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Around Mason: Week of October 8, 2019

October 7, 2019

Faculty/Staff Announcements

Have something to share? Submit an announcement from your unit using the online form.

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

Campus Updates

Flu Shot Clinic Tips

Prepare for the Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics! Visit the Human Resources and Payroll events page for helpful information to ensure you are ready to receive your flu shot this year.

Contact or 703-993-2600 with questions.

Veterans Day Luncheon

The Office of the President and the ROTC unit at George Mason University invite all Mason community members who have proudly served the country to attend the Annual Veterans Day Luncheon.

The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Main Lobby. Following the luncheon on Grand Tier III, guests are invited to a 30-minute Patriotic Concert presented by the School of Music’s Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.

Registration is not required but recommended, as space is limited. Register here.

For questions, contact University Events at 703-993-2853 or

Shuttle Schedule: Fall Break

An abbreviated Mason Shuttles schedule will be in effect during Fall Break from October 13–14. For questions, contact or 703-993-2828.

Chick-Fil-A Renovations Complete

Did you know that renovations were recently completed at the Chick-Fil-A on the Fairfax Campus? Swing by the lowel level of SUB I with a friend or colleague for a delicious lunch or tasty milkshake!

Head to for information about your favorite on-campus dining locations.

PatriotHacks Hackathon

PatriotHacks 2019 is a collegiate hackathon held at George Mason University. For 36 hours, students from around the world will convene at the MIX (Mason Innovation Exchange) to enjoy workshops, activities, and networking events while working on real world challenges during the hackathon.

Swag and awesome food will be available throughout the weekend.

PatriotHacks is a space for innovators to play, learn, and revolutionize technology, all while building their resume and making memories to last a lifetime. No experience is required, and the event is open to college students of all disciplines. Plus, it’s 100% free!

Encourage your students to register at

Contact Nicole Kelleher, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at 703-993-6265 or with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Collaborative Learning Hub Open House

Join the CLUB (Collaborative Learning Hub) for an open house on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 311.

This event will feature Blackboard demos, individual consultations, information about Linkedin Learning, and tours of our virtual reality/3D printing space (Th3 BuilD).

Contact or 703-993-3141 with questions.

MasonCARES Suicide Prevention Training

Counseling and Psychological Services hosts MasonCARES, a two-hour “gatekeeping” training on suicide prevention.

Attendees will learn why people attempt suicide, how to talk to somebody about suicide, how to respond to a person in crisis, warning signs, myths about suicide, and how to make a referral. 

Separate training sessions are scheduled for faculty/staff and students. Follow the links below to register for an upcoming session. Additional training dates are also listed on the registration pages:

Student MasonCARES trainingWednesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. 
Faculty/Staff MasonCARES trainingTuesday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m.

Contact Kheia Hilton at 703-993-2380 or with questions.

Volunteer Opportunity: Parking Appeals Board

Parking and Transportation is seeking faculty/staff volunteers to serve on Mason's Parking Appeals Board.

The Board meets once a month to hear parking citation appeals from faculty, staff, and visitors. If interested, contact

Resources for You

National Work and Family Month

October is National Work and Family Month, which celebrates creating a more engaged and positive culture for employees.

Mason offers year-round resources for employees to balance and enjoy personal and work life, including:

For tips on how you can incorporate more life/work balance into your life, visit Contact with questions.

October Biking Classes at Mason

Celebrate autumn on your bike! Develop new skills or enhance your existing biking skills, culminating in a terrific ride from the Fairfax Campus to Burke Lake Park and back.

Upcoming classes and events are listed below. For additional information and to register, visit

  • Thursday, Oct 10, noon to 1 p.m.: Bicycle Commuting 101, taught by Rick Holt (free)
  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon: Bike Skills Building Class with the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB), $10*
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Social Ride with FABB from Mason to Burke Lake Park and back, $10*

*Parking and Transportation is subsidizing these events to offer the Mason community a significant discount.

Contact or 703-993-2828 with questions.