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Around Mason: Week of July 7, 2020

July 6, 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

Save the Date: Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day

While every day is Take Your Junior Patriot to Work Day right now, we are planning to launch Mason’s first-ever virtual event for faculty, staff, and their junior patriots (grades pre-K–12).

Save the date for Aug. 5. We will have some live, interactive sessions and a playlist of activities, worksheets, and videos to access and enjoy. More details coming soon!

Questions? Contact

Reminders from Parking and Transportation

For those without parking permits, there is a daily, downloadable, and free option available on all three campuses through Aug. 15. For details, visit the Parking website.

Reminder to faculty and staff who have payroll-deducted permits:

  • Deductions will not start again until Sept. 1.
  • The expiration date for spring parking permits for faculty/staff/students has been extended through Aug. 15.

If you have any questions, contact Parking and Transportation at

Contemporary Student Services Survey

Contemporary Student Services seeks faculty/staff assistance in promoting its Off-Campus Student Survey.

We ask that you share the link over social media and with student mailing lists:

The survey will remain open until July 29. Your help is appreciated!

Questions? Contact Anthony Berardo at

Updated Campus Maps Available

Updated campus maps are available at The most recent versions of the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campus maps have been posted.

For questions, contact Philip Stamper, University Information, at

Training and Professional Development

Take Mason 101 This Summer

Mason 101 is a one-time, two-hour workshop for Mason staff and faculty to learn more about the history, organization, resources, and future of George Mason University.

This experience will be offered online on Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m.

Sign up is available at

  • Log in with your MasonID
  • In the search bar, type "Mason 101" and press your Return/Enter key
  • On the screen that opens, click "Mason 101"
  • Click on the available Mason 101 date
  • Click the "Request" button next to the date for which you want to register

For questions or more information, contact Philip Stamper at

Free Course: COVID-19 and the Mason Impact

UNIV 391: COVID-19 and the Mason Impact is a free, one-credit course being offered during July’s Summer Session C that runs from July 6 to Aug. 5.

Though the course is now full, videos of the class will be available on the course page.

A different Mason faculty or staff member is featured for each class, each highlighting an aspect of COVID-19 that has intersected with their particular scholarly work to help provide a better understanding of the pandemic.

Each virtual presentation will be followed with a Q&A between faculty and students. The recorded presentations will be made available to the general public via YouTube after the live session is completed through the course page.

Questions about the course? Email

Resources for You

Support for Mason Families: Access to Babysitters, Pet Care, and More

Mason faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible for a free membership to Bright Horizons, which provides access to sitters, virtual sitters, housekeepers, and pet care.

For more information and to activate your free membership, visit the membership website.

Questions? Contact

Deadline Extended for Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Application

Are you a faculty/staff member who is also enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason? Apply for the competitive $250 faculty/staff book scholarship!

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, July 10.

For details and to apply, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship webpage.