Around Mason: Week of July 27, 2021


Faculty/Staff Announcements

Have something to share? Review announcement guidelines and submit an announcement from your unit through the online form.

Deadline is close of business Wednesday for inclusion in the following Tuesday's edition.

Campus Updates

Updating People Finder

Is your contact information up to date in People Finder, Mason’s online directory? Take a look at

To update an existing listing or create a new listing, submit a request through the online form.

For department-wide updates, University Information can provide a spreadsheet of all employees currently listed in a particular unit. Contact to request a master list to review and update.

For questions, contact University Information at

Save the Date: Welcome Back, Mason Nation!

It's time to celebrate being back together on campus and reconnecting with fellow faculty, staff, students, alums, and community friends. Plan to join in the fun and festivities at a welcome back celebration like no other, with plenty of treats and surprises!

Friday, Aug. 20
Starting at 11:30 a.m.
Fairfax Campus, Wilkins Plaza 

At 1:15 p.m., participants will enthusiastically cheer on our new students by marching together to EagleBank Arena for New Student Convocation, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Bring your excitement and wear your Mason gear to show your spirit as we welcome our newest students and revel in finally being back on campus. More details coming soon.

Campus Maps and Directions

Are you providing campus maps to new students or employees? Find the most recent versions at

The website also includes driving directions to Mason's campuses and sites.

Contact Philip Stamper at with questions.

OSCAR Virtual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Save the date for the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research’s (OSCAR) Summer Virtual Celebration of Student Scholarship on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 5 and 6.

Support Mason’s student scholars who have worked hard all summer by viewing their pre-recorded presentations and asking them questions. Students represent colleges and programs across the university community and have worked on both faculty research questions as well as their own research.

For details, visit the OSCAR website.

Textbook Orders

To ensure students are able to purchase and receive textbooks and course materials prior to the start of the fall semester, faculty need to submit their orders to the bookstore immediately. Some publishers are still experiencing shipping delays, which could impact students’ ability to be prepared for the semester.

Place book orders for all your courses through your department. Individuals responsible for submitting department orders can do so through AIP (Adoptions and Insights Portal) or emailing The link to AIP is available through Blackboard, or visit and login using your Net ID.

Email questions to

Training and Professional Development

New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop

The New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop is coming up in August and will be hosted virtually. Save the date for Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is open online. Participants should register to ensure they receive communications and updates from Faculty Affairs and Development.

For more information, including resources and a sample schedule, visit the New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop website

Reach out to with any questions.

Resources for You

Reminder: Rideshare Drop-In Session on Tuesday, July 27

Are you looking for some insight on how you will commute to and from campus during the fall semester? Ridesharing is a great option.

If you have questions about ridesharing, join Parking and Transportation for a casual, drop-in session on Tuesday, July 27, 10–11:30 a.m. The session will be facilitated by:

  • Katie Thompson, transit consultant, Commute 66
  • James Davenport, TDM employer outreach coordinator, Transform 66
  • Holly Morello, TDM program manager, OmniRide
  • Josh Cantor and Janet Walker, Mason Parking and Transportation

Drop by to ask questions on commuting and learn about the resources available in the region. No need to register, just join them in the Zoom meeting.

WW Commonwealth of Virginia Employee Offer

Have you wanted to join WW? All employees, spouses, and adult dependents get an exclusive discount of 50 percent off the retail price of WW and can join now for as low as $8.48 per month.

Sign up or learn more at the WW Commonwealth website. Contact with questions.

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes

Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, the CommonHealth page on the Human Resources and Payroll website is updated with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips. These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page each week for a new tip.