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Around Mason: Week of March 17, 2020

March 16, 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

Arlington Pilot Shuttle Survey

Have you ridden the Arlington Pilot Shuttle? Parking and Transportation would love to hear from you. 

Please complete a short survey to let us know what you think by Tuesday, March 31.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at or 703-993-2828. 

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

Faculty Lunch and Learn: Teaching at Mason Korea

Find out how you can teach at Mason Korea! Attend an upcoming lunch and learn on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 12

All sessions will occur from noon to 1 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 3006. 

Mason Korea: A world away, but still home.

RSVP to Grace Lee at

Resources for You

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 Spring 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 do not require commitment to attend every week, but please arrive on time.

Sessions run through April 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 questions.

Reminder: Daily Complimentary Parking Passes

Eligible faculty and staff who participate in carpooling, vanpooling, Commuter Choice, or Bike Commuter Choice receive complimentary daily parking passes as part of these programs.

Daily passes are meant for one day of parking, so include a date on the pass when using it or risk a parking ticket. Parking and Transportation does not want this to happen to anyone, so take a moment and put the complete date on the daily pass you are using.

For questions, contact