Around Mason: Week of Jan. 4, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements   

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

Campus Updates

Spring 2022 Parking Passes 

Spring 2022 parking permit sales will begin on Thursday, Jan. 6 (online only). Visit for details. Faculty and staff using payroll deduction for their parking permits do not need to take any additional action. 

ITS Support Center Modified Winter Hours 

The ITS Support Center is operating under modified hours until the start of the spring semester: 

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Normal business hours will resume on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.

If you have an emergency while the ITS Support Center is closed, call 703-993-8870 and listen to the prompts to be connected to a representative. 

Reminder: Mason Shuttles in January 

Schedules for the Mason Shuttles have been adjusted for the January intersession. Find details on the Mason Shuttles website. Contact 703-993-2828 or with questions. 

Nominations Open: Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award 

The Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award honors Rick, “the Mason bike dude,” who passionately advocated for and encouraged active transportation at Mason and beyond.  

Nominations are open for this new award, the recipient of whom will be recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards in April.  

If you know a faculty or staff member who embodies Rick’s enthusiasm and commitment, we encourage you to submit a nomination. View more details. 

Training and Professional Development 

Research and Scholarship at Mason: Orientation and Refresher  

The Mason community is invited to attend the second annual Research and Scholarship at Mason orientation and refresher, sponsored by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Impact. This session will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register today.

The program is designed to help faculty become more familiar with the grant life cycle at Mason and the resources available to help faculty obtain external funding for their research, scholarship, and creative work. 

The Power of Moments 

Many of the defining moments in students affairs are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them?

Join University Life on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for The Power of Moments, a hybrid event that will help supervisors leverage moments to enhance their supervision style and create memorable experiences for staff.  

This event is co-hosted by the University Life Supervision Collective and the Awards and Recognition Committee, part of University Life Professional Development. 
Register to attend virtually or in-person. 

Workshop: Promising Pedagogies to Support First-Generation Students  

In collaboration with the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the First-Gen+ Center will host the third session of its faculty/staff development series, Supporting First-Generation College Students in the Classroom and Beyond: 

Promising Pedagogies to Support First-Generation Students 
Thursday, Jan. 13, 12:30–1:30 p.m. 
Hosted on Zoom 
Registration required
Attendees will engage with evidence-based practices to support them in preparing spring 2022 syllabi that are inclusive of first-generation student needs and ways of learning. The one-hour workshop will offer simple tips that can make a big difference to your students.  

This session will be hosted by Shelley Reid (Stearns Center) and Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron (First-Gen+ Center and School of Integrative Studies).  

Contact with questions. 

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Mason Artist-in-Residence: Camille A. Brown & Dancers 
Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts  
Called “one of the most sought-after choreographers of her generation” by the New York Times, Camille A. Brown is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African-American identity through dance. Now, her Bessie Award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers take the stage at the Center for the Arts for the first time. Her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture, capturing a range of deeply personal experiences. A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier (located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby) 45 minutes prior to curtain.  

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Fantastic Fantasies 
Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
Take an extraordinary journey through classical music with this family-friendly Keyboard Conversations® performance. Learn the compelling stories behind each piece and then enjoy each work played in its entirety. An interactive question and answer session will conclude this program.  

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
Vasily Petrenko, music director 
Kian Soltani, cello 
Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts  
Celebrate the diamond jubilee anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a program featuring one of the world’s most sought-after cellists, Kian Soltani. Under the direction of Vasily Petrenko, RPO is recognized as one of the world’s most forward-thinking and boundary-pushing symphony orchestras. This stunning concert of cherished works is the perfect performance to reconnect with live, classical music. A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, (located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby) 45 minutes prior to curtain.