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Around Mason: Week of March 10, 2020

March 9, 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

Deadline Extended: Call for Leadership Legacy Program Applications

The Leadership Legacy Program, sponsored by MasonLeads and Human Resources and Payroll, is designed for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development.

The program curriculum provides opportunities for experienced faculty and staff to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings.

Applications and nominations for the 2020–21 cohort of the Leadership Legacy Program are now due Monday, March 16.

For more informationand and to apply, view the flyer and visit

Contact with questions.

Nominations for Jack Wood Award for Town/Gown Relations

In honor of former Mayor Jack Wood, the driving force for town/gown relations between Mason and the local community, the Office of Government and Community Relations presents the Jack Wood Award for Town/Gown Relations.

This award program recognizes faculty, staff, students, businesses/not-for-profits, community members, and elected officials/staff who demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and community.

To nominate yourself or someone else, submit the online form by March 20.

Award recipients will be notified by April 8, with an award ceremony to be held May 6 in conjunction with the Board of Visitors meeting.

Questions? Contact Traci Kendall at

Statewide Tornado Drill: March 17

The Annual Statewide Tornado Drill will occur on Tuesday, March 17, at 9:45 a.m.

Participation is optional, but strongly encouraged. This regional emergency drill provides a good opportunity to review response procedures if a tornado warning is issued for one or more Mason campuses.

To prepare for the drill, review Mason’s guidance on severe weather and tornadoes.

This drill will be announced via Mason Alert email and text message and will conclude at 10 a.m.

For questions about how you, your department, or class may participate, contact Environmental Health and Safety at or 703-993-8448.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day: March 18

Join Mason Shuttles in celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 18! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our dedicated shuttle drivers.

Help us say thank you to these folks, with whom you share part of your work or school day, by sending us kind words about your experiences on Mason Shuttles. Your email compliment will enter you into a drawing for a $20 Starbuck’s gift card.

For more details, visit the website.

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation at or 703-993-2828. 

Training and Professional Development

Build a Better Meal

Enjoying a healthy meal begins long before you sit down to eat. Your stage of life, culture, traditions, preferences, and access to food all affect the choices you make.

The Build A Better Meal program will provide guiding principles to help you plan, shop, and prepare meals that fuel your body with the nutrients necessary to be your best. We will discuss updated food labels, portions, how to outsmart the grocery store, and more to help you build a better meal, one choice at a time.

Tuesday, March 31
11 a.m. to noon
Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Room 113

RSVP to Arlington Administration at

Learn Well-Being Leadership Skills for Success

Learn well-being leadership skills for success in these upcoming certificate programs from Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being:

  • Strengths-Based LeadershipLearn more and register.  
    • May 8 (register by April 17)
    • September 11 (register by August 21)
  • Leveraging the Power of Polarity ThinkingLearn more and register
    • May 27-29 (register by April 27)
  • Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-BeingLearn more and apply
    • Cohort 9: September 2020 - January 2021 (apply by July 15, 2020)
    • Cohort 10: February 2021 - June 2021 (apply by December 15, 2020)
    • Cohort 11: September 2021 - January 2022 (apply by July 15, 2021) 

For questions, contact or 703-993-6090.

Resources for You

Learn to Ride with FABB

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike? The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB), in partnership with Parking and Transportation, is offering a Learn to Ride class on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon for just $15.

Registration is required. For details and to register, visit the class page

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation at or 703-993-2828. 

Registration Open: Bike to Mason Days

Whether you bike to campus regularly for school or work, or are contemplating starting to bike, this event is open to all Mason cyclists!

  • Arlington: Tuesday, April 21, 3 to 7p.m., Founders Hall Plaza
  • Fairfax: Wednesday, April 22, 7a.m. to 3 p.m., Merten Hall Lawn
  • SciTech: Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colgan Front Patio

There will be food, resource information, and fun giveaways. For planning purposes, let us know that you’ll be coming!
To register, visit

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


Summer Camp Registration at Mason Community Arts Academy

Join us this summer for artistry and skill-building camps and workshops at George Mason University. We are offering more than 80 acting, music, film & video, and visual arts programs for kids and teens. Teacher training workshops in Orff and Kodàly are available for credit and non-credit and aftercare available for most programs on campus.

All programs are taught by Mason and Academy faculty, area experts, or industry professionals. Multiple program and date options are available, including a residential option for the Summer Music Intensives and teacher training programs.

Mason faculty and staff get 10% off tuition for all children’s summer programs by calling 703-993-9889. 

Sign up today at Use code TENOFF20 to receive an additional $10 off online or via phone before April 1.

For more questions, contact or 703-993-9889.