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Around Mason: Week of June 2, 2020

June 1, 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

Procedure for Hosting a Virtual Camp

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many programs, events, or camps (PEC) serving minors to cancel their summer offerings, while others are moving towards a web-based solution.

If you are planning to hold a web-based PEC, keep in mind that all Mason policies and procedures apply to PECs hosted in virtual space. The initial step involves registering your PEC here. A full review of all steps PECs need to consider is outlined on

Risk Management has recently developed resources specific to virtual PECs, which can be found here.

Questions? Feel free to contact Buz Grover at

Training and Professional Development

Learn Polarity Thinking to Overcome Complex and Critical Challenges

Discover how to apply well-being science to your leadership during this challenging time.

Learn how to deal successfully with polarities (opposing forces that create tension in complex situations) in our Polarity Thinking certification program.

Individual applicants who register by August 7, 2020 can enjoy a special early bird discount. This 15% discount is close to $500.00 off the regular course price. Apply code “Polarity Early Bird” at checkout.

Questions? Contact

Online Records Coordinator Training

Online workshops are available for staff and faculty to complete Records Coordinator training. University Records Management governs this compliance area for Mason and improper handling of University records can affect audits, accreditation, litigation, and more.

The records management coordinator trainig workshop will cover:

  • Records management basics
  • Review local and federal laws that govern information management within the University
  • Services available to University departments and offices
  • Electronic records and data management
  • Creating internal records policies for individual departments

Records Coordinators will receive materials from this workshop to share with their departments. Please see dates, times, and register here

For questions, contact University Records Management at

Resources for You

Vanpool Interest Meeting

As you’re contemplating your commute back to work, consider if vanpooling works for you.

Join Sarah Mandel from Commute With Enterprise as she outlines how vanpooling works and the changes they have made to respond to COVID-19. Vanpooling is subsidized by Mason for full-time faculty and staff up to the IRS limit of $270/month. This means your commute cost could be zero.

The session will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, June 2 at noon. To register, visit the website.

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation at