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Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics

Arlington and SciTech Flu Shot Clinics

The Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics are coming to the Arlington and SciTech campuses:

  • Arlington – Van Metre Hall 317, October 9, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • SciTech – Colgan Hall 110E, October 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Faculty and staff are FREE with COVA insurance card. COVA members may bring a flu shot consent form to the clinic for a shorter wait.

Please view the flyer and FAQs for more information.

Fairfax Flu Shot Opportunities

Did you miss the chance to get your flu shot at the Oct. 8 event? Don’t worry! There are two more chances to receive your flu shot.

Follow Up Flu Shot Clinic

November 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Johnson Center, Gold Room
Flu shots will be available for COVA members only at this clinic. You may complete the flu shot consent form prior to the clinic to ensure a shorter wait time.

Kaiser Permanente Mobile Health Van

December 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Merten Hall Parking Lot
All employees, regardless of insurance, may receive a biometric screening and flu shot on the Mobile Health Van. Kaiser Permanente members may complete a variety of healthcare needs on the van. For more information, check out the flyer.

Visit the HR & Payroll events page for more information, including clinic tips. Questions? Visit our FAQs.

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Training Opportunities from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Learn well-being leadership skills for professional and personal success in this upcoming certificate program from Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being: 

Become a Certified Leadership and Well-Being Coach 

Become a certified leadership and well-being by joining the Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program, designed for professionals working for positive change and accredited by the International Coach Federation. 

Now accepting applications for Cohort 8 – Spring 2020 Semester (February 2020 to June 2020, apply by December 15, 2019) and Cohort 9 – Fall 2020 Semester (September 2020 to January 2021). The program takes place in five modules over five months. 

Mason alumni and classified employees receive a 10 percent discount on tuition. Learn more by reading these coaching alumni stories and more information. Questions? Contact or 703-993-6090. 



September 2019

9/11 Day of Service and Service Fair

Volunteers in the President’s Park Hydroponic Greenhouse help with seed sowing on 9/11 Service Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Students, alumni, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service and Service Fair! There are two ways to get involved:

9/11 Day of Service
The 7th Annual Day of Service will take place on Wednesday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service events will provide an opportunity to give back to the local George Mason community. To volunteer for one of the many service projects on campus, visit

The Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) Service Fair
The Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) Service Fair will take place on Thursday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the SUB I Quad. This is a great way to connect with more than 30 different community partners and leaders, and discover opportunities to use your School Assistance and Volunteer Leave!

General information about the 9/11 Day of Service and Service Fair can be found at

Up to two hours of volunteer service can be considered work time with your supervisor’s permission. If you would like to volunteer more than two hours, eligible faculty and staff may use school assistance and volunteer hours.

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Mason Madness

Friday, October 18, 2019
8 p.m.
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus

The 2019–20 George Mason basketball season will tip off with one of the best Mason traditions: Mason Madness!

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; fans are encouraged to arrive early to snag the best seats.












September 2019

Upcoming Performances at Mason

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines
Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall
Tickets: $48, $41, $29
Box Office: 703-993-7759 

The 2019–20 Hylton Presents season opens with an evening of sensational entertainment by this hot New York-based jazz ensemble group known for their brassy horn arrangements, rip-roaring piano tunes, and smoky vocals. “The charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz” (The Guardian), the Hot Sardines whisk you back to the days of Parisian cabarets, French Quarter jazz clubs, and Harlem speakeasies as they channel the music and the style of the Jazz Age while adding their own distinct contemporary verve. Bandleader and pianist Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 at a jazz jam session and bonded over their love for Fats Waller and other greats like Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday. 

An Evening with Audra McDonald: Songs from the American Music Theater
Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Tickets: $100, $75, $50
Box Office: 703-993-2787 

Audra McDonald

Tony, Grammy®, and Emmy® Award winner Audra McDonald makes her Center for the Arts debut. In this concert, McDonald performs her trademark mix of hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. In addition to a record-breaking six Tony Awards—distinguishing her as the most decorated performer in American theater—she is the recipient of two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a 2015 National Medal of Arts bestowed on her by President Barack Obama. Tony-winning performances include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift fordramatic truth-telling, she is as much at home on Broadway and concert stages as she is on film and television.

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Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

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

The group hosts brown bag lunch meetings at noon in the Women and Gender Studies Center (Johnson Center, Room 240K). Upcoming fall meetings:

  • November 14
  • December 3

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please join us, and feel free to visit our website for additional information:

Contact Heather Aleknavage with questions at or 703-993-2295



September 2019

Campus Fire Safety Month

September is Campus Fire Safety Month, and the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) is pleased to use this opportunity to remind the Mason community of a few essential fire safety tips. In addition to the advice below, EHS encourages you to review the university’s Fire Safety Plan, which describes roles and responsibilities, policies, and procedures designed to mitigate the causes of fire, prevent loss of life and property by fire, and outline the procedures used to maintain fire protection and life safety systems at George Mason University. 

Stay Warm…and Safe! 

With cold weather approaching, it’s important to be aware of heating safety practices. While the university permits the use of personal space heaters, they must be used in accordance with the directives below.

  • Space heaters must have tip over automatic safety cut-offs and wiring that is in good condition. 
  • All combustible materials must be removed at least three feet from the space heater. 
  • Never place a space heater directly on top of combustible paper products, wood, or fueled equipment.  
  • Space heaters must be plugged directly into the wall, without the use of an extension cord or power strip. 
  • Space heater may never be used in areas where hazardous materials (i.e., flammable materials) are used or stored.  
  • Space heaters must be turned off when they are left unattended. 
  • Heaters must have a ceramic element. Coil elements are not permitted. 

Download this tip sheet from the National Fire Protection Association to learn more about heating safety practices.  

Fire Emergencies: Evacuation 

Most of us have a habit of entering and leaving our offices through the same door. In an emergency, that exit door may not be accessible, and you’ll need to quickly locate an alternate way out.

Evacuation Plans, like the one pictured here, are posted throughout all university buildings. Students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to know and use two exit routes for all buildings and know your designated assembly area. Evacuation plans also show the location of fire extinguishers and pull stations. 

Review your evacuation plan today, and if you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact EHS. 

Training Opportunities 

EHS offers Fire Extinguisher Use training to all members of the university community. In this engaging, one-hour course, you’ll learn how to operate a fire extinguisher through hands-on practice and classroom instruction. Visit to register for a class today, or contact EHS to schedule a group session for your office. 


September 2019

Who’s Walking Wednesday with Staff Senate 

Take a break with a walk around campus! Join members of the Staff Senate for Who’s Walking Wednesday on September 18. 

This is a great chance to meet some of your senators, hear about the work they are doing, and share any questions or ideas of your own. 

The walk begins at noon in front of Merten Hall. Bring your water and walking shoes! 

If you have questions, contact 

September 2019

Parking and Transportation Updates

Fairfax Campus
Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Save the Date: Car-Free Day, September 21–23

With the construction projects on I-66 and a host of commuting challenges on the roads every day, it may be time to think about sharing your ride with others or even going car-free. Car-Free Day is a great time to try something new and establish another way to get to work! Take the pledge at   

Some additional resources for faculty/staff: 

Mason Programs: Full listing at; including:  

  • Commuter Choice – eligible employees can receive up to $265/month for using public transportation or vanpool to get to work 
  • Zimride – to assist in finding people with whom to commute (available to faculty, staff, and students) 
  • Bike Commuter Choice – three tiers of financial support based on how much you ride 
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program – an emergency ride home four times per year at no cost for those who use car/vanpool, mass transit, bike, or walk at least two times per week
  • Pool Party (Car/Vanpool): Sept. 19 at noon in the Hub Corner Pocket. Help the environment, save money, and reduce your commuting stress all by choosing not to drive alone to Mason. Additional information available on the website. Free pizza and games! Open to faculty, staff and students. 

Car Free Day with the City of Manassas: 

  • Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional information available here.
  • Includes a community bike ride from Colgan Hall at the SciTech Campus to the Manassas Farmer’s Market. Open to all. 

I-66 Commuter Incentives: Click on Outside the Beltway and then Commuter Options 

Questions?  Contact Parking and Transportation at 

Fall Biking-Related Opportunities at Mason

Parking and Transportation has teamed up with the Office of Sustainability, Human Resources and Payroll, and the Fairfax Alliance on Better Bicycling (FABB) on some biking-related opportunities this fall for faculty, staff, and students including: 


  • Learn to Ride Classes with the Fairfax Alliance on Better Bicycling (FABB): Saturday,Sept. 14, or Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, $10 
  • Abandoned “As Is” Bike Sale, Friday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the Visitor Section (first level) of the Shenandoah Parking Garage. Approximately 60 bikes need some TLC, but see if there is one for you. Prices start at $10.   


  • Bike Commuting 101 with Rick Holt of Human Resources and Payroll and a American League of Bicyclist’s Certified Instructor: Thursday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. Free.
  • Bike Skills Building Class with FABB: Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, $10.
  • Social Ride with FABB from Mason to Burke Lake Park and back, Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $10. 

All the Time: 

  • Patriot Bike Check Out Program: Check out a bike from the RAC or the Aquatic Center (AFC) at no cost, Monday–Thursday, for a one-day check out by showing a valid Mason ID.  Check it out on Friday or Saturday and have it until Sunday night. Return to either location. 

For more information, including registration for some events, visit

September 2019

Edible Book Festival

Join us for the Mason Libraries’ Annual Edible Book Festival—where books and food converge in creative and tasty ways! The International Edible Book Festival combines books, art, food, and fun. Edible books look like a book, or just have something to do with books.

Be creative! Your festival entry should be made from sweet or savory edible ingredients. All entries are displayed, judged, and prizes awarded.

Register your entry by October 1, 2019. More details and Festival entry form at

Sponsors + Prizes! Argo Tea Cafe — University Bookstore –University Library

For more information, contact Amy Sullivan, preservation librarian, at or 703-993-2667.