Around Mason: Week of May 25, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

Have something to share? Review announcement guidelines and submit an announcement from your unit through the online form.

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

Campus Updates

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, which are 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.

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.

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

MasonLive Student Email Migrating to Office 365

This June, MasonLive student email and Microsoft services will migrate to Office 365. This migration will improve collaboration, enhance user experience across campus, and provide additional resources to students.

Prepare and find the latest details on the change: Student Office 365 Migration Roadmap

To ensure a smooth transition to the new platform, review the Student Office 365 Migration Checklist.

Learn more about how this project impacts you through the Migration Role Matrix.

Contact the ITS Support Center at or 703-993-8870 with questions.

Training and Professional Development

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

Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference Proposals for On-Demand Collection Due May 31

Mason’s 13th annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference will take place September 20–24. The deadline to submit pandemic teaching experiences and insights for the On-Demand Collection (teaching artifacts with reflections or annotations, short videos, digital posters) is Monday, May 31.

Mason instructors of all ranks and disciplines are invited to contribute. View the Request for Proposals page for more information.

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.

Working Moms Support Group Summer Meeting Schedule

The Support Group for Working Mothers is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus. The group will continue to meet virtually over the summer.   

Meetings will be held at 2 p.m. via Zoom on June 1, July 14 and Aug. 5.

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, contact Heather Aleknavage at or visit the website for more information.