Around Mason: Week of March 29, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Campus Updates

Public Comment Session Scheduled for April 5 During BOV Meeting

On Tuesday, April 5, the Board of Visitors will conduct a meeting with an associated public comment session. This meeting will include a presentation by Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Carol Kissal on Mason’s FY 2023 financial plan, including proposals for tuition and mandatory fees. For additional details on the meeting and the public comment process, please visit the Board of Visitors website

Rescheduled: Staff Senate Meeting with President Washington

The April Staff Senate meeting with Mason President Gregory Washington has been rescheduled for June 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Virtual meeting information will be shared closer to the meeting date. 

The April Staff Senate general meeting will not feature a guest speaker. Instead, the senate encourages staff to participate in the 50th Anniversary celebration events hosted throughout the week of April 4–8. 

Staff Senate General Meeting 
Wednesday, April 6, 10–11 a.m.
Hosted on Zoom 

Contact for more information. 

Celebrating Mason at 50

We’ve always been green and gold—and now we’re golden! Throughout 2022, the Mason community will celebrate 50 remarkable years of growth and achievement. 

RSVP for upcoming events through the links below: 

Dedication of the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial 
Monday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. 
Fairfax Campus, Wilkins Plaza 

Mason Square Groundbreaking 
Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. 
Arlington Campus, Mason Square 

50th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration and Mason Vision Day 
Thursday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. 
Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center Atrium 

Mason at 50: Special Guest Russ Banham 
Thursday, April 7, at 2 p.m. 
Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center Atrium 

SciTech Campus Groundbreaking: Life Sciences Engineering Building and Town Center 
Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. 
SciTech Campus, Beacon Hall 

Visit for a complete list of events and activities. It's Mason's time.

2FA Required for Blackboard Effective April 5

On Tuesday, April 5, Information Technology Services (ITS) will enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for Blackboard, Mason’s learning management system. Once enabled, all users, including students, faculty, and staff, will be required to authenticate using 2FA with their Patriot Pass credentials when accessing Blackboard/myMason services, including Organizations and Courses. 

Information about this change is available on the 2FA Roadmap

For assistance, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or

Dean Finalist Candidates for the College of Health and Human Services 

The Mason community is invited to attend public presentations by the current finalist candidates for the position of dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Those who attend will be asked complete an online survey to provide feedback regarding each candidate.  

Each finalist candidate will discuss the following topic: “What are the key challenges facing interdisciplinary colleges of public health over the next decade, and how would you lead the College to meet these challenges?”  

All presentations will be held in-person and also will be available for virtual participation. Sessions will be recorded.  

RSVP to attend in-person or virtually. Presentation schedule: 

  • March 22, 9–10:15 a.m. (Merten Hall, Room 1202) 
  • March 24, 9–10:15 a.m. (Merten Hall, Room 1202) 
  • March 30, 10:30–11:45 a.m. (Merten Hall, Room 1201) 
  • March 31, 11–12:15 p.m. (Merten Hall, Room 1201) 
  • April 1, 10:30–11:45 a.m. (Merten Hall, Room 1202) 

The CVs of candidates will be distributed 48 hours in advance of the scheduled presentations. For questions, contact

Reminder: Charter Buses on Campus

If your unit is hosting an event with any number of charter buses on campus, please coordinate their visit with the Parking Services office. Even one charter bus needs to be accommodated for drop-off, pick-up, and parking.  

Charter buses should not be advised to pick-up or drop-off at Rappahannock River Lane or the Sandy Creek Transit Center. Both locations are transit hubs and there is not sufficient space to allow charter bus access.  

Parking Services is happy to work with you during the event planning process to make arrangements. Contact them via email or phone at 703-993-2065. 

5th Annual Summit for Programs, Events, or Camps (PEC) Serving Minors

Organizations hosting programs, events, or camps (PEC) serving minors are invited to attend Mason's 5th annual PEC Summit, hosted virtually on Wednesday, April 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. Q&A session will follow from 11 a.m. to noon.  

Presenters from Operations and Business Services will demonstrate the new PEC registration process. Other PEC policy stakeholders and service providers will be available to answer questions regarding summer programming needs. 

Those who attend the monthly PEC committee meetings will receive a virtual event invitation. Others who are thinking about hosting a program serving minors should contact Buz Grover to receive the PEC Summit event link.

Training and Professional Development

Solve Climate by 2030: Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice

George Mason University’s Solve Climate by 2030: Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice event will give you the actionable knowledge you need to make an impact. Join the event on Wednesday, March 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. to move beyond climate despair into realistic optimism. 

Learn from Mason's faculty experts and engaged students making a positive impact. Register today

This event is co-organized by the Center for Climate Change Communication, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, Environmental Science and Technology Center, Institute for a Sustainable Earth, Mason Sustainability Council, Office of Sustainability, and GMU-TV. 

Self-Care in the Face of Adversity

In this live Anthem webinar, participants will learn about adversity, trauma symptoms, triggers, and how to care for themselves while dealing with these issues. The session will explore different sources and types of traumas. Participants will learn how to develop tools to set healthy boundaries and maintain optimal self-care. 

Webinar: Self-Care in the Face of Adversity 
Thursday, March 31, at noon 

Contact for more information. 

Resources for You

National Walking Day: April 6

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day. 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! 

Contact Mason Transportation for more information about active commuting. 

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Dewberry School of Music: Mason Broadway Chorale Showcase 
Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. 
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall 

The University Chorale presents a series of Broadway classics for their 2022 spring showcase. The Broadway Showcase is a popular feature of the choral program at Mason each spring semester. Students assist with the design, coaching, and creating choreography for the production. 

Matinee Idylls 
Virginia Opera: A Taste of Opera
Tuesday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. 
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater

Virginia Opera returns with a passion-infused afternoon filled with drama, poetry, history, and romance. A small group of opera singers perform beloved arias, duets, and ensembles selected from recent and upcoming Virginia Opera productions. Experience rising opera stars performing highlights from Virginia Opera’s vibrant 2021–22 season.  

Mason Arts at Home: Visual Voices Lecture with Mario Rossero
Thursday April 7, at 7:30 p.m. 
Virtual Event 

Mario R. Rossero is the executive director of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). He is an experienced art educator with roles as a museum educator, classroom art teacher, and adjunct professor and has held a number of supervision/administration roles in the Pittsburgh and Chicago school systems. As director of arts for Chicago Public Schools, Mario spearheaded the first strategic arts education plan for the city aimed at increasing equity and access to arts education for all students. Prior to his current role, he was the senior vice president of education for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He serves on a number of advisory boards and is a practicing visual artist. Visual Voices is the professional lecture series of the School of Art and represents a window into the professional world of art and design. 

Virginia Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 

Mozart’s beloved four-act comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, is the kind of mad and frantic bedroom farce of which guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures are made. It is all driven by the music of Mozart at his most spirited and conceived in collaboration with his most entrusted and successful librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte. Full of scheming and wooing, flirting and folly, Figaro’s hilarious and absurd twists and turns pile the outrageous on top of the scandalous to joyful effect. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.   

Spring: New Dances
Mason School of Dance 
Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. 
Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 

The Mason Dance Company performs a concert of new work created by a collective of emerging Mason choreographers. 

In a Sentimental Mood: The Music of Duke Ellington performed by The Mason Cabaret
Mason School of Theater 
Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. (free preview) 
Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. 
Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
de Laski Performing Arts Building, Theaterspace 

A perennial favorite, our Musical Theater ambassadors, The Mason Cabaret, return with a fresh lineup of stellar vocalists offering showstoppers, ballads, and duets from Broadway. As Sondheim once wrote, “Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone...” This “fun-raiser” will have you dancing in your seat and humming all the way home! Ticket sales will support Mason’s Musical Theater program. 

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 

GRAMMY Award-winning composer, conductor, and Mason Artist-in-Residence Maria Schneider leads Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a night of cool, expressive jazz. Witness jazz perfection, comprised of the most remarkable jazz performers in the metro region, in this highly anticipated event. “To call Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point . . . She’s a major composer– period,” (TIME Magazine). A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain.