Around Mason: Week of June 28, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Campus Updates

Mason Square Weekly Plaza Events

Come to the plaza at Mason Square for dynamic weekly programming and ongoing special events. All programming is free and open to the public! 

Check out the Game Social every day at noon, or the Craft Social at 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

Weekly events include:  

  • Monday: Yappy Hour on the Plaza (bring your furry friends) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Coach Reza  
  • Tuesday: Hip Hop Dance Class with Ava Dance Company  
  • Wednesday: Movement and Self-Mastery  
  • Thursday: Flow Yoga with Mind the Mat  
  • Friday: Chess Social   
  • And more 

View the complete schedule of events. Contact University Life at with questions.

Mason Shuttles and Independence Day

A reminder that there will be no Mason Shuttle service on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The university will be closed that day. If you have any questions, contact or 703-993-2828.

Training and Professional Development

Register for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day (FSED) has been rescheduled for Friday, July 22. FSED is an all-day, interactive virtual event featuring: 

  • A keynote speech by executive career coach Stacy Campesi 
  • Professional and personal development workshops 
  • A mix of collaborative and reflective activities 
  • A chance to network with other Mason employees

Visit the FSED website for more information. Registration is now open. Contact with questions.

Mason Offers Active Threat and Stop the Bleed Training

Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management is offering Active Threat and Stop the Bleed training for Mason faculty and staff. 

This training will provide an overview of how to identify and respond to an active threat event on campus and how to provide emergency first aid to a person who is wounded by an armed assailant. This training is based on the “Run, Hide, Fight” active threat response strategy and nationally recognized Stop the Bleed trauma response training. 

Upcoming training dates: 

  • Tuesday, July 19 
  • Tuesday, August 9 

The 90-minute trainings will occur in Fenwick Library, Room A-214, on the Fairfax Campus. Registration is required. To register, visit MasonLeaps and search for “Emergency.” 

Additional sessions will be added and offered at other campus locations. For more information, resources, and training videos regarding active threat response procedures at Mason, visit

New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop

The New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop is fast approaching on Saturday, August 13. Attending the workshop helps new adjunct faculty transition into their role at Mason with professional development support, resources, and friendly faces on campus.   

Department coordinators can do the following to help adjunct faculty prepare:   

  • Send the registration link to new adjunct faculty as they are hired. Direct all registration questions to Faculty Affairs at

  • Ensure that all new adjunct faculty hires are entered into Banner. This step allows new faculty to obtain their faculty ID / Mason NetID and participate in the important Blackboard and Patriot Web trainings on the day of orientation.   

For more information, visit the Faculty Resources website or email Faculty Affairs at  

Resources for You

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship: Apply by July 15

Applications are now open for the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. This $250 annual award was created to encourage and advance continuing education for Mason faculty and classified staff. The application period closes July 15. 

For eligibility criteria, FAQs, and instructions for applying, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship page.

Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group

The Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group will meet on Fridays this summer through August 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Join them for the topic “Black Joy, Self-Care, and Healing from Racial Trauma” on July 1. This event is free and open to the public. 

Visit the reading group’s website for more information, including reading materials. 

Mason 50th FilmFest: A League of Their Own  

Let's celebrate Mason's 50th Anniversary with movies at the SciTech Campus. The Hylton Performing Arts Center will host a showing of A League of Their Own, a 1992 American sports comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. 

Mason 50th FilmFest: A League of Their Own  
Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)  
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Commuter Choice Programs for Faculty and Staff

Commuter Choice Program
Full-time faculty or staff members have access to the Commuter Choice program, which covers qualified transportation expenses (not parking) up to the IRS limit of $280/month based upon actual commuting costs. Review the details

The deadline to apply for August funds is Thursday, July 7. 

Bike Commuter Choice
Do you live within a few miles of campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being? All faculty and staff (non-student) are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program.  

The program has four tiers of support. The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive. The introductory tier is just five rides per quarter. For details, visit and select the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program. 
Need help finding a comfortable route to campus? Visit our biking resource page.

For questions about either Commuter Choice program, contact Mason Parking and Transportation at or 703-993-2828.

Upcoming Performances at Mason

ARTfactory and Pied Piper Theatre: Disney’s Moana JR.  
Friday, July 15, 7 p.m.  
Saturday, July 16, 2 p.m.  
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m.  
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater  

See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony-, Grammy-, Emmy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero.  

Prince William Little Theatre and Manassas Symphony Orchestra: The Sound of Music  
Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m.  
Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m.  
Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m.  
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall  

Prince William Little Theatre and the Manassas Symphony Orchestra join forces to present this heartwarming musical about the Von Trapp Family singers, their governess Maria, family patriarch Captain von Trapp, and their adventures and trials in the pre-World War II era. This family-friendly production concludes with a sing-along for all ages.