Posted: August 25, 2014
By Matt, Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions
So it begins, the first day of the 2014-2015 Mason school year. Classes resume today for many and kick off a new chapter for our freshman. I recently did the math and realized today is my 23rd first day of school. Unlike the incredible Class of 2018 beginning their 13th year of school, I am entering the third year of a PhD program here at Mason. Whether it is your first day of college classes, or you are old like me, the butterflies remain. You wait to see if the professor really lives up to the RateMyProfessor rating or just as hilarious as your friend told you. You flip through the syllabus hoping to see if break falls during a class day, or you are short one meeting because your professor is away at some conference presenting groundbreaking research. You look around the room sizing up which of your classmates will know all the answers and who will most likely find every excuse in the world to miss class as many times as possible and still manage a passing grade.
With all of this evaluation of the classes, we sometimes forget to slow down and realize how much can be learned in this short 15 weeks of class. I cannot help but think about the first two points made by Mason’s President Dr. Cabrera at this past Friday’s New Student Convocation: keep an open mind and pick the brains of your outstanding faculty. My hope as we begin this new school year together is that we keep these words in mind. Every class, every semester at this great university brings new opportunities and a fresh chance to learn from both the fantastic classmates that you may be meeting for the first time and the professors who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through research and practice – along with the desire to teach us all, you and me. I encourage you, and am reminding myself, to truly value and make the most of the next 15 weeks. 15 weeks can change your life, can open new doors, forge new connections and relationships, and can change your mind and perspective.
It starts today.
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Posted: August 21, 2014
By Kersten, an Admissions Representative
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually really jealous of all of the freshmen that get to move in to their residence halls today. I remember how stressful it was to lug all of my belongings up those stairs and somehow shove them all under my bed so that they would fit in my room… that I had to share… and did I mention it was small? But my freshman year in that room was one of the best years I’ve had in my 20+ years of life so far. Mason has some great opportunities for the Class of 2018 to meet up and have a good time, and my advice is to take advantage of all that Welcome Week has to offer.
This year, George Mason University has planned over 150 different events throughout the upcoming week. For example, students can participate in the e-Mason Race (basically our version of the TV show The Amazing Race), students can cheer on the men and women’s soccer teams at home games, dance the night away at Mason Mayhem, check out Greek Life at Glance Into Greek, meet more than 300 different student organizations at the Welcome Week Fair, or play in Mason’s annual dodgeball game where each year we try to break a Guinness World Record for the most participants. If you want to get lots of FREE stuff, make sure you stop by IV Night at North Plaza on Thursday. Here you can ride carnival rides, play tons of games, win prizes and tshirts, and of course, eat tons of FREE food. Wrap up the week by wearing green and gold for College Colors Day on Friday!
Another great way to stay connected is through social media. I thought that I was addicted to my phone, but after meeting so many of the #Mason2018 students, I KNOW that they can’t bear the thought of their iPhone not being in their hand, fully charged and ready to go. So, we thought we would make it easy for you. One way you can celebrate your Mason spirit and also promote what you’re doing on campus is by using the hashtag “#MyMasonMonday”. Every Monday (for the rest of the year) the Mason community will be sharing what they love most about Mason, whether it’s a new club that they’ve joined, or if they’re having a blast at one of the new dining venues on campus, or if they’re cheering on the Patriots in the Patriot Center or on the soccer field. Tweet at @MasonAdmissions using the hashtag and Instagram your photos using the hashtag, and you might just be re-posted by one of our social media accounts! You can also connect with other students, faculty, alumni, and community members by searching the hashtag and engaging in others’ conversations. We can’t wait to launch #MyMasonMonday on the first day of class, and we hope that you share in our excitement for the Mason Nation.
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Posted: August 20, 2014
For those of us who work at Mason, it is no surprise that we have some of the best faculty in the nation. If you’re considering George Mason University, you should think about taking a class with one of our award winning faculty members. Not only are our faculty members award winning teachers and researchers, but they are also making an impact in local and even global communities. Being a part of the Mason Nation means that your experience can truly impact those around you.
Just recently a number of our professors have been recognized for their outstanding work. R. Kevin Mallinson, an expert in the field of HIV and AIDS treatment, is a Mason professor that is building global relationships and encouraging current Mason graduate students to study in Africa. Just recently, a graduate student from Mason’s Department of Global and Community Health traveled to Swaziland to work in local hospitals. In the future, many Mason Nursing students as well as other Community Health students will be able to work in the hospitals that Mallinson has established relationships with.
George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is home to outstanding faculty. This month, Peter Winant, the director of the School of Art, and Tom Ashcraft, the lead professor of the school’s sculpture program, created “Early Bird”, a 3-D art installation in the brand new Plaza at Tysons Corner Center. This installation will be seen by thousands of commuters at the brand new Metro Silver Line station in Tysons Corner. The real estate investment trust that owns Tysons Corner Center specifically approached these Mason faculty to create a public artwork in the new area. Throughout the creation process, Winant and Ashcraft consulted with undergraduate assistants to complete the project. Mason students have life changing, hands-on experiences because of the professors they study under. It’s humbling that George Mason University will now forever be a small part of the Metro Silver Line.
If you’re interested in pursuing History, you should take advantage of the opportunity to study under Marion Deshmukh. Deshmukh is the co-curator of “Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War”, an exhibition at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. This exhibition features original postcards from a WWI soldier who painted varied scenes of military life instead of writing extensive notes back home, and the postcards are unique and important because they weren’t censored like written postcards would be. Through painting and drawing, soldiers could describe what was happening in the war zones to their families back home. Learning from professors with first-hand experience in the curating world is something that most students don’t have the chance to experience, but here at Mason, you will find that you have many professional connections in important places.
Cing-Dao Kan, the director of Mason’s new Center for Collision Safety and Analysis, and other Mason students have been working hard to improve transportation safety. In May 2014 the center was awarded an $8.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the center, students are able to simulate car crashes with walls, guardrails, and trees. The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis is a great place to learn more about engineering, computer science, statistics, and physics!
Whether you’re interested in public health, nursing, art, history, engineering, or any of the other majors that Mason offers, you will be supported by an outstanding team of faculty and staff that put their students first and often include students in their award-winning work. For more faculty and staff news, check out the George Mason University News Desk website.
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