Around Mason: Week of June 1, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

Staff Appreciation Grab and Go Ice Cream Trucks

The Staff Senate will host grab and go ice cream trucks to kick off summer at three campus locations. Staff may register for an available time slot for pick up. This event is open to classified and non-student wage employees.

Staff may register for the location of their choosing. Ice cream will be provided by Scoops2u. 

All participants must register in advance.

For questions, contact  

Faculty/Staff Parking and Transportation Information for Summer 2021

Parking on Campus
A reminder that all members of the Mason community and visitors should follow parking guidelines when visiting one of our campuses. Permits are required in all locations except visitor parking areas.

You have a number of different choices depending on the frequency of your campus visits. For information on permits and short-term parking choices, visit To purchase a permit, visit  

Contact with questions.

June Staff Senate Meeting

The June Staff Senate Meeting will feature guest speakers Leah Nichols, executive director, Institute for a Sustainable Earth, and Greg Farley, director, University Sustainability, to share updates from the Mason Sustainability Council.

Wednesday, June 2
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speakers
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

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. All are welcome to attend the general meeting. Visit the website for more information.

Summer Dining Options

This summer, limited dining options will be available on the Fairfax Campus. See the current options and hours of operation.

Looking for more choices? Check out the list of Mason Merchants, local businesses that accept Mason Money for purchases.

At the SciTech Campus, Mum Mum Thai and The Spice Route are open in Beacon Hall. Randall's Café is currently closed.

Off-campus dining options are available near the Arlington Campus. Au Bon Pain remains closed for summer.

Check for updates. For questions, contact Mason Dining.

No Mason Shuttles Service on Juneteenth (Observed)

There will be no Mason Shuttle service on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth.

Contact or 703-993-2828 with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors. The updated, virtual format includes five three-hour sessions over 10 weeks, from 9 a.m. to noon, presented via Zoom.

Registration is open for summer and fall cohorts.

For session schedules and information, visit the Supervisor Boot Camp website.

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited, and registrations are first come, first served.

For questions, contact Margaret Vu at

Deadline Extended: Fenwick Fellow Applications

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.  

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 18. 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.

Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series

Apply for the third cohort of the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series!

The series begins in September 2021 and runs until December 2022. In addition to the in-class curriculum, participants will:

  • Work with assigned workplace coaches to set goals related to their growth as a leader
  • Complete a developmental project
  • Work with peers across the university to build a network of fellow supervisors

Apply on the Organizational Development and Learning page. The application deadline is June 7 at 5 p.m.

Applicants must be Mason faculty or classified staff and must supervise at least one employee who is faculty or classified staff.

For questions, contact Margaret Vu at

Join the Staff Senate

Becoming a Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and have an impact on your workplace. The senate provides many opportunities to learn about how the university works and collaborate with administrators and staff members outside your unit.

The senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Terms begin in August and last for two years.

2021 Staff Senate Election Important Dates:
Nomination Period: June 14–25
Election Period: July 12–23

Visit the election website for more information.

Questions about the responsibilities of being a senator? Contact Lauren Reuscher, Staff Senate chair, at

For questions about the nomination/election process, contact Amanda Corrigan, Staff Senate administrative assistant, at

Resources for You

Mason Kids Club Summer Camp

Mason Kids Club Summer Camp is a school-age, full summer program for rising first through fourth graders. Students may register for particular weeks or for the full summer (June 14 to August 20).

Each year, a new and exciting theme guides the interactive summer activities. The theme for summer 2021 is "STEAM, Exploration, Friends, and Fun."

View pricing information and register.

Contact with questions.

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Faculty and staff who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason may apply for a competitive $250 book scholarship.

Application deadline is June 11For details and to apply, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship webpage.

Transportation Options to Campus

Faculty and staff can take advantage of several transportation options to safely travel to campus with ease and flexibility. Whether working at the Fairfax, Arlington, or SciTech campuses, ridesharing is a commuting option to consider.

Mason offers various car/vanpool programs, which include complimentary parking for vanpools and rebates for carpools (conditions apply).

Vanpool participants can also utilize Mason’s Commuter Choice subsidy, which provides up to $270/month for vanpool costs.

Questions? Contact