Virginia’s Budget Surplus to Be Discussed at Fall Convocation

Posted: September 24, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

The impact of Virginia’s $403 million budget surplus on Mason will be one of the topics of discussion at the university’s 2010 fall convocation, set for Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of The Mason Inn.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced that one result of this surplus will be a one-time 3 percent holiday bonus in December for all state employees. At convocation, Senior Vice President Morrie Scherrens will discuss the planned bonus and provide an overview of other budget-related matters.

President Alan Merten and Michelle Marks, associate provost of graduate education, will also be on hand to highlight the university’s physical and intellectual advancements.

A key part of the program is introducing the Mason Inn to as many members of the campus community as possible. On that day, tours of the facility will be provided from 2 to 3 p.m., and again from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The tours will be suspended from 3 to 3:30 p.m. for attendees to gather in the ballroom to hear the speakers’ presentations.

To facilitate faculty, staff and students at the Fairfax Campus attending the convocation, the university will provide shuttle buses to and from the Mason Inn beginning at 2 p.m. and running until shortly after 5 p.m.

Approximately every 12–15 minutes, buses traveling around Patriot Circle will stop at the following pick-up and drop-off points: Mattapaoni River Lane (by Innovation Hall), Aquia Creek Lane, Chesapeake River Lane, Masonvale, and Sandy Creek Way.

Mason community members at the Arlington and Prince William Campuses will be able to participate in the convocation via videoconferencing.

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