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.
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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. 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.

Did you know tomorrow is the first day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester at George Mason University? Learn more ab...
01/20/2020
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Did you know tomorrow is the first day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester at George Mason University? Learn more about George Mason University by visiting http://www.gmu.edu/

Mason is making its mark as a great university of a new and necessary kind—evolving every day to meet changing needs and deliver an education of relevance.

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01/18/2020
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Using data from 2013 to 2018, Mason professor Derek Horstmeyer found that, in certain situations, NFL teams play it safe and shouldn't (maybe the Tennessee Titans, The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and 49ERS should take a look at his findings ahead of Sunday? 🤔). Learn more about his findings 🏈 here >> https://fal.cn/364Oi

01/16/2020
Mason Parking & Transportation

Mason Parking & Transportation

Parking and Transportation Update: Spring 2020

As the spring 2020 semester begins, Mason students, faculty, and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus greatly increases, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. The following campus parking and transportation guide will help minimize potential parking and traffic delays.
A valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas.
During the first few weeks of the semester, we suggest allowing an extra 30-45 minutes to arrive on campus. Though some parking spaces are more convenient to your destination than others, the Fairfax Campus has more than enough spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many General parking permit areas fill at peak class times.
At times during the morning, late afternoon, and early evening, campus police cadets will direct traffic around campus. Please be alert and follow the cadets’ directions.

Event advisory (Jan. 23-24): To accommodate a special event at EagleBank Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, Lot L and the back of Lot K will be closed starting Wednesday night, January 22, at 11 p.m. Lot L will be open to General parking from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 23. All vehicles in Lot L after 3 p.m. will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Expect heavy traffic on January 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., and again on January 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., especially around Lots L and K. Avoid the Roanoke River Road entrance to campus from Braddock Road and use Campus Drive, Nottoway River Road, Mason Pond Drive, Roberts Road, or University Drive.

Reminder: There is a dismount zone through the construction area from the East Building south to Enterprise Hall. Golf carts are not permitted in the dismount zone, and those using bikes, scooters, skateboards, or skates must dismount and walk. This is for the safety of all.

Shuttles
Effective January 21, Mason IDs are required on all routes at all stops except the West Campus route. Daily visitor bus passes for the Metro shuttle routes only will be available for sale online.

Check out https://transportation.gmu.edu/archive/parking-and-transportation-update-spring-2020/ for full details and guidance on:
• Parking
• Shuttles
• Alternative transportation options
• Construction
• Where to find parking and transportation information
For more information on parking, shuttles, biking, and other transportation options, check out transportation.gmu.edu.

Follow Parking and Transportation on Twitter (@MasonParking or @MasonShuttles) and Facebook for updates.

Questions? Contact [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected]

Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships kicks off Arlington Forward series Professor of computer science Amarda ...
01/16/2020
Arlington Forward | George Mason

Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships kicks off Arlington Forward series

Professor of computer science Amarda Shehu, Associate Professor in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Dave Lattanzi, and Brenda Bannan, associate professor from the College of Education and Human Development, will discuss what it means to work with intelligent machines in the 21st century at the kick-off event of the Arlington Forward series. “Two Kinds of Minds: Rethinking Human-Machine Partnerships" will explore our evolving relationship with autonomous systems and its profound implications for individuals, businesses, and society-at-large.

Event Details
January 27 - Arlington Forward 2020 Series - 7:00 p.m. - Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall. "Two Kinds of Minds: Rethinking Human-Machine Partnerships." - Hosted by Mason’s Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership (CAHMP), this event will convene experts and leaders from academia, industry, and government to create a dialogue about how we can ensure that advancements in AI research and policy benefit all sectors of our society. Space is limited. Free event.

The event will be held at Van Metre Hall on the Arlington Campus. It is part of the larger event series with events throughout the year.

https://www2.gmu.edu/Arlington-forward

George Mason University, the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia, is conducting a comprehensive search for its next president.

Did you know in 2016, Mason earned the R1 Carnegie research designation, signaling that Mason’s research community has m...
01/13/2020
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Did you know in 2016, Mason earned the R1 Carnegie research designation, signaling that Mason’s research community has moved to the highest level of research productivity and impact. Learn more about George Mason University by visiting http://www.gmu.edu/

Mason is making its mark as a great university of a new and necessary kind—evolving every day to meet changing needs and deliver an education of relevance.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS:  Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act (bill S. 1622), which will permanently classify all new...
01/10/2020

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act (bill S. 1622), which will permanently classify all new fentanyl-like substances in the most strictly regulated drug schedule, is still struggling to make any headway over concerns it would impede research. Chemists can slightly alter chemical compositions of fentanyl-like substances to skirt drug laws that now only cover a limited range of fentanyl compositions. Professor Louise Shelley, Mason’s Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, is scheduled to brief Congressional staff on innovative new research on the online marketing of fentanyl and its global supply chains. To learn more about Mason’s TraCCC, visit https://traccc.gmu.edu/

01/08/2020

George Mason University administrative offices will open at 10:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, January 8th, due to inclement weather. Classes beginning at or after 10:00 a.m. will be held as scheduled. Burke Center VRE shuttle service will begin at 9:25 a.m., all other shuttle service will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please use good judgment and travel safely.

George Mason University administrative offices will close at 1:00 p.m. today, Tuesday January 7th. Classes beginning at ...
01/07/2020
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George Mason University administrative offices will close at 1:00 p.m. today, Tuesday January 7th. Classes beginning at or after 1:00 p.m. are cancelled due to inclement weather. Visit www.gmu.edu for more information. Please use good judgment and travel safely.

Happening Now: GCR attending the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors
01/07/2020

Happening Now: GCR attending the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors

Did you know Mason is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Learn more about George Ma...
01/06/2020
George Mason |

Did you know Mason is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Learn more about George Mason University by visiting http://www.gmu.edu/

Mason is making its mark as a great university of a new and necessary kind—evolving every day to meet changing needs and deliver an education of relevance.

Did you know George Mason University will be closed for winter break from December 23 through January 5, 2020? We look f...
12/23/2019
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Did you know George Mason University will be closed for winter break from December 23 through January 5, 2020? We look forward to working with you in 2020! Learn more about George Mason University by visiting http://www.gmu.edu/

Mason is making its mark as a great university of a new and necessary kind—evolving every day to meet changing needs and deliver an education of relevance.

Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
12/20/2019

Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Then and now. Original photo of Fenwick Library on GeorgeMasonUniversity's Fairfax Campus in 1967 and photo from (almost) the same spot this morning.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Trump administration recently said it will begin awarding partial loan forgiveness to student bor...
12/20/2019

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Trump administration recently said it will begin awarding partial loan forgiveness to student borrowers who were misled or defrauded by their colleges, reviving a process halted in 2018 when its previous plan was struck down in federal court. Since a federal district court judge in California blocked the earlier plan in May 2018, the Education Department has stopped issuing any debt relief decisions. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been under pressure to answer questions about her agency’s debt relief policies. ED unveiled the new formula two days before DeVos was set to testify before the House Education and Labor Committee on the loan forgiveness program, known as borrower defense to repayment. To learn more about financial aid at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid

Happening Now: GCR attending the swearing-in ceremony for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors #ffxinauguration
12/16/2019

Happening Now: GCR attending the swearing-in ceremony for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors #ffxinauguration

16 Did you know George Mason University’s winter graduation is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the EagleBan...
12/16/2019
Winter Graduation | George Mason

16 Did you know George Mason University’s winter graduation is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the EagleBank Arena? Congratulations to the graduates! Visit the website for more information: https://www2.gmu.edu/winter-graduation

With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: On November 20, the Department of Education (ED) announced the latest updates to the College Scorecar...
12/13/2019

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: On November 20, the Department of Education (ED) announced the latest updates to the College Scorecard. The updates include program-level median debt and earnings data but, unfortunately, the data is only one year after graduation. The earnings data also only includes those who receive federal financial aid, thus leaving out 30 percent of students in postsecondary education. In order to count all students, Congress must lift the student-level data ban in the Higher Education Act such as through passage of the College Transparency Act. To view Mason’s Scorecard, visit https://bit.ly/2YiztBV

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12/11/2019

George Mason University

"Hey, it's my birthday! 232 years after helping write the Constitution, Congress keeps talking about me!"

We wish our namesake, George Mason, a very Happy Birthday today 🎉

Check out Mason Arts in the City of Fairfax!
12/11/2019

Check out Mason Arts in the City of Fairfax!

Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and the Corelli Christmas Concerto??? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a winter evening! Join us for Mason Arts at Old Town Hall String Chamber Music Concert.

Happening Now: GCR attending the retirement reception for Chairman Sharon Bulova
12/09/2019

Happening Now: GCR attending the retirement reception for Chairman Sharon Bulova

Happening Now: GCR attending the Senate Roundtable at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
12/09/2019

Happening Now: GCR attending the Senate Roundtable at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know in addition to catering to student needs, the George Mason University Bookstore offers the community a huge...
12/09/2019
Apparel, Gifts & Textbooks | Barnes & Noble at George Mason

Did you know in addition to catering to student needs, the George Mason University Bookstore offers the community a huge selection of Mason gear, gifts, and books. Can’t make it to the store? Shop online and choose to pick up in the store or have your items shipped to you. Visit their website: https://gmu.bncollege.com/shop/gmu/home

Shop Barnes & Noble at George Mason for men's, women's and children's apparel, gifts, textbooks and more. ✔ Large Selection of Official Apparel ✔ Exclusives ✔ Flat-Rate Shipping

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Defense Department would benefit from waivers to shore up tech hiring, according to the Defense I...
12/06/2019

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Defense Department would benefit from waivers to shore up tech hiring, according to the Defense Innovation Board's latest recommendations. "DOD leaders must take immediate actions now to augment and leverage its existing digital talent in the Services or risk falling behind near peer competitors in critical technical competitions," the board wrote in its report dated October 31. To read the report, visit https://bit.ly/2sHQx8u. To learn about the Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP) at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/news/581091

Did you know The Discover Mason booklets (one for business and one for the general community) provide a useful guide to ...
12/02/2019
Discover Mason | Office of Government & Community Relations | George Mason University

Did you know The Discover Mason booklets (one for business and one for the general community) provide a useful guide to all the services and resources available to you at George Mason University? To download a copy or request a print copy, visit https://relations.gmu.edu/community-relations/programs-and-services/discover-mason/

The Discover Mason booklets (one for business and one for the general community) provide a useful guide to all the services and resources available to you at your university.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Department of Energy is now accepting applications for the Computational Science Graduate Fellows...
11/29/2019

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The Department of Energy is now accepting applications for the Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program. The Fellowships provide up to four years of financial support for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. The program also funds doctoral candidates in applied mathematics, statistics, or computer science who are pursuing research that will contribute to effective use of emerging high-performance systems. To learn more about the fellowships, visit https://bit.ly/2pzRbDS To learn more about graduate programs at Mason, visit https://bit.ly/2Xx3tcI

Did you know George Mason University will be closed November 27 through November 29 for Thanksgiving observance? To lear...
11/25/2019
Today @ Mason | George Mason

Did you know George Mason University will be closed November 27 through November 29 for Thanksgiving observance? To learn what is happening at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/today-mason

George Mason University, the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia, is conducting a comprehensive search for its next president.

Visit the Mason Handmade Marketplace today 10-4 in the Mix! Great gifts for the holidays!
11/22/2019

Visit the Mason Handmade Marketplace today 10-4 in the Mix! Great gifts for the holidays!

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The National Institutes of Health is using its $32 billion in research grants to compel scientists to...
11/22/2019

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The National Institutes of Health is using its $32 billion in research grants to compel scientists to share their data under a recent proposal. The draft data-sharing policy marks a major step to overhaul an academic culture that historically has viewed data as proprietary. While the NIH has taken steps to require sharing for specific types of data, this is the first blanket statement that hits at all 650 petabytes of data generated by NIH-funded research. To learn more about research at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/research

Work progress on the water tower!
11/21/2019

Work progress on the water tower!

GCR attending the Prince William Chamber Legislative Kick-Off
11/21/2019

GCR attending the Prince William Chamber Legislative Kick-Off

Northern Virginia Regional Commission
11/19/2019

Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Wonderful to see the Schar School at George Mason University honor Office of Supervisor Marty Nohe, Chairman Sharon Bulova and Cathy Hudgins for their public service to the region.

11/18/2019
Senior Citizen Waiver Brochure | Office of the University Registrar | George Mason University

Did you know under the terms of the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, eligible Virginia residents, 60 years or older with a taxable income not exceeding $23,850 for Virginia income tax purposes, may enroll for credit in university courses in either degree- or nondegree-seeking status without paying tuition? Senior citizens at least 60 years of age may register to audit courses for free regardless of income level. Learn more by visiting https://registrar.gmu.edu/swbrochure/

11/18/2019
Mason Parking & Transportation

Mason Parking & Transportation

Today Monday, November 18, the university will be hosting emergency response training on the South end of campus. You may notice an increased presence of police and fire & rescue services on campus. Access will be restricted around the training area, and “Police Training” signs will be posted as well. Due to the training, Lot L will be closed throughout the day and the first aisle of Faculty/Staff spaces in Lot A closest to the South Entrance to EagleBank Arena will also be closed off.

Thank you,

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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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