Around Mason: Week of May 30, 2023


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Campus Updates

High School Graduations at EagleBank Arena, May 24 to June 13 

Heavy traffic is expected on and near the Fairfax Campus from May 24 through June 13 due to high school graduation celebrations at EagleBank Arena. With multiple ceremonies most days, traffic will be entering and exiting campus from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., so please allow for extra travel time.   

View a complete list of upcoming ceremonies. Follow Parking and Transportation on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Contact with questions.

Prospective Staff Senator Information Session 

The June Staff Senate Meeting will feature a Prospective Staff Senator Information Session and the Mason Staff Senate Recognition Ceremony, co-sponsored by the Staff Senate Executive Committee and Human Resources. 

Wednesday, June 7 
10 a.m. to noon 
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – General Meeting and Prospective Staff Senator Information Session 
11 a.m. to noon – Ceremony 
Constituents are invited to attend in person in Merten Hall, Room 1201, or via Zoom. 

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, the senate addresses concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents. Find more ways to engage with the senate before, during, and after general meetings.

Summer Dining Options 

Check out the list of dining options on campus this summer. Hours are posted on the Mason Dining website 

Feel like dining off campus? Consider these Patriot Perks merchants that offer Mason discounts.  

'All of Us' Education and Enrollment Center Exhibit  

George Mason University will host the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit that raises awareness about the All of Us Research Program. The program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do so, All of Us is asking one million volunteers to share different types of health and lifestyle information—information like where they live, what they do, and their family health history.   

The mobile exhibit includes an opportunity for visitors to sign up to participate in the program by answering surveys, giving their physical measurements, and more. Read about the exhibit 

The All of Us exhibit at Mason will take place May 30 to June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Merten Lawn. The event is sponsored by University Libraries, the College of Public Health, and Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center. Learn more about the All of Us Research Program.

Fairfax Parking Services Office: Hours Change

The Fairfax Parking Services office will close for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. each day except for the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. If you have any questions, please call 703-993-2710 or email

Training and Professional Development 

Crucial Conversations Workshop: Mastering Dialogue  

Join the Organizational Development and Learning team in exploring the skills to step into disagreement—rather than over or around it—and turn disagreement into dialogue for improved relationships and results. Facilitated by certified trainers, Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue is an engaging classroom course rich with group discussion, real-time practice, and group support and coaching.  

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue  
Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16  
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (participants must attend both days)   
Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall, Room 1203  

All of Us Research Workbench Webinar  

The All of Us Research Workbench is the largest, most diverse biomedical data resource of its kind. Built in partnership with participants spanning different ages, races, ethnicities, and regions of the country, it currently includes physical measurements, surveys, wearables, electronic health records, and genomics.   

Join us as we learn about the participants, explore the data offered, and see how to start a research project using All of Us data and tools.  

All of Us Research Workbench Webinar  
Thursday, June 1, at noon  
Hosted on Zoom 

Attendees may also view the webinar on campus in Fenwick Library, Room 1014B. This event is sponsored by University Libraries, Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center, and the College of Public Health. This webinar accompanies the All of Us exhibit at Mason. 

Contact Kathy Butler, Health Sciences Librarian, with any questions.

Resources for You

Mason Forms Disability+ Justice Coalition 

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development recently created the Mason Disability+ Justice Coalition in collaboration with faculty and staff. This social justice group strives to create a safe and inclusive space for employees with disabilities and their allies. The group’s mission is to foster a community where members can discuss and combat discriminatory practices and cultures, share resources, successes and challenges, and create a welcoming environment where everyone feels celebrated.   

To join the group, contact Amy Ayres. To learn more, visit the Affinity Groups webpage 

Discounted Subscriptions to Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center  

Mason faculty, staff, and retirees are eligible for 50% off the ticket price for season subscriptions to the Center for the Arts (Great Performances at Mason and Family Series) and the Hylton Performing Arts Center (Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and American Roots Series).  

Subscriptions are packages of three or more performances. Present your Mason ID at the ticket office to claim your discount.  

Contact the Center for the Arts at 703-993-8888 or the Hylton Center at 703-993-7759 with questions.  

Film Screening with Kyle Finnegan, Young Alumni Commissioning Project Awardee  

Join College of Visual and Performing Arts alumnus Kyle Finnegan for a screening of his new documentary short:  

MSG: Mysterious Savory Grains  
Sunday, June 4, at 4 p.m.  
Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center Cinema   
Registration required  

For a lot of Americans, monosodium glutamate is a scary ingredient. But for chef Tim Ma, it's an essential part of his cooking. In this short documentary, three experts discuss the history, stigma, and deliciousness of MSG.   

Following the screening, Professor Ben Steger of Mason’s Film and Video Studies program will host a Q&A session with Finnegan.   

This event showcases Finnegan’s latest independent film, funded in part by his award from the College of Visual and Performing Arts Young Alumni Commissioning Project 

Interstellar Dreams Space Center Summer Camp 

The Interstellar Dreams Space Center is "launching" our summer space camp! Interstellar Dreams blends "hands-on" fun and "minds-on" tech with your imagination to launch the future of space exploration.  

Campers will explore space, imagine the future, and design the possibilities of ethical space tourism.  

For rising sixth- through ninth-graders, camps are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the weeks of June 26; July 10, 17, 24, and 31. For more information visit the Interstellar Dreams Space Center page or contact them at