Intercollegiate Athletics Presented Mason Jar Challenge Trophy; Challenge to Continue

Posted: September 21, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Tom O'Connor, Assistant Director for Athletics, accepted the trophy for his unit. Photo by Nicolas Tan

Athletics Director Tom O'Connor accepted the trophy for his unit. Photo by Nicolas Tan

The Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs held a thank-you breakfast for Mason’s faculty and staff donors on Sept. 17 to show appreciation for their efforts in the Mason Jar Challenge. At the event, Intercollegiate Athletics was presented the Mason Jar Challenge trophy, which is awarded to the university administrative or academic unit with the highest percentage of donors in fiscal year 2009.

According to the Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs, Athletics had 75 percent participation by their staff members.

The final standings for 2009 follow.

Development/Alumni Affairs/Foundation*    100%
Athletics    75%
College of Health and Human Services     42%
College of Visual and Performing Arts    34%
The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering    27%
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution    25%
Enrollment Services    20%
College of Humanities and Social Sciences    19%
School of Public Policy    18%
Academic Administration    17%
University Life    15%
College of Education and Human Development    15%
Executive Administration    13%

Which unit will win the trophy next year? Photo by Nicolas Tan

Which unit will win the trophy next year? Photo by Nicolas Tan

College of Science    12%
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study    12%
University Relations    11%
School of Management    10%
Office of Continuing and Professional Education    10%
Finance and Administration    9%
School of Law    9%
Information Technology Unit    9%
Facilities    6%

*As sponsor of the Mason Jar Challenge, this unit is not eligible to win.

A total of 648 faculty and staff members donated to Mason during the year, marking a record-breaking year for faculty and staff giving.

The trophy challenge continues into fiscal year 2010, so units can think about winning next time.

Payroll deduction is an easy way to contribute. Simply complete the payroll deduction form and return it to University Development (MS 1A3) or donate online. You can find either option at

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