March 2016

Registration for Spring Break Camps Now Open for the Mason Community

The Potomac Arts Academy and Human Resources and Payroll have teamed up to offer a pilot program of exciting and interactive camp opportunities for Mason families during K-12 schools’ spring break. The camps will be in session from March 21-25. Choose from Game Design, Magical Camp, and Theater Camp.

In response to your feedback, we have created an a la carte option for Magical Camp. Now you can put together what works for your family— choose just the camp option, or add before or after care if needed. Spaces are still available for all options.

Click here for information and to register for Spring Break Camps.

These pilot camps are in response to the recent Family Matters Survey where nearly 30% of respondents indicated a need for a child care option during spring break for their school age children. We hope faculty and staff will join us for one of these three exciting options for their kids.  The camps are also open to the community beyond Mason, so feel free to share the information with your families, neighbors, and friends.

Contact Tina Morris with questions at 703-993-5807 or

March 2016

Mason Alumni: Gowns for Grads Program Needs Your Support

Volgenau School of Engineering 2015 Convocation at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University
Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Each semester, Mason undergraduate students work hard to earn their degrees. Many of our students do not experience walking across the stage at graduation because they cannot afford to purchase regalia. Bachelor’s regalia was priced at $59.98 (before tax) this winter. Think of this as three tanks of gas, or an outfit the student needs for a job interview!

The Gown for Grads program collects Mason alumni’s old caps and gowns; graduating students in need can rent them for the day at no cost. To donate a gown, email Amanda Myers at The program also accepts monetary donations at

Contact Amanda Myers with questions at

March 2016

Spring Into Town Hall, Sponsored by the Staff Senate: March 8

town hallJoin the Staff Senate for its inaugural Spring Into Town Hall on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Town Hall will take place in Research Hall, Room 163 on the Fairfax Campus and will be video-conferenced to Arlington (Founders Hall, Room 322) and SciTech (Bull Run Hall, Room 258).

Nicole Roth, Staff Senate Chair, will update constituents on the Senate’s current initiatives. The following presenters will provide updates and answer questions from constituents:

  • Linda Harber, Human Resources/Payroll
  • Josh Cantor, Parking and Transportation
  • Marc Fournier, Mason Dining
  • J.J. Davis, University Leadership

The Staff Senate’s Fairfax Staff Appreciation Event will take place immediately following the town hall. The Staff Appreciation Events at other campuses will be held as follows:

SciTech: Thursday, March 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bull Run Hall, Atrium
Arlington: Tuesday, March 15, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Founders Hall, Room 125

The Town Hall and Staff Appreciation Events are open to Mason classified and non-student wage employees. Click here for more information regarding Spring Into Town Hall.