February 2022

Faculty/Staff Spouse and Dependent Tuition Benefit Survey

In response to the Faculty Senate’s and Staff Senate’s joint resolution supporting tuition benefits for spouses and dependents of Mason employees, Human Resources and Payroll is working toward understanding the implications and developing an implementation plan. Take this brief survey that will allow the university to gauge the degree to which this benefit might be used. 

December 2021

Next Gen eVA! and Taxation of Reimbursements 

Next Gen eVA! Transition News and Fiscal Services Forums

Virginia’s electronic procurement system, eVA, is undergoing a complete system change that will go live in early January 2022. Updates may be found on the Fiscal Services website.

Fiscal Services will host forums to discuss these changes. eVA Transition Forums will take place on the following days: 

  • Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, from 11 a.m. to noon 
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Registration and session information is available on the Fiscal Services calendar. Only registered participants will be sent the virtual meeting information. 

Taxability of Reimbursements

All employee travel and non-travel reimbursement requests and supporting documentation must be submitted through the Mason Finance Gateway within 60 days after the return of business-related travel or the event date (non-travel). Reimbursements submitted after 60 days are considered taxable income and subject to taxation per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Beginning January 2022, Mason will implement changes to the process for travel and non-travel taxable reimbursements. The process changes are outlined below:

Employees will receive the fully-approved reimbursement amount processed through the Mason Finance Gateway. For example, if the employee submitted $100 for a taxable, non-travel reimbursement, the employee will receive $100. However, $100 is considered taxable income to the employee.
Taxable travel and non-travel reimbursements will be processed by the Payroll Office at the end of each quarter (March, June, September, and December). The full reimbursement, as mentioned in the example above, will be reported as income and added to the employee’s W2 in the quarter received to withhold the applicable taxes from the employee’s paycheck.
Questions related to tax deductions, timing, and the financial impact may be addressed to the Payroll Office at Questions related to travel and non-travel documentation, approvals, and submission dates may be addressed with the Travel Office at 

December 2021

Sustainability Tip: December 2021 


Did you know that most wrapping paper is non-recyclable? Especially those that are metallic and glittery. This year, try alternative ways to wrap and decorate your gifts, like fabric, newspaper, or recycled wrapping paper. 

December 2021

Climate Action Plan Town Hall 

George Mason University is accelerating action in response to the climate crisis by developing a new Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will identify the most effective actions for the university to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact as quickly as feasible by focusing on electricity and fossil fuel use across all of Mason’s campuses. 

All options are being considered to help Mason decrease its environmental impact, and now is the time to share your thoughts! 

Mason staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members are all invited to attend the second Climate Action Plan Town Hall to suggest ideas, offer feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the CAP process. 

Climate Action Plan Town Hall #2
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Register via Zoom

Special guest speakers to be announced.

Submit feedback and ask questions using the CAP Feedback Form. Read more on the Climate Action Plan website.

Contact Ben Auger (he/they), Office of Sustainability, at with questions. The recording of the first Town Hall can be viewed here.

December 2021

Participation Requested in Strategic Planning Survey

Over the past several weeks, the university has engaged the Mason community as part of the strategic planning initiative to gain insights and perspectives on the strategic direction of the university.

Take a moment to provide your feedback and input via this survey. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and will be open for participation through Friday, Dec. 10.

Survey results will be combined with insights gathered from interviews and focus groups to inform the components of Mason’s five-year strategic plan.

December 2021

Faculty and Staff Are Invited to Winter Graduation Ceremonies

The Mason community is invited to attend the 2021 Winter Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 16, in EagleBank Arena.

To accommodate all graduates and their families, two ceremonies will be held:

  • 10 a.m.: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Schar School, Carter School, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • 2 p.m.: School of Business, College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health and Human Services, College of Education and Human Development, College of Science

The Doctoral Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Patriot Procession will also be hosted on Dec. 14–15 at EagleBank Arena.

Please consider signing up as marshal/greeter for the graduation ceremonies and/or Patriot Procession. Sign up as a volunteer by Friday, Dec. 10. Thank you for supporting our newest Mason graduates!

December 2021

Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series Event 


Join Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a new Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series event featuring Brian Levenson.

Levenson, author of the book Shift Your Mind: 9 Mental Shifts to Thrive in Preparation and Performance and founder of Strong Skills, will present a session on the key mental shifts used by the world’s highest achievers.

Space is limited for this free presentation. Secure your spot now.

Learn more about the Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series. 

December 2021

Upcoming Performances at Mason

American Festival Pops Orchestra
Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season
Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, and
Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., Center for the Arts
Ding-dong, ding-dong, Christmas bells are ringing! Gather with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and special guests for its annual Holiday Pops concert, which is sure to make spirits bright. A beloved tradition with our audiences, this heartwarming evening of holiday favorites includes a festive audience sing-along. Maestro Anthony Maiello leads Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra as it ushers in the season with a lively performance filled with musical goodwill and cheer. 

Mason Artist-in-Residence: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Called “one of the most sought-after choreographers of her generation” by The New York Times, Camille A. Brown is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African-American identity through dance. Now her Bessie Award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, take the stage at the Center for the Arts for the first time. Her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture, capturing a range of deeply personal experiences. A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier (located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby) 45 minutes prior to curtain. 

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Fantastic Fantasies
Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Take an extraordinary journey through classical music with this family-friendly Keyboard Conversations® performance. Learn the compelling stories behind each piece and then enjoy each work played in its entirety. An interactive question-and-answer session will conclude this program. 

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, music director
Kian Soltani, cello
Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Celebrate the diamond jubilee anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a program featuring one of the world’s most sought-after cellists, Kian Soltani. Under the direction of Vasily Petrenko, RPO is recognized as one of the world’s most forward-thinking and boundary-pushing symphony orchestras. This stunning concert of cherished works is the perfect performance to reconnect with live, classical music. A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, (located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby) 45 minutes prior to curtain.

December 2021

Staff Senate Holiday Donation Drive

The Staff Senate is hosting a virtual holiday and food donation drive to support organizations in our communities. Rather than using drop boxes to collect items on campus this year, we encourage the Mason community to use the contactless and virtual donation options offered by each charitable organization. 

If you would like to drop off your donation in person, please refer to the organization’s guidelines for accepting donations. 

For a list of charities, visit the Virtual Holiday Donation Drive page. 

August 2021

Election Results: New and Returning Staff Senators

We are excited to announce our newly-elected and returning senators:

Arlington Campus:

Shams Bahabib, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (incumbent)
Carlos Sandoval, Antonin Scalia Law School

Fairfax Campus:

Stephanie Atkins, Mason LIFE Program (incumbent)
Stacy D’Angelo, Digital Communications (incumbent)
Evan Frejo, Computer Science Department
Will Gautney, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Steven Lindner, Information Technology Services
Stacey Remick-Simkins, English Department
Lauren Reuscher, University Information (incumbent)
Kimberly Shaw-Mack, Human Resources and Payroll (incumbent)
Preston Williams, Office of Communications (incumbent)

SciTech Campus:

Colby Grant, SciTech Campus Executive Office (incumbent)
Kristen Wever, College of Science (incumbent)


Hugh Bayard, Office of Sponsored Programs
Taylor Griffin, School of Business