October 2017

Patriot Green Fund Application Deadlines: October 6 and 20

The Patriot Green Fund has two upcoming application deadlines on October 6 and October 20. To learn more and apply, visit the website.

Any student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project on campus. Funding can be used in several ways:

  • Implement a “green feature” on Mason’s campuses, with the leadership of a class or individual student
  • Implement a large research project (this kind of project must be overseen and directed by a faculty member)
  • Quick Funds designed to implement a smaller research or facility improvement project that can be accomplished in the span of a semester

For questions about the Patriot Green Fund, contact the Office of Sustainability at

October 2017

WebEx Now Available

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that Cisco WebEx Meeting Center host accounts are now available to all employees. Host accounts allow you to schedule and lead meetings in WebEx Meeting Center— wherever and whenever you need (an account is not needed to participate in meetings hosted by others).

For details and to request your host account, visit It may take up to three business days to process your request.

WebEx Meeting Center is a cloud-based web conferencing tool for meetings and collaboration, allowing participants to share video, audio, and content—all online. It will be available for general office use. Use in classrooms and conference rooms are considered to be in beta release, as ITS works to upgrade the technology in these spaces to allow for full use of WebEx functionality. If you are interested in using WebEx with a physical room location, contact for assistance.

To learn more about WebEx Meeting Center, watch this short video.

For additional resources and tutorials, visit Cisco’s Collaboration Help Portal.

If you have any questions, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or

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Mason Night at Center for the Arts

Explore the arts at Mason and get discounted tickets for the performance of the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin on November 4 at 8 p.m.

These talented artists show off their superior skills in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts. More than 100 performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts and martial arts.

For 25% off tickets use the promo code MASONSPIRIT for Mason faculty and staff. Half-price tickets are available for youth through grade 12.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets

October 2017

Summer Staff Appreciation Raffle Winners

Shahida Memon – skull candy ear bud winner

Congrats to all of our Summer 2017 Staff Appreciation Raffle Winners!

Scott Bailey

Jose Coradin

Kristine Crassweller

Mollie DelVecchio

Megan Friend

Donna Fulton

Emilio Goncalves

Ellen Hembree

Michael Hock

Peggy Marsilii

David McGarry

Shahida Memon

Leigh Anne Nordike

Elaine North

Cole Sanlorenzo

Maryam Sasan

Tae Seok Seo

Jeanne Spencer

Rizza Villacorte

Linda Welter

Michael Wharton

Aaron Wilson

October 2017

Mason’s Public Safety App

Mason now offers the Rave Guardian public safety app to all students, faculty, and staff. This app is integrated with Mason Alert and offers a number of important features:

  • Virtual safety escort function
  • Allows users to submit tips to University Police anonymously
  • Ability to relay your profile information and location if you activate a panic call

This application is free through the iTunes store and the Google Play store. Questions? Contact

October 2017

Updated Holiday Calendar

As a follow up to the exciting announcements regarding holiday time at the Budget Town Hall in September, the new holiday schedule is available on the Human Resources and Payroll website.

Updates include:

  • Thanksgiving Recess: Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 (Wednesday is now a full holiday)
  • Winter Break: Friday, December 22 through Wednesday, January 3 (two more days added)

For questions, contact Human Resources and Payroll at 703-993-2600.

October 2017

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) Meeting: October 10

The Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) group, custom-created by people who consider themselves administrative professionals employed at George Mason, is designed to unite administrative professionals working in similar roles across campus.

The October MAP meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 3300. Lori Yi will be there from the Mason Advising Certificate Program to give a presentation on the program.  Nikole Gordon from Marriott will be there with a brief presentation and lunch for the group.

If you would like to attend,  RSVP to

October 2017

Research Administration Certification Program

Are you interested in learning more about research administration? If so, Mason’s Research Administration Certification Program might be for you!

The program, developed in collaboration with a cross-campus advisory committee and coordinated through the Office of Sponsored Programs, is a professional development opportunity designed to educate staff about sponsored programs administration.

Visit the program website for more information and links to register for sessions.

For questions, contact Pat Sperry, Office of Sponsored Programs, at 703-993-8929 or

October 2017

Inside Out: Using Anatomy.TV

Master much more than the “bare bones” of anatomy with Primal Pictures and Anatomy.TV. Learn to use the 3D anatomy model, built using real scan data from the visible human project, to enhance instruction in face-to-face and online classes.

This workshop will include curriculum integration of images, movies, clinical slides, and text. Breakfast will be provided. Register online.

SciTech Campus:
Wednesday, October 4
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Colgan Hall, Room 110H

This workshop is hosted by University Libraries. Contact LeighAnn Skeen at with questions.

October 2017

October Staff Senate Meeting: President Ángel Cabrera and Frank Neville

President Ángel Cabrera and Frank Neville, chief of staff and vice president of communications and marketing, will visit the October Staff Senate meeting to share updates and answer questions from staff.

Wednesday, October 4
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room B119 (video-conferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (video-conferenced)

Submit your questions for our guest speakers:
To promote dialog at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions from constituents. This is your opportunity to ask university leadership about things that are important to you as Mason staff! Submit your question in advance using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

Staff Senate reserves the right to determine which questions are asked during the meeting. Any selected questions that are not asked during the session due to time constraints will be emailed to the guest speaker, and the responses will be published in the Staff Senate newsletter at a later date.

All who attend the Staff Senate general meeting are welcome to ask questions in-person, during the session.

For questions, contact