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Around Mason: Week of May 19, 2020

May 18, 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

ITS Support Center Memorial Day Weekend Hours

In observance of Memorial Day, the ITS Support Center will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and will re-open and resume normal business hours at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

If you have an emergency while the ITS Support Center is closed, please call 703-993-8870 and listen to the prompts to be connected to a representative. Up-to-date information regarding alerts can be found at

GMU Toastmasters is Zooming

Once Mason closed buildings to the general public and mandated telework for all faculty and staff, GMU Toastmasters moved to Zoom!

Following guidance from Toastmasters International, weekly meetings have moved to an online format. Even in this situation, we can still achieve the fundamental club mission by using the resources available and continuing to practice our speaking and leadership skills while developing new skills in a virtual format.

Guests are welcome to join us! The meeting details can be found on our website with Zoom meetings scheduled through the end of May. 

Questions? Contact GMU Toastmasters at

Mindfulness in May

Join facilitators throughout the month of May to engage in some mindfulness that may help you manage during these challenging and uncertain times.

A variety of facilitators want to support and encourage you by sharing their mindfulness practices with you. Carve out a few minutes for yourself each day. Come with an open mind and a willingness to be supported in your thinking, breathing, and being.

Sessions occur every day:

Noon to 12:30 p.m. - Monday through Wednesday
Noon to 12:20 p.m. - Thursday and Friday

The access info is the same for every session:

Meeting link:
Meeting number: 643 418 425
Password: Gmi4YX2pF5s

Questions? Contact Katie Clare at

Training and Professional Development

Administrative Professionals Certificate Program Orientation

Administrative professionals new to the Mason community, or who are looking to develop their skills and build a network of Mason-specific resources and contacts, are invited to join the Administrative Professionals Certificate Program.

Join us on Wednesday, May 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. as we talk through the program requirements, which include:

  • Networking with other administrative professionals
  • Attending Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) meetings
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Enhancing your skills with instructor-led classes

Register for this virtual orientation in MasonLEAPS.

For questions contact

Mason Professional Development Program Discount

Mason Professional Education is offering a new employee program that provides full-time Mason faculty and staff access to over 15 training and development programs in a range of fields at up to 50% off.

The virtual/online programs offered include project management, human resource management, government contracting, IT and more! All courses are offered in live-virtual and self-guided formats.

Full-time employees in good standing are eligible for this initiative, with your current supervisor’s permission. As we no longer have access to conferences and other in-person development opportunities, there may be funds within your department to help support your development. For details, visit the program webpage.

Program seats are limited and registration will be taken on a first come/first served basis.

Questions? Contact Mason’s Professional Education at 703-993-2109 or

Resources for You

It’s Bike Your Way May: National Bike Challenge

May is National Bike Month! Help grow Mason’s biking culture.

Parking and Transportation invites you to join the National Bike Challenge run by LovetoRide. Registration is free and you can sign up as an individual, join the Mason team, or start one of your own.

For details, visit or the challenge page directly. Visit for some tips on biking at this particular time and why biking can be a healthy and joyful way to get around now and in the future.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at