August 10, 2018

Around Mason

Around Mason (formerly Mason E-Files) is a weekly digest of general announcements sent via email to all faculty and staff. The current week’s announcements can be found on the Around Mason web page.

  • Only announcements are listed in Around Mason.
  • Announcements involve general updates about occurrences, changes, or services that impact the Mason community
  • The weekly Around Mason email provides links to the week’s featured events and trainings, published in Today@Mason. Events and trainings are not listed in Around Mason.
  • To submit announcements for Around Mason use this form: Around Mason submission form.


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. Visit our Mason E-Files Alert page for more information.

Standard Announcements

Standard Around Mason announcements are submitted to University Information via the online Around Mason submission form. 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:

  • Length must not exceed 100 words. Announcements over the word limit will be returned to the sender or edited by University Information staff.
  • Plain text only. Requests will be edited for clarity, general format, and grammar. University Information reserves the right to edit text in all announcements.
  • No attachments (.pdf, .doc, .pub). Flyers will not be accepted as announcements.
  • Include a web link for additional information
    • Charts and forms may be put on a Mason website and you may include the link to this information within the announcement. University Information will not create and host a website for your announcement. Individual offices and departments are responsible for hosting and maintaining their own website links.

Around Mason will not publish the following types of announcement requests

  • Items for sale
  • Recruiting for vacant positions
  • From sources outside of Mason


The list of recipients for Around Mason is generated from both the HR Banner and PhotoID systems. Around Mason is only sent to 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 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 with the subject “Subscribe”. In the message body include the following:

  • Subscribe Around Mason
  • Your
  • Your first name
  • Your last name


If you are receiving Around Mason and wish to stop receiving them, send an email to with the subject “Unsubscribe”. Unsubscribe requests must be sent from your email account. In the message body include the following:

  • Unsubscribe Around Mason
  • Your
  • Your first name
  • Your last name