Around Mason: Week of May 3, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements 

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Campus Updates

Reminder to Participate in the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey

If you haven’t already, participate in the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey! On April 18, Gallup sent Mason employees a unique survey link to their Mason email address. Take the time to open your unique link and participate in the survey. The survey will only take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The results will remain confidential. Data will only be shared in a way that no one individual can be identified.

Taking the time to participate in this survey is vital to the Mason community, and the results are actionable; the data will be used to inform decision-making and strategic planning.

If you have questions, feel free to browse the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey website or contact

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

Would you like to help someone in need? Make an in-person donation to benefit the Patriot Pantry at any Parking Services office through Friday, May 20, and reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by $15, $20, or $30.  

For important details, including eligible donation items and the donation/credit framework, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Staff Senate General Meeting

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

Staff Senate General Meeting 
Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m. to noon 
10 to 11 a.m.: General business meeting 
11 a.m. to noon: Guest speakers 
Hosted on Zoom

Contact for more information. 

2022 Transportation Survey Extended

The 2022 Transportation Survey has been extended through May 18. 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. Help us understand and improve how Mason commutes. To participate in the survey, visit

Summer Parking Permits on Sale and Mason Shuttles Schedules Available

Summer Parking Passes
Summer parking passes went on sale on Monday, May 2 (online sales only). Visit for details. Reach out to with any questions. 

Mason Shuttles Updates for Summer
Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 23. Service will be Monday through Friday only. Burke VRE will not operate after May 20 until further notice. Schedules are posted at Contact with questions. Note:  

  • The spring 2022 schedules remain in effect through Friday, May 20 (except West Campus, which operates through Friday, May 13).
  • Graduation weekend service will be available 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 available.  
  • There is no shuttle service on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Training and Professional Development

Applications for Fenwick Fellowship Due June 15

Applications are now accepted for the 2022–23 Fenwick Fellow(s), which are awarded annually to Mason faculty members to pursue research projects that use and enhance the University Libraries’ resources, while advancing knowledge in their field. Up to two fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded.  

The awarded funds are designated toward the acquisition of library research materials and/or digital infrastructure and tools that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as for associated research costs. In addition, the Fellow is given use of a technology-equipped office in Fenwick Library for the term of the fellowship.  

Applications are due Wednesday, June 15. The 2022–23 Fenwick Fellow(s) will be announced at the start of the fall 2022 semester. Visit the Fenwick Fellow Program webpage for eligibility information and guidelines. Email Wally Grotophorst with questions.

Summer Faculty Writing Retreat 

Hoping to start the summer with a blast of writing productivity? Consider registering for the Summer Faculty Writing Retreat, held virtually on Zoom from May 17–19. This event offers a supportive and collegial community of peers to boost your writing productivity. Participants work on a variety of research and creative projects at all stages of completion.   

Registration is open through Sunday, May 8. Visit the website for more details. Email questions to retreat facilitators at

Resources for You

Spring Handmade Marketplace on May 4

The MIX will host the Spring Handmade Marketplace featuring makers, artists, and crafters from the Mason community. Visit the Marketplace on Wednesday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MIX (Horizon Hall, Room 1408). See the creations made by students, faculty and staff at Mason. For more information, visit the MIX website.

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Steel Pan Ensemble | Latin American Ensemble | Braddock Road Brass Band
Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. 
de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001 

Travel to the Caribbean with the Steel Pan Ensemble (directed by Victor Provost), countries of Latin America (with the Down Beat Award-winning Latin American Ensemble, directed by Juan Megna), and back home again to the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans (with the Braddock Road Brass Band, directed by Graham Breedlove!). This performance is free and open to the public.

Spring: Dance Innovations  
Mason Dance Company 
Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m.  
Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. 
Harris Theatre 
Mason choreographers present a showcase of new dances performed by the Mason Dance Company. 

A Concert Presentation of The Boy Detective Fails
Mason School of Theater 
Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. 
Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
The Boy Detective Fails, based on Joe Meno’s acclaimed novel, tells the story of Billy Argo, “boy detective.” In a world akin to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, young Billy becomes famous for solving mysteries, until he faces a mystery he can’t comprehend—the shocking death of his young sister, Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year-old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town determined to solve the mystery of Caroline’s death and right old wrongs. The School of Theater is thrilled to premiere this new and updated version by book writer Joe Meno and composer Adam Gwon.  

Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert 
Dewberry School of Music 
Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
Join the Dewberry School of Music for their spring finale concert featuring the Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Soo Han and the university choirs under the direction of Lisa Billingham. 

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Broadway’s Best 
Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. 
Hylton Performing Arts Center 
The American Festival Pops Orchestra presents a musical tribute to Broadway in an evening of popular melodies, timeless ballads, and nostalgic favorites. Maestro Anthony Maiello reunites with Broadway veteran and soprano Lisa Vroman, “one of American Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” (Sir Cameron Mackintosh). This performance is family-friendly. 

Dewberry School of Music Honors Recital 
Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. 
Center for the Arts 
The Honors Recital is a premier recital opportunity for Dewberry School of Music students, representing each instrument area, who auditioned and were selected to perform by a faculty panel. This performance is free and open to the public.