George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations

George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations The goals of the Government and Community Relations team are to advance George Mason University’s interests with federal, state and local governments and develop productive, mutually-beneficial relationships with business and citizen community groups.

There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. Working with outside counsel, the federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sabena Moretz, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. In particular, the team manages outreach to chambers of commerce and other business specialty groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board’s activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

Mission: The mission of The Office of Government and Community Relations is to develop and carry out strategies for effectively representing the university’s interest in the community; coordinate the university’s legislative and advocacy efforts; build and strengthen relationships with the university’s constituencies to foster mutual understanding, positive interactions and collaborative partnerships; and encourage investment in and support for the university, it’s programs and initiatives, at the federal, state and local level.

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THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of Internat...
11/20/2020
Annual Release - IIE Open Doors

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Although the number of international students hosted by the United States remains above one million, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) participants, the overall number of international students decreased by 1.8 percent and new enrollment declined by 0.6 percent during the 2019-2020 academic year. According to the report, international students still represent 5.5 percent of all students in higher education and contributed $44 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019. To read the report, visit https://bit.ly/32Xz8Il. To learn more about Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/

    Visit the press page to access easily downloadable fact sheets, infographics, data files and more. For specific media inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Mason’s Carter School helps bring Restorative Justice to Arlington County | George Mason
11/20/2020
Mason’s Carter School helps bring Restorative Justice to Arlington County | George Mason

Mason’s Carter School helps bring Restorative Justice to Arlington County | George Mason

News at Mason Mason’s Carter School helps bring Restorative Justice to Arlington County October 13, 2020   /   by Mariam Aburdeineh See All News Latest News All RSS Behind the scenes at #DoYourPartMason November 20, 2020 Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturin...

Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturing innovation partnership | George Mason
11/20/2020
Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturing innovation partnership | George Mason

Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturing innovation partnership | George Mason

News at Mason Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturing innovation partnership November 20, 2020   /   by Martha Bushong See All News Latest News All RSS Mason to lead regional hub for national cybersecurity advanced manufacturing innovation partnership November ...

11/20/2020
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Join us for the 19th annual Jazz 4 Justice.This award-winning concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and Mason Jazz Studies is a truly unique event where attorneys, judges, students and members of the Northern Virginia community gather to celebrate their love of jazz. Proceeds from the evening benefit LSNV's mission of service to the Northern Virginia community as well as provide financial support for the Mason Jazz Studies department for trips, recordings and student projects. #MasonArtsAtHome

Mason Police working with local jurisdictions across the region.
11/20/2020

Mason Police working with local jurisdictions across the region.

The Mason Police UAS Unit completed combined training today with City of Fairfax Fire Department and Leesburg Police Department focusing on using the UAS to assist fire response. Also joining was Prince William County Police Department and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.

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Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department

11/13/2020

Per the Governor’s Order, the following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.

Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.

Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.

On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

Jazz4Justice™ is a partnership between the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music and Legal Services of Northern V...
11/13/2020
Mason Jazz Students Play to Bridge the Justice Gap in Northern Virginia | College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jazz4Justice™ is a partnership between the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music and Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Learn how the concert gives back to the community.

https://cvpa.gmu.edu/news/592621

Mason Jazz Students Play to Bridge the Justice Gap in Northern Virginia November 12, 2020 See All News Latest News All RSS Mason’s School of Music Spotlights Black Artists in New Series November 12, 2020 Mason Jazz Students Play to Bridge the Justice Gap in Northern Virginia November 12, 2020 Digi...

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: On Monday, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden convened a 13-member COVID-19 Advisory Board, which is larg...
11/13/2020
Biden-Harris Transition Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board | President-Elect Joe Biden

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: On Monday, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden convened a 13-member COVID-19 Advisory Board, which is largely composed of doctors and health experts. President-elect Biden’s advisory board will be led by former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, and Yale University Professor of Public Health Marcella Nunez-Smith. It will include about a dozen specialists, many of whom already were advising Biden and his staff throughout the campaign. To learn more about the COVID-19 Advisory Board, visit https://bit.ly/32FtwSK. To learn more about Mason’s response to the coronavirus, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

November 09, 2020Press Releases Biden-Harris Transition Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board Leading Public Health and Scientific Experts to Advise the Transition on COVID-19 Response WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden-Harris Transition announced the formation of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, a ...

New academy at the Carter School helps future leaders navigate political conflicts | George Mason
11/12/2020
New academy at the Carter School helps future leaders navigate political conflicts | George Mason

New academy at the Carter School helps future leaders navigate political conflicts | George Mason

News at Mason New academy at the Carter School helps future leaders navigate political conflicts November 10, 2020   /   by Mariam Aburdeineh See All News Latest News All RSS Behind the scenes at #DoYourPartMason November 12, 2020 Mason political scientists recap the Nov. 3 elections November 12, ...

Join us for a special virtual event on Nov. 17 at noon: "The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparity In Communiti...
11/10/2020

Join us for a special virtual event on Nov. 17 at noon: "The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparity In Communities." This event is part of Mason's Arlington Forward series and features Aneesh Chopra (pictured), former Chief Technology Officer at The White House. Register and learn more here: https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cnWkGS36SXSVxI-A6xsFLg

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Attention Researchers: On October 29, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its final poli...
11/06/2020
NOT-OD-21-013: Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Attention Researchers: On October 29, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its final policy for data management and sharing. The policy “requires NIH funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data will be managed and shared.” NIH says the new policy reflects its commitment to making biomedical research broadly available while safeguarding responsible data management and sharing to the public. Earlier this year, the research associations responded to the agency’s request for comments on the draft policy and advised NIH to ensure the final policy captures the “appropriate balance between public access and privacy to support and enable scientific inquiry.” To read the policy, visit https://bit.ly/36brkDo. To learn more about research at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/research.

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts: Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing NOT-OD-21-013. NIH

Arlington Forward Series Continues"The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparities In Communities (And What We Can ...
11/06/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparity in Communities and What We Can Do About It. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Arlington Forward Series Continues
"The Digital Divide: How COVID-19 Exposed Disparities In Communities (And What We Can Do About It)" is a special lunchtime discussion on Zoom hosted by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Tuesday, Nov. 17, Noon-1:30 p.m. An expert panel will explore problems and potential solutions to three aspects of the digital divide: affordable internet access; appropriate devices; and the know-how and support to use them.

https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cnWkGS36SXSVxI-A6xsFLg

Join us for this special lunchtime discussion hosted by The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the digital divide in stark relief. Low-income families, already experiencing disproportionate health impacts and....

11/05/2020
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High Hurdles for Redeveloping Older Retail Centers: The Scout on the Circle Case Study, November 17 from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom

http://view.business-email.gmu.edu/?qs=4eb00f74ba7f65dab99bb0427ff38f7991769711e7c69a31d626c125116b85be71c0dcc510638109b4624eb49ccaaef6775f38ea9319dcb4131c8cbcb5e92c271eef4f5656ad51b4fb9e688e0085fb8a

Featured Speaker: Kathy Bonnafé, President and CEO, Combined Properties Katherine Bonnafé is responsible for directing Combined Properties’ strategic, operational, and financial activities. She joined the company in 1990. Prior to becoming CEO, she held numerous other positions including: financ...

11/01/2020
Submit a Tip | Department of Police and Public Safety | George Mason University

ALERT:

Mason Police are sending this community notification message due to our ongoing concerns about the behavior of an individual that has taken place on, or near, our Fairfax Campus. It is my hope that every member of the Mason community will read this message carefully, follow our advice, and be vigilant. Parents, please make sure that your family members who attend Mason are aware of this issue.

On September 4, 2020, the Mason Police sent the community a safety alert about a man named Sean Tyree who was actively impersonating a Mason student while determinedly trying to lure female students to “party” with him, sometimes promising both drugs and alcohol as an inducement. Due to the community’s response to the safety alert, we were able to locate and successfully apprehend Mr. Tyree. However, we have, once again, received reports from female students that Mr. Tyree is continuing this same behavior in the surrounding community.

Mason Police have serious concerns about the conduct of this person and are continuing to work with other local police departments on this matter. While law enforcement is limited in what types of information can be released about an individual, there are publicly accessible files, such as court records and State Police databases, that can provide additional details about Mr. Tyree. Please check the following link for a photo and more information about this person. https://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/offenderDetails.html?regId=30709.

If you see Mr. Tyree on, or around, the GMU Campus, please call Mason Police immediately at 703-993-2810. We, and our law enforcement partners, will resolutely pursue any legal options that we have to keep the community safe.

Female and male students, please be alert to suspicious persons or predatorial behavior which, initially, can appear to be very friendly and charming. Mason Police encourage you to always be vigilant and to not give any of your personal or contact information, get into a car with, or go to the home of, any person(s) whom you do not know or trust.

In addition to the Mason Police, here are additional offices and resources that are available to you if you have had contact with this person or if you are approached by anyone who makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable:

Title IX Office: 703-993-8730
Student Support and Advocacy Center: 703-993-3686
Anonymous Tips: police.gmu.edu/contact-us/submittip/

Thank you and be safe.

Carl Rowan Jr.

Chief of Police and Assistant VP for Public Safety

Anonymous tips have led to recovered stolen property and the arrest of various suspects. Crime Solvers has paid cash rewards to anonymous tipsters that lead to successful captures of suspects. Call 703-993-4111 to supply any information regarding a crime or suspicious activity.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: President Trump recently released a national strategy to promote the future of critical and emerging ...
10/30/2020

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: President Trump recently released a national strategy to promote the future of critical and emerging technologies around the world, including artificial intelligence, military and space technologies, and quantum computing. The goals of the strategy include prioritizing science and technology workforce development, ensuring the U.S. leads on the development of international standards around critical technologies, building partnerships with allied nations, and taking steps to protect the development of critical technologies such as through designing security into products. To read the strategy, visit https://bit.ly/35iyJAA. To learn more about Mason’s Department of Information Sciences and Technology, visit https://ist.gmu.edu/

Mason President Gregory Washington is profiled by Inside NoVa. https://www.insidenova.com/business_voice/spotlight-on-ed...
10/29/2020
Spotlight on Education: George Mason University finds kindred spirit in new president

Mason President Gregory Washington is profiled by Inside NoVa.

https://www.insidenova.com/business_voice/spotlight-on-education-george-mason-university-finds-kindred-spirit-in-new-president/article_ad774fa6-18c6-11eb-ae1a-5f8b828c46db.html

Dr. Gregory Washington, a New York City native and aerospace engineer, was the first in his family to graduate from college. And on July 1, he became the first African

Mason expands urine-based test for Lyme disease | George Mason
10/29/2020
Mason expands urine-based test for Lyme disease | George Mason

Mason expands urine-based test for Lyme disease | George Mason

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Mason makes strong showing in Times Higher Ed subject rankings | George Mason
10/29/2020
Mason makes strong showing in Times Higher Ed subject rankings | George Mason

Mason makes strong showing in Times Higher Ed subject rankings | George Mason

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THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The presidential higher education associations sent another letter to Capitol Hill to underscore the ...
10/23/2020

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The presidential higher education associations sent another letter to Capitol Hill to underscore the urgent need for at least $120 billion in support for colleges and universities in the next COVID-19 funding package. The letter demonstrates a unified message among higher education associations on financial challenges. Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently agreed to continue talking beyond her original Tuesday cut-off, saying an agreement with the Trump administration needs to be done by the weekend to get a bill passed by the end of next week, ahead of the November 3rd Election Day. To read the letter, visit https://bit.ly/31yqYFv. To learn more about Mason’s response to the coronavirus, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

10/21/2020

UPDATE: Due to the fog, the helicopter flight has been cancelled. All special equipment will arrive on campus this morning by truck. The rest of the training event will go on as planned.

Dear Neighbors and Fellow Patriots:

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Mason Police and one of our law enforcement partners will engage in a sophisticated and complex training scenario at EagleBank Arena from 9:00 am until approximately 3:00 pm.

The scenario will begin with the arrival and departure of a Blackhawk helicopter that will land on the West Lot near our lower fields. The helicopter’s flight path is designed to avoid residential areas as much as possible and stay over the Fairfax campus property during landing and take-off. You may see or hear it as it arrives and departs, or you may see people in hazmat suits, but there is nothing to be concerned or alarmed about. It is just a training exercise.

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There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. The federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sarah Huang Spota, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

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