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Around Mason: Week of Feb. 11, 2020

February 10, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

Homecoming Week: Feb. 17–23

The George Mason University Alumni Association has expanded the Homecoming event lineup to cover a week of unforgettable experiences from Feb. 17–23. Enjoy Mason basketball games, show off your creativity by decorating your office door for the contest, party with us at the Alumni Faculty and Staff Soiree, and more!

Visit for a full list of events.

Homecoming Headliner: Colin Jost (Faculty/Staff Discount)

Student Involvement Presents
Colin Jost: Homecoming Comedy Headliner 2020
Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts

Colin Jost serves as a head writer for Saturday Night Live (SNL). He started writing for SNL in 2005 and has been co-anchor of “Weekend Update” since 2014. 

Jost has won four Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award, and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL.

Special ticket discount available for Mason faculty, staff, and alumni ($5 off). Purchase tickets online or at the Center for the Arts Box Office. 

Visit the Homecoming website for more details. 

The UPS Store Now a University-Approved Printer

The UPS Store in Merten Hall is proud to announce that it is now an authorized printer for George Mason University!

Print anything from business cards to posters, postcards, banners, flyers, booklets, and much more. Email your print jobs to or drop by with an original or flash drive.

The UPS Store strives to provide quick turnaround and friendly service. Free delivery is available anywhere on the Fairfax Campus.

Mention this post when you send your print job to receive 20 percent off your first printing project.

For any questions, call 703-865-5544. 

Spring Career Fair: Over 140 Employers Each Day

Spread the word to your students: The Spring Career Fair is coming up on Feb. 19–20 in the Johnson Center (lower level) from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Registration is not required. Students are encouraged to attend both days, as each day features many different employers. 

University Career Services is offering several Student Prep Events

  • Prepare for the Fair Workshop on Feb. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in SUB I, Room 3400
  • Spring 2020 Resume Clinic on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 18 from 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Resume Reviews on Feb. 18 from 4 to 11 p.m.

Contact Bernadette Davey at 703-993-2372 or with questions.

Arts, Media, and Design Internship and Career Fair

The Arts, Media, and Design Internship and Career Fair is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby. Mason students and alumni can meet with recruiters from more than 35 arts, media, and design employers in the D.C. region, including Live Nation, Wolf Trap, and more.

Registration is free, but required.

This event is offered as part of Creative Careers Week in partnership with University Career Services and the Department of Communication.

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

Reminder: Valid Mason ID Required on Mason Shuttles

Mason Shuttles moved to an all Mason ID check with the start of the spring semester. While the checks officially began on Jan. 21, enforcement started on Feb. 3.

The Mason ID check is in place for all routes and stops, except the West Campus route. The Mason ID check helps ensure that the shuttles are only used by Mason community members or those with business at Mason.

Along with the Mason ID check, Parking and Transportation has introduced a $4 all-day visitor shuttle pass for Mason to Metro routes only (Sandy Creek and Global). The pass provides an option for Mason visitors to use the Metro to Mason shuttles. For details on how to purchase a shuttle pass, direct visitors to

Contact 703-993-2828 or for more information.

Training and Professional Development

Invite a Writing Tutor to Your Class

Help your students learn about the Writing Center and its resources. Schedule a tutor to visit your class and provide a five to ten-minute introduction to the Writing Center's tutoring services.

To schedule a presentation, visit the Writing Center website. Click on the "Request a Roadshow" button.

For more information about the Writing Center, check out the "For Faculty" section at

Contact with questions.

Well-Being University Reading Group

The Well-Being University (WBU) Reading Group is back for spring 2020!

Join us for discussions on The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal. The group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. for five consecutive Thursdays:

  • March 19
  • March 26
  • April 2
  • April 9
  • April 16

Each session will begin with a short movement practice, and our final session will include a campus walk. The overall experience has the potential to benefit your well-being and productivity.

Register for the reading group at your campus location:

Contact Katie Clare at or 703-993-1177 with questions.

Resources for You

Prescription Drug Drop-Box

Do you have unused medications at home? The George Mason Police Department has a permanent drop-box installed in the lobby of the Police and Safety Headquarters for the deposit of prescription drugs and medications.

The building is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please do not use the drop-box to dispose needles or sharps.

For questions, contact Lt. Michael Guston at 703-993-3414 or

Love to Bike? Winter Bike to Work Day is Feb. 14

Winter Bike to Work Day coincides with Valentine’s Day!

Join Parking and Transportation on Friday, Feb. 14, for a little bike love. Stop by the Merten Hall Lawn between 7:30 and 10 a.m. with your bike to pick up a hot beverage and some biking-related giveaways.

DMV2Go on the Fairfax Campus

Take care of your Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles business at a convenient Mason location. DMV2Go will be on the Fairfax Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Merten Hall parking lot.

For a list of available services, visit the DMV2Go website. Check out the complete Fairfax Campus 2020 DMV2Go schedule.  

Contact with questions.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you are a faculty/staff member who bikes, carpools, vanpools, uses mass transit (i.e. bus, Metro), or walks to work at least two times per week, you always have a ride backup with Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH).

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), it’s free to sign up and free to use. Once you register, you can use GRH up to four times per year.

If a qualifying emergency arises, call Commuter Connections and they will arrange transportation for you (such as taxi, car rental, or transit). It is a good idea to sign up before you need it.

Conditions apply. For details and to register, visit

Vanpooling: I-66 Incentives and Free Commuting Options

Are you commuting on I-66 outside the Beltway? Traveling from Winchester, Front Royal, Haymarket, or other western locations?

Traffic on this corridor has been greatly impacted by the Transform 66 project. With road construction increasing, Mason employees need solutions.

Consider vanpooling. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, stop by Kiosk F in the Johnson Center from noon to 2 p.m., or the Sandy Creek Transit Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Representatives from Parking and Transportation and the I-66 project will share information and help those interested sign up for a vanpool.

Financial incentives are available for full-time faculty and staff to vanpool through the Commuter Choice Program and Transform 66.

You might not be able to avoid heavy traffic, but you don’t always have to be driving! 

Visit the Mason Transportation website for more information.

Valentine’s Day Kiosk

Join shopMason on Thursday, Feb. 13, for a Valentine’s Day kiosk event in the Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet the different units within shopMason, write a note for your Valentine, and snag yourself a sweet treat!

Kiosks are located on the main level of the Johnson Center, near the food court.