George Mason Family Programs

George Mason Family Programs George Mason Family Programs supports families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. Housed within New Student and Family Programs.
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George Mason Family Programs is housed within the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services (OFPS). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.

Mission: Supporting Mason families in their desire to stay informed and involved in their student's lives by providing valuable events, programs and services.

Operating as usual

Happy first Day of classes, Patriots! We wish you luck in all of your classes and hope today is the start of a new excel...
01/25/2021

Happy first Day of classes, Patriots! We wish you luck in all of your classes and hope today is the start of a new excellent semester! #welcome2mason

George Mason University
01/25/2021

George Mason University

Happy Monday #MasonNation! Here are the events/conferences happening this week!

For more information, visit mason360.gmu.edu/events or *www2.gmu.edu/today-mason
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MONDAY (01/25)

15 minute LKM (Loving Kindness Meditation)
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
University Life @ SciTech

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TUESDAY (01/26)

Winter Arlington Fest (WAF)- Find your Om at Home: Yoga with Pranjal
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
University Life Arlington

Training Grants for Grad Students: Introduction to the National Research Service Award*
12:00 PM
College of Health and Human Services

How to Intern Abroad: Virtual and Travel Options
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Global Education Office (GEO)

GEO Global Internship Apps: Resume and Personal Statement Review Drop-In Hours
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
GEO

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WEDNESDAY (01/27)

Science and Math Study Strategies
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Learning Services

WAF- “What I Wish I Knew”: Advices for New Graduate Students Panel Discussion
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
University Life Arlington

WAF- You Had Me at Merlot: A Wine Education Seminar
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
University Life Arlington

Contemporary Student Services (CSS) Welcome Back Bingo
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
CSS

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THURSDAY (01/28)

George Hutchinson Oral Defense of Dissertation Proposal in Public Policy*
9:00 AM
Schar School

“Advancing Health Equity Through Informatics Research and Training: Researcher, Educator, and Editor Perspectives”*
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Health Administration and Policy

MasonCARES Suicide Prevention Training
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Counseling and Psychological Services

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening of Reflection
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Coalition Building and Diversity Education

WAF- Patriot Pursuit: Trivia!
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
University Life Arlington

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FRIDAY (01/29)

Hear Me Out—Spoken Word, and Stories! (Featuring Adan Bean)
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Patriot Activities Council

HUB Hangout
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Side Pocket- HUB
Student Involvement

GMU Esports Game Night
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GMU Esports

01/25/2021
George Mason University

George Mason University

Class is back in session! 📚✏️ Welcome back to campus, Patriots! #MasonNation

Do you have any questions regarding the #SafeReturn2Mason? We've set up some FAQ pages to provide you with the answers you seek!

🔗: go.gmu.edu/SafeReturn2Mason

We look forward to seeing you on the George Mason University campus!

Two days left 👏👏 Wishing good traffic and a smooth transition to any students moving in on campus this weekend! #welcome...
01/23/2021

Two days left 👏👏 Wishing good traffic and a smooth transition to any students moving in on campus this weekend! #welcome2mason

Three. More. Days 😱😱 Are you excited? We’re excited!! #welcome2mason
01/22/2021

Three. More. Days 😱😱 Are you excited? We’re excited!! #welcome2mason

4 Days left! 🎂🎂 Have you logged into your Mason email lately? Make sure to check it out before classes kick off! #welcom...
01/21/2021

4 Days left! 🎂🎂 Have you logged into your Mason email lately? Make sure to check it out before classes kick off! #welcome2mason

5 Days to go! 😄😄We can count on one hand the number of days until the Mason Nation is back together for the spring! #wel...
01/20/2021

5 Days to go! 😄😄We can count on one hand the number of days until the Mason Nation is back together for the spring! #welcome2mason

6 Days to go! 🎊🎊🎊 Have you finalized your class schedule? Make sure to log into PatriotWeb and make any final adjustment...
01/19/2021

6 Days to go! 🎊🎊🎊 Have you finalized your class schedule? Make sure to log into PatriotWeb and make any final adjustments before the semester starts! #welcome2mason

01/18/2021
George Mason University

George Mason University

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay

🎥: Joseph Boyd, Creative Services

7 days to go! 🎉🎉 The spring semester is on its way, Patriots! We can wait to have you back! #welcome2mason
01/18/2021

7 days to go! 🎉🎉 The spring semester is on its way, Patriots! We can wait to have you back! #welcome2mason

Vice President of George Mason University Life, Rose Pascarell, shares a message of care and safety for our entire campu...
01/15/2021
A message for families from Vice President of University Life, Rose Pascarell

Vice President of George Mason University Life, Rose Pascarell, shares a message of care and safety for our entire campus community. Read her message to #MasonFamilies.

Dear Parents and Families, In just a few days the Spring 2021 semester will start, and soon students will return to their residence halls, classes, and activities. We look forward to welcoming students back to campus! The health, well-being and safety of our students and the entire campus community....

Read President Washington's message regarding updates to the university's Spring 2021 plans.
01/15/2021
President Washington updates Spring 2021 plans

Read President Washington's message regarding updates to the university's Spring 2021 plans.

Dear Patriots, The start of spring semester is 10 days away, and we are on schedule and ready to get started. I know everyone is eager to put 2020 behind us, and I’m right there with you. But before we turn the page, let’s take a moment to think about all we achieved over the last year. George M...

01/07/2021

📢 ‼️ #MasonFamilies, please see the message below from Mason Housing regarding Spring 2021 Move-In Dates: Wednesday, January 20th-Sunday, January 24th.

We hope you and your student had a good break and want to make sure you are aware of the necessary steps for moving into or returning to the residence halls for the spring semester.

1). Make sure your student has ordered their COVID test from Vault. Students received their link earlier this week and have been instructed to complete their order by today, January 7th.

2). Students will need to complete their COVID test from Vault between January 11th-14th. Tests completed before January 11th will not be considered valid.

3). Check with your student to make sure they have uploaded their flu vaccination information into the Student Health Services Patient Portal. If your student has a need that exempts them from the vaccination, information regarding that process can be found here: https://shs.gmu.edu/immunizations/fluvaccine_requirement/ . Students will not be allowed to move in if they do not have their flu vaccination or an approved exemption on file.

4). Make sure your student has signed up for their move-in arrival appointment.
- Students who have completed steps 2 and 3 and receive a green check from Mason COVID HealthCheck will be able to go straight to their assigned space without check-in in with anyone in-person.
- Students who have not completed steps 2 and 3 will need to check in between January 20th-23rd at Einstein’s in Merten Hall. Staff will not be available on January 24th to review documentation, so students missing either their COVID test results or their flu vaccination will need to wait until January 25th to move-in/return to their spring housing assignment. If students receive a yellow or red check on the Mason COVID HealthCheck, they will need to follow the provided instructions.

Students who are cleared for move-in/to return to their space will be allowed up to two guests to accompany them. All guests and the students are required to wear a face mask while on campus and receive a green check after completing the Mason COVID HealthCheck.

President Washington calls for unity in his message below.
01/07/2021
A call for unity from President Washington

President Washington calls for unity in his message below.

Fellow Patriots: Tonight more than ever we need to be Patriots with a capital P. It’s easy to feel helpless at the events that unfolded just east of our campuses today, but we can be of service to our communities and our nation. To be clear, we are living through a moment in our American history t...

#MasonFamilies, save the date for the Spring Family Kick-Off, your opportunity to connect with campus offices and resour...
01/05/2021

#MasonFamilies, save the date for the Spring Family Kick-Off, your opportunity to connect with campus offices and resources before the spring semester begins! This event will take place on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to register at https://masonfamily.gmu.edu/spring-family-kick-off/.

George Mason University
01/04/2021

George Mason University

🚧 Horizon Hall construction update! Four classrooms opening January 25, 2021!

Horizon Hall will be home to the George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences & the Mason Innovation Exchange (The MIX). Check out the progress 👇

Happy New Year to our #MasonFamily! 🥳
01/01/2021

Happy New Year to our #MasonFamily! 🥳

George Mason University
01/01/2021

George Mason University

While 2020 was not the year we expected, we are filled with hope for 2021 and would like to wish our #MasonNation a Happy New Year! We can't wait to see what the upcoming semester holds.

It's the last day of 2020! We're proud of everything our students and #MasonFamilies accomplished this year, and we look...
12/31/2020

It's the last day of 2020! We're proud of everything our students and #MasonFamilies accomplished this year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021. 🎉🎆

Wishing you warmth and togetherness this Kwanzaa!
12/26/2020

Wishing you warmth and togetherness this Kwanzaa!

George Mason University
12/26/2020

George Mason University

We wish a safe and joyous Kwanzaa to all those in #MasonNation celebrating this season.

Merry Christmas from all of us at New Student and Family Programs!
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from all of us at New Student and Family Programs!

George Mason University
12/25/2020

George Mason University

We wish a safe and merry Christmas to all those in #MasonNation celebrating this season.

Wishing everyone a safe, cozy, and Merry Christmas Eve!
12/24/2020

Wishing everyone a safe, cozy, and Merry Christmas Eve!

George Mason University
12/21/2020

George Mason University

🚨UPDATE from @masonhousing! The fall 2021- spring 2022 Housing Application is now open! Current Mason students and all incoming 2021-2022 first year students can apply using the Housing Portal. Students can also apply to a Learning Community (LC) on the housing application.

For more information, visit 💻 housing.gmu.edu!

Congratulations to our #Mason students on their hard work this semester! Enjoy your well-deserved break with your #Mason...
12/18/2020

Congratulations to our #Mason students on their hard work this semester! Enjoy your well-deserved break with your #MasonFamily, and we'll see you again in 2021. Have a relaxing and joyous Winter Break! ❄️

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 🎉✨ We are proud of you! ♥️#masonnsfp
12/17/2020

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 🎉✨ We are proud of you! ♥️

#masonnsfp

George Mason University
12/17/2020
George Mason University

George Mason University

🎉 Happy Graduation Day, class of 2020! You've endured a lot, but your hard work and persistence paid off! Congratulations on your MAJOR accomplishment and good luck on your future endeavors! 🎥Video production and 📝 poem by Sara Wolfley, Mason University Life Marketing and Communications team member and Mason Film student⁣⁣⁣⁣.

Watch the video here >> https://youtu.be/_3OPDJZzfzs

George Mason University
12/16/2020

George Mason University

💚💛You've done it! After a year like no other, the future holds new challenges to overcome and new paths to explore. We're proud of your achievements and eager to see you make your mark amid a world of possibilities. 🎉Congratulations 2020 graduates, and may your (virtual) caps 🎓 fly as high as your dreams. #MasonNation #WeAreMason #Mason2020

👉 Details of the virtual ceremony here: http://ow.ly/yz0650CLng6

Spring Family Kick-Off will be the first opportunity of the new year to connect with campus offices to get your question...
12/15/2020

Spring Family Kick-Off will be the first opportunity of the new year to connect with campus offices to get your questions about this upcoming semester answered! Join us on Tuesday, January 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. to hear firsthand from Mason stakeholders. Register at https://masonfamily.gmu.edu/spring-family-kick-off/.

George Mason University
12/15/2020

George Mason University

🎓Commencement is almost here, and we're thrilled to see the #Mason2020 graduates being honored this Thursday. We're proud of our Patriots' accomplishments, and excited to see what they achieve in the future. #MasonNation

👉 Details of the virtual ceremony here: http://ow.ly/qJ8U50CLncL

George Mason University
12/14/2020

George Mason University

🎉Congratulations to all of the Mason 2020 winter graduates!🎓#MasonNation is proud of you!

Commencement might be different but you can still decorate your cap! Download the image to be edited in a platform of your choosing or go to 💻http://ow.ly/Tk0S50CGglK to create your masterpiece in Canva.

When complete, post to social media along with #Mason2020!

Provost Ginsberg sent a message with important information regarding the alternative grading structure, Dean's List, and...
12/14/2020
Important Information Regarding Alternative Grading Structure, Dean's List & Spring Semester

Provost Ginsberg sent a message with important information regarding the alternative grading structure, Dean's List, and the spring semester. View the message in its entirety by clicking on the link below.

Dear Patriot: As the fall semester concludes, I write to tell you how proud I am of our Mason students, and our outstanding faculty and staff, for adjusting and adapting so successfully to the many personal and professional challenges required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, it has bee...

George Mason University
12/11/2020

George Mason University

We wish a safe and happy Hanukkah to all those in #MasonNation celebrating this season.

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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(703) 993-2475

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George Mason Family Programs is housed within New Student and Family Programs (NSFP). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.George Mason Family Programs is housed within New Student and Family Programs (NSFP). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit masonfamily.gmu.edu.

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My daughter's schedule was fine a couple of days ago, she has gotten emails from her Spring 2021 professors also. Tonight she logged on to share the schedule with me and she only has one class showing. Is there something going on with the site?
Hi All...Happy Holidays! Does anyone know how many credits a student needs to take per semester, to live on campus?
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Why no mention of the PASS/FAIL GMU rules. D's are not passing. Only A-C's are considered passing. Mark Ginsberg Fourth Estate George Mason University Student Involvement George Mason University Any student who gets a D, does not meet the criteria for their Major and has to take the class again. Get Outlook for iOS From: All currently enrolled domestic students on behalf of Office of the Provost Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:49:20 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. These accommodations are in response to a resolution unanimously adopted by Mason’s Student Government, and follow extensive dialog, careful deliberation and a recommendation by the university’s Faculty Senate and parallel consideration by the university’s Graduate Council. The specific accommodations are: Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In Mirroring the model for alternative grades implemented for the spring 2020 semester, each undergraduate and graduate student registered in A-F graded Fall 2020 courses will be able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they choose to receive a letter grade for the class or if they opt to receive an alternative grade that would indicate either receiving or not receiving credit for the class. With the exception of the Scalia Law School, this alternative grading practice will apply to all Fall 2020 courses, including courses that may already have been completed. Students will need to make their choice no later than the start of classes for the Spring 2021 semester. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. For students who opt for alternative grading for a specific course, the submitted grade for that course will be converted by the University Registrar to an alternative grade. Faculty members will not have knowledge of the grading model selected by students. Students who were grade sanctioned because of a decision by the Honor Committee, irrespective of the date of such a decision, may not choose the alternative grade mode for the affected course. Neither academic departments academic units, nor their administrators, may use the alternative grading model to change a course grade that was assigned to a student as a result of a decision by the Honor Committee. Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (I) may be given to students who are passing a course but who may be unable to complete scheduled coursework by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances. Instructors should be flexible in awarding Incompletes if the student requires additional time to finish coursework. For incomplete grades awarded for the Spring 2020 semester, the deadline for completing work for the spring semester was originally October 23, 2020, but has now been extended until the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will communicate with eligible students, through their official Mason-issued e-mail address, instructions with information on how to select an alternative grade for a class. Information on the model for alternative grades, and the specific grading categories, will also be provided in the same communication that will be distributed by the University Registrar. Students are encouraged to make careful and informed decisions regarding the grading categories that will be used to evaluate their coursework during this unique fall semester and to help reduce some of the stress associated with the COVID crisis. It is important that students consider the potential impact of opting for the alternative grading system on financial aid, admission to graduate and/or professional programs, professional licensure and other possible implications of your choice. If you have questions about opting for an alternative grade in any of your courses, undergraduate students should consult with your Academic Advisor and graduate students should consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Mentor. I hope that you are healthy, remain well and wish you success for the remainder of the fall semester. All the best. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President
This was sent yesterday to students. No mention of the Pass/Fail rules. Pall/Fail at GMU is A-C. D's are not considered passing From: All currently enrolled domestic students on behalf of Office of the Provost Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:49:20 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 Semester Dear Patriot: The entire Mason community has needed to adjust and adapt to many personal and professional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity for success this semester. In support of our students, a series of accommodations will be implemented to grading practices for the Fall 2020 semester. These accommodations are in response to a resolution unanimously adopted by Mason’s Student Government, and follow extensive dialog, careful deliberation and a recommendation by the university’s Faculty Senate and parallel consideration by the university’s Graduate Council. The specific accommodations are: Credit/Non-Credit Opt-In Mirroring the model for alternative grades implemented for the spring 2020 semester, each undergraduate and graduate student registered in A-F graded Fall 2020 courses will be able to decide individually, on a course-by-course basis, whether they choose to receive a letter grade for the class or if they opt to receive an alternative grade that would indicate either receiving or not receiving credit for the class. With the exception of the Scalia Law School, this alternative grading practice will apply to all Fall 2020 courses, including courses that may already have been completed. Students will need to make their choice no later than the start of classes for the Spring 2021 semester. The default selection, if no action is taken by the student, will be A-F grading. For students who opt for alternative grading for a specific course, the submitted grade for that course will be converted by the University Registrar to an alternative grade. Faculty members will not have knowledge of the grading model selected by students. Students who were grade sanctioned because of a decision by the Honor Committee, irrespective of the date of such a decision, may not choose the alternative grade mode for the affected course. Neither academic departments academic units, nor their administrators, may use the alternative grading model to change a course grade that was assigned to a student as a result of a decision by the Honor Committee. Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (I) may be given to students who are passing a course but who may be unable to complete scheduled coursework by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances. Instructors should be flexible in awarding Incompletes if the student requires additional time to finish coursework. For incomplete grades awarded for the Spring 2020 semester, the deadline for completing work for the spring semester was originally October 23, 2020, but has now been extended until the end of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will communicate with eligible students, through their official Mason-issued e-mail address, instructions with information on how to select an alternative grade for a class. Information on the model for alternative grades, and the specific grading categories, will also be provided in the same communication that will be distributed by the University Registrar. Students are encouraged to make careful and informed decisions regarding the grading categories that will be used to evaluate their coursework during this unique fall semester and to help reduce some of the stress associated with the COVID crisis. It is important that students consider the potential impact of opting for the alternative grading system on financial aid, admission to graduate and/or professional programs, professional licensure and other possible implications of your choice. If you have questions about opting for an alternative grade in any of your courses, undergraduate students should consult with your Academic Advisor and graduate students should consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Mentor. I hope that you are healthy, remain well and wish you success for the remainder of the fall semester. All the best. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President ...