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Around Mason: Week of June 23, 2020

June 22, 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

Town Hall Meeting with President Holton

We know there are many questions about our Safe Return to Campus and the university’s overall operations. We invite students, their families, faculty, staff, and community members to submit questions here ahead of the town hall that President Holton will host with senior leadership on Wednesday, June 24, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The town hall will be livestreamed on GMU TV and a link also will be available directly from the university’s homepage.

Master Plan Engagement Session

The Mason community is invited to a virtual Master Plan Engagement Session on Thursday, June 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., available on Webex.

Mason's master planning process is critical to our efforts to plan for the university's growth and development—work which has become even more important in these uncertain times. The master plan will serve as a decision-making framework for how we use our campuses and our physical space to advance Mason's mission. More information about the master plan and the work to date can be found at the Mason master plan website.

At this session, consultants will provide a general overview of the master planning process, share preliminary results and seek feedback. We will also discuss the next stages of our process. Your input is essential to developing a plan that captures the best thinking, aspirations, and needs of our community.

Master Plan Engagement Session
Thursday, June 25
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Link:

Staff Senate Special Session: Human Resources and Finance Panel

The Mason Staff Senate invites you to an upcoming special session, a panel with representatives from HR/Payroll and Finance and Strategic Budgeting.

Thursday, June 25
Noon to 1 p.m. / Event Number: 120 479 0030 / Event Password: ss123

In an effort to answer as many questions as possible, we encourage constituents to submit questions in advance to by June 22 at 5 p.m. In addition, we will accept questions during the session.

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.

For questions, contact

Doctoral Candidate Lina Marmolejo Honored as Ruth D. Peterson Fellow for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Criminology, Law, and Society doctoral candidate Lina Marmolejo has been named a 2020-21 Peterson Fellow for the American Society of Criminology.

The Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity is designed to encourage students of color, especially those from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the field, to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice, and to facilitate the completion of their degrees. Lina’s dissertation work looks at pre-trial detention practices and processes in five Caribbean countries.

For more information, contact Amy Murphy at

Training and Professional Development

Staff Senate Nomination Period Now Open

Becoming a Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and to have an impact on your workplace. The senate provides many opportunities to learn how the university works and to collaborate with administrators and staff members outside your unit.

Nominate yourself or a colleague to join the Staff Senate! Terms begin in August and last for two years. 2020 nomination and election dates are below:

  • Nominations accepted through Friday, June 26, at 5 p.m.
  • Elections held July 13–24

Find more details and download the nomination form here.

For 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 training 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. See dates, times, and register here

For questions, contact University Records Management at