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Around Mason: Week of Jan. 28, 2020

January 27, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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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 began 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 officially began 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

Training and Professional Development

Call for Proposals: Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference

The Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference is a day when instructors from all over Mason come together to showcase and exchange effective teaching strategies for use in and out of the classroom.

We invite you to submit proposals for a variety of conference session formats (teaching activity demonstrations, mini-workshops, panels/roundtables, posters, or lightning talks) focused on the theme, “Teaching Towards the Future.”

Proposals should be approximately one page in length and showcase a specific teaching approach, assignment, or resource that will help instructors in any discipline effectively support student success at Mason and beyond.

Have a cool technology tool or Blackboard feature that you use to enhance one of your teaching practices? We are interested in that too!

Proposals are due Feb. 25. Visit the website for more details. Contact the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at or 703-993-6200 with questions.

Now Hiring UNIV 100 Faculty

UNIV 100 is a one-credit course for first year students. The class is focused on giving first-year students tools they need to successfully transition from high school to college. Check out more information and apply to serve as UNIV 100 faculty.

A Master’s degree is required, but exceptions can be made for advanced graduate students. Please note that classified non-exempt employees are ineligible to teach.

Applications are due Monday, Feb. 10. We will interview applicants and make final selections by March 2.

Contact Melitta Igwe at with questions.

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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