April 2021

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Learn to Ride a Bike with FABB

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) is teaming up with Mason Parking and Transportation to offer a Learn to Ride Cycling class on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in Parking Lot C.  Just $10 for Mason faculty, staff, and students. For details and to register, visit FABB’s registration site.

Virtual Bike to Mason Week 2021

Could biking be part of your commute plan? From April 19-23, join Parking and Transportation for Virtual Bike to Mason Week.  For more details and to register, click here  

Classes include: 

  • Fix a Flat: Don’t let the potential for a flat tire stop you from biking for commuting or recreation. Learn how you can fix a flat at home or while on a bike ride.  
  • Biking at Mason: Hear about the biking facilities and programs at all three of Mason’s campuses. 
  • Dressing and Packing When Commuting by Bike: Receive tips on biking in all types of weather and conditions. 
  • Bicycle Commuting 101: Learn how to feel more confident about getting to campus on two wheels. 
  • Bicycle Friendly Driver Training: How to be a safer driver around bicyclists and pedestrians, the related Virginia laws, and where to report near misses on our roads. 
  • Multi-modal Commuting and Car-Free Living: Learn about mixed modal commuting via cycling and public buses like CUE and the Fairfax Connector as well as general car-free living. 
  • Cycle Talk: A virtual social hour to talk cycling at Mason. 
  • Why Would You Want an eBike?: Hear about eBikes and see if one is right for you. 
  • Smart Cycling: This session provides the building blocks to developing confidence and competence when riding a bike. Get acquainted with lane positioning, rules of the road, hazards and more.

We hope you can join us for one or more sessions!  If you have any questions, please reach out to 

April 2021

Spring into Well-Being

Spring into Well-Being, Mason’s annual well-being celebration, began March 22 and will run through Friday, April 23. During this time, people throughout Mason Nation and beyond will participate in the events to help students, faculty, staff, and the public learn more about well-being and try out a diverse variety of well-being practices. Visit a calendar of events for details. Use #SIWB21 on social media and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being will amplify your posts. 


April 2021

Military Mondays

The Military, Veterans, and Families Initiative hosts Military Mondays, webinars focused on education, career transition, and health and wellness for service members, veterans, and families. For details and to register, click here. 

April 2021

State Employee Financial Wellness Resources and Upcoming Events 

Check out this month’s flyer from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) to obtain the details of the financial education offerings and resources.   

Virginia529 is offering an employee informational webinar on Tuesday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

April 2021

Introducing the Mason Family Connection

New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) is excited to introduce the Mason Family Connection – the official platform for university communication and family engagement.  

Everything families need to make the most of their Mason family experience will be located in one centralized location within the Mason Family Connection. This platform allows them to customize the content they receive, set the frequency of how often they wish to receive updates, post comments on articles, view upcoming events/important dates/deadlines, select communities they want to be a part of, and make account changes at any time. Families who receive the Mason Family Flash weekly e-newsletter were automatically imported and received a welcome email with instructions to complete the Mason Family Connection registration process. To learn more about the platform, watch the instructional video.   

In addition to the new platform for Mason families, you will see the following NSFP social media changes: 

  1. The Facebook page, @MasonFamilyAssociation, will transition to become the NSFP departmental Facebook page, @MasonNSFP.  
  1. The Facebook page, @Orientation@Mason, will be deleted.  
  1. The Facebook group, George Mason Family Association, will be phased out. 

We are eager for families to engage in our community through the Mason Family Connection and know this platform will make it easier to communicate with them. Thank you for helping us support our Mason families as they support their students! 

April 2021

Title IX: Reporting

George Mason University Policy 1202: Sexual Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

Reporting Process
Anyone can submit a report to the Title IX Coordinator.

Prohibited Conduct can include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dating/Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Complicity
  • Retaliation

Complete Reporting Form
The Reporting Form will prompt you with questions in order to provide necessary information to the Title IX Coordinator.

Report Reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator

The report is reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator in order to:

  • Determine if incident involves possible sexual and interpersonal misconduct
  • Assess level of threat to involved parties and/or community, and evaluate immediate safety needs
  • Collaborate with other offices on a need-to-know basis to initiate safety measures

Outreach from Title IX 

The Title IX Coordinator will email the individual named as the Complainant in the report to provide information including:

  • The formal and informal Title IX processes and possible safety measures
  • An invitation to meet with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss rights and options
  • Resources on/off campus

Meeting with the Title IX Coordinator
If the individual decides to meet with the Title IX Coordinator

  • Formal or Informal Title IX process
  • Right to contact law enforcement
  • Supportive measures
  • Resources on/off campus

Supportive Measures 
Individuals can work with the Title IX Coordinator to determine appropriate supportive measures.

Supportive measures may include:

  • No Contact Order
  • Housing changes
  • Academic support
  • Work schedule changes
  • Safety planning
  • Referrals to resources

GMU’s Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus
Title IX Website

For more information: GMU Policy 1202

April 2021

Congrats to Three Outstanding Supervisors


Congratulations to Kimberly Eby, Office of the Provost; Greg Farley, University Sustainability; and Janna Mattson, University Libraries for being selected as the 2021 Outstanding Supervisors.

In past years, the Staff Senate has honored two winners in the Outstanding Supervisor category. Due to the difficult year combined with many exceptional candidates, the senate expanded the award to include a third winner this year. Kimberly, Greg, and Janna were selected from a pool of more than 30 nominations of diverse candidates from varying departments and campuses. A seven-person committee of Staff Senators evaluated the nomination forms submitted by classified staff and non-student wage employees.

These three candidates stood out among their peers and were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their departments and in the following areas:

  • Acknowledging exemplary performance
  • Supporting innovation and soliciting input from employees
  • Being fair and flexible
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for professional growth
  • Promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion, well-being, civility and respect, and/or restraint

Members of the Staff Senate surprised each of the winners by Zoom/Teams-bombing a regularly scheduled department meeting to share the good news with the winners.

Kimberly Eby, Office of the Provost, with her team of nominators and colleagues and members of the Staff Senate

According to Kimberly’s nominators:

Kimberly has shown incredible leadership and great care for those she works with all across the university, and especially to those she supervises. She has been an exemplary example of what it means to have a well-rounded work-life balance, and has ensured that her staff also have this privilege. She has also provided a “seat at the table” for her staff, which we all know is a great mark of a great leader. Regardless of what the role is, Kimberly makes it a point to show appreciation to any and all staff and colleagues where it is deserved, and diversity and inclusion is evident in every aspect of her work. It’s not enough to just put a diverse team together – everyone must feel able to both contribute to and gain from the experience of collaboration. Kim has worked with countless faculty and staff in her 25+ years at Mason, and she is a shining example of someone who uplifts individuals and the institution as a whole. She is a great mentor and supporter to those around her, and the way she encourages meaningful collaboration across campus is unparalleled.


According to Greg’s  nominators:

A true leader understands the strengths of the pieces within the whole. Greg clearly has this as a foundational piece for how he leads his department. Greg’s involvement of non-student wage and student interns reflects your awareness that all perspectives are important at the table. Throughout the last year, Greg has demonstrated that he truly cares about the well-being of his staff, understanding the potential effects it has caused and has worked to ease their concerns and anxiety. Greg’s willingness to not shy away from tough conversations and be part of the solution has provided his staff with a safe place to explore their own thoughts and how the department as a whole can be better. Greg is the perfect blend of supervisor, cheerleader and mentor, as well as a champion for a collaborative and engaging work environment.


According to Janna’s nominators:

Janna works tirelessly to make sure that the staff she supervises continue to grow and develop professionally by connecting her employees to opportunities across the university and helping them reach their professional goals. Janna always makes me feel like I should never stop shooting for better and pursuing my interests. I have had so many instances with her in which I casually mention something that I think is neat and I would like to know more about, and next thing I know she’s found a way that I can learn more about this and connect it to my job. Janna cultivates an environment of open communication and pushes her employees while letting them know that their performances are valued. For projects or things I create for the team, she usually provides critical feedback in a positive manner
showing that she took the time to look closely at my work. Janna promotes an environment of diversity and inclusion by making accessibility and universal design key priorities to reach all learning styles. She encourages her employees to meet with her and think of time they could take off to not be burned out. Beyond the numerous awards she has nominated her staff for, she recognizes and highlights their performance publicly and in multiple settings. She is proud of her employees, and she wants their work to be valued and known.

Kimberly, Greg, and Janna were recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards, which were live-streamed on GMU-TV on Tuesday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. View the complete list of award winners.

Congratulations to those Outstanding Supervisor Nominees who were nominated but not selected this year! It is a high honor to be nominated for this award. The Staff Senate is very encouraged by the number of supervisors who promote collegiality in their departments, reward and acknowledge exemplary behavior, and promote well-being in the workplace. Supervisors like these make Mason such a great place to work!

Outstanding Supervisor Nominees included:
Dr. Milton Brown, Department of Biochemistry
Beth Cantrell,  GMU Foundation, Inc
Amanda Caswell, College of Education and Human Development
Elena Chiru, University Career Services
Sharon Cullen, Office of the President
Tommy Dang, Information Technology Services
Tom Deike, Information Technology Services
Emilie Dubert, Contemporary Student Services
Barbara Gomperts, English
Daniel Hobson, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Lauren Hutt, Housing and Residence Life
Alex Iszard, Facilities
Zachary Kessler, Police and Public Safety
Dr. James Kinter, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies
Jamie Klepek, Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management
Cathy Kotila, School of Business
Dorothy Kroll, Student Financial Aid
Naomi Martinez-Jones, Disability Services
Andrea Nikoi, School of Systems Biology
Pamela Novick, Continuing and Professional Education
Rob Pegues, Admissions
Melanie Pflugshaupt, School of Business
Kristin Tyburczy, Criminology, Law and Society                                Steve Vollmer, Facilities Management
Ronnie Williams, Facilities Management
Kerry Willigan, School of Business
Susan Woods, History and Art History