February 2021 Profile of a Senator

Meet Natasha Boddie: Staff Senator and Administrative Specialist, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM)

Natasha Boddie, Administrative Specialist, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM)

Roles: Like many at Mason, my duties often go beyond my job title working at CAPMM. I ensure smooth daily operations for the center. Applying for the position of administrative assistant for CAPMM has aided in my continued professional development. The position has allowed me to capitalize on my current strengths and abilities as an administrator while learning the ways of the medical field in terms of cancer research through interfacing with patients, graduate students and through collaborations within Mason, the community and internationally. It presents me with challenges outside of my comfort zone, all of which I gladly welcome.

Mason journey: I started my Mason journey as a graduate student in 2006. My professional journey started in 2011, a few months after losing my own mother to cancer, when I started in a part-time role as a production coordinator at the Center for the Arts. Over the last 10 years I have held various positions within the university, all of which have been a unique experience contributing to my journey.

COVID-19 transition: During the early stages of the pandemic, my role consisted of assisting in transitioning my bosses to online learning via Blackboard and WebEx. Essentially playing ITS on TV. Summer was also a time of adaptation for CAPMM. My team redirected their cancer research to COVID antibody testing through saliva tests last spring, a study which would lead to the development of a saliva COVID test which would later be received by the FDA for an Emergency Use Authorization.

The saliva test would track both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Over the last six months, I have been heavily involved in the hiring process in support of President Washington’s campus-wide surveillance testing as well as scheduling patients to participate in the antibody study on the SciTech campus. A co-worker described my role in the hiring process as “the eye of a hurricane.” It felt like just that.

COVID team effort: All tests are currently run in our CAP (College of American Pathologists)/CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) labs. The CAPMM team is working around the clock to provide accurate results to roughly 1,000-2,000 tests/day estimating about 5,000-10,000/week for the Safe Return to Campus initiative. Go team go! Our goal is to reduce the turnaround time to two days or less.

Science will continue to prevail moving us back to a norm. When this does happen, my team will be at the front lines to continue to write their own Mason history. Vaccine antibody studies are on the horizon. As the team answers the question, “Did the vaccine work for me?” you better believe I will be there, too. Stay tuned.

Best thing about working at Mason: I don’t believe there is one right answer. Flexibility. Diversity. Community. Those are a few words that come to mind. In my current season of life, the best thing might be working in an environment with such a talented group of individuals who consider you as an equal to the team, a bunch of doctors (scientists) who prefer a first-name basis, and bosses who are charismatic and family-oriented. I could go on and on.

I can’t forget those within the College of Science who have provided me with tremendous guidance and support throughout my professional experience at CAPMM. These are the people who create a sense of community on the professional level. For that, I thank every one of them and all those I have crossed paths with at Mason.

Why I serve on Staff Senate: To provide a voice for those who aren’t as vocal as I am when confronted with challenges classified staff experience. Believe me when I say, “been there, experienced that.” Throughout my life I have always been that person to fight for the little guy. I am truly appreciative to have been nominated to serve on Staff Senate to advocate for classified staff. I look forward to continuing to serve in this role.

At the end of the day: I am a full-time working mother of two, wife, entrepreneur, certified personal trainer (Total Boddie Fitness) and weight management specialist. Helping others is what I enjoy doing, although your strengths can also be your weakness. Sometimes I forget to take care of me which is equally as important. However, I couldn’t successfully wear all these hats if it weren’t for the flexibility that Mason has to offer.

February 2021

Staff Senate Events Committee Call for Ideas

The Staff Senate Events Committee is working on ways to keep Mason staff engaged while we are working apart. Starting soon, we hope to offer monthly “Lunch and Learn” events. In order for this to succeed, we need YOU.

Do you specialize in a type of software that could help fellow staff members in their jobs? Do you have a fun skill that you might want to share—like painting, knitting, etc.? Or, is there a skill or a tool that you’ve been wanting to learn but have not had the opportunity to do so?

If so, let us know by emailing Lesley Irminger at

February 2021

February General Meeting Recording

The Mason Staff Senate hosted Angela Nastase, Mason Title IX Coordinator, at the February General Meeting.

If you missed the session, you can listen to the recording.

More resources can be found by visiting Mason’s Title IX website. To report sexual or interpersonal misconduct to Mason’s Title IX Coordinator use this form.




February 2021

March General Meeting with Guest Speaker Rose Pascarell

The Staff Senate March General Meeting will feature guest speaker Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life. Rose will share updates on student life and discuss ways that staff can help Mason students achieve their academic and personal goals during the unique challenges of the pandemic.

Wednesday, March 3
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., General Business Meeting (agenda)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Guest Speaker

February 2021

January in Review

February 2021

Virtual performances from Mason Arts at Home and Hylton at Home

The full spring schedule for Mason Arts at Home and Hylton at Home is now available. February highlights include:

Visual Voices Speaker Series:
Wendy Red Star Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Rozeal Thursday, Feb 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Sing Happy! The Music of Kander & Ebb
Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m.

Alumni Cocktails and Conversation: Artist Entrepreneurs
Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m.

Ranky Tanky
Available for viewing Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. – Saturday, March 6
2020 Grammy® Award-winning quintet from Charleston, South Carolina, who specialize in jazz-influenced arrangements born from the Southeast’s Gullah culture.  Expect a concert that is part folk, part funk, and totally fearless.  Filmed live at the Hylton Center in Fall 2020.

February 2021

Patriot Learning Pod

Patriot Learning Pod is open, with spaces available!  

George Mason University is providing the Patriot Learning Pod (PLP), a proctored self-study learning environment for the children of faculty, staff, and students. The PLP provides a safe place for students do their virtual schoolwork while their parents come to work at Mason’s Fairfax Campus. 

The cost is currently $15/session with CODE: PLP_EARLY. Sessions are open now through May 31. Both morning and afternoon sessions are available. Learn more and register. 

February 2021

New Course Reserves System – Leganto 

New Course Reserves system – Leganto 

As you may have seen from earlier announcements, the University Libraries acquired a new resource list management system in 2020 – Leganto by Ex Libris. Course Reserves, both print and electronic, are now managed through the Leganto platform, which integrates with both the library catalog and Blackboard to streamline Course Reserves for our faculty and students.  

Why Leganto?  

With Leganto, faculty can collect and organize a wide range of content – from library resources to YouTube videos – in a dynamic and user-friendly add-on to their course.  Advantages to using Leganto include:   

  • Instructors can search the library catalog, link directly to resources within the library catalog or elsewhere, and upload their own documents to the platform  
  • Course materials can be saved and reused in other courses or in future semesters   
  • Lists, once published, are automatically added to Blackboard course navigation so that students have easy access to the materials  

What about the Course Reserves system I’m used to?  

While reading lists are still available in Blackboard courses, the previous course reserves system will be retired at the close of the Spring 2021 semester. Beginning in Summer 2021, all course reserves requests will need to be submitted via Leganto. Should you wish to explore the new system, it is available for you to use now as a tool in Blackboard.   

How can I learn more?  

The Libraries has created a new guide to help you get started with Leganto. Within this resource guide, you can find links to a Quick Guide, video tutorials, and contact information for library staff should you have questions.   

February 2021

2021 Virtual Mason Leadership Summit

 The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office and Contemporary Student Services (CSS) are pleased to host this year’s Mason Leadership Summit Experience. This fully virtual program is specifically designed for Mason students who identify as adult learners (25 years old and up) and students of any age who are pregnant or parenting. Participants will learn practical ways to further develop as leaders in multiple contexts (career, family, community, etc.), whether they have a formal leadership position or not. Students will broaden their perspectives on leadership and engage with other adult learners, and student parents, through practical and applied leadership skill development.  

This year’s Summit will take place from March 1-March 30.  Students will have a chance to select which educational sessions they would like to participate in and program components will be offered in a variety of different formats. The Summit will focus on personal and professional leadership skill development through both large and small group experiences.  

Students who participate in the following educational components will receive a digital certificate, a digital badge via Mason 360, and an official Contemporary Student Services/LEAD Office full-size umbrella:   

  • Shared Opening Session   
  • 3 or more Educational Sessions of Your Choice from over 15 amazing sessions (for a complete list of educational sessions, visit:  
  • Shared Closing Session 

Click here for information and registration instructions.  If you have any questions regarding Mason 360 and registering, please email Jayson Padilla at or Shayma Kuver at   If you do not have access to Mason 360, please register via Eventbrite.

We look forward to having you as part of this year’s incredible Mason Leadership Summit Experience!

February 2021

Updates from Parking & Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University

Reminder: No DMV2Go Scheduled at the Fairfax Campus 

A reminder that due to COVID-19, there are no scheduled visits by DMV2Go at the Fairfax Campus for 2021.  

Faculty/Staff Parking Options  

Check out information on daily, short-term, and semester parking permit options for faculty/staff.  If you have questions, please call 3-2710 or email 

Mason Shuttle On-Demand: New Pilot Program  

Mason Shuttles is offering an on-demand shuttle service on and around the Fairfax campus.  This is a shared-ride service with designated pick-up and drop-off locations on the Fairfax campus and at nearby locations off campus. Service hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 5-11 p.m.  Parking and Transportation hopes you will try it out.  For more details, please visit, Mason Shuttles On-Demand.   Questions or comments?  Please email  

Reminder: Guaranteed Ride Home  

If you bike, carpool, vanpool, use mass transit (e.g. bus, Metro) or walk to work at least two times per week, Parking & 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 (COG), 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 the Employee Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program.

Mason Shuttles Update  

A reminder that a valid Mason ID is required to ride Mason Shuttles.  Due to COVID-19, guests are not permitted to ride on Mason Shuttles until further notice. All other COVID-19 procedures remain in place for the spring (e.g. face coverings, reduced vehicle capacity, seating from the back of the vehicle to reduce passing each other, and social distancing (on board and while waiting). 

For Spring 2021, only the Fairfax/SciTech and Gunston Mason routes are running, Monday through Friday (no weekends).  The Fairfax/SciTech route has departures every 75 minutes. Mason Shuttles in conjunction with Reston Limousine is piloting a compressed natural gas (CNG) transit bus on Gunston Mason routes for Spring 2021. 

The CUE bus is maintaining its regular schedule with departures from Rappahannock River Lane.  All CUE bus routes end at Vienna Metro; the quickest routes between Mason and Vienna Metro on CUE are Gold 1 (from Metro) and Gold 2 (from Mason). 

Questions?  Please reach out to us at 3-2828 or via email at