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February 2022

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Center for the Arts Family Series: Saturday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hylton Family Series: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Direct from the Vegas Strip, it’s Popovich Comedy Pet Theater! The whole family will be awestruck by the juggling feats of Gregory Popovich, along with the circus tricks of his adorable and spotlight-stealing furry and feathered friends. Voted the “Best Family Attraction in Las Vegas,” it’s absolute circus fun. Recommended for all ages. Note: Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages 2 and up.

Ballet Hispánico
Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. 
Hylton Performing Arts Center 
Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramírez, Ballet Hispánico is a renowned Latinx dance organization, recently recognized by the Ford Foundation as one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Jason Vieaux and Aaron Clay
Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
Grammy winner Jason Vieaux is “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone). NPR wrote Vieaux is “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Mr. Vieaux joins Aaron Clay in a performance of the U.S. premiere of “Bruromano,” by Czech composer Sylvie Bodorová. Clay serves as principal bassist for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. He commands great respect as a performer in both the classical and jazz worlds.    

Pilobolus: BIG FIVE-OH!
Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
In their 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus turns their traditions sideways in a thoroughly engaging new way. Pilobolus puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE-OH!, as they continue to morph into audiences’ hearts and minds. From the vintage and visionary to the recent and electrifying, Pilobolus continues to wow audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, sensuality, and stunning physical acumen. This performance contains partial nudity.

Mason Jazz Festival 
Saturday, Feb. 26 
Fairfax Campus (multiple locations) 
The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event open to middle school, high school, collegiate, and community jazz ensembles. This festival will take place Saturday, Feb. 26, on the Fairfax Campus. Sponsored by Mason Jazz Studies and the Jazz Education Network, participating groups will perform a 20- to 30-minute set, followed by a clinic by Mason Jazz faculty and special guests. The closing festival performance ensemble will be the United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. in Harris Theatre. All performances are free and open to the public.

Mark Morris Dance Group
Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Featuring the MMDG Music Ensemble, the ever innovative and compelling Mark Morris Dance Group is on every arts lover’s must-see list. They return to the Center with a medley of lively works with an exuberant evening of dance created by “the most successful and influential choreographer alive” (New York Times).

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sunday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Sharing a heartfelt message of love, peace, and harmony, Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs an uplifting concert showcasing traditional South African vocal styles. Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s richly harmonious vocals take inspiration from isicathamiya, a traditional music that developed in the mines of South Africa. This performance is family friendly.   

Matinee Idylls: Lena Seikaly Trio
Tuesday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Called “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” and “brightest voices in jazz” (Washington Post), jazz vocalist and Washington, D.C.-area native Lena Seikaly performs a sumptuous afternoon of jazz standards. Her rich mezzo-soprano voice is not only making waves locally, but Seikaly is also growing a following outside the Beltway. 

Dewberry School of Music: Mason Wind Symphony
Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Come watch the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band present their winter concert, conducted by Professor Mark Camphouse and doctoral student Samantha Clarke. The George Mason University Wind Symphony, led by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse, is comprised of outstanding wind, brass, and percussion players. 

Studio Series: Eurydice
Mason School of Theater
March 3–6, multiple performances
Center for the Arts, Theater Space
Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, not through Orpheus’s infamous pilgrimage to retrieve his bride but through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she begins to discover that the cost of living again can sometimes exceed the cost of staying dead. Full of dark humor, lyrical beauty, and wit, Sarah Ruhl’s play transforms a traditional myth into a visceral, contemporary meditation on love worth grieving for.

Velocity Irish Dance
Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Get ready for Velocity Irish Dance, a high-octane celebration of the past, the present, and—most especially—the future of Irish dance. In their exhilarating performance, it features dance at lightning-fast speeds and nearly impossible scuffles and shuffles. It’s heart-pounding entertainment, with an extra helping of soul. This performance is family friendly. 

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February 2022

Rx Racial Healing Circle

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Be part of a powerful well-being conversation in Mason’s next Rx Racial Healing Circle, happening Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. online. The circle is open to all Mason students, faculty, and staff. Learn more and register.
 

 

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February 2022

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

Final Call for Outstanding Achievement Awards Nominations

The 2022 Outstanding Achievement Awards nomination deadline is fast approaching. If you’d like to recognize a faculty or staff member’s dedication and contributions to Mason, be sure to submit the nomination by Feb. 25. (Note that the departmental awards may have different deadlines.) 

Visit the Outstanding Achievement Awards website for more details. 

The ceremony will be held on April 7, 10–11:30 a.m., in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall. 

Questions? Contact awards@gmu.edu. 

Call for Applications: 2022–23 Leadership Legacy Program

Applications are now accepted for the 2022–23 Leadership Legacy Program (LLP). The program is designed for Mason faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development, whether they are newly entering a leadership role, wish to prepare for alternative positions, or simply wish to strengthen their capacity to lead from their current position.

A major goal of the program is to develop and strengthen the leadership culture at Mason. The program curriculum provides opportunities for participants to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings. 

For details about the program curriculum and application requirements, visit the website. Application materials are due March 18.

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February 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
Arlington Campus: Get $100 Monthly After Starting a Sustainable Commute

Mason’s Arlington Campus has joined Sustain & Save, a regional program available to those who switch from driving alone to a sustainable option for most of their monthly commute. Faculty or staff who currently drive and pay tolls along I-66 to get to the Arlington Campus can receive $100 each month they choose to take public transit, vanpool, carpool, walk, or bike into work. 

The enrollment process is quick and easy. Start by reaching out to Mason’s Sustain & Save rep, Katie Thompson, to see if you qualify. 

Reminder: Winter Bike to Mason Day on Feb. 11

Winter Bike to Mason Day is the Friday before Valentine’s Day! Join us on Feb. 11 for a little bike love. Stop by the Merten Hall Lawn between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. with your bike for a beverage and some biking-related giveaways. 

Deadline Extended to Feb. 28: Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award 

The Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award honors Rick, “the Mason bike dude,” who passionately advocated for and encouraged active transportation at Mason and beyond. Nominations are open for this new award, and the recipient will be recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards in April.

If you know a faculty or staff member who embodies Rick’s enthusiasm and commitment, we encourage you to submit a nomination. View important details.

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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 (NetID@gmu.edu) and Patriot Pass Password. For more information, visit its.gmu.edu/eduroam. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or support@gmu.edu 

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 https://its.gmu.edu/bulletins/2021-cybersecurity-awareness-month-events/. 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 masonleaps.gmu.edu. Training must be completed by Monday, November 15. 

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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.
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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: https://president.gmu.edu/investiture 

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 president.gmu.edu/investiture   

OCT  

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Investiture Event (Korea Campus)  

8 – 9pm  

OCT  

15  

2021 Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K  

Oct 15, 7am – Oct 17, 10pm  

OCT  

15  

Breakfast with the Washingtons (Sci Tech)  

9 – 10:45am  

OCT  

15  

President On the Plaza (Arlington)  

12 – 2pm  

OCT  

16  

Mason Families Give Back  

11am – 1pm  

OCT  

16  

Mason’s Got Talent  

5 – 6pm  

OCT  

18  

President’s Lunch on the Lawn (Fairfax)  

12 – 2pm  

OCT  

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Faculty Panel: Grand Challenges  

5 – 7pm  

OCT  

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Accelerate 2022  

Oct 19, 8am – Oct 20, 10pm  

OCT  

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Faculty Panel: Robinson Professors – Issues of our Time  

2:30 – 4:30pm  

OCT  

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Alumni Reception  

5:30 – 7pm  

OCT  

20  

Motivational Speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie (Faculty/Staff)  

8:30am – 10am  

OCT  

20  

Student Leaders Luncheon w/ Dr. Calvin Mackie  

11:30am – 1pm  

OCT  

20  

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

2:30 – 4pm  

OCT  

20  

Faculty Meeting/Discussion with Dr. Calvin Mackie  

4:30 – 5:30pm 

OCT  

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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 

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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. 

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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

 

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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.  

Questions?