January 2019

January Employee of the Month: Emily Rusch

Emily RuschCongratulations to Emily Rusch, development associate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, for being selected as the January 2019 Employee of the Month! Read more about Emily in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive the deserved recognition and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll website.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.

January 2019

Working Moms and Dads Support Groups

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Working Moms Support Group

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus.

The group will kick off its 17th year of brown bag lunch meetings on Thursday, January 24, at noon in the Women and Gender Studies Center (Johnson Center, Room 240K).

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, join us!

Visit our website for more information. Contact Heather Aleknavage at 703-993-2295 or with questions.

Working Dads Support Group

We are currently searching for a George Mason dad to lead Mason’s Working Dads Support Group! The Working Dads Support Group was formed for George Mason dads to get together regularly to swap stories and gain insight from others.

If you are interested in leading the group, please email for more information.

January 2019

February Staff Senate Meeting: Assistant Chief of Police, Brian Cozby

The February Staff Senate meeting will feature guest speaker Brian Cozby, assistant chief of police in the Department of Police and Public Safety. Assistant Chief Cozby will discuss the services our police department offers the Mason community.

Wednesday, February 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

January 2019

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) Meeting

The next Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room C.

MAP welcomes anyone working at George Mason who considers themselves to be in an administrative professional role.

For questions and to RSVP, contact

January 2019

Prescription Drug Drop-Box Now a Permanent Service

George Mason University PoliceThe George Mason Police Department now offers a permanent prescription drug drop-box in the lobby of the Police and Safety Headquarters on the Fairfax Campus. The Police and Safety Headquarters is located behind Rappahannock River Parking Deck, along University Drive.

For more information about what can and cannot be dropped off, contact Lt. Michael Guston at 703-993-3414 or

January 2019

Environmental Health and Safety Updates

Rave Guardian: Campus Safety Mobile App

Rave Guardian is a campus safety mobile application that enhances preparedness and safety on-campus using interactive features and allows students, faculty, and staff to create a virtual network of friends, family, and campus safety personnel. The application also includes anonymous, two-way crime reporting through text and picture messaging. The application is available to anyone with a university email address for free through the iTunes store and the Google Play store. Click here for more information.    

Looking for more ways to be prepared? Visit the Mason Ready site to find emergency preparedness information catered specifically to Mason’s faculty and staff. 

Active Threat Training

The Department of Police and Public Safety and the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) offer Active Threat Training on a routine basis or upon request to provide instruction and discuss how to respond to violence that may occur on or off campus. Click here to find training dates, register, or learn more.  

Attend Training through EHS

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides a wide range of safety training options to help sustain a healthful and safe working and learning environment. These training courses are offered not only to meet numerous regulations, but also in an effort to encourage health and safety throughout the university community.  

For example: You might be interested in attending Fire Extinguisher training, where you will learn through hands-on practice how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. All training provided by EHS is free, and open to all members of the Mason community.  

For a complete listing of EHS training courses by category, click here. To register for training, visit the EHS training registration website here. If you need assistance registering for training, contact

January 2019

December Employee of the Month: Rosemary Brown

Rosemary BrownCongratulations to Rosemary Brown, human resources and reports manager in the School of Business, for being selected as the December 2018 Employee of the Month! Read more about Rosemary in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive the deserved recognition and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll website.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.

January 2019

Half-Price Basketball Tickets

Mason faculty and staff receive 50 percent off the single game price for reserved and upper reserved seats for all weeknight (Monday–Friday) home games.

Tickets are available for purchase at the EagleBank Arena box office with valid Mason ID. Limit of six discounted tickets per ID.  


Also, be sure to check out the upcoming Saturday night game on January 26, when Mason men’s basketball takes on George Washington at 7 p.m. at EagleBank Arena.











January 2019

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar

Hear for yourself why rising Gospel stars Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar have millions of YouTube views. This concert is sure to inspire with Trey McLaughlin at the piano leading this group of superbly talented Gospel singers in fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theater hits. Internationally recognized for their rich harmonies, emotion-filled vocals, and complex arrangements of classic gospel hymns, the group has performed with many of today’s Gospel greats, such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, Earnest Pugh, and James Fortune. They gained fame after being featured on Vashawn Mitchell’s “Chasing After You,” from his Grammy-nominated album, Triumphant. Savor the inspiring sounds of Georgia’s hottest new Gospel ensemble on their first-ever North American tour. 

Tickets: $44, $37, $26 (Use coupon code TREY10 and save $10 off your tickets: $34, $27, $16.)  
Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
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Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels 

Experience the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics with their signature blend of acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a good bit of clowning around. This new production tells the story of an iconic 42-foot circus ring with talented acrobats and aerialists performing astonishing feats of strength and agility that present their mechanical interpretation of traditional circus entertainments. Thrill at the timeless wonder of circus artistry combined with impressive mechanical ingenuity, like a galloping metal horse and a spectacular rotating tent frame. This premier American circus, founded in 2004, finds its roots in all things mechanical and shares the stories of American inventiveness. 

Tickets: $48, $41, $29
Friday, February 22, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall 
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Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall
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