Around Mason: Week of June 6, 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.

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

New Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Prompt

Information Technology Services (ITS) is upgrading the Duo application used for Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). The upgrade results in a new look for the Duo prompt users receive when verifying their identities. 
The new prompt already appears when using 2FA during sign-in to the Patriot Pass Password Management site. On Sunday, June 11, the new prompt will be added for applications using ADFS, including Office 365, Zoom, and the Student Health Services Portal, and Central Authentication Service (CAS) and Shibboleth, including websites like myMason, Patriot Web, and Parking Services. 
More information and a preview of the new prompt is here: 
For more information, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or

No Mason Shuttles Service on Juneteenth

There is no Mason Shuttle service on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 703-993-2828.

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  


Resources for You 

Reminder: Metro Orange Line Platform Work this Summer 

Construction work will occur on Metro’s Orange Line over the summer. Stations between Ballston and Vienna will be affected through July 16. For information on the project, including WMATA shuttle service while some stations are closed, visit the WMATA website. An overview of all planned Metrorail track work is available.

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Mason Jazz Camp—The U.S. Army Blues 

Monday, June 19, at 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public; no tickets or camp registration required 

The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. The Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

Mason Jazz Camp - Mike Kamuf Little Big Band  

Tuesday, June 20, at 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public; no tickets or camp registration required. 

The Mike Kamuf Little Big Band is a jazz ensemble that brings together eight talented musicians from the Washington, D.C/Baltimore region. The group’s repertoire consists of original compositions and arrangements penned by MIke Kamuf, as well as jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook. 

Mason Jazz Camp—Warren Wolf  

Wednesday, June 21, at 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public; no tickets or camp registration required.

Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, Maryland. From age 3, Wolf has been trained on the vibraphone/marimba, drums, and piano. Under the guidance of his father, Warren Wolf Sr., he has a deep background in all genres of music from classical to ragtime to jazz.

Mason Jazz Camp—Faculty Showcase 

Thursday, June 22, at 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public; no tickets or camp registration required. 

The Mason Jazz Camp faculty perform a special showcase: Wade Beach (piano), Paul Bratcher (piano), Shawn Purcell (guitar), Victor Provost (steel pan), Zack Pride (bass), Kevin McDonald (drums), Darden Purcell (voice), Xavier Perez (saxophone), Jim Carroll (saxophone), Aaron Eckert (trombone), Graham Breedlove (trumpet), and Rick Whitehead (guitar).