February 2020

Star Wars Night at EagleBank Arena

It’s Star Wars Night at EagleBank Arena as George Mason faces off against George Washington in the #RevRivalry Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4:30 p.m.

The first 1,000 fans in the door will receive a limited-edition Fleece Jersey Blanket. Enjoy a pre-game meet and greet with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Single tickets starting at $15. Shop now

Join the pre-game tailgate, a community-wide celebration, and show your Patriot pride among current students, alumni, and our surrounding community. Sign up now at!

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Learn Well-Being Leadership Skills for Success

Learn well-being leadership skills for success in these upcoming certificate programs from Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program

Cohort 9: September 2020 to January 2021 (application deadline is July 15, 2020)

Cohort 10: February 2021 to June 2021

Cohort 11: September 2021 to January 2022

The Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program is designed specifically for business professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture. The Mason coaching focus emphasizes strengths-based approaches and methodologies as well as transformative practices that deepen self-awareness, develop coaching presence, and facilitate organizational well-being. This experiential program features a competency and research-based curriculum that aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) requirements and coaching competencies.

Strengths-Based Leadership Program

May 8, 2020 or September 11, 2020

This one-day program shows leaders how to use their strengths to optimize leadership success. Research shows that using strengths-based leadership can lead to higher levels of employee motivation, engagement, and well-being. Leaders will experience a greater awareness of their unique mix of strengths and discover how to apply that knowledge to improve individual and organizational performance.

Leveraging the Power of Polarity Thinking Program

May 27–29, 2020

This three-day program equips leaders to use Polarity Thinking™ concepts, practices and tools, including the Polarity Map® and the Polarity Assessment™. Polarities are interdependent yet opposing forces that create tension in individuals, teams, and systems. Polarity Thinking will enable leaders to overcome their most complex and critical challenges by applying both/and thinking skills to the polarities they face in leadership. Leaders will gain experience managing polarities in a consulting/coaching client relationship by integrating what they have learned through an action learning project. Leaders will earn a certification in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation) through this program.

Questions? Contact or 703-993-6090.

February 2020

From our Friends in Human Resources and Payroll

Let’s Move Mason

Physical well-being is an important aspect of how we thrive. To aid in this, we are launching a new initiative for faculty and staff called, Let’s Move, Mason! This initiative is designed to get you moving throughout your day in a convenient way that is possible for you. Need some ideas on how to get moving? Check out the flyer!

With the addition of this new initiative, “Who’s Walking Wednesday?” is getting a new look and title! Now called, “We’re Walking Wednesday,” instead of weekly walks, this event is changing to a monthly time frame. Take a walk on campus on the first Wednesday of every month at noon with your campus colleagues! If you would like to lead one of the 12 walks throughout the year starting in January 2020, please sign up here. You do not need to wait for the monthly We’re Walking Wednesday to take a walk on campus! We encourage you to get moving in any way you can and want to throughout your day, and that includes getting a walk in on any day of the week.

Don’t forget to show us your moves! Tag Human Resources and Payroll (@GMUHRandPayroll) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #LiveWellMason.


Apply for Leadership Legacy

The Leadership Legacy Program, a partnership program sponsored by MasonLeads and Human Resources and Payroll, is designed for Mason full-time faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development.

The program curriculum provides opportunities for experienced faculty and staff to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings.

Applications and nominations for the 2020-21 cohort of the Leadership Legacy Program are due March 5, 2020. To learn more, and to apply, visit


Employee of the Month Nominations

Do you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates with their colleagues, and supports the university? Then nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award!

Ready to nominate someone? Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll website.

If you have questions, contact


Inclement Weather Resources

Winter weather is here! Utilize the resources below to stay prepared.

Staying Updated
Stay updated on weather-related changes to the university’s schedule through Mason’s switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university’s homepage, as well as local media outlets.

Telework and Inclement Weather
Having telework agreements and technology in place in advance can come in handy if Mason experiences an extended weather event or other emergency.

Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

  • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed
  • The university is on a modified schedule

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. For more details, visit

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance
With winter here, review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy.

February 2020

University Libraries Events

To celebrate Love Data Week (February 10-14, 2020), the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) will hold workshops to build your skills in data analysis and research data management. Join us to gain hands-on experience and learn about resources that can meet your data needs throughout the research process.

All the sessions will take place in the DiSC lab (Fenwick Library, Room 2701A) starting at 1 p.m., with most having an encore at 5 p.m. Registration is recommended. See more information at


Join Tim Aitken, the Inspec/Inspec Analytics presenter for a Lunch and Learn. Inspec Analytics enables research professionals to explore beyond the literature in Inspec to uncover trends and patterns that were previously locked away, across a wide range of physics and engineering disciplines at both local and global levels.

With these insights, you can set the direction for your research outputs and monitor their impact. Inspec Analytics will give scientific researchers the most detailed, granular views into the most recent scientific publications in engineering, physics, and computing. It includes up five levels of subject classification terms so you can really start to analyze publishing output in detail

View George Mason’s Inspec Analytics organizational page:

February 2020

Updates from Parking and Transportation: Feb. 2020

Reminder: Valid Mason ID Needed on Mason Shuttles

Parking Services Building at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason Shuttles moved to an all Mason ID check with the start of the spring semester. While the all ID check officially began on Tuesday, January 21, enforcement began on February 3. The ID check will be in place for all routes and all stops except the West Campus route.

In addition to the ID check, Parking and Transportation introduced a $4 all-day shuttle pass for the Mason to Metro routes only (Sandy Creek and Global). We initiated the visitor shuttle pass and the all ID check because we want to provide an option for Mason visitors to use the Metro to Mason shuttles, and we also want to ensure that the shuttles are used by Mason community members or those with business at Mason. For details on how to purchase a shuttle pass, direct visitors to

Love to Bike? Winter Bike to Work Day

Winter Bike to Work Day coincides with Valentine’s Day! Join us on Friday, February 14, for a little bike love. Stop by the Merten Hall Lawn between 7:30 and 10 a.m. with your bike for a hot beverage and some biking-related giveaways.

Vanpooling Drop By: Transform 66 Incentives and Free Commuting Options

Are you commuting along I-66 outside the Beltway to get to and from Mason? Traveling from Winchester, Front Royal, Haymarket, or other western locations?

Traffic on this corridor has been greatly impacted by an important transportation project, Transform 66. With project construction increasing, Mason employees need solutions.

Consider vanpooling. On Wednesday, February 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at Kiosk F at the Johnson Center, and 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Transit Center, representatives from Parking and Transportation and the I-66 project will be on hand to share vanpool information and sign up those interested in forming a vanpool.

As background, there are financial incentives for full-time faculty and staff to vanpool through the Commuter Choice Program and Transform 66. You might not be able to avoid heavy traffic, but you don’t always have to be driving! This is a great time to get started.

For additional information, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you are a faculty/staff member who bikes, carpools, vanpools, uses mass transit (e.g. bus, metro) or walks to work at least two times per week, Parking and Transportation wants you to know that you always have a ride backup with Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH).

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, it’s free to sign up and free to use. Once you register, you can use GRH up to four times per year. If a qualifying emergency arises, call Commuter Connections and they will arrange transportation for you (e.g. taxi, car rental, transit).

It’s a good idea to sign up before you need it. Conditions apply; for details and to register, visit

February 2020

Upcoming Performances at Mason

NPR’s From the Top
Hosted by Anderson and Roe
Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus
Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 8 p.m.
$48, $41, $29

Attend a live recording of this popular NPR radio show, featuring the acclaimed piano duo Anderson and Roe as guest hosts. From the Top celebrates the stories, talents, and character of America’s best pre-collegiate classically-trained musicians. With a mission to empower young musicians and inspire music lovers, From the Top showcases the extraordinary gifts and stories of the young musicians. From the Top records before live audiences across the country, and broadcasts presentations are recorded before a live audience and broadcast on more than 220 stations nationwide to an audience of more than half a million listeners.


Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Hylton Performing Arts Center, SciTech Campus
Friday, March 6, 2020, at 8 p.m.
$55, $47, $33

Experience the pageantry and elegance of classical ballet with the Russian National Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. The whole family will be charmed by this age-old tale of the redemptive power of true love. When the evil fairy Carabosse isn’t invited to the royal christening of Princess Aurora, she attends anyway and casts a spiteful curse upon the baby: on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger and die. However, the kind fairy Lilac alters the spell causing the princess to sleep for 100 years until awakened by the kiss from a prince. Under the direction of the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the company brings this well-loved fairytale to life with exquisite skill, lush sets, and opulent costumes.

February 2020

shopMason’s Valentine’s Day Kiosk

Join shopMason on Thursday, February 13 for a Valentine’s Day-inspired kiosk event! We’ll be on the main level of Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet the units that make up shopMason, write a note to give to your Valentine, and snag yourself a sweet treat!