February 2019

Mason Wines and Scholarships

Both a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are available online and in local retail stores, including our newest carrier, Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes.

Visit for a list of retailers and more information about the wines.

Contact David Atkins, Auxiliary Enterprises, at or 703-993-3402 with questions.

February 2019

THE UNAFRAID Film Documentary at Mason

The Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Office will be screening THE UNAFRAID and having a Q&A following the film with Heather Courtney, one of the featured co-directors. Film screening and Q&A is free and open to the community. For more information and to RSVP, visit here.

THE UNAFRAID is a feature-length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities.

THE UNAFRAID shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States.

This event is sponsored by: University Life, University Life Programming Committee, Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Honors College, the LEAD Office, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources, School of Business, DKA, Global Affairs and Global Programs, Women and Gender Studies, Honors and Mason DREAMers.

February 2019

President’s Freedom and Learning Forum to feature Cameron Kasky, Activist and Co-Founder of March for Our Lives

The Freedom and Learning Forum at George Mason University allows the campus community to engage in an interactive dialogue series with the University President, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, and extraordinary thought leaders from around the world.

Join us for the next Freedom and Learning Forum, featuring Cameron Kasky, activist and co-founder of March for Our Lives.

Monday, February 25
4 to 6 p.m.
The Hub, Ballroom
RSVP online

This event is free and open to the public. This event is expected to reach capacity, so RSVP as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Lisa Snyder, associate director for Leadership Education and Development, at

This event is sponsored by the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office, Office of the President, University Life, University Life Programming Committee, and the Parents Fund.

February 2019

Mason CARES Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff  

Housed in Counseling and Psychological Services, Mason CARES (Campus Awareness, Referral, and Education for Suicide Prevention) is a program that supports suicide prevention and mental health awareness efforts at George Mason University. Most people don’t know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. That makes it a pretty big issue! And one that needs talking about.

Mason CARES talks about suicide to educate the Mason Community on how to:

  • Recognize and respond to those in crisis
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of available resources in regards to suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness
  • Help change perceptions concerning mental health by circulating positive images of mental illness and promoting help-seeking behaviors

There are four opportunities to attend training this semester. To register, click here. Questions about training can be directed to CAPS at 703-993-2380 or

February 2019

Become a Certified Well-Being Leadership Coach 

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being: Become a CoachBecome a leadership coach certified through the International Coach Federation.

Join Mason’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program! This program is designed for professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture. The Mason coaching focus – led by an outstanding leadership coaching team – emphasizes strengths-based approaches and methodologies. 

  • The fall 2019 cohort takes place from September 2019 to January 2020. Application deadline: July 15, 2019. 
  • The spring 2020 cohort takes place from February 2020 to June 2020. Application deadline: December 15, 2019. 

Benefited employees from Mason receive a 10 percent discount. Learn more and apply here! For questions, contact the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at or 703-993-6090. 

February 2019

Calling All Pint-Sized Patriots

Do you have a Pint-Sized Patriot in your family who supports the green and gold?

The Mason Staff Senate is accepting photos of your future Patriots (ages birth to 18) who are sporting Mason gear and proud to be a part of the Mason Nation!

Submit your photos by Friday, February 15, for a chance to be featured on the Staff Senate Facebook page during Homecoming Week. The photo that receives the most “likes” will be featured in our Staff Senate March Newsletter.

Need to update their Mason wardrobe? The Mason Bookstore offers a 10 percent discount to staff with a Mason staff ID.

Send your photo to, post it on our Facebook page, or tag @GMUStaffSenate on Twitter.

February 2019

Upcoming Events with University Libraries 

Social Media: Marketing Optics Workshop

Join us to learn more about using social media to market your business or product effectively. More information about the workshop, including date, time, and location can be found here. 

Book signing by visiting writer Porochista Khakpour at George's at the Johnson Center. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason UniversityCreative Writing Program: Visiting Writers Series

Rebecca Makkai 

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, recently named a finalist for the National Book Award; The Borrower; The Hundred-Year House; and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the faculty of the MFA programs at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago. 

The reading is open to the public. More information about the event, including date, time, and location, can be found here. Mark your calendars now for the full Visiting Writers Series this spring. 

Lyz Lenz

Journalist, essayist, memoirist, and more—nonfiction writer Lyz Lenz kicks off the Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Visiting Writers Series, hosted for the first time by George Mason University Libraries. 

Lenz is the author of the forthcoming books Godland: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America and BelaboredTales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay. 

Lenz is a contributing writer for the Columbia Journalism Review and the former managing editor for The Rumpus, and her writing has appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostBuzzfeedThe GuardianMarie ClaireSalon, and more. 

The reading is open to the public. More information about the event, including date, time, and location, can be found here. Mark your calendars now for the full Visiting Writers Series this spring. 

Mason’s Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. The events are hosted by Mason Libraries. 

February 2019

March Staff Senate Meeting: Quality of Work Life Survey Results with Shernita Rochelle Parker

The March Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Shernita Rochelle Parker, interim vice president, HR/Payroll and Faculty/Staff Life, and director, Organizational Development, Learning, and Coaching. Shernita will discuss the results of Mason’s recent Quality of Work Life Survey.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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)
Front Royal: Academic, Room 219 (703-249-8067)
WebEx: / Meeting Number (access code): 648 314 965  / Meeting password: 2ktMam99

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.

All are welcome to attend the Staff Senate general meeting.

Submit your questions for the Staff Senate:

To promote dialog at the Staff Senate general meetings, the Senate is collecting questions/comments from constituents. Submit your question using the online submission form or email your question to You may include your name, or you may ask to remain anonymous.

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

For questions, contact

February 2019

Upcoming Performances at Mason

The Julian Bliss Septet

Celebrating Gershwin: A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley

Virtuoso clarinetist Julian Bliss leads his band on A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley, which explores the treasured sounds of Gershwin and his contemporaries, including a suite from the iconic American opera Porgy and Bess, an excerpt from the beloved Rhapsody in Blue, and popular jazz tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” and “Lady be Good.” The swinging evening will be complemented by Bliss, who will share good-humored anecdotes and stories about Tin Pan Alley and the artists who popularized American music traditions.

Friday, March 1, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall
Tickets: $44, $37, $26

Buy tickets online:

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure—this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science, and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Tickets for children: $10
Tickets for adults: $15
Tickets for Girl Scouts Day: $10 (call 703-993-8600 for more information
Buy tickets online: