Around Mason: Week of July 26, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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

Campus Updates

Submissions for the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule

What item best captures your Mason Nation experience? Is it a graduation photo, acceptance letter, buttons or other keepsakes from a club or organization, or even a homemade scrapbook?  

Submissions are accepted for Mason’s 50th Anniversary time capsule—and any current or former students, staff, and faculty can submit an idea for consideration!  

Provide information about your item through the submission form by August 31. Items will be chosen in fall 2022. 

Parking Lot Paving and Maintenance on Fairfax Campus

Parking lots around George Mason University's Fairfax Campus are 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.   

Parking and Transportation Updates and Permit Sales for Fall 2022

Fall 2022 semester parking permits are now on sale online only at Parking permits will only be sold on a per-semester basis. Semester and daily/weekly/monthly permit rates are posted on the Parking and Transportation website.

For all information related to fall 2022 parking permits and other transportation updates, read the full announcement. This includes information on how to purchase a permit, permit rates, changes to permit eligibility, short term options, and parking garage access devices.

Note: Permits will automatically renew in September for employees who pay via payroll deduction, and no action is required.

For questions, contact

Fall Shuttle Schedules Coming Soon

Mason Parking and Transportation is putting the finishing touches on the fall 2022 shuttle schedules, which will be posted in early August at  

Note: Many routes have schedule changes from spring, including reduced service levels on Fridays. The Burke VRE shuttle is not operating until further notice, and will not operate in Fall 2022. 

Contact with questions.

Training and Professional Development

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 Green Fund

Do you have an idea for how to make your workspace, projects, or operations more sustainable? The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) can help!  

The PGF is a $100,000 annual fund from Mason Facilities that finances infrastructure improvements and student research efforts that reduce Mason’s environmental impact.  

Any current student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project, and quick fund applications can be submitted any time.  

Staff have used the PGF to bring water bottle refill stations and recycling bins to campus buildings, upgrade necessary equipment for more energy-efficient alternatives, reduce the amount of waste produced, and more.

Learn more about the PGF, check out the list of past projects, and submit a short interest form today at

Subscription Discounts to the Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center

Current and retired Mason faculty and staff get exclusive access to half-price subscription tickets for the Center for the Arts’ Great Performances at Mason season and the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Hylton Presents season. Choose any three or more performances (per venue) to save 50 percent. 

The ticket office may verify your faculty/staff status with your Mason ID or your Mason email address.  

How to Subscribe: 

  • Center for the Arts (Fairfax Campus): Call 703-993-2787  
  • Hylton Center (SciTech Campus): Call 703-993-7700

Or, visit each venue’s ticket office with your Mason ID to order your half-price subscription.

Art of Mindfulness Summer Series

Bring your inner artist and get creative at Mason Square. Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness. In this outdoor painting workshop series, you will learn the fundamental approach to channeling emotions through guided meditation while creating a personal 2D artwork.   

The sessions will start with a mindful drawing warm-up followed by color mixing and painting basics. No experience required, and all are welcome to join the fun.  

RSVP for an upcoming workshop on Thursday, August 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the plaza at Mason Square.

Contact University Life with questions. 

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 (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 29 for the topic, "Black Joy: The Art and Legacy of Cuisines and Foodways of the African Diaspora." This event is free and open to the public.     

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