May 2022

May General Meeting Recording

The May Staff Senate meeting featured two guest speakers, Provost Mark Ginsberg and Matt Smith, director of accreditation. They discussed Mason’s most recent re-accreditation process and provided an update on the future of in-person, hybrid, and virtual learning.

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

May 2022

June General Meeting Announcement


Staff Senate General Meeting in June will feature Mark Smith, executive director, State Government Relations, who will discuss legislative priorities and provide an update from Richmond.

Wednesday, June 1
10 a.m. to noon
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Guest Speaker
11 a.m. to noon – General Business Meeting (agenda)
Hosted on Zoom
Passcode: SS123
Call in: 301-715-8592 or 267-831-0333
Webinar ID: 939 9974 9658/ Passcode: 224754

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. 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.

May 2022

Announcements from Human Resources & Payroll

Reminder: Open Enrollment Closes May 16 

Open Enrollment for health benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) closes Monday, May 16, 2022.   

You can make changes to your health insurance plan through Cardinal (the commonwealth’s online system) until Monday, May 16 at 11:59 p.m. Paper forms may be submitted to HR & Payroll until Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m.  

For more information, including information about premium rewards, please view the Open Enrollment page on the HR & Payroll website. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at 


Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is May 25! 

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day (FSED) is a yearly event that brings faculty and staff together for professional and personal growth. This year’s FSED on Wednesday, May 25 will be a virtual, day-long event centered around the theme Renew, Refresh, Reimagine. 

FSED offers professional and personal development workshops, time for reflection, and a chance to network and connect with other Mason employees. 

All Mason employees are invited to participate! Supervisors, please encourage your team to attend and provide time and flexibility during work hours to allow your staff to explore the offerings. 

Please visit the FSED website for details, including workshop options and registration info. We’ll update the website with more information as we approach the date – stay tuned!

May 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Mason Square Commuting Opportunity: Sustain and Save 

Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) has partnered with Commute66 to help faculty and staff who currently pay tolls on I-66 take advantage of Sustain & Save. This program provides $100 per month to employees who switch their commute from driving and parking at Mason Square to using transit, carpooling, biking, or another sustainable option. Participating individuals must commute into the office at least eight days a month. For more information, visit the website.

Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20 

Celebrate the Washington region’s Bike to Work Day! Start your day off cycling. Pit stops all over the VA, DC, MD area. For details and to register, visit   

Parking and Transportation End-of-Spring Semester Donation Drive for Patriot Pantry 

Would you like to help someone in need? Through Friday, May 20, make an in-person donation at any Parking Services office to benefit the Patriot Pantry and reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by $15, $20, or $30. For important details, including the donation/credit framework for donations, visit 

2022 Transportation Survey Extended 

The 2022 Transportation Survey has been extended through May 18.  Please take a few minutes to share how you get to, from, and around campus. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you can opt-in to a raffle for 10 prize packages valued at $40 each. Ten participants will be randomly selected from those who opt-in. 

As background to the survey, 30 percent of Mason’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributed to commuting. By participating in this survey you will help us understand and improve how Mason commutes and you will be providing key data to help in decision making. 

To participate in the survey, visit 


Summer 2022: Parking Permits on Sale and Mason Shuttles Summer Schedules Available 

Summer parking passes went on sale on Monday, May 2. Online sales only. Visit for details. Reach out to with any questions. 

Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 23. Service will be Monday–Friday only. Burke VRE will not be operating after May 20 until further notice. Schedules are posted at Please reach out to if you have any questions.  

Please note: The spring 2022 schedules are in effect through Friday, May 20, except West Campus, which operates through Friday, May 13.  

There is Graduation Weekend Service for Sandy Creek/Metro on May 21–22 only from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last departure from Vienna Metro at 9:30 p.m.).  No other weekend service operating. There is no shuttle service on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.