]² – Women: A Reflection 
Hylton at Home: Community Arts Spotlight
Thursday, April 15, 7:15 p.m.
Virtual Event

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce Community Arts Spotlight, a new initiative which showcases extraordinary artistic talent within the Prince William County cultural community. K[squared]2 is a member of the 
Prince William County Arts Council and is one of four ensembles selected and featured in digital presentations as part of Hylton at Home.

Hylton at Home Story Corner: “What a Wonderful World”  
Based on the song by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, as sung by Louis Armstrong
Illustrated by Tim Hopgood
Read with permission of Henry Holt and Co.
Saturday, April 17, 10:15 a.m. 
Virtual Event

First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong and with sales of over one million copies, "What a Wonderful World" has become a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. This Hylton at Home Story Corner is read by Darden Purcell, director of Jazz Studies, Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, George Mason University. 

The Barclay Brass 
Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m. 
Fairfax Campus, Mason Pond Lawn

Named “a visionary ensemble” by The Washington Post, The Barclay Brass takes to the Mason Pond Lawn outdoor stage to perform an “out of this world” concert of classical works and themes from the Star Wars soundtrack. Formed in 2015, The Barclay Brass is comprised of the Washington, D.C. area’s top brass musicians from a wide array of musical backgrounds. With trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphonium, and tuba, you will not be able to resist the bright, big brass sounds from The Barclay Brass.

International Jazz Day Concert
Friday, April 30, 8 p.m.
Virtual Event

Share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with Mason Jazz students and faculty in a new digital performance. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts on all continents to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future, and impact.