November 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Sandy Creek Shuttle Stop at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University
Potential New Vanpool from Gainesville on the I-66 Corridor 

Are you a faculty/staff member who commutes from Gainesville? Come to the Johnson Center, Kiosk G, on Thursday, Nov. 10 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn how riders in new vanpools of five or more pay only $150 per month through March 2023. Plus, if you are a full-time Mason faculty/staff member, Mason picks up the monthly $150 vanpool fare to make your commute trip free 

All I-66 commuters to Mason from outside the Beltway are welcome to attend. For details, call 703927-1046 or email 

For questions about how Mason supports vanpooling for full-time faculty and staff, contact Mason Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2828 or  

Commuter Choice Benefit Increasing in 2023

Beginning in January 2023, the maximum Commonwealth Commuter Choice benefit at Mason will increase by $20 to $300 per month. Currently, an executive order gives full-time state employees in Northern Virginia up to $280 per month to commute by public transit or vanpool. This is a tax-free benefit paid by the university. To take advantage of this increase beginning with the January benefit, be sure to submit your Commuter Choice Monthly Benefit Request by Thursday, Dec. 8. If you are new to the program, please also submit an enrollment form. For more information and the forms, please visit the website. 

Share the Ride Using

Travel on I-66 to get to Mason? When the Transform 66 project is completed (scheduled for December 2022), there will be HOV-3 express lanes. Ride for free in HOV! How? Rideshare! Line up your carpool now. Save money, save time behind the wheel, potentially reduce the length of your commute, and reduce your carbon footprint—all by deciding not to drive alone.

Find potential rideshare partners by creating an account at Other financial incentives to carpool are sponsored by the Transform 66 project. Learn more.  

Mason Shuttles 2022 Thanksgiving Service Changes

The Thanksgiving holiday will bring changes to the Mason Shuttle schedules. Details are posted on the Mason Shuttles website at

Thanksgiving 2022 Regional Transportation

Mason offers affordable transportation for the Mason community to regional cities for the Thanksgiving holiday. Destinations include Virginia Beach, Richmond, Philadelphia, New York City, and more. Buses will leave on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and return on Sunday, Nov. 27.

For a complete list of destinations, departure times, and pickup locations, visit or view the schedule. 

Parking and Transportation Holiday Donation Drive

Would you like to help someone in need? Parking Services is holding its annual holiday donation drive. Through Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m., you can reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by making a donation to any Parking Services office to benefit Patriot Pantry. For important details, visit 

Route Planning: Biking to Mason

Live within biking distance of Mason? Planning a commute for this autumn or maybe next spring? We have volunteers who can assist you in finding a biking route that is comfortable for you. For details and regions covered, visit the biking resources webpage and choose the Bike Volunteer Program. 

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! 

  • Four tiers of financial support tied to the number of rides per quarter. Join the program for as few as 5 rides per quarter.
  • Earn complimentary parking passes 
  • Ride more than 10 miles each way to work to earn a distance bonus
  • Ride at Tier 2 or Tier 3 all year to receive funds for a complimentary bike check 
  • Can be used in conjunction with Commuter Choice 

Conditions apply—the big one is that the program, unlike Commuter Choice, is taxable per the IRS. But don’t let that stop you; check out the details at   

Staying Safe: Traveling at Dusk

A reminder from Parking and Transportation that the days are growing shorter and it’s getting darker earlier. Now that Daylight Savings Time has ended, please keep in mind that it is difficult to see and be seen at dusk. Exercise care whether you are driving, biking, or walking. 

November 2022

Supervision Collective Panel Presentation

Join the University Life Supervision Collective for a panel conversation:

Change Management: Helping Your Team Thrive While Growing Your Team
Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center, Bistro

Leaders from across University Life will share experiences, strategies, and best practices for supporting and growing their teams in times of change. The panel will be immediately followed by a lunch and learn with small group discussions focused on aspects of change management.


  • Naomi Martinez-Jones, Director of Disability Services
  • Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life
  • Joan Bushore, Associate Nursing Director Student Health Services
  • Rick Gray, Director of New Student and Family Programs
  • Christian Barber, Director of Residence Life

Session Goals:

  • Help participants identify at minimum one strategy to support their team during a period of growth
  • Assist participants with identifying at minimum one growth mindset practice to implement within their teams
  • Engage participants in dialogue with colleagues

For questions, contact Louise Higgins, University Life.

November 2022

Webinar on Employee Well-Being

Join Jessica Grossmeier, author of Reimagining Workplace Well-Being: Fostering a Culture of Purpose, Connection, and Transcendence, on Thursday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for the free webinar, “Addressing the Heart and Soul of Employee Well-Being.”

This webinar is part of Mason’s Leading to Well-Being Speaker Series, presented by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Learn more and register.

October 2022

Announcements from Operations and Business Services

Mason Faculty and Staff Save with Patriot Perks
Patriot Perks are discounts available at local businesses offered to the Mason community, including faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and students. With over 150 businesses enrolled, including restaurants, salons, and more. Visit the new Patriot Perks website to find the discounts available to you!   


Mason Affinity Debit Card
Get ready to show your Mason pride with the new Wells Fargo exclusive Mason affinity debit card available to all students, faculty and staff. Enroll today by visiting a local branch with your Mason ID.   


All Faculty and Staff Receive a 10 Percent Discount at the Bookstore
Every Friday is Spirit Friday, so don’t forget to wear green and gold! No Mason gear? No problem! All faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on Mason Gear in the bookstore with their Mason ID.


October 2022

October is Sustainability Month

In October, Mason will celebrate Sustainability Month through sustainable programs, events, and initiatives. From volunteering to helping Mason reduce its environmental impact, there are many ways to get involved! The Office of Sustainability encourages the Mason community to make an impact, exemplifying our university’s commitment to a just and sustainable future for all. For everything related to Sustainability Month, please visit 


October 2022

Patriots Thriving Together

At Mason, we’re committed to everyone Thriving Together. You’ll find a range of resources designed to improve your well-being and mental health on the Patriots Thriving Together website at

Mason’s mental health and well-being resources are organized under three categories: non-credited learning experiences, academic credit experiences, and general resources.

The Patriots Thriving Together resources are designed for all community members. The best well-being practices and habits are the ones that work for you. Try some of these activities and discover which ones help you on your well-being journey! 

October 2022

Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K

Plan to join your fellow Patriots for the 3rd Annual Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K as we celebrate well-being and support our Mason students!

Run or walk with us Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. on the Fairfax Campus, or virtually from any location you choose. Registration is $15 for Mason students and $35 for everyone else. Proceeds will support Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services Fund, which helps Mason students access vital mental health care.

Let’s thrive together! Learn more at 

Register today!

September 2022

October Staff Senate Meeting Announcement


The October Staff Senate meeting will feature Mason President Gregory Washington.

Wednesday, October 5
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Staff Senate General Business Meeting (agenda)
10:45 a.m. to noon – Guest Speaker
Hosted on Zoom
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 975 1903 7430/ Passcode: 078091

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with university administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community. The work of the senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents. Find more ways to engage with the senate before, during, and after our general meetings.

September 2022

September General Meeting Recording


The September Staff Senate meeting featured Andrew Lane, director of Performance Management and Employee Engagement, joined by members of his team, including Tamira Colbert, faculty/staff engagement assistant, and Stacey Ellis, faculty/staff engagement consultant, to discuss goals and initiatives following the results of the recent Gallup survey of Mason employees.

If you missed the session, you can watch or listen to the recording.

Profile of a Senator September 2022

Meet Jeremy Stern, Staff Senator and Ticket Office Manager, Hylton Performing Arts Center, College of Visual and Performing Arts


Role: Working with the Front of House Manager, I ensure all Hylton Performing Arts Center patrons have an enjoyable experience when they come to see the world-class event put on by the university. The job has changed to be a bit more paperwork focused, but I always pop out to talk with the patrons and help the crew when I have a chance.

Mason journey: I started out as an undergrad student in 2007 and joined the Hylton as a part-time ticket seller when it opened in 2010. I took on extra work with our Production and Front of House team, trying to get as many hours as I could, before they brought me on full time in 2016 as the Ticket Office Supervisor. I took a short break to earn my master’s in history from Mason and they brought me back as the office manager shortly before COVID hit.

Best thing about working at Mason: I love being around all the art and cultural opportunities the university provides. I’ve seen and shaken hands with some incredible artists over the years, including Leslie Odom Jr., Jane Lynch, Terry Crews, and Charlie Daniels, just to name a few. I also never would have been able to earn my master’s degree without the tuition benefits Mason provides for its staff.

Why I serve on Staff Senate: When the university closed its doors for the pandemic, it was difficult to understand everything that was going on. I started virtually attending the Staff Senate meeting and it was only through their hard work that I was able to learn what the university was planning and doing in response to COVID. They provided a meaningful connection with senior leadership when it was needed most. Now that we’re (mostly) on the other side, I wanted to do my share and provide that connection for the next generation of Mason employees. Especially those who work odd hours and who can sometimes get forgotten about by the folk upstairs.

At the end of the day: Whether as a student or an employee, I’ve been with George Mason for 15 years. I’ve watched the university grow, both metaphorically and literally, over the years. This place and this community feel like a second home for me and I am so lucky to be a part of the Mason Family.