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Around Mason: Week of November 5, 2019

November 4, 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

George Mason University Alumni Association Awards

Nominations are now accepted for the 2020 George Mason University Alumni Association Awards.

For more than 30 years, the Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni, student, and faculty accomplishments with these four unique annual awards.

Submit your nomination for the following:

  • Alumnus/a of the Year
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Faculty Member of the Year
  • Senior of the Year

Nomination deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 13. Honorees will be chosen via selection committee in mid-November, and recipients will be notified in December. Self-nominations are allowed.

Submit a nomination online today at

Contact Chris Clark-Talley, Alumni Relations, at 703-993-8696 or 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-minuate 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

Mason Support Ending for Windows 7: Required Upgrade for Mason-owned Computers

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows 7 operating system.

All faculty and staff with a Mason-owned device running Windows 7 must have their operating systems upgraded to Windows 10 prior to the winter break to ensure completion before the Microsoft end of life (EOL) date. There is no charge for this upgrade.

Mason-owned devices that are not upgraded by the January deadline will be unable to connect to the Mason network. Unsupported systems pose a significant security threat to users and the university.

Detailed information on the EOL support for Windows 7 is available on the Microsoft website.

If you have a device that needs to be upgraded, please submit a request (login required).

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

Campus Conversations: Online Education

This fall, Provost David Wu and Vice President Michelle Marks will host a series of engagements that invite faculty and staff to participate in the visioning process of our online education initiative.

We will need the knowledge, perspectives, and feedback of the entire Mason community as we work together to develop our online programming model.

View a list of upcoming sessions and RSVP today.

Contact Teresa Finn at 703-993-5114 or with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day: Register Today

Registration is now open for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on Dec. 4. This daylong event centers around the theme, “Adaptable, Flexible, and Resilient.”

The day features keynote speaker Lauren Cattaneo, associate professor of psychology at Mason, and lunchtime speaker Param Srikantia, professor at Baldwin Wallace University, as well as breakout sessions and events.

For more details and to register, visit The first 100 registrants will be entered to win a prize.

Follow us on Twitter @MasonFSED. For questions, contact

Career Influencers Network Training (Faculty/Staff Only)

University Career Services invites faculty and staff to participate in the Career Influencers Network one-day training. This initiative brings together faculty, staff, and administrators to learn how to best support students as they strive to become career-ready and achieve post-graduate success.

Register for an upcoming training at the SciTech Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

For additional dates, visit

Contact Elena Chiru at or 703-993-3739 with questions.

Recorded Virginia 529 Presentation

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to think about saving for future higher education expenses for your children, grandchildren, or yourself.

Watch this on-demand Virginia 529 Webinar to learn how to:

  • Save for tuition and other college costs, such as housing, textbooks, and more
  • Save for private or religious K-12 education
  • Take advantage of tax-free earnings and the Virginia state tax deduction
  • Meet your savings goals

Contact with questions.

Resources for You

Follow Up Flu Shot Clinic

Didn't make it to one of the flu shot clinics? The Follow Up Flu Shot Clinic is another opportunity to get your flu shot on the Fairfax Campus. Flu shots will be available for COVA members only at this clinic.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
9 a.m. to noon
Johnson Center, Gold Room

Complete the flu shot consent form prior to the clinic to ensure a shorter wait time. For more information, visit the Life/Work Events and Seminars page.

Kaiser Permanente Mobile Health Van

The Kaiser Permanente Mobile Health Van is coming to campus! All employees, regardless of insurance, may receive a free biometric screening and flu shot on the Mobile Health Van. Kaiser Permanente members may complete a variety of healthcare needs on the van.

Monday, Dec. 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Merten Hall Parking Lot

For more information, check out the flyer.

Mason Day at Arena Stage: Disney’s Newsies

The College of Visual and Performing Arts announces Mason Day at Arena Stage on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. Join Mason faculty, staff, alumni, and friends at the hit musical Newsies, starring Mason’s own School of Theater Professor Ed Gero as Joseph Pulitzer!

This spectacular afternoon of family-friendly theater includes a performance with prime seating and a private post-show discussion with Mason alumni cast and crew members involved in the production.

Adults: $59.50
Students and children under 18: $42.50
($85 regular)

Purchase tickets at

For more information, contact Ryan Braaten at or 703-993-8641.

Zimsgiving: Zimride for Thanksgiving

Heading home for Thanksgiving? Use Mason’s private Zimride network to share the ride!

If you post a new ride at during the month of November, you will automatically be entered in the 2019 Zimsgiving Post a Ride Sweepstakes and have a chance to win a $200 Amazon E-Gift Card, one of three $100 Amazon E-Gift Cards, or one of six $50 Amazon E-Gift Cards.

For the official rules from Zimride, visit the Mason Transportation website.