Around Mason: Week of June 8, 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

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.

The Arlington and SciTech campuses hosted ice cream events on June 3 and 7, respectively.

For questions, contact 

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.

Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair

Contemporary Student Services will host a virtual off-campus housing fair on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Encourage any students who may be searching for off-campus housing to attend the event. The event can be accessed at during the event time frame.

Contact Anthony (Tony) Berardo at or 703-993-6299 with questions.

Hours of Operation Website: Summer Updates

If your office has changed its hours of operation for the summer, make sure the information is posted on the university's Hours of Operation website at

Submit your department's hours using the online form. You can include in-person, virtual, and phone contact hours.

For questions, contact Lauren Reuscher, University Information, at

Training and Professional Development

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.

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

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

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, June 11 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.

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.

Is Ridesharing a Commuting Option for You?

Whether it’s a carpool or vanpool, see if ridesharing is a good commuting option for you by reviewing this infographic.

Sharing the ride reduces your commuting costs, the amount of time you have to be in the driver’s seat, and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.

For more information on carpooling and vanpooling at Mason,visit

Questions? Contact

Summer Camps at Mason

Visit for a listing of summer camps and youth programs offered at Mason. The website includes camps sponsored by Mason programs/departments, as well as external groups that host camps on a Mason campus. 

Summer camps at Mason cover a wide variety of topics and activities, including academics, the arts, recreation, and sports. Both in-person and virtual options are listed on the website.

Questions about individual camps should be directed to the camp organizers.

For questions about the summer camps website, contact

Reminder: Vanpool Formation in Fredericksburg Area

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area? Would you like your commuting costs reimbursed up to $270/month (tax-free)? Avoid doing all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions?

If so, consider vanpooling. Parking and Transportation is starting with the Fredericksburg area and has developed a short vanpool match survey.

Review more detailed information about vanpooling at Mason. If you have any questions about vanpooling—whether you live in the Fredericksburg area or not—reach out to