Around Mason: Week of April 6, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

Have something to share? Review announcement guidelines and submit an announcement from your unit to

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

Campus Updates

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

Start Planning for Open Enrollment

Annual open enrollment will be held online via EmployeeDirect from May 3–17, 2021. During annual open enrollment, you may change your health benefits coverage and enroll/re-enroll in the flexible spending accounts for the upcoming plan year. Open enrollment changes are effective from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

In April, the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will mail open enrollment packets to eligible employees’ home addresses.

To ensure that you receive your open enrollment packet, check your current home address in Patriot Web and update your address if it is incorrect. Visit the Human Resources and Payroll website to learn how to update your address in Patriot Web.

Contact with questions.

April Staff Senate Meeting with President Washington

The April Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Gregory Washington, president, George Mason University.

Wednesday, April 7
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

All are welcome to attend the Staff Senate meeting.

Contact for more information.

Virtual Bike to Mason Week 2021

Could biking be part of your commute plan? From April 19–23, join Parking and Transportation for Virtual Bike to Mason Week. 

Check out details and register for any of the nine sessions here.

Classes include:

  • Fix a Flat: Don’t let the potential for a flat tire stop you from biking for commuting or recreation. Learn how you can fix a flat at home or while on a bike ride.
  • Biking at Mason: Hear about the biking facilities and programs at all three of Mason’s Northern Virginia campuses.
  • Dressing and Packing When Commuting by Bike: Receive tips on biking in all types of weather and conditions.
  • Bicycle Commuting 101: Learn how to feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels.

Questions? Contact

Training and Professional Development

Fenwick Fellow Applications Now Accepted

University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year's Fenwick Fellow competition. The fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries' resources while advancing knowledge in their field.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded. Program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries' initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.  

Application deadline is Tuesday, June 1. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the fall academic term. University Libraries sponsors a public lecture by each Fenwick Fellow in the spring term following the completed fellowship.

Visit for details.

Contact Debra Hogan at with questions.

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

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 Events from Mason's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Business of Physical Well-Being with Mason Alumnus and Entrepreneur Jimmy Martin
Tuesday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
Virtual Event
Tune in for a discussion on The Business of Physical Well-Being with Mason alumnus Jimmy Martin, co-founder of Brrrn. Learn about his NYC cool-temp fitness studio. Register here.

The Business of Financial Well-Being with Mason Alumnus and Entrepreneur Jason Howell
Wednesday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Event
Tune in for a discussion on The Business of Financial Well-Being with Mason alumnus Jason J. Howell, CFP®, CSRIC®, and president of Jason Howell Company. Learn how Jason's focus on Sustainable, Responsible and Impact investing (SRI) and his specific target customer differentiates his firm from all the others. Register here.

National Walking Day: April 7

Wednesday, April 7, is National Walking Day. Walking can contribute to multiple facets of your well-being. See if walking can be part of your active transportation commute. Try it out on April 7!

Contact Mason Transportation at if you need some suggestions on creating an active transportation commute.

Mason Arts at Home and In-Person Performances

Rethinking the President’s Committee for Arts and Humanities: Opportunities for Policy Innovation Under a New Administration
Mason Arts Management Program 
Wednesday, April 7, 6:30–7:45 p.m. 
Virtual Event
George Mason University’s Arts Management Program presents a digital conversation with Associate Professor Carole Rosenstein and immediate-past Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Megan Beyer about working with First Lady Michelle Obama, managing through crisis during the Trump administration, and advising the Biden transition on the future of federal arts policy.   

Visual Voices Speaker Series: Bruce Willen 
Mason School of Art 
Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. 
Virtual Event
The George Mason University School of Art 
Visual Voices series is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak to students and the community about their work and the world of art and design. Presented in a digital format this spring, the School of Art invites you to this intimate look inside artists’ minds, workshops, and practices.

Mason School of Theater: Are You There?
Written by Vivian Barnes, Jonathan Norton, and Gab Reisman 
Directed by Mimsi Janis 
Friday, April 9, 8 p.m. 
Virtual Event
What does it mean to be connected? How has technology, from the telephone to social media, changed our relationships? The high-tech revolution changed our lives for the better, right? New pathways, or new interruptions? Are You There? is a series of short plays presented by Mason’s School of Theater exploring connection, intimacy, and what it means to be with people.  

Mason Dance Company: Spring New Dances
Mason School of Dance
Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts (in-person performance)
Witness original choreography created and performed by Mason School of Dance students at the Center for the Arts. The Friday and Saturday performances will each feature unique programming by the student choreographers.

Chorale Broadway Showcase 2021: When You Believe
Dewberry School of Music 
Sunday, April 11, 4 p.m.
Mason Pond Lawn (in-person event)
The University Chorale presents a series of Broadway classics for its 2021 outdoor showcase on Mason Pond Lawn. These favorites include “Seize the Day” from Newsies, “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, "When you Believe” from The Prince of Egypt, and more.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Celebrating Beethoven
Live from the Hylton Center
Sunday, April 11, 7 p.m. 
Virtual Event
Welcome back to the stage virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel for a digital, livestreamed Keyboard Conversations® concert with commentary recorded live from the Merchant Hall stage at the Hylton Center. Siegel celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with some of the composer’s best-loved works.


Sign up for Mason 101!


Mason 101 is a one-time, two-hour workshop for Mason staff and faculty to learn more about the history, organization, resources, and future of George Mason University.

The next opportunity is scheduled for Friday, April 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and will take place over Zoom.

Sign up is available at

  • Log-in with your MasonID.
  • In the search bar, type "Mason 101" and press your Return/Enter key.
  • On the screen that opens, click "Mason 101"
  • Click on the available Mason 101 date.
  • Click the "Request" button next to the date you wish to register for.

For questions or more information, contact Philip Stamper at or 703-993-5308.