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ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 15-18, 2013 Convocations and Commencement

Outreach Database

Summer Term Registration and Payments

Make Next Spring Break Your Mediterranean Escape

HR and Payroll

Mason Dining Hours of Operation for May 13 to 19

Do You Have Chronic Neck Pain?

Apple Federal Credit Union

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Are You Graduating This Year?

Parking Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

Summer Programs at Potomac Arts Academy

Community Supported Agriculture Program

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 in University Classrooms and Labs

GradFest Celebrates Graduating Students

Take the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey

Sign Up Now for Free Summer English Programs

EVENTS

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series: Gary Perlin of Capital One

Senior Game Expo

University Life Diversity Golf Classic

26th Annual Patriot Club Alumni-Athlete Golf Outing Sponsored by the Anderson Company

21st Annual Washington Health Policy Institute (WHPI)

Bike to Work Day

Life Planning Seminar: A Guide for Caregiving

Mason Sustainability Institute Introduction to Canning Workshop

The Humanities and Technology Camp

Lavender Graduation

Critical Issues in C4I Symposium

DI2E Plugfest, in Conjunction with George Mason University-AFCEA Symposium

The Geography of Terrorism

TRAINING

Fiscal Services

Environmental Health and Safety Office

HR Learning

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Office of Equity and Diversity Services

Posted May 13, 2013

Announcements

May 15-18, 2013 Convocations and Commencement

To celebrate George Mason University 2013 graduates, convocations will be held for academic schools and colleges on Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 18. View the schedule and visit www.gmu.edu for details regarding graduation activities.

Faculty/Staff Parking Advisory for May 15-19.
It is strongly recommended to park on the north end of campus, including the Rappahannock River Parking Deck and access campus via University Drive to avoid the heaviest traffic. The first two aisles of Lot A closest to Lot C will be closed May 15-19 for use by convocations and commencement. As a general reminder, faculty/staff permits are always valid in general student spaces.

 

Outreach Database

Do you need mailing addresses or email addresses for invitations, publications, newsletters, or some other form of publicity?

University Information maintains contact information for individuals belonging to over 200 groups in the Outreach Database. These groups are both internal and external to Mason.  This information is provided to faculty and staff free of charge upon request.  A minimum of three business days is required to complete all requests.

Categories of the groups included in the Outreach Database are:

  • Business
  • Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Community/Service Groups
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • External Boards
  • George Mason University Groups
  • Government
  • Libraries
  • Literature
  • Professional Associations
  • Safety Officials
  • Science Groups
  • Special Interest Groups

To request information from the Outreach Database, visit http://info.gmu.edu/outreachdatabase.html or contact Dennis Kisielewski (dkisiel1@gmu.edu/993-8693).

 

Summer Term Registration and Payments

Registration for summer is ongoing with the last day to add/drop for Session A being May 24. Payments are due on May 20 for registrations made through May 19. For any registration made after that, payments are due on the fifth business day. For a list of courses or more detailed information, visit http://summer.gmu.edu. Questions? Call 993-2300 or email us at summer@gmu.edu.

 

Make Next Spring Break Your Mediterranean Escape

The Center for Global Education is offering a new spring break program to Barcelona and the French Riviera. This program is open to the entire Mason community including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and to the general public. Invite your friends and family.

You can register online on a first come, first served basis and submit a non-refundable deposit with your registration to secure your spot. The program has a limited number of 40 slots available.

For more information, contact Ms. Erin Mateu at emateu@gmu.edu, 993-3864 and visit our website at globaled.gmu.edu/barcelona.

 

HR and Payroll

Health and Flex Open Enrollment: May 1-24. Highlighting Premium Rewards today. If you enroll in COVA Care or COVA HealthAware, you can reduce your monthly premium cost by completing two health activities on a set schedule. The first one, a health assessment, must be completed during open enrollment. See page 5 of Spotlight on Your Benefits for more information.

The Benefits website has resources to help you including in-person open enrollment sessions. A new session has been added in Fairfax on May 15 and the session is also available as a pre-recorded briefing.

Questions? Call Human Resources & Payroll at 993-2600 and ask for the Benefits Team.

More Detailed Paystub. Your PatriotWeb paystub has a new look. Beginning May 5, it includes the Mason logo, business address, and year-to-date information. Questions? Visit the paystub FAQ.

 

Mason Dining Hours of Operation for May 13 to 19

For finals/graduation week, May 13-19, hours of operation change, visit MasonDining.com under the hours tab for more information.

Summer hours of operation begin May 20. Student Union Building I will be open during the summer, Rathskeller will open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and offer $7.00 specials every day. Chick-Fil-A will open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Peet’s coffee will open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more open locations during the summer visit Masondining.com.

 

Do You Have Chronic Neck Pain?

Are you a healthy individual with neck pain for 3 months or more? If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, you may be able to participate in a neck pain study and receive a comprehensive cervical musculoskeletal examination and treatment.

Contact Dr. Lynn Gerber at ngerber1@gmu.edu or 993-1940.

 

Apple Federal Credit Union

Drive Smart with an Apple Auto Loan . When you finance a new or used auto or refinance an existing auto loan from another lender, you’ll enjoy rates as low as 1.99% APR with up to 115% financing.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Flexible terms: up to 84 months (New); up to 72 months (Used)
  • No early payoff penalties
  • On-site financing at Partner Dealerships: AppleFCU.org/Dealers
  • Online payments in NetBranch

HELOC Rates Frozen Until 2014. Credit card bills can add up, medical bills come due or major home repairs arise, but a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) could help restore your financial footing.

Apply online at AppleFCU.org/HomeEquity by May 31, and you’ll lock those funds at rates as low as 3.99% APR until January 2014.

For details, visit AppleFCU.org or the Mason Branch in the Johnson Center.

 

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Here's your chance to be part of one of the happiest events on campus. The Office of Events Management is soliciting volunteers to work handing out programs at the doors and at the Information Kiosks inside the Patriot Center for Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers need to arrive at the Patriot Center by 8:30 am, doors open at 9:00 am, and Commencement begins at 10:00 am. The volunteers are welcome to stay for the ceremony or may leave after the audience is settled around 10:15 am - 10:30 am.

If you would like to volunteer, call 993-2124 or email sgrohnke@gmu.edu. We will email you FAQs and other details of the occasion.

 

Are You Graduating This Year?

All faculty and staff members who are earning a degree from Mason this year: stand to be congratulated. Send your name, title/department, and the degree you are earning to univnews@gmu.edu by Monday, May 13. Your information will be included in Mason News during graduation week.

 

Parking Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

As part of the University’s contract with Standard Parking to operate Parking Services, an annual customer service survey is conducted to help assess their performance. The survey also provides some valuable data information for Parking & Transportation. We appreciate it if you can take a few moments to complete this survey. Feel free to email parking@gmu.edu if you have any questions.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMW3SDQ.

 

Summer Programs at Potomac Arts Academy

Summer programs for all ages are available at Mason's Potomac Arts Academy. Programs for children include Ovations Strings Academy, Choir, Composition, Guitar, Computer Game Design, Film & Video Production, Piano, Jazz, Percussion and more. Adult programs are also available for music teachers and musicians alike. Call 993-9889 or go to www.PotomacAcademy.org for more information.

 

Community Supported Agriculture Program

George Mason University is proud to partner with Bull Run Mountain Farm for its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program this year. This type of program enables shareholders to pay their farmer a share at the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly box of fresh, Virginia-grown vegetables.

  • The cost will depend on the size of share you get. You can find the options here: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/sharetypes.html.
  • The rates on his site are set for Mason community members (we will not be charged an additional fee for delivery or credit card payment processing).
  • Here's a link to examples of vegetable shares from 2011 to give you a sense for what you might get each week: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/2011vegetables.html.
  • The drop-off/pick-up spot will be in the temporary parking lot in front of University Hall. The time will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • You can sign up for the share using this link: http://www.bullrunfarm.com/reserve.html.

  • Contact Danielle Wyman for additional details at dwyman@gmu.edu or 993-7725.

 

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 in University Classrooms and Labs

In advance of the fall semester, Microsoft Office 2010 will be installed to all university classroom and lab computers across the Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Campuses. Office 2010 contains new features and security enhancements that are essential to maintaining an enterprise level system. Microsoft Office is one of the most tested and utilized software suites in the world and little to no interruptions affecting faculty or instruction are expected. Training programs for Office 2010 are currently offered on campus through Training & Certification and will remain available to assist during this transition. Additionally, Desktop Support Services provides installation of Office 2010 on faculty and staff desktops upon request. Contact Desktop Support by calling 993-8870 or email support@gmu.edu.

 

GradFest Celebrates Graduating Students

Do you have students that are graduating seniors or grad students? GradFest is a series of events and programs throughout April in May that was created with students in mind. Students can register by visiting http://gradfest.gmu.edu/events/a-graduation-celebration/. Check out the full schedule of GradFest events by visiting gradfest.gmu.edu.

 

Take the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey

Participate in the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey. It is one of the most significant ways that George Mason University collects feedback and information about transportation and access to campus to make sure we are constantly improving. A summary of the results will be shared with university administrators in order to make improvements at Mason. The survey takes about 3-5 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6QVSH8.

 

Sign Up Now for Free Summer English Programs

This summer the English Language Institute (ELI) is offering seven free workshop series and a new book discussion group for international students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars.

Workshop series include: Building an Academic Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Advanced Grammar, Idioms for Professional and Academic Use, Public Speaking for the Classroom, Preparation for Graduate Writing, Research Writing and Book Discussion Group. In the book discussion group, participants will read and discuss the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, and then see the new feature film version of the book.

For more information about these workshops and ELI's other English language support programs, contact Melissa Allen, Coordinator of English Language Support Services, malle2@gmu.edu or 993-3642 or go to http://eli.gmu.edu/about/eli-support-services/.

 

Events

Visit Today@Mason for the featured events this week.
 

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series: Gary Perlin of Capital One

University Life Diversity Golf Classic

26th Annual Patriot Club Alumni-Athlete Golf Outing Sponsored by the Anderson Company

21st Annual Washington Health Policy Institute (WHPI)

Bike to Work Day

Life Planning Seminar: A Guide for Caregiving

Mason Sustainability Institute Introduction to Canning Workshop

The Humanities and Technology Camp

Lavender Graduation

Critical Issues in C4I Symposium

DI2E Plugfest, in Conjunction with George Mason University-AFCEA Symposium

The Geography of Terrorism

 

Training

Visit Today@Mason for the featured training this week.
 

Fiscal Services

Environmental Health and Safety Office

HR Learning

Budget Office Walk-In Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs Workshops

Office of Equity and Diversity Services