May 2021

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Luther’s Trumpet – Virtual Event
Directed by Rick Davis
Mason School of Theater 

Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m. through Saturday, May 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Acclaimed historian James Reston, Jr. adapted his 2016 book Luther’s Fortress into this new dramatic work for the stage that will leave you pondering questions about faith, justice, and standing up against authoritarianism. Presented by Mason Arts at Home as a digital, pre-recorded performance in partnership with Mason’s School of Theater, Luther’s Trumpet stars professional actors including Edward Gero as Martin Luther, Kevin Murray as Tetzel, and Craig Wallace as Pope Leo. Judge David Tatel (U.S. Court of Appeals) reprises the role of the Devil, which he portrayed in the 2018 premiere production at Stone Hill amphitheater. Mason students join community and faculty actors in this “hybrid” production recorded from the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, employing the Moving Story Window Wall projection technology (developed at Mason) in order to blend scenic effects and on-stage actors with others appearing remotely. 

Hylton on the Hill

Seán Heely Celtic Band
Saturday, May 29 at 4 p.m.

Don’t miss U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Seán Heely and his band of All-Star Celtic musicians for an outdoor performance that will sweep audiences away to Scotland and Ireland. The outdoor stage will come alive with music when Heely joins forces with All-Ireland singing champion and Mason alum Kevin Elam, bouzouki player Beth Patterson, percussionist Lucas Ashby, and percussive dancer Agi Kovacs. From high-energy Celtic fiddle tunes to haunting Scots Gaelic melodies and folk ballads, this concert has it all. The charismatic, kilt-clad band leader has played with traditional music icons such as Liz Carroll, Bonnie Rideout, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary, and Paddy Keenan. The return of the Hylton Center’s outdoor concerts will be well worth the wait when Heely and his talented collaborators hit that stage for this rollicking Hylton on the Hill performance.  


December 2020

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Reminder: Virtual Holiday Donation Drive

Would you like to help someone in need?  Parking Services has teamed up with the Staff Senate for a virtual holiday donation drive.  Through Tuesday, December 15, you can reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by $10 or $20 by making a donation to one of the charities on the Staff Senate website at

For important details, visit 

DMV2Go Not Yet Available 

Due to COVID-19, DMV2Go is not currently in operation, therefore no visits to Mason’s Fairfax Campus have been scheduled for 2021. 

For DMV COVID-19 service changes, please visit

Additionally, limited DMV services are available by appointment at the City of Fairfax’s City Hall. For details, see 

December 2020

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

Timesheets Are Due Early

Please be aware that timesheets are due early before break:

Semimonthly: For pay period ending December 24, 2020, and pay date on December 31, 2020:

  • Submission: December 15 before noon at 11:59 a.m.
  • Approval: December 16 before noon at 11:59 a.m.

If appropriate, please record anticipated hours for December 16 through December 24.

Biweekly: For pay period ending December 19, 2020, and pay date on December 24, 2020 (early pay date since December 25th is a bank holiday):

  • Submission: December 13 before midnight at 11:59 p.m.
  • Approval: December 14 before noon at 11:59 a.m. (Final deadline)

If appropriate, please record anticipated hours for December 14 through December 19.


Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance

Telework and Inclement Weather 

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

  • Classes are cancelled and administrative offices are closed
  • The university is on a modified schedule

For more details, visit

Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy 

With winter weather fast approaching, please review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy.

Staying Updated 

Stay updated on university closings, late openings, or other weather-related changes to the university’s schedule through Mason’s switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university’s homepage, as well as local media outlets.

November 2020

Financial Wellness Resources from DHRM – Nov. 2020

From the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM):

During COVID-19, we invite you to view Virginia Credit Union’s (VACU) pre-recorded November webinar, titled Avoiding Identity Theft. View Now

Please check out this month’s flyer to obtain the details of the educational offerings. 

November 2020

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program 

Like to bike? Live within biking distance of the Mason location where you work? Thinking that maybe it’s time you changed up your commute to include a few days of biking per month? Consider the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice program and find joy in commuting to campus on two wheels! 

  • Three tiers of financial support tied to the number of rides per quarter 
  • Earn complimentary parking passes 
  • Ride more than 10 miles each way to work – earn a distance bonus!
  • Ride at Tier 2 or Tier 3 all year – receive funds for a complimentary bike check 
  • Can be used in conjunction with Commuter Choice

Conditions apply. The program, unlike Commuter Choice, is taxable per the IRS.  

Need assistance in mapping a route? We have volunteers who can assist you in finding a biking route that is comfortable for you. More details and regions covered can be found on the Community Biking Resources page.

Mason Shuttles Service and the Holidays

Because Mason is moving to a virtual class environment after Thanksgiving, there will be no Mason Shuttles service after Tuesday, November 24, until the spring semester begins on Monday, January 25. The CUE bus is available on its regular schedule for transportation to Metro and within the City of Fairfax. 

If you have any questions, reach out to Parking and Transportation.   

Zimride Indefinitely Suspending Service on December 31

As a result of the ever-changing environment, Zimride, Mason’s ride-sharing service, is indefinitely suspending its carpooling platform for all college and university networks, including Mason, on December 31.   

  • On December 31, the Mason Zimride network will be shut down and Mason user accounts will be deactivated. 
  • Until then, Zimride will operate as usual and you can post and search for rides. 
  • Zimride will retain your records only up until this time while your account is active and as needed to provide you services.

Zimride has an FAQ available. Parking and Transportation is researching other rideshare opportunities for the future. 

November 2020

Mason Honors Veterans

George Mason University celebrates and honors our Veterans. Veterans Day commemorates Veterans of all wars and is celebrated on November 11. Mason’s ROTC program usually honors our Veterans with a luncheon on the Friday of Veterans Day. Due to safety issues on campus with COVID-19, we are unable to celebrate and honor our Veterans in person.

This year, the ROTC Program, Office of Military Services, and our newly launched Military, Veterans, and Families Initiative are proud to offer a variety of free events, pre-recorded messages of appreciation, and discounts for our Mason Veterans. Learn more here about all Veterans Week local and national FREE events and discounts for our Veteran community. 

At Mason we aspire to serve our Veterans with as much dedication and devotion as they have provided to our county. We hope all our Veterans have a wonderful Veterans Day and know that Mason celebrates you daily, not just today. 

November 2020

Things to Know About Title IX



October 2020

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Information Technology Services (ITS) Observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.

All month on Twitter, ITS will provide daily security tips about online safety and security. Not following ITS on Twitter? Start now: @GeorgeMasonITS

ITS will host two events about online safety and security: 

  • Brian DeMuth
    CEO of Grimm, a cyber security engineering and consulting firm
    Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m.
    Zoom link:
    Before joining Grimm, DeMuth led advanced cyber services organizations providing solutions to the U.S. government, the intelligence community, and commercial companies. He has developed and implemented Department of Defense and military cyber range programs and developed training modules and programs for cyber warriors.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the ITS Security Office staff will participate in a live Reddit Ask Me Anything: 
October 2020

Mason Administrative Professionals Happy Hour

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) will have an October Happy Hour on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. via Webex:

October MAP Meeting – ‘Happy Hour’
Meeting number: 120 449 2823
Password: DRINKS 
Join by phone 1-415-655-0003 US Toll / 1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
Access code: 120 449 2823 

October 2020

Updates from Mason Parking and Transportation – Oct. 2020

Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Bicycle Commuting 101: Online via Zoom

Bicycling to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Join Delia Johnson from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor for Bicycle Commuting 101.

During this session at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 via Zoom, Delia will share information to help you feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels.  

This session is open to faculty, staff, and students. To register, visit

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you.  

Change Your Commute: Vanpool

Looking for a new way to get to work when you come back to campus?

Consider vanpooling. Travel with the same group of Mason colleagues. Reduce the time you spend driving. Plus, for full-time faculty/staff, the cost of your commute can be subsidized by Mason up to $270/month.

You can start with four co-workers and you. For details, visit or contact Parking and Transportation at 

Reminder: Mason Shuttles Service Reductions

Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University

A reminder that service reductions on Mason Shuttles went into effect in early October.   

Service on the Burke VRE and Sandy Creek to Metro routes ended on Friday, Oct. 2, until further notice. To travel to Vienna Metro, use the CUE bus, which remains on its regular schedule with departures from Rappahannock River Lane. For scheduling information, visit 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, shuttle service is only available on the Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason routes with some service changes:

  • Fairfax/SciTech: No weekend service. Monday–Friday, service will be every 40 minutes beginning at 6 a.m. from Sandy Creek and Colgan Hall with four buses on the route. 
  • Gunston Mason: No weekend service. Monday–Friday, some morning service is eliminated, but Gunston Mason will run with a single bus all day and evening. 

Updated schedules for Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason are available at 

If you have any questions, reach out to Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or email