Around Mason: Week of July 19, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements  

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Campus Updates

Parking Lot Paving and Maintenance on Fairfax Campus 

Parking lots around George Mason University's Fairfax Campus are currently undergoing paving and repairs through July 30. The following schedule is subject to change, based on weather and conditions:  

  • July 18–26: West Campus Lot will be closed.  
  • July 22: Police and Safety Headquarters Lot will be closed.  
  • July 27–30: Lot L will be closed.  

View the Fairfax Campus parking map for locations. Information will be updated on the Mason Transportation website and @MasonParking on Twitter.  

Contact with questions. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as repairs are made to support the campus.  

Welcome2Mason Event Funding Requests Due July 22 

The Welcome2Mason committee is now accepting funding requests for events held between August 21 and September 24. Hosting an event during Welcome2Mason is a great opportunity for offices to meet new students, showcase departments, and inform students of changes. If you are hosting an event during Welcome2Mason or would like to submit a funding request, complete this form.

For more information about Welcome2Mason, funding eligibility, and application requirements, visit the Welcome2Mason website.  

The deadline for requests is Friday, July 22, at 5 p.m. Units will be notified the week of August 8 of funding, and JVs will be processed in the beginning of October.  

Contact the Welcome2Mason committee at with questions.

University Life Gives Back: Summer Days of Service Set for July 27 

This year’s University Life Gives Back: Summer Day of Service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27. We are committed to providing faculty and staff with the opportunity to make a positive difference and give back to our communities through a combination of both in-person and virtual service projects. Also, this year’s service projects are designed for family and friends to participate as well! 

Faculty and staff who want to participate must RSVP, so we can track where our service and outreach is occurring. You may select more than one project.  

Help us capture our service efforts by participating in our University Life Gives Back Social Media Campaign. Use #ULgivesback when posting and sharing photos. 

Questions? Email  

Request for Mason Vision Day Submissions

After the successful turnout of this year’s Mason Vision Day for the Green Machine, we are excited to announce that Mason Vision Day 2023 will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2023.  

The Office of Annual Giving is accepting ideas and suggestions for the 2023 initiative. If you have an idea, project, or initiative that you believe Mason Nation and beyond would support, we want to hear it!   

Anyone—faculty, staff, alumni, students, friends—may submit an idea. Send your suggestion through the form.  

Ideas must be submitted by Friday, September 9, at 11:59 p.m. All submissions will be reviewed in the fall, with the finalist announced in January 2023. 

Contact Zavin Smith with questions. 

Training and Professional Development

Don't Miss Out on Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day 

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is almost here! Check out the website to register if you haven't already. You can also browse the workshops offered, look at the schedule, and get to know the presenters.

Tweet about the event using the hashtag #FSED2022. We encourage you to share whatever you like about your FSED experience. Some ideas of what you can share: what you’re learning, “a-ha” moments, insights from the sessions, quotes that stuck with you, or your thoughts to contribute to a session. 

Questions? Contact the Organizational Development and Learning team at

Summer Knowledge Share Series from University Business Consulting

University Business Consulting (UBC) will host its inaugural Summer Knowledge Share Series, open to all Mason faculty and staff. Sessions are available both in-person in Merten Hall and virtually. Zoom information will be provided to all who register via MasonLEAPs. 

  • Consulting Project Best Practices: Wednesday, July 20, noon to 1 p.m. 
  • Successful Facilitation Tips and Tricks: Wednesday, August 17, noon to 1 p.m.  

For details on the sessions and to register, visit the UBC website

Call for Coaching

Mason’s Workplace Coaching Program is available to faculty and staff who are interested in partnering with a coach. The skills and insights learned through coaching help people address challenges, increase self-awareness, clarify goals, define success, and move into action to create desired change and achieve desired outcomes.    

Coaching starts with the premise that nothing is wrong or broken—nothing needs to be fixed. It is entirely self-initiated, developmentally focused, and built on the belief that people are creative, resourceful, and whole. Coaching then looks to partner with people as they explore professional and personal changes, growth opportunities, and challenges.

The program is made possible by dedicated internal coaches who are certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) or have equivalent training/experience.

To learn more about coaching and how the program works, visit the Workplace Coaching Program webpage. Contact Robyn Madar or the external program manager, Laura Phelps, with questions. 

Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series

Applications are now accepted for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series. This program supports Mason supervisors as they develop a leadership mindset, create and implement a vision for their own leadership, and lead a high-performing team.  

The program begins in September 2022 and runs until December 2023. This will be an in-person cohort. Applicants who work fully remotely will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Note: Applicants must be Mason faculty or classified staff and must supervise at least one faculty or classified staff employee.  

For more information, visit the Organizational Development and Learning website.

Resources for You

Patriot Perks

The Patriot Perks program is offered through a partnership with Fairfax City and local businesses to provide the Mason community with valuable discounts. Simply present your Mason ID Card (students, faculty, staff, and retirees) or Alumni Association Member Card (alumni) to benefit from any discount offered. 

Check out the full list of discounts.

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 on July 22 for the topic, "Black Joy and Self-Compassion: Setting Boundaries." This event is free and open to the public.    

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