Around Mason: Week of June 29, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

Mason Shuttles and Independence Day

A reminder that there is no Mason Shuttle service on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Contact or 703-993-2828 with questions.

Vaccination Documentation Incentive Initiative

To show appreciation to Patriots who have completed the COVID-19 vaccine documentation uploading process, Mason will raffle off giveaways between June 14 and August 6. Giveaways include parking permits, professional development funding, bookstore and Patriot Tech gift cards, tickets to athletic events and performances at Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center, MasonMoney, and more!

Prizes will be awarded each week through the August 1 deadline.  Winners will be notified through email.

Visit for more information.

Training and Professional Development

Apply for Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp provides 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 now 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 to Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series is Extended

The deadline to apply for the fourth cohort of the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series has been extended! The application deadline is July 2 at 5 p.m.

The series begins in September 2021 and runs until December 2022.

For full details, including the curriculum, visit the Human Resources and Payroll News page.

Contact Margaret Vu at with questions.

Stearns Center’s Online Teaching Newsletter: Equitable and Inclusive Online Teaching

Get a jump start on your fall online teaching by subscribing to the Stearns Center's Special Summer Series of the Online Teaching Coaching Newsletter. This summer, the newsletter will focus on tips, best practices, and strategies for equitable and inclusive online teaching.

Twice a month, subscribers will receive a newsletter issue with best practices, quick tips, and curated resources about facilitating equitable and inclusive learning environments for all online learners. A planning worksheet will be included with each issue to help you plan and apply the practices to your online teaching.

Subscribe today.

Review past newsletter issues on the Stearns Center website.

Questions? Contact

Resources for You

Commuter Choice Reminder

Full-time faculty and staff who plan to return to campus in August using public transportation have access to the Commuter Choice program. Commuter Choice covers qualified transportation expenses (not parking) up to the IRS limit of $270/month based upon actual commuting costs.

For details, visit

The deadline to receive August funds is Thursday, July 8.

Contact Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or for assistance.

New Resilience Toolkit

Sometimes we all feel overwhelmed and become unsure of how to deal with the stress in life. Building resilience can help us learn to handle the stress so we can bounce back and rediscover the energy needed to create positive solutions.

Press "pause" for a moment and press "play" on the new Resilience Toolkit. This toolkit is packed with a fun resilience music playlist, mental toughness webinars, asynchronous learning opportunities, short videos on stress, weekly wellness updates, and personalized programs at your fingertips.

Contact with questions.

Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) Employee Experience Magazine

Check out the spring edition of the DHRM Employee Experience Magazine. Visit the Human Resources and Payroll News page for a few highlights!

Take a few minutes to browse the magazine for more articles and tips to help enhance your engagement and well-being.

Updated Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook

The Administrative/Professional (A/P) Faculty Handbook has been updated. These revisions streamline the language and create more clarity.

View more information about recent changes. For questions, contact the Employee Relations Team at