Around Mason: Week of May 10, 2022


Faculty/Staff Announcements 

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Campus Updates

Title IX Coordinator Candidate Presentation Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion needs to postpone the Title IX Coordinator Candidate public presentation scheduled for this Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m.  We will keep the Mason community informed of the new date and time. 

Volunteers Needed for University Commencement

Commencement is almost here, and University Events would love some additional help on the morning of Friday, May 20, to prepare for the ceremony.  

Volunteers should arrive by 8:15 a.m. and will be provided with a continental breakfast in the Johnson Center Atrium. Volunteers will then assist with the graduation lineup on Wilkins Plaza from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m.  

Volunteers will help graduates find their way to the correct place in line, guide the lines once the procession starts, help students make sure their regalia is on properly, and answer any questions. Maps and information packets will be provided.

Fill out the form to volunteer. You will be contacted with additional arrival and logistical information. Thank you for supporting our 2022 graduates!

50th Anniversary Exhibits to Open in May

Two exhibits will open this month as part of Mason's 50th anniversary celebrations:

Past, Present, Future: Mason's Core Remains Constant looks back at Mason with a showcase of photos captured by students working for Broadside, Mason's student newspaper from 1969 to 2014. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 12, 4–6 p.m. in Horizon Hall, Lower Level. The opening will feature guest speaker Robert Vay of the University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.

We Are Mason: A Student History uses images and physical objects to illustrate student life throughout the years, development of university traditions, growth of the campuses, and milestones in the institution’s history. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 25, 4–6 p.m. in Fenwick Library’s Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Area.

Register for the opening receptions. Both exhibits will run through December in the University Libraries' Special Collection Research Center (SCRC).

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.

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 are on sale now (online only). Visit for details. Reach out to with 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.

Please note:  

  • 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.

MOTHER: A Photographic Exhibition 

Mason Exhibitions Arlington, in partnership with Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA), presents a concurrent photography exhibition, MOTHER, on view at Mason Exhibitions Arlington from April 1 through May 28.  

MOTHER explores the idea of motherhood from a diversity of female perspectives and features a majority of female celebrated artists.  

Visit for programming details and to register for gallery events. Mason Exhibitions Arlington is located at 3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia (two blocks from Mason Square, formerly the Arlington Campus).

Bike to Work Day 

Celebrate the Washington region’s Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Start your day off cycling. Pit stops will be provided all over the Virginia, DC, and Maryland area. For details and to register, visit

Training and Professional Development

Applications for Fenwick Fellowship Due June 15

Applications are now accepted for the 2022–23 Fenwick Fellows, 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.

Resources for You

Mason Square Commuting Opportunity: Sustain and Save

Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) has partnered with Commute66 to help faculty and staff who currently pay tolls on I-66 take advantage of Sustain & Save.  

This program provides $100 per month to employees who switch their commute from driving and parking at Mason Square to using transit, carpooling, biking, or another sustainable option.  

Participating individuals must commute into the office at least eight days a month. For more information, visit the website. Contact with questions.

Upcoming Performances at Mason

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.