May 2022

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

Reminder: Open Enrollment Closes May 16 

Open Enrollment for health benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) closes Monday, May 16, 2022.   

You can make changes to your health insurance plan through Cardinal (the commonwealth’s online system) until Monday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m. Paper forms may be submitted to HR & Payroll until Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m.  

For more information, including information about premium rewards, please view the Open Enrollment page on the HR & Payroll website. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at 


Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is May 25! 

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day (FSED) is a yearly event that brings faculty and staff together for professional and personal growth. This year’s FSED on Wednesday, May 25 will be a virtual, day-long event centered around the theme Renew, Refresh, Reimagine. 

FSED offers professional and personal development workshops, time for reflection, and a chance to network and connect with other Mason employees. 

All Mason employees are invited to participate! Supervisors, please encourage your team to attend and provide time and flexibility during work hours to allow your staff to explore the offerings. 

Please visit the FSED website for details, including workshop options and registration info. We’ll update the website with more information as we approach the date – stay tuned!

May 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Mason Square Commuting Opportunity: Sustain and Save 

Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) has partnered with Commute66 to help faculty and staff who currently pay tolls on I-66 take advantage of Sustain & Save. This program provides $100 per month to employees who switch their commute from driving and parking at Mason Square to using transit, carpooling, biking, or another sustainable option. Participating individuals must commute into the office at least eight days a month. For more information, visit the website.

Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20 

Celebrate the Washington region’s Bike to Work Day! Start your day off cycling. Pit stops all over the VA, DC, MD area. For details and to register, visit   

Parking and Transportation End-of-Spring Semester Donation Drive for Patriot Pantry 

Would you like to help someone in need? Through Friday, May 20, make an in-person donation at any Parking Services office to benefit the Patriot Pantry and reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by $15, $20, or $30. For important details, including the donation/credit framework for donations, visit 

2022 Transportation Survey Extended 

The 2022 Transportation Survey has been extended through May 18.  Please take a few minutes to share how you get to, from, and around campus. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you can opt-in to a raffle for 10 prize packages valued at $40 each. Ten participants will be randomly selected from those who opt-in. 

As background to the survey, 30 percent of Mason’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributed to commuting. By participating in this survey you will help us understand and improve how Mason commutes and you will be providing key data to help in decision making. 

To participate in the survey, visit 


Summer 2022: Parking Permits on Sale and Mason Shuttles Summer Schedules Available 

Summer parking passes went on sale on Monday, May 2. Online sales only. Visit for details. Reach out to with any questions. 

Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 23. Service will be Monday–Friday only. Burke VRE will not be operating after May 20 until further notice. Schedules are posted at Please reach out to if you have any questions.  

Please note: The spring 2022 schedules are in effect through Friday, May 20, except West Campus, which operates through Friday, May 13.  

There is Graduation Weekend Service for Sandy Creek/Metro on May 21–22 only from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last departure from Vienna Metro at 9:30 p.m.).  No other weekend service operating. There is no shuttle service on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. 

March 2022

Mason Vision Day


Mason’s Vision Day is Thursday, April 7. Mason Vision Day is an opportunity for our community to come together each year to identify and support a deserving initiative on campus. Ideas were requested from the Mason Community. From almost 50 submissions, the Green Machine was chosen to be this year’s initiative.

In addition to students from every school, the Green Machine is also comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, and even parents. It’s also not just the Pep Band – there are nine groups that make up the Green Machine Ensembles.

Help spread the word, join in activities, and gift to the fund.

For more information, visit

January 2022

Staff Senate Sustainability Tip: January 2022


Did you know that you can’t recycle a pizza box? Pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, and when soiled with cheese, grease and other foods – they become a recycling no-go! 

January 2022

February General Meeting Announcement


The February Staff Senate meeting will feature David Farris, executive director of safety and emergency management. David will provide updates on Mason community COVID cases and current COVID safety policies and protocols.

Wednesday, February 2
10 a.m. to noon
General Business Meeting 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (agenda)
Guest speaker will present 11 a.m. to noon
Hosted on Zoom
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754

The Staff Senate collected questions for consideration in advance.  If time permits, the Staff Senate will take questions during the live session.

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. You may also add a hold to your calendar for our monthly meetings by clicking here.

November 2021

Announcements from Information Technology Services


IT Security Awareness Training Due November 15 

Information Technology Services (ITS) reminds all employees to complete their required annual IT Security Awareness Training by Monday, November 15. The training takes about 30 minutes. 

Employees can access the training at Mason Leaps using their NetID and Patriot Pass Password. Select “IT Security Awareness Training” in the “Your Action Items” box to the right. When the training comes up, select the training or opt to take a Knowledge Pre-Check quiz. If you opt to take the quiz, you only have to complete training modules related to questions you answer incorrectly and the module called “You Are the Shield.” 

Also, employees who are privileged users or system administrators have additional role-based training to complete, which is listed as LinkedIn Learning assignments in their accounts. 

If you have problems accessing your training, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or 


MASON-SECURE Retirement Delay 

Earlier this year, ITS announced that eduroam would replace MASON-SECURE this fall as Mason’s primary Wi-Fi network. Based on feedback from the Mason community, ITS is currently investigating acquiring an onboarding solution to simplify the transition from MASON-SECURE to eduroam. As a result, ITS is delaying the official retirement of MASON-SECURE until summer 2022. 

November 2021

Updates from Parking & Transportation


Bicycle Commuting 101: Online via Zoom 

Bicycling to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Join Delia Johnson from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor for Bicycle Commuting 101. During this session at noon on Tuesday, November 16 via Zoom, Delia will share information to help you feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels. 

This session is open to staff, faculty, and students. To register, visit   

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you. 


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 – earn a distance bonus! 
  • Ride at Tier 2 or Tier 3 all year – 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 more details here.   


Mason Shuttles 2021 Thanksgiving Service Changes 

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


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. Visit here for details and regions covered.

Sustain and Save Program 

Have you heard of the new regional incentive program, Sustain & Save, that faculty and staff at the Arlington Campus can enroll in? Sustain & Save is a program run by Commute66 to assist in reducing traffic along I-66 and improving the daily commute. 

Did you know that enrolled participants will get $100 each month you participate in a sustainable commute mode? With this extra cash each month, you may wonder what a good use for it could be. Commute66 wrote a blog post on what you can use your monthly incentive for. Some ideas include good walking shoes, a new helmet, a new bike, digital streaming services, or new headphones.   

To join Sustain & Save, you must be a full-time faculty or staff member at the Arlington Campus, currently drive along I-66 and pay tolls, and be willing to switch to an eligible commute mode (public transit, carpool, vanpool, walking, or biking). If you would like to reach out to the Commute66 team managing Sustain & Save to start your application, email them at: 

Read more here: 

Sustain & Save Program for Arlington Campus Faculty and Staff 

How to Spend your Sustain & Save $100 Incentive 

November 2021 Sustainability at Work

Sustainability at Work: November 2021

World Leaders are Gathering in Glasgow, Scotland, to Discuss Climate Change. So What? 

Hailed as the “last, best chance” to avoid catastrophic climate change, world leaders are gathering in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12 for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP). There, they’re supposed to take action to meet the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. But are they? 

So, what is a COP? Why does it matter? And what’s next? Register for COP26 – What Happened There? What’s Next?, an interactive discussion featuring George Mason University’s academic and research experts, passionate students, and special guests. 

Join the discussion at 11 a.m. on November 23. You’ll learn what was said and done at COP 26, what needs to happen next, and how you can make a difference in the global fight against climate change. 


This event is hosted in partnership among the Office of Sustainability, the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, the Center for Climate Change Communications, and the Environmental Science and Policy Department. 

November 2021

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes 

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! 


TIAA Financial Seminars 

Looking to learn more about your finances? 

TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more! 


Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance 

Telework and Inclement Weather 

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if: 

  • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed 
  • The university is on a modified schedule

  For more details, visit 


Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance 

With winter weather fast approaching, please review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy 


Staying Updated 

Stay updated on university closings, late openings, or other weather-related changes to the university’s schedule through Mason’s switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university’s homepage, as well as local media outlets. 

November 2021

December General Meeting Announcement


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

Wednesday, December 1
10 a.m. to noon
General business meeting, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (agenda)
Dr. Washington will present from 11 a.m. to noon
Hosted on Zoom:
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with the 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.