August 2022

New! Fiscal Services Training Initiatives

In July 2022, the Fiscal Services Training and Engagement Team rolled out a new training initiative*. This new training, “Purchasing Made Easy – Access Based Training,” is a two-hour, on-demand, self-paced training found in MasonLEAPS. This new training curriculum includes a review of Mason Purchasing, eVA procurement, P-Card uses and the Bank of America Works system, and will now fulfill the requirements necessary in order to become a P-Cardholder or approver. Sessions are designed to be watched asynchronously and are available online to watch as many times as needed, at any time.   

For those who are interested in getting a deeper dive, Fiscal Services has developed the “Fiscal Administrator Certificate Program.” These two-hour sessions over four weeks will allow a more in-depth knowledge of Fiscal policies, procedures, and financial systems.  

* Please note: This new training initiative has replaced the Fiscal Administration Sessions 1, 2, and 3. 

August 2022

Discounts for 2022-2023 Performances

Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

2022-2023 season individual event tickets for the Center for the Arts’ Great Performances at Mason and Family Series as well as the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Hylton PresentsHylton Family SeriesAmerican Roots Series and Matinee Idylls are on sale now! 


Updates on how Mason staff/faculty/alumni can save on tickets to performances are available on the venue’s websites: 

Center for the Arts:

Hylton Performing Arts Center: 

August 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Save the Date: Abandoned Bike Sale 

Parking and Transportation’s “As Is” Abandoned Bike Sale will be held on Friday, September 16 from 2-4 p.m. in the visitor section of the Shenandoah Parking Deck. We have about 75-80 bikes to sell this year.  One bike per customer. Mason students, faculty, and staff only. Details, once finalized, will be at Questions? Please contact Parking and Transportation at 3-2828 or via email at 


Fall Shuttle Schedules Available 

Fall 2022 shuttle schedules are posted at  For a summary of fall shuttle service visit Please note: many routes have schedule changes from this past spring, including reduced service levels on Fridays on some routes.  A reminder that the Burke VRE route has been suspended indefinitely.  

Additionally, summer schedules are operating through Friday, Aug. 19. Fall schedules begin with weekend service on Aug. 20-21 on the Fairfax/SciTech, Gunston Mason, and On-Demand shuttle routes.  Fairfax/Mason Square, Sandy Creek to Metro, and West Campus fall service begins on Monday, August 22. There will be a special one-day Sunday service on the West Campus shuttle on Sunday, Aug. 21 from noon to 10 p.m. 

Questions?  Please contact Parking and Transportation at 3-2828 or via email at 


Fall Semester Parking Permit Sales Underway 

Fall semester parking permit sales began online on Aug. 1.  Please visit to purchase. For those faculty/staff who currently have payroll deduction permits, these permits will automatically renew on 9/1/22. 

For more information, please visit If you have any questions, please contact us at 3-2710 or via email at 


New Equipment In Most Mason Parking Decks 

If you currently have parking deck validations, are a current deck permit holder or plan to purchase one for the fall 2022 semester, you may know that there are new equipment upgrades under way in the Mason Pond (Fairfax), Rappahannock (Fairfax), and Van Metre (Mason Square) parking decks.  

For departments and individuals with visitor validations for Van Metre Garage and Mason Pond Deck, the validations will need to be exchanged for new ones that utilize QR codes. You may use existing Mason Pond Deck validations in Shenandoah Deck for a short while longer, but please note that Shenandoah Deck will have new pay stations in September or October, similar to the ones in Rappahannock Deck that use validation codes instead of tickets. Also, new hourly visitor rates for all garages took effect on Aug. 8, with the all-day rate increasing to $18. Although the rate is increasing, you can replace your current validations with the new QR code validations by visiting the Parking Office at no cost. 

During the transition, the gates for these decks have been up but they were lowered on Aug. 8 in the Van Metre garage and on Aug. 9 in Mason Pond when the new technology was activated.  

For information on how the new equipment will impact you as a permit holder, please visit 


August 2022

Stream restoration on Fairfax Campus will create scenic pathway


Work has begun on the “Necklace Phase One and Stream Restoration” project on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, Mason Facilities announced. 

The project includes the restoration of the main stream channel, as well as adjacent tributaries, beginning at the southwestern corner of the Patriot Circle/Aquia Creek Lane intersection and finishing at the northern end of Mason Pond. 

It represents the next phase in Mason’s Master Plan, which is the framework that guides decisions concerning the university’s physical environment. 

Illuminated, paved and mulched pedestrian trails will be constructed in addition to the restoration. Once this project is completed in late 2022, the Mason community will be able to enjoy a curated, scenic pathway from the intersection of Patriot Circle/Aquia Creek Lane to Mason Pond Drive. 

The restoration process will ensure that Mason continues to be in compliance with state stormwater regulations, which support the revitalization of the Chesapeake Bay, while showcasing Mason’s forward trajectory within the Master Plan. In addition to following these laws, Mason’s goal is to achieve an environmentally sound and aesthetically vitalizing stream restoration for long-term stability and enjoyment. 

Natural features and techniques were utilized to develop a design that will mimic the characteristics of a stable, natural environment. Those features will also help stabilize the degraded stream. After removal of invasive foliage, a diverse mix of native vegetation and trees will be planted to reforest and help minimize erosion and improve water quality. 

These new features will be a welcome addition to Mason’s nationally accredited Arboretum, which includes labeled outdoor signs on Mason’s campuses with scannable barcodes to its online catalog. 

August 2022

Submissions Due for 50th Anniversary Time Capsule

What item best captures your #MasonNation experience? Is it a graduation photo, acceptance letter, buttons or other ephemera from a club or Greek organization, or even a homemade scrapbook? Submissions are open for Mason’s 50th Anniversary time capsule – and anyone (current and past students, staff, and faculty) can submit an idea for consideration! Schools/colleges are encouraged to submit an item that represents their history or current achievements. Please provide information about your item on the submission form before the Aug. 31 deadline. 

August 2022

Summer Knowledge Share Series: Successful Facilitation Tips & Tricks

University Business Consulting (UBC) is excited to announce our inaugural Summer Knowledge Share Series, open to all Mason faculty and staff. This month’s session focuses on facilitation, and will be both in person in Merten Hall and virtual. Zoom information will be provided to all who register via MasonLEAPs. 

August 17th session (Noon-1 pm): Successful Facilitation Tips & Tricks 

For more information on this session and to view past recordings and resources, visit our website or email us at