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Around Mason: Week of Sept. 22, 2020

September 21, 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

Mason Shuttles Announces Service Reductions

Service reductions on Mason Shuttles will go into effect in early October. The last day of regular fall service on all routes is Friday, Oct. 2. There is no weekend service on any route Oct. 3–4.

Shuttle service changes include:

  • Service on the Burke VRE and Sandy Creek to Metro routes ends on Friday, Oct. 2, until further notice. To travel to Vienna Metro, use the CUE bus, which remains on its regular schedule with departures from Rappahannock River Lane. For scheduling information, visit
  • Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, shuttle service will only be available on the Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason routes.
    • Fairfax/SciTech: No weekend service. Monday–Friday, service will be every 40 minutes beginning at 6 a.m. from Sandy Creek and Colgan Hall with four buses on the route.
    • Gunston Mason: No weekend service. Monday–Friday, some morning service is eliminated, but Gunston Mason will run with a single bus all day and evening.

Updated schedules for Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason are available at

If you have any questions, reach out to Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or

New Password Management Website and 2FA for Students

On Sunday, Sept. 27, Information Technology Services (ITS) is launching a new Patriot Pass Password Management website at

In tandem, the redesign of the Password Management site will also launch the requirement for current Mason students to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

The new Password Management site will have an improved look and feel, including a more modern and user-friendly design, a redesigned navigation to enhance the overall user experience, and responsive design—making it optimal on all devices.

Effective Sept. 27, when a student’s Patriot Pass Password expires and they go to to reset their password, they will also go through the 2FA enrollment process.

For questions, contact the ITS Support Center at or 703-993-8870.

A Celebration of ARTS by George!

Livestreamed on social media and GMU-TV, this event will take a look back at the tremendous success of ARTS by George!

A Celebration of ARTS by George!
Saturday, Sept. 26
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Free, virtual event
Watch live on GMU-TV at

Since 2006, ARTS by George! has ensured more than $1.7 million in scholarship and program support for Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Hear from alumni scholarship recipients, see performance and exhibition content, and meet current student artists who continue to thrive despite the financial and artistic challenges of COVID-19.

The evening culminates with a call to support the arts at Mason and announcement of the headliner for the 15th annual ARTS by George!, coming in September 2021.

Contact Ryan Braaten at with questions.

Return Bin at Arlington Campus Library

Students, staff, and faculty may now return library materials using an outdoor drop box on the Arlington Campus. The box is located on Founders Plaza, directly to the left of the front doors of Van Metre Hall.

Only items from the George Mason University Libraries and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) will be accepted. Do not return Law Library or Arlington Public Library materials to this bin.

Contact the Arlington Campus Library at 703-993-8188 or with questions.

Hours of Operation Website

Check out the new Hours of Operation website, which lists in-person, virtual, and phone contact hours for Mason offices and services. Visit

Don't see your department listed, or need to submit a change? Share your department's contact hours using this form.

Only one person needs to submit the form for each department.

Please share the link with your students to help them connect with the services they need.

For questions, contact Lauren Reuscher, University Information, at

Training and Professional Development

Words of the Wise: Sage Supervision Strategies from Senior Leaders

Interested in gaining supervision wisdom from senior leaders at a variety of large public institutions? Join the Supervision Collective, part of University Life Professional Development, for “Words of the Wise: Sage Supervision Strategies from Senior Leaders” on Thursday, Sept. 24, at noon. The session will be hosted on Zoom.

Senior leaders will discuss supervision strategies including best practices, lessons learned, and implementation approaches that have shaped their supervision philosophies.

The webinar will feature:

  • Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life, George Mason University
  • Bobby Woodard, senior vice president for student affairs, Auburn University
  • Kevin Bailey, vice chancellor for student affairs, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Julie Walters Steele, director of Reynolds Homestead, Virginia Tech
  • Dave Barnes, director of university unions, James Madison University

Register today.

Senior leaders will answer questions in real time during the event. Submit a question here.

Bicycle Commuting 101: Online Training

Bicycling to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Join Delia Johnson from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor for Bicycle Commuting 101.

Join the Zoom session on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at noon. Delia will share information to help you feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels.

Bicycle Commuting 101 is open to faculty, staff, and students. Register today. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registrants.

Contact with questions.