March 2020

Leadership Legacy Program Applications

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Monday, March 16. The program is designed for full-time faculty and staff committed to furthering their leadership development. Go here for more information.

March 2020

Coronavirus: Mason Creates Website to Inform University Community

The CDC advises routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, remote controls, desks, countertops, and doorknobs. Offices might consider providing disposable wipes so employees can wipe down these surfaces before each use. Photo by Getty Images

The Staff Senate continues to closely monitor the university’s directives and response to the coronavirus outbreak. The situation is evolving rapidly. We strongly encourage all staff members to visit the Mason coronavirus website. The site includes an extensive FAQ section, including information related specifically to staff.

Please check the site frequently for university updates related to the coronavirus and continue to monitor university emails and alerts through the usual Mason channels.


March 2020

April Staff Senate Meeting Announcement

Thomas M. Davis, Rector, George Mason University

The April Staff Senate meeting will feature Rector Tom Davis as guest speaker. Rector Davis will discuss the role of the Board of Visitors, the recently completed presidential search, and other topics related to the BOV’s policy-making and oversight.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10 a.m. to noon (10 to 11 a.m for guest speaker, followed by the general meeting from 11 a.m. to noon)
Fairfax: Research Hall 163
Arlington: Van Metre Hall, Room B119 (videoconferenced)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferenced)
WebEx: / Meeting Number (access code): 648 314 965  / Meeting password: 2ktMam99 or join by phone: 1-240-454-0879

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.

For questions, contact

March 2020

Latest Announcements from the Staff Senate


In addition, each month, the Mason Staff Senate presents the Employee of the Month with a gift, attends Human Resources and Payroll’s New Staff Orientations to welcome new employees and introduce them to the work of the Staff Senate, recognizes the service of Mason retirees with a letter of appreciation, and publishes the Staff Senate newsletter.  

March 2020

Sibs & Kids Weekend

On April 18-19, New Student and Family Programs will host Sibs & Kids Weekend, and we invite Mason faculty, staff, and students to register their kids, siblings, and friends ages 6-18 to enjoy a weekend of fun at Mason.

All Sibs & Kids Weekend participants must register at The cost is $15 for Mason faculty/staff members, $25 for participants (ages 6-18), and free for Mason students.

The participant registration fee for faculty, staff, and students includes giveaways, a Sibs & Kids Weekend T-shirt, entrance to all events on the schedule including meals, access to Mason Recreation facilities, and parking on the Fairfax Campus.

Event Highlights –

  • Patriot Pride Palooza
  • Sibs & Kids Scavenger Hunt
  • Pool Games & Play the Patriot Way
  • Greenhouse & Garden Tours
  • HUB Takeover

Online registration for Sibs & Kids Weekend is now open and it closes on Sunday, April 12. For more information, visit or contact New Student and Family Programs at

March 2020

Office 365 to Require Two-Factor Authentication

Starting March 23, Information Technology Services (ITS) will begin adding Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to all Mason employee Office 365 accounts (email, calendar, and OneDrive for Business, etc.). Generic accounts will not require 2FA. Find more information here.

2FA will be added to Office 365 accounts by the first letter of employee NetIDs on the following dates:

· A-B: Monday, March 23

· C-I: Tuesday, March 24

· J-M: Wednesday, March 25

· N-Z: Thursday, March 26

ITS is expanding 2FA as part of Mason’s continuing transition to improved policies and standards that follow national guidelines for online safety and security.

Earlier this month, ITS unified the login experience across most applications by having those services hosted by a third-party provider. As a result, additional applications such as Qualtrics, Webex, LinkedIn Learning, Salesforce, Handshake, StarRez, etc. now require 2FA. Find the the 2FA roadmap here.

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

March 2020

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Broadway Princess Party 

Starring Laura Osnes, Susan Egan, and Courtney Reed

Hylton Performing Arts Center – Merchant Hall

Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

Dust off your tiaras and head for this charming concert in which three of Broadway’s original and most beloved princesses perform their signature songs as well as many other treasured musical theater numbers. Two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tony nominee Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), and Christy Altomare (Broadway’s original Anastasia) join forces to host this fun-loving royal soiree alongside Benjamin Rauhala (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof). Perfect for grown-ups, especially those who love fairytales, this performance features three knock-out Broadway voices singing every princess song in the book while also sharing hilarious backstage tales.

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Spotlight on Broadway featuring Lisa Vroman

Center for the Arts – Concert Hall

Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

The American Festival Pops Orchestra pays tribute to The Great White Way in an evening of iconic Broadway hits, memorable show tunes, and unforgettable musical theater scores. Maestro Anthony Maiello reunites with Broadway veteran and soprano Lisa Vroman, who starred on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, and was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables, among other acclaimed opera roles.



March 2020

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Mason Shuttle on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Transit Driver Appreciation Day: March 18 

Mason Shuttles is celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Help us say thank you to these folks with whom you share part of your work or school day by sending us your kind words about your experiences on Mason Shuttles. Your email compliment will enter you into a drawing for a $20 Starbucks gift card.


Registration Open: Bike to Mason Days 

Whether you bike to campus regularly for school or work or are contemplating starting to bike, this event is open to all Mason cyclists.

  • Bike to Mason Day, Arlington: Tuesday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Founders Hall Plaza
  • Bike to Mason Day, Fairfax: Wednesday, April 22, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Merten Hall Lawn
  • Bike to Mason Day, SciTech: Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colgan Front Patio

There will be food, resource information, and fun giveaways. For planning purposes, please let us know that you’ll be coming. Register here.  Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


Learn to Ride with FABB 

Want to learn to ride a bike? The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, in partnership with Parking and Transportation, is offering a Learn to Ride class on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15. For details and registration (required) visit



March 2020

WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) Updates


There are new updates to WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined). Starting March 2, 2020, users are invited to use the new WW enrollment portal 

Interested in joining? View the discounts you receive as a Mason employee. View the CommonHealth website and the FAQ document for more details including enrollment information and pricing. 

Questions? Please contact 

March 2020

Mason Day 2020 with the Washington Nationals

The 4th Annual George Mason Day with the Washington Nationals will take place on Friday, August 28th vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through this special link. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Mason/Nationals co-branded bobblehead that also plays the George Mason Fight Song. Quantities are limited and will sell out in advance. Once the limit is hit, the ticket page will reflect sold out.