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Around Mason: Week of Jan. 14, 2020

January 13, 2020

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

Join the Mason Kids Club: Jan. 27-28

Need to work, but schools are closed? Join the Mason Kids Club, a program for Mason and non-Mason families with children enrolled in Kindergarten through third grade. It is offered on select dates throughout the year when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed.

The next session will be Jan. 27–28 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Child Development Center.

This session's theme is "Eager Entrepreneurs." Participants will create their own boutique and pizzeria, including an “internship” field trip to Manhattan Pizza for a pizza tasting and the Mason Bookstore to pitch some Mason gear. 

Visit the website for more information and to register. Contact with questions.

Auxiliary Enterprises Renamed Business Services

With 2020 upon us, we figured it was time for something new. We have changed our department name from Auxiliary Enterprises to Business Services.

Although we've changed our name, our mission, goals, and services remain the same: to improve the quality of life on campus!

Be sure to add our new email address to your address book:

Changes to Office 365 Login Page

On Sunday, Jan. 12, the login screen for Office 365 was updated for an improved user experience. Mason employees will notice a new graphic when they access their Office 365 accounts (email, calendar, OneDrive, ProPlus) via the web.

When accessing Office 365 via the web from, users will still log in using their Patriot Pass Credentials (NetID and Patriot Pass Password).

For more details, visit the ITS website.

Mason Dining Hours during January Intersession

Welcome back, Mason Nation! If you're on campus over the next couple weeks, please note the special hours of operation for the January intersession period.

New this year, the following locations are open for the fist time during January intersession: Subway/2nd Stop (complete with coffee) and Akeno Sushi!

Check out for the full list of hours.

Spring Shuttle Service and Martin Luther King Day

Mason Shuttle schedules have been adjusted for January (before classes begin). Visit the website for details.

Spring semester shuttle service begins on Tuesday, Jan. 21. For routes with weekend service, spring schedules begins on Saturday, Jan. 18. (West Campus shuttle begins on Monday, Jan. 20.)

Remember that there is no shuttle service on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Exception: The West Campus shuttle will run on a Sunday schedule beginning at noon with service every 30 minutes.

A summary of spring shuttle service is available here. Individual route schedules will soon be available at

Contact Mason Transportation at 703-993-2828 or with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Hiring Student Employees Using Handshake

Need to hire a graduate assistant? Workstudy student? An intern to support your office with a project or big event? Handshake is your best choice for reaching and hiring Mason students!

On-campus employers have unique needs and considerations when it comes to using Handshake for short-term and long-term staffing needs. Join University Career Services to review tips and techniques that make hiring students quick and easy.

Hiring Student Workers Using Handshake: Mini-Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. to noon
University Career Services (SUB I, Suite 3400)

The workshop will include:

  • Crafting job descriptions to get the candidates you want
  • Reviewing and selecting candidates
  • How students use the platform
  • Answers to the most common questions
  • Time for questions and answers

Don't have a Handshake "employer" account yet? Contact Debbie Zuiker at to create your employer account before the workshop.