Around Mason (formerly Mason E-Files) is a weekly digest of general announcements sent via email to all faculty and staff. The email contains a website link to the digest. Events and trainings are posted to Today@Mason.
Around Mason is not sent to students. The weekly Around Mason digest is automatically sent to all faculty (full-time, part-time, and administrative) and all staff (full-time, part-time classified; university affiliates; non-student wages; and contractors).
University Information reserves the right to update policies and procedures as deemed necessary. Please check this site for updates.
Guidelines for using Around Mason
There are two types of announcements, 1) standard (Around Mason) and 2) alerts. Standard announcements are sent out in a weekly digest format on Mondays. Alert announcements are not restricted to the weekly digest format and are sent out under the name "Mason E-Files Alerts", upon review and approval.
Standard Around Mason announcements are submitted to University Information via online request form at the following address: www2.gmu.edu/news/e-files-submissions. Submit requests by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Monday's edition of Around Mason.
Each announcement can be published in Around Mason for a maximum three (3) weeks per semester. It is the responsibility of the sender to request/specify which dates the announcement is requested to be published.
Format of the announcement:
Around Mason will not publish the following types of announcement requests
Requests for Mason E-Files Alert announcements are submitted to University Information via email to email@example.com.
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Alert announcements are sent under the subject headline: Mason E-Files Alerts: [Type of Alert Message], so they are not confused with standard Around Mason announcements.
Include the following information in the email:
Format of the alert announcement:
The list of recipients for Around Mason is generated from both the HR Banner and PhotoID systems. Around Mason is only sent to @gmu.edu email addresses. If you are receiving Around Mason announcements at a non-Mason email account, then your Mason email account is most likely forwarded to the non-Mason address. University Information will need your firstname.lastname@example.org email address to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the listserv.
If you are not receiving Around Mason, you may subscribe yourself by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject "Subscribe". In the message body include the following:
If you are receiving Around Mason and wish to stop receiving them, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Unsubscribe". Unsubscribe requests must be sent from your email@example.com email account. In the message body include the following:
Alternatives to Around Mason
While sending a mass email may seem like a good way to get information to the university community, it is not the only way to reach the community at large, nor is it always the best way. Below are listed some additional resources where your announcement could be circulated to the campus community:
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.