‘The Edge’ Comes to the Prince William Campus

Posted: August 24, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 21, 2009 at 10:58 am

By Daniel Walsch

“The Edge,” an outdoor learning challenge course, comes to Mason’s Prince William Campus this fall.

Part of the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center and operated by the Center for Team and Organizational Learning, this initiative will provide university offices and departments as well as corporate and community organizations with leadership and team-building programming.

It is set to open Oct.1.

“It is our intention to provide exciting programs that speak to organizational development needs,” says Susan Johnson, director of The Edge.

A fundamental part of this initiative’s mission, Johnson adds, is to educate, inspire and empower organizations and their members.

Target groups outside the university include clubs, public and private schools, religious groups, community groups, sports teams, corporations and government agencies.

The Edge will cover approximately 10 acres at Prince William’s 124-acre campus. It will offer a number of high- and low-challenge course elements, such as a zip wire and Alpine tower with a giant swing.

The Edge will also use other organizational team-building tools such as simulations, assessments and skills workshops that are grounded in cutting-edge theories, according to Johnson.

Reservations for fall programs are now being accepted. Contact Sue Czarnetzky at 703-993-4313 or teamwork@gmu.edu to schedule a program.

For more details, see the challenge course web site.

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