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March 2022

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Newsletter Profile of a Senator March 2022

Meet Steven Lindner, Systems Imaging Technician for Enterprise Collaboration and Computing Services, Information Technology Services


Role: My group in Computing Services in ITS helps manage most lab and classroom computers as well as Citrix Virtual Labs across all three Virginia  campuses. We manage the operating system for Windows and Apple computers as well as package and deploy software and push updates to those computers for faculty and student needs. I am currently helping with Game Mason as a liaison between a gaming center and Student Involvement and providing on-site technical assistance for day-of competition and events.

Mason journey: I came to Mason in 2010 to start my undergrad. I changed my major two times, from Computer Engineering, to IT, and then earned a degree in Communication with a minor in IT. I set off from there to help start a gaming center across the street from the Fairfax Campus called The Cave. We worked with Mason students for events to help nurture a community around Fairfax and with students. I came back to Mason in April of 2019 for the job that I have today.

I have been around Mason for those 12 years and have enjoyed every bit of it. From being a student, to working with Mason from the outside, to now working for Mason, it’s almost a home away from home. Every part of my schooling and work career I have been involved with Mason and will continue to be involved for the foreseeable future.

Best thing about working at Mason: You hear it again and again, but I will say it once more, it’s the people that you meet here. I wouldn’t come back to Mason if it weren’t for the people I work with, the true friends that I have made, and the good energy that comes from the students and staff I have met over the years. As someone who has been both a student and now employee, it has always been a great pleasure every time I am around it.

Why serve on the Staff Senate: With my background and involvement with the university, I feel as if I can offer a unique perspective on issues around campus. I want what is best for employees here and want what is best for the students that we, as employees, assist on their academic journey.

At the end of the day: I love what I do. I enjoy the people I work with. I fondly remember the experiences I had as a student. Being at Mason, in all regards, has given me perspective on what is important for myself and who I hold close. Thank you, Mason. I am happy to be home.

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March 2022

Mason Vision Day

 

Mason’s Vision Day is Thursday, April 7. Mason Vision Day is an opportunity for our community to come together each year to identify and support a deserving initiative on campus. Ideas were requested from the Mason Community. From almost 50 submissions, the Green Machine was chosen to be this year’s initiative.

In addition to students from every school, the Green Machine is also comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, and even parents. It’s also not just the Pep Band – there are nine groups that make up the Green Machine Ensembles.

Help spread the word, join in activities, and gift to the fund.

For more information, visit MasonVisionDay.gmu.edu

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Register for the Staff Senate Blood Drive

The George Mason University Staff Senate will host a blood drive on Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot near The Hub. Please book your appointment in advance. All donors will receive a tie-dye T-shirt, courtesy of INOVA Blood Donor Services. If you have any questions please contact staffsenate@gmu.edu.

Should I use leave while donating?
Attending university sponsored events that are open to employees, there is no requirement for use of leave.  Please work with your supervisor to have coverage.


 

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March 2022

Upcoming Performances at Mason

SW!NG OUT

Dewberry School of Music
University Singers

Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham, the University Singers is a select choral ensemble at Mason dedicated to the performance of advanced vocal chamber music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary and commissioned works. 

Mason Arts at Home
Visual Voices Lecture with Paul Rucker

Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Virtual Event 

Paul Rucker is a multimedia visual artist, composer, and musician. His practice often integrates live performance, original musical compositions, and visual art installation. For nearly two decades, Rucker has used his own brand of art-making as a social practice, which illuminates the legacy of enslavement in America and its relationship to the current sociopolitical moment. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions. 

Visual Voices is the Professional Lecture Series of the School of Art and represents a window into the professional world of art and design. More information. 

Mason Artist-in-Residence
SW!NG OUT

Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Co-commissioned by the Center for the Arts, SW!NG OUT is a full-length multidisciplinary work showcasing the Lindy Hop, a swing dance style born in 1930s Harlem. Live music by Eyal Vilner’s Big Band accompanies the dancing and choreography created by the acclaimed Caleb Teicher with Lindy Hop champions Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, and Nathan Bugh. 

This performance is family friendly.  

Hylton Family Series
The Okee Dokee Brothers

Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Bluegrass and American roots music fans, bring your youngins to experience the down-home Americana folk music you love with the GRAMMY Award-winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers. “The Okee Dokee Brothers’ album celebrates everyday explorers, young and old, who rediscover that notion daily,” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Recommended for ages 3 to 12. 

Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages 2 and up.  

Veterans and the Arts Initiative: Exploring Self & Social Identity with Women Veterans: A Hybrid Mixed Media Workshop
Tuesdays, March 22 to April 5 from 7–8 p.m.
Hylton Center and online via Zoom 

Registration required to participate. 

Want to make art? Join us for this three-part hybrid workshop, in-class or virtual, that explores Women Veterans’ self and social identity through mixed media. Andi Benge, School of Art instructor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will teach how to combine several art mediums you already have at home using collaging techniques, and incorporate your own personal experiences for artistic expression. Participants will create a work that can be shared within a supportive environment to help reflect not only on personal identities, but identities within the community. This workshop series is free and open to women veterans. Space is limited. 

Mason School of Dance
Mason Dance Company 2022 Gala Concert

Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

The Gala Concert is the highlight of the Mason Dance Company season. Featuring City of Rain, by Camille A. Brown; Silent Ghost (excerpt), by Alejandro Cerrudo; a premiere by Larry Keigwin; and a premiere by Christopher d’Amboise, performed by talented dancers at the start of their professional careers. 

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Storytelling in Tones
Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Become a classical music insider with virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” format gives the story behind the music. In this concert, you’ll hear the vibrant works of Scott Joplin, Aaron Copland, Manuel de Falla, and Carl Maria von Weber. This performance is family friendly. 

Edgar Meyer and the Scottish Ensemble
Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer joins the acclaimed Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble for a unique program that spans the ages from the Baroque to the present day. A musical innovator, Meyer is credited with relocating the bass from the back of the orchestra to the front, making it the musical centerpiece in his reimagined and original compositions.  

Dewberry School of Music
Big Band Showdown

Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts 

Join the Mason Jazz Ensemble (director Jim Carroll) for an evening that celebrates the hot sounds and swinging beats of the Big Band era! 

Veterans and the Arts Initiative
Collaborative Quilt Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Hylton Center

Registration required to participate.

Join us for this two-part family workshop — no quilting or sewing experience required! Combining easy fiber arts and mixed media techniques, Emily Fasick, Art Educator, Hylton Center, teaches how to create your own unique quilt square that will then be assembled alongside others into a community quilt. Over the course of this intensive weekend workshop, participants will explore themes of storytelling and personal narrative using a range of found materials to make quilt squares that will become part of a collaborative art piece to share with the community. All materials are provided. This workshop is free and open to veterans, servicemembers, military family members, and military caregivers.  

Mason School of Theater
Everybody

Thursday, March 31 and April 7 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harris Theatre 

This modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from among the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living! 

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March 2022

RAMPing up Research Support at Mason 

Due to the research growth Mason has experienced in recent years, we are in the process of building on and investing in its foundational infrastructure to support the needs of a growing R1 research university. This investment includes the planned implementation of a new Research Administration Management Portal (RAMP).

RAMP will provide a modern, unified platform for Mason’s research applications including Grants and Agreements, Conflict of Interest, Export Control, Institutional Review Board, and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The RAMP implementation project is well underway with the first modules, Grants and Agreements, planned for deployment in July 2022. For details about RAMP, the project team, and resources currently available, visit the project website or email ramp@gmu.edu with questions or input for the project team.

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March 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Arlington/Fairfax Shuttle. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University
Reminder: Mason Shuttle Schedule Changes for Spring Break

Spring Break will bring some modifications to the Mason Shuttle schedules. Find more details at shuttle.gmu.edu.

We’re also offering regional transportation for Spring Break. Find more details here.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day: March 18

Mason Shuttles is celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our dedicated shuttle drivers. Help us say “thank you” by sending your kind words about your experiences on Mason Shuttles. Your email compliment will enter you into a drawing for a $20 Starbucks gift card. Find more details here.

Registration Open: Bike to Mason Days

We’re back in person after three years! 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, SciTech: Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colgan Front Patio
  • Fairfax: Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Merten Hall Lawn
  • Bike to Mason Day, Arlington: Thursday, April 21, 3–7 p.m., Founders Plaza

There will be food, resource information, and fun giveaways. For planning purposes, please let us know that you’ll be coming! Register here. Questions?  Reach out to transpo@gmu.edu.

National Walking Day: April 6

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day! This year, it’s April 6. Walking can contribute to multiple facets of your well-being.  See if walking can be part of your active transportation commute. Try it out on April 6.

ParkMobile at Mason

If you’re coming to campus for a short period and looking for a convenient way to park, some areas of the Fairfax and SciTech campuses are linked to the ParkMobile app. For locations and codes, visit Quick Links or go directly here.  If you have questions, please call 703-993-2710 or email parking@gmu.edu.

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March 2022

The Last Climate Action Plan Town Hall Before Release of The New Plan

The Mason community and members of the public are invited to virtually attend the university’s fifth Climate Action Plan (CAP) Town Hall on Wednesday, March 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. This is the last CAP Town Hall before the release of Phase I of the CAP in April.

The CAP will detail a strategy to accelerate the university’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. During the Town Hall, the Mason Sustainability Council’s Carbon Neutrality Task Force, Dumont Janks, and Arup will provide an overview of the CAP process and share updates about the current development of the new CAP.

Since the CAP impacts all Mason Patriots and the communities the university is a part of, everyone is invited to share their input during the Town Hall by asking questions and sharing comments. Feedback can be shared at any time through the CAP Feedback Form.

Climate Action Plan Town Hall #5
Wednesday, March 9
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Register

Presentations and recordings of all prior Town Halls can be viewed here. Review a two-page summary of the CAP for a quick overview, and learn more about the planning process on the CAP website.

Contact Ben Auger (he/they), communications specialist, Mason Sustainability Council, at masonsc@gmu.edu with questions.

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June Special Session with President Washington

 

Mason President Gregory Washington will join the Staff Senate for a special session.

Wednesday, June 15
11 a.m. to noon
Hosted on Zoom
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 948 5401 3117/ Passcode: 379221

The Staff Senate will collect questions in advance of the session for consideration. If you would like to ask your question live, please submit your name and Mason email address and indicate on the form. Otherwise, a senator will ask your question live. Please submit your questions no later than June 8.

The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University. Working closely with the 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. Find more ways to engage with the senate before, during, and after our general meetings. You may also add a hold to your calendar for our monthly meetings by clicking here.