February 2022

Climate Action Plan Town Hall #4 

The Mason community and members of the public are invited to virtually attend the university’s fourth Climate Action Plan (CAP) Town Hall on Friday, February 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

A new CAP impacts all Mason Patriots and the communities the university is a part of. It will detail a strategy for the Mason community and members of the public to work together to decrease the university’s environmental impact and take action in response to the climate crisis.   

During the Town Hall, the Mason Sustainability Council’s Carbon Neutrality Task Force, Dumont Janks, and Arup will provide an overview of the CAP process and share updates about the current development of the new CAP.

Everyone’s input is essential to create an actionable and impactful CAP. Mason Patriots and members of the public are encouraged to suggest ideas, offer feedback, and ask questions during the Town Hall and by making submissions through the CAP Feedback Form.

Climate Action Plan Town Hall #4
Friday, February 18
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Presentations and recordings of all prior Town Halls can be viewed here. Review a two-page summary of the CAP for a quick overview, and learn more about the planning process on the CAP website. 

Contact Ben Auger (he/they), Communications Specialist, Mason Sustainability Council, at with questions. 

February 2022

GMU Toastmasters Open House 

George Mason Toastmasters (GMUT) invites you to a regular meeting or open house. You will have an opportunity to practice your speaking and leadership skills.

GMUT is now hosting hybrid meetings. The meetings combine both in-person and online participants, and offer an equally positive experience to both audiences. 

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Toastmasters and to see a meeting in action. You will also have a chance to participate in Table Topics and impromptu speaking practice, as well as ask questions about the club. 

To learn more about the club and see the scheduled meetings, visit the Toastmasters Club website.

GMUT Hybrid (in-person and online) Open House
Wednesday, March 2, at noon
Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall, Room 3001
Zoom link   

Note: George Mason Toastmasters are limiting the in-person count to eight attendees. If you are interested in attending in-person, kindly sign up here: Toastmaster Open House. 

October 2021

Suit-up Mason: JCPenney Discount

Suit-up Mason: JCPenney Discount 

Get dressed for success with the annual JCPenney Suit-up Mason event through Oct. 31. 

This will be a completely virtual mega-sale on career wear for the Mason community only! 


How to shop: 

Step 1: Text GMUSUITUP21 to 67292 to get your Extra 30% off discount code

Step 2: Visit to find discounted items 


October 2021

Your Mason ID Card and its Benefits

Do you know all the benefits of your Mason ID Card?  There are plenty and we have outlined a few popular ones below.

 Access to Patriots Perks 

  • All faculty and staff have access to discounts offered by local businesses as noted on the Patriot Perks website. Discounts range from 10% to 20% at eateries and salon and spas, on entertainment, and at other retailers and services. 

 Convenience of Mason Money 

  • Mason Money is a prepaid declining balance account accessed with your Mason ID Card. It provides a fast, safe, and convenient way to make purchases on and off campus. Make deposits, check balances, deactivate lost cards using Mason Money Online.  Businesses such as Whole Foods and Ornery accept Mason Money as a form of payment. We refer to these businesses as Mason Merchants and a full list is available online. 

 Discount at Bookstore 

  • Mason faculty and staff receive a 10% discount at the George Mason Bookstore on all merchandise except textbooks, gift cards, class rings, graduation products, computer software, computer hardware, periodicals, health and beauty aids, food, and beverages. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotion. This discount is only available in person. 

 Faculty/Staff Byte Meal Plan 

  • Mason faculty and staff have access to exclusive meal plans to be used at all dining halls. Plans are as low as $7.40 per meal swipe.  Check out the three Byte meal plans available and learn how to secure them. 
  • Mason Faculty and Staff can join the Mason Club at a membership fee of $25 per semester. You can sign up for a membership via Mason’s Marketplace. 

 Reduced Prices at Men’s Basketball Games 

  • Mason faculty and staff are eligible to receive a reduced price of $208 per ticket + Patriot Club Seat Requirement (if applicable) for up to four men’s basketball season tickets. During regular season weekday games, faculty and staff can receive 50% off on reserved or upper reserved single-game tickets. 

 Half off Subscriptions to Performing Arts 

  • Mason faculty and staff save 50% off subscriptions to the Great Performances at Mason (Center for the Arts) and Hylton Presents (Hylton Center) seasons. Subscriptions are packages of three or more performances. For the 2021-2022 season, subscriptions are available beginning October 12, 2021 for performances in the Spring 2022 semester. Present your Mason ID to the Ticket Office to claim your discount. 

 Free Cue Bus Rides 

  • Mason faculty and staff have access to free rides on the CUE Bus.  The CUE Bus provides transportation to Mason, shopping centers and other locations within the City of Fairfax, as well as the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station. Learn more about the transportation option and schedules. 

We hope you enjoy the value of your Mason ID Card and take full advantage of all its benefits! 

October 2021

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll 


Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics

Sign-ups are now open!  

Register now using the links below to reserve your flu shot appointment at a Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic (pdf):

How to Prepare 

  1. Register now to reserve your flu shot appointment at the links above. 
  2. Flu shots are by appointment only – no walk-ins will be accepted to allow us to follow university social distancing guidelines. 
  3. On the day of, please come prepared to show a green GMU Covid Health Check 
  4. Bring the pharmacy’s consent form (pdf)
  5. Bring your insurance card. 
  6. Bring a valid form of ID. 
  7. We recommend wearing short sleeves. 
  8. Plan to spend 10-15 minutes at the clinic after your shot to ensure there is no adverse reaction. 

Who Is Administering the Flu Shots? 

Flu Shots are administered by Giant Pharmacy. 

Is There a Copay? 

There is no copay with COVA insurance. 

What About Kaiser? 

Kaiser Permanente will not be on campus this year for the flu shot clinics. 

Employees with Kaiser Permanente insurance can refer to their flyer (pdf) or search online to find the closest in-network location to receive a flu shot. 

COVID-19 Guidelines 

The flu shot clinics will follow all COVID-19 safety and social distancing protocols.

Questions? Contact

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes

Recipe of the Month

Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips! These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website each week for a new tip! 

Performance Evaluation Resources

As performance evaluations are underway, be sure to use the performance evaluation hub for helpful resources including: 

  • An outline of the Core Competencies 
  • A general FAQ 
  • Several how-to guides 
  • Classified staff specific resources 
  • Faculty specific resources 
  • Performance feedback resources 

If you have questions, contact