‘Building Patriot Pride’ Begins with New Student Welcome

Posted: June 13, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

handing out Patriot Pride buttons
Extending a welcome: New students will be introduced to “Building Patriot Pride” during Orientation.

By Dave Andrews

Next week kicks off the beginning of a series of freshmen orientations to welcome Mason’s newest scholars. These are opportunities for the students to familiarize themselves with the university and learn about what lies ahead.

Helping this new fleet of incoming freshmen and transfer students feel comfortable and confident with their decision to come to Mason – especially amidst the massive construction changes happening on the Fairfax Campus – is a top priority for university administrators.

“Welcoming these new students and their families to campus is extremely important,” says Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for academic affairs. “This year, as in years past, we’re expecting a top-notch class of incoming students. Welcoming them lets them know from the first moment they step on campus how much we want them to be a part of the Mason community.”

Patriot Pride button
Photos by Nicolas Tan

With a number of construction-related changes to campus, compounded by increased traffic from those attending summer camps and high school graduations, administrators want to ensure that any possible needs or concerns of the students are addressed as quickly as possible.

During each of the upcoming orientation sessions, volunteers can be seen throughout campus sporting bright gold T-shirts, answering questions, handing out buttons and helping new students and their parents find their destination.

The volunteers are part of “Building Patriot Pride” — a large-scale communications campaign recently developed to increase and improve the dissemination of information regarding construction that affects the Mason community. As the university continues to expand — investing hundreds of millions of dollars into construction — the campaign’s goal is to create a positive identity for the changes that are taking place on all three Mason campuses.

Building Patiot Pride logo

“I’m very grateful for the work that University Relations has done with the [‘Building Patriot Pride’] campaign, and to all of the volunteers that are coming out to welcome the new students,” Schwartzstein says. “This is a great example of how much the university values each and every student.”

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