October 2021

Announcements from Information Technology Services

MASON-SECURE Retiring in December 2021 

At the end of the fall 2021 semester, eduroam, a worldwide wireless service developed for the international research and education community, will replace MASON-SECURE as the primary Mason Wi-Fi Network. To learn more about these improvements, see the ITS Spotlight. In anticipation of MASON-SECURE’s removal, Information Technology Services (ITS) encourages all campus Wi-Fi users to connect to eduroam. To get started, select eduroam from the available Wi-Fi networks and log in with your Mason email address ( and Patriot Pass Password. For more information, visit If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month & IT Security Awareness Training 

Information Technology Services (ITS) is observing Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October with speakers, daily tweets, and an Ask Me Anything Reddit thread. Full details about Cybersecurity Awareness Month events and activities are available at October also kicks off annual IT Security Awareness Training for Mason employees. Those required to complete this training received an email on Friday, October 1, with details and can access their assigned training at Training must be completed by Monday, November 15. 

October 2021

Virtual eVA Upgrade & Transition Forum

The Fiscal Services Training and Communications team invites you to join us for any of our Virtual eVA Upgrade & Transition Forum sessions. Virginia’s electronic procurement system, eVA, is undergoing a complete update that will go live in early January 2022. Updates may be found on the eVA Transition Room website. 

Fiscal Services will be hosting multiple forums to discuss these updates. 

Please register for available sessions in MasonLeaps. (Registration closes the day before the session will take place.) 

  • Tue, Oct. 26, 2021, 11 a.m. – noon
  • Thu, Nov. 18, 2021, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov. 30, 2021, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec. 9, 2021, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tue, Jan. 11, 2022, 11 a.m. – noon
  • Thu, Feb. 3, 2022, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
October 2021

President Washington’s Investiture Events

The Investiture ceremony celebrates the university’s achievements, goals and endeavors, and authenticates the president’s role as leader of the academic community. The ceremony itself has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today, universities and colleges view investitures as opportunities to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community. 

The university has many activities for the community to participate in leading up to the official ceremony, including meet and greet opportunities with the Washingtons at the SciTech, Arlington and Fairfax campuses, thought-provoking discussions with faculty, special events geared toward students, families and alumni, and more. Learn more in the outline below or on the official Investiture website: 

George Mason is encouraging as many employees and students to attend the Investiture ceremony as possible. Campus leaders are asked to please provide as much flexibility as possible to allow the community to attend this historic milestone in the university’s history, while ensuring the continuity of campus operations.  

The Investiture ceremony will be a memorable moment for the university community as we begin this new era. Every registered attendee at the ceremony will receive a commemorative coin along with some items that are personal to Dr. Washington. For those who are unable to attend in person, the Investiture ceremony will be streamed live on GMU-TV.  

Please RSVP today to attend these unique and engaging Investiture events, as well as the ceremony!  

The latest information and RSVP links can be found at   



Investiture Event (Korea Campus)  

8 – 9pm  



2021 Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K  

Oct 15, 7am – Oct 17, 10pm  



Breakfast with the Washingtons (Sci Tech)  

9 – 10:45am  



President On the Plaza (Arlington)  

12 – 2pm  



Mason Families Give Back  

11am – 1pm  



Mason’s Got Talent  

5 – 6pm  



President’s Lunch on the Lawn (Fairfax)  

12 – 2pm  



Faculty Panel: Grand Challenges  

5 – 7pm  



Accelerate 2022  

Oct 19, 8am – Oct 20, 10pm  



Faculty Panel: Robinson Professors – Issues of our Time  

2:30 – 4:30pm  



Alumni Reception  

5:30 – 7pm  



Motivational Speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie (Faculty/Staff)  

8:30am – 10am  



Student Leaders Luncheon w/ Dr. Calvin Mackie  

11:30am – 1pm  



Mental Health and Well-Being as Strategic Priorities for Student Success  

2:30 – 4pm  



Faculty Meeting/Discussion with Dr. Calvin Mackie  

4:30 – 5:30pm 



The Investiture of Gregory Washington   

Thursday, October 21, 1 p.m.
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus
George Mason University

RSVP: Students, Staff, Alumni, and Friends  

RSVP: Faculty 

October 2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

2021 NDEAM Poster English

The Commonwealth is excited to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual observance led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. This year’s theme is America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. 

Throughout the month, the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) will provide information and education through social media and email to share information and educate about disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture, as well as highlight the contributions of individuals with disabilities who are already part of our workforce. 

Read the Governor’s proclamation about Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

Be sure to follow DHRM, DBVI, and DARS on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to be a part of NDEAM 2021 and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s commitment to inclusivity and the employment of individuals with disabilities. 

July 2021

Degree Completion Recognition Bonus


Recently earned a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree? Did you know that Mason departments may award recognition bonuses up to $5000?

Since January 2019, departments have been permitted to award recognition bonuses to administrative/professional faculty, instructional/research faculty, research staff, and non-probationary classified employees who earned a degree or qualifying certification. Non-student wage employees, student workers, and adjunct faculty are not eligible for the degree or certification bonus. This bonus is discretionary pay. 

View more information here: Degree and Certification Recognition Bonus Guidelines and Form


July 2021 Sustainability at Work

Sustainability at Work: July 2021

Single-Use Plastics and Polystyrene are Banned at George Mason University

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 77 in March 2021 effectively banning single-use plastics and polystyrene from state agencies, including Mason. Mason purchasers and vendors, please review guidance (below) about acceptable items you can purchase as alternatives after July 21, 2021.   

As an overall waste reduction strategy, let’s reframe our thinking to “Buy Less, Buy Better.” If you purchase giveaways, support sustainability by purchasing durable, climate-neutral reusables, or contact the task force.  


June 2021

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors. The updated, virtual format includes five three-hour sessions, over 10 weeks, from 9 a.m. to noon, presented via Zoom.

Registration is now open for summer and fall cohorts.

For session schedules and information, visit our Supervisor Boot Camp website.

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served. For additional questions, contact Margaret Vu at

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Faculty and staff who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason can apply for the competitive $250 Faculty/Staff Book  Scholarship.

The application deadline is June 11. For details and to apply, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship webpage.


May 2021

Pregnancy and Parenting rights under Title IX

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources for Students

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. Know your rights, and know where to get support.YOUR RIGHTS

  • You must be provided with reasonable adjustments, such as a larger desk, elevator access, or allowance for frequent bathroom breaks, when necessary because of your pregnancy.
  • You must be allowed to make up any work missed while on medical leave.
  • You must not be required to submit a doctor’s note for absences related to your pregnancy or childbirth, unless ALL students are required to submit a doctor’s note for absences and hospitalizations related to physical or emotional conditions.
  • You must be allowed to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities while you are pregnant.
  • Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused, for as long as your doctor deems necessary.
  • Your instructor may not refuse to allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. You should be allowed to make up any participation or attendance credits you did not have the chance to earn due to your pregnancy-related absence.


Student Health Services

Student Health Services offers both pregnancy testing (for a fee) and counseling regarding options, resources, and services available.

Office of Disability Services

Contact Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations (e.g., classroom furniture, location to retake exam) if you need assistance with a pregnancy-related condition.

New Student and Family Programs & Contemporary Student Services

Contemporary Student Services and New Student and Family Programs coordinate with faculty, staff, and outside organizations to provide information that meets the unique needs of Mason student-parents.

Child Care Services

The Child Development Center at the Fairfax Campus serves faculty, staff, and students at the university, with enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular child care is provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for children 2-5 years old. Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days per week.

Additional resources are available across local counties, including: Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County.

Lactation Spaces

The University supports working and learning mothers. As such, we offer private spaces on each campus to accommodate nursing mothers. Specific locations at the Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus, and SciTech Campus can be found online.

Title IX Website

Student-Parents Website

Resources for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Office of Compliance Diversity & Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus

Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

May 2021

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Vanpool Formation: Fredericksburg, VA Area  

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, VA area?  Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $270/month, tax-free, not have to do all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions?  If so, consider vanpooling.  Parking and Transportation is starting with the Fredericksburg area and has developed a short vanpool match survey 

More detailed information about vanpooling at Mason is available.  If you have any questions about vanpooling – whether you live in the Fredericksburg area or not – please reach out to    

Summer 2021: Parking Permits on Sale and Mason Shuttles Summer Schedules Available  

Summer parking passes went on sale on Monday, May 10.  Online sales only.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for details.  Reach out to with any questions. 

Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 17.  Service will continue to be Monday-Friday only.  We will be running a limited Fairfax/SciTech route (one bus) and the On-Demand shuttle (two buses). Schedules can be found on the Parking and Transportation website. Please reach out to if you have any questions. Please note: The spring 2021 schedules are in effect through Friday, May 14. No weekend service. There is no shuttle service on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. 

Motor Pool Fuel Cards, Required Training, and Reminders  

Fuel cards are available for motor pool rentals to have fuel charges charged back to the university. Drop by the Transportation Office located in Lot C to check out a fuel card before your rental pick-up date.  Entering Fuel Agreements or allowing Enterprise to refuel after returning vehicles empty is not permitted. 

Drivers for Enterprise vehicles through motor pool must complete a University Driver Safety Awareness Training and a refresher training every two years through the Office of Risk Management to be eligible to drive.  

To be eligible to drive a maxi van, you must be at least 20 years of age and pass the “Van Driver Familiarization Class.” Outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Enterprise’s age requirement to drive a 12-to 15-passenger van is 25. 

 Learn more about upcoming training sessions and important reminders

It’s Bike Your Way May: Spring Cycling Opportunities  

  1. National Bike Challenge Underway.  May is National Bike Month! Help grow Mason’s biking culture. Parking and Transportation invites you to join the National Bike Challenge. Registration is free and you can sign up as an individual. 
  1. Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21.  Celebrate the Washington region’s 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Start your day off cycling. Pit stops all over the VA, DC, MD area. COVID policy in effect including staggered hours. Register here
  1. Virtual Bike to Mason Week Recordings Available. Couldn’t join us April 19-23? Many of the sessions were recorded. Check out the recorded sessions

Bike Commuter Choice: New Introductory Tier  

Do you live within a few miles of campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being? All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program. The program now has four tiers of support. The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive. The new introductory tier is just 5 rides per quarter. For details, please visit the Parking and Transportation website and scroll to the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program. Questions? Email at 

May 2021

Support Group Meetings for Working Mothers at Mason – Summer Meetings 

Support Group Meetings for Working Mothers at Mason – Summer Meetings 

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus. The group will continue to meet virtually over the summer.   

Meetings will be held at 2 p.m. via Zoom: June 1, July 14 and August 5 

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please contact Heather Aleknavage ( or visit our website for more information.