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Around Mason: Week of Jan. 21, 2020

January 20, 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

Spring Shuttle Schedules and Valid Mason ID Required

Spring shuttle service begins Tuesday, Jan. 21. A summary of spring service is available here. Individual route schedules are posted at

Mason Shuttles is moving to an "all Mason ID check" with the start of the spring semester. While the all ID check will officially begin on Tuesday, Jan. 21, it will not be enforced until Monday, Feb. 3. The Mason ID check will be in place for all routes and all stops, except the West Campus route.

In addition to the Mason ID check, Parking and Transportation is introducing a $4 all-day visitor shuttle pass for the Mason to Metro routes only (Sandy Creek and Global). We are initiating the visitor shuttle pass and Mason ID check because we want to provide an option for Mason visitors to use the Metro to Mason shuttles, while also ensuring that the shuttles are only used by Mason community members or those with business at Mason. For details on how to purchase a shuttle pass, direct visitors to

For questions, contact or 703-993-2828.

Staff Senate Seeking Units for Department Information Fair

The Staff Senate will host a Department Information Fair on the Fairfax Campus during our Winter Staff Appreciation Event on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The information fair is a chance for staff to learn more about the array of opportunities, services, events, and other activities available to them at Mason.

Departments may participate by staffing a table at the event to distribute literature and other items to staff. Click here for information on how to register.

Questions? Contact Amanda Corrigan, administrative assistant, Staff Senate, at

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, which includes 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.

Arlington Campus Shuttle: Expanded Service

The pilot Arlington Campus Shuttle between the Fairfax and Arlington Campuses has expanded service for spring 2020. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, the shuttle will run five times per day from Sandy Creek Transit Center on the Fairfax Campus to the front of Van Metre Hall on the Arlington Campus.

The Arlington Campus, in partnership with Parking and Transportation, is running the 32-seat pilot shuttle for Mason students, faculty, and staff with a valid Mason ID. The shuttle is first-come, first-serve. 

Because seating is limited, Parking and Transportation encourages the Mason community to continue utilizing the Global and Sandy Creek to Vienna Metro shuttle routes and the Orange Line Metro to commute between campuses. 

View the Arlington Campus Shuttle schedule. 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:

Reminder: Reporting Accidents

We want to make sure the Mason community stays safe! Remember to report all accidents, injuries, or conditions that may cause harm to an individual or the university.

Please report the following:


Contact Human Resources and Payroll at or 703-993-2600 with questions.

Training and Professional Development

Employee of the Month Nominations

Do you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates with their colleagues, and supports the university?

Nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award!

Contact with questions.

Hiring Student Workers: Do You Have a Handshake Account?

Handshake is Mason’s centralized hub for student on-campus job opportunities, including federal work-study, student wage, and graduate assistant positions.

All degree-seeking Mason students have a Handshake account. Posting in the system is highly effective in reaching students and ensures equity of access for those seeking on-campus jobs.

Do you already have an established application process? Handshake offers the flexibility to point students to a pre-existing online job application, allowing you to retain your current process and gain maximum visibility for your job posting.

Register for a Handshake account today

Contact Debbie Zuiker, University Career Services, at with questions.

Resources for You

Inclement Weather Resources

Winter weather is here! Use the resources below to stay prepared.

Telework and Inclement Weather
Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

  • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed
  • The university is on a modified schedule

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. For more details, visit

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance
With winter upon us, review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy.

Be sure to sign up for Mason Alert to stay updated on the university's operating status during inclement weather.

New 2020 Federal Form W-4

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new version of the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate. The new 2020 Form W-4 is now available for use via Patriot Web.

Current employees may choose to update their withholding information. Current employees hired before Dec. 31, 2019, are not required to furnish a new form. Once submitted, it will take effect the next immediate pay period.

For additional details, read the homepage announcements at Also refer to the IRS FAQs on the 2020 Form W-4.

Contact or 703-993-2600 with additional questions.

Working Moms' Support Group

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus.

The group will kick off its 18th year of brown bag lunch meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon in the Women and Gender Studies Center (Johnson Center, Room 240K).

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please join us, or feel free to visit our website for additional meeting dates and more information.

Contact Heather Aleknavage at or 703-993-2295 with questions.

Spring Mindfulness Sessions

Do you want to prioritize your well-being in 2020? Budget time to recharge each week? Connect with like-minded peers? If so, attend the Tuesday and Wednesday Mindfulness Sessions.

A variety of facilitators will share mindfulness practices each Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. These drop-in sessions don’t require commitment to attend every week. Please arrive on time.

Sessions begin Jan. 28 and run through Apr. 29. Tuesday sessions meet in the Johnson Center, Room G, and Wednesday sessions meet in the Johnson Center, Room 234.

Contact Katie Clare at with any questions.

Commute on I-66? Stay Informed about Construction

If you commute to Mason via I-66 or ride Mason Shuttles, stay abreast of construction updates. Visit the Transform 66 website and scroll to the bottom for updates.

You might not be able to avoid traffic, but you don’t always have to be the one driving! Explore your transit, carpooling, or vanpooling options. To get started, go to