Mason Community Encouraged to Vote for Biggest Fan

Posted: July 19, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

By Tara Laskowski

In recognition of hitting the 30,000-fan mark on the official George Mason University Facebook page, Mason declared the month of July as Fan Appreciation Month and set out in search of the university’s biggest fan.

Last month, fans commented on the George Mason University Facebook wall and described why they believe they are the university’s biggest fan.

The entries were narrowed down to six finalists, profiled on the Mason Spirit blog.

After reading all the profiles of the finalists, visitors to the Mason Spirit Blog can cast their votes. Voting is open to the public beginning today, July 19, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 25.

The six finalists are:

Joe Little: The Bench Warmer

Before the Final Four, there was the slaughter of Delaware State in 1995. This game might not be imprinted in the minds of many Mason basketball fans, but for Joe Little, it was one of his most memorable college experiences. He was a small forward on George Mason University’s men’s basketball team — but he rode the bench.

Kathy Menefee: The Professional Student

When you are a full-time mother and a full-time hospital nurse executive, as well as a part-time student, it can be hard to find the time to breathe. And yet Kathy Menefee, who earned her MS in Nursing Administration in 1993, found plenty of time to talk to whoever would listen about her love for her alma mater.

Barry McCabe: The Flag Bearer

Barry McCabe shows his Mason pride halfway across the world from Fairfax. A civilian contractor with the U.S. government, he has spent the past 21 months in Iraq. He contacted the George Mason University Alumni Association about obtaining several Mason flags to bring with him overseas and has made it his personal mission to have his photo taken with the flag in various locales in the Middle East, as well as Western Europe.

Laura May: The Cheerleader

Laura May is the ultimate George Mason University hyphenate. She’s a Mason parent-alumna-advisor-fan (and that’s an alumna two times over). She spends her days being a figurative Mason cheerleader, singing the school’s praises to former students and parents of students, her daughter’s friends, and, of course, her daughter, who recently graduated from high school.

Josh Holman: The Sports Fanatic

Because he couldn’t bring Mason with him when he and his wife moved to Illinois a few years ago, Josh Holman decided to create his own shrine to his alma mater. He created a Mason Room — a green and gold man cave where he could watch all the basketball games on television. “Since I wouldn’t be able to catch every game at the Patriot Center, I wanted a place that would feel like I was almost there,” he says.

Alia Zeitoun: The Recent Grad

When it came time for Alia Zeitoun to pick a college to attend, it was a no-brainer. “Both of my brothers graduated from Mason,” explains Zeitoun. “I thought it was the best fit for me because of its diversity of students.”

The winner of the public vote will be declared Mason’s Biggest Fan and will get a hefty goodie bag filled with all manner of Mason stuff, including:

  • Dinner for two at Boxwoods, the new restaurant in the new Mason Inn Hotel and Conference Center
  • Lunch for two at Southside and a sustainable travel mug, courtesy of Mason Dining
  • Tickets for two to a performance at the Center for the Arts
  • A $20 gift card to the Mason Barnes and Noble bookstore
  • A Coach L bobblehead
  • Assorted Mason trinkets, courtesy of the Mason Alumni Association and Development Office

For more information about the contest, or to keep informed on Mason events, research and other news, check out the Mason Facebook page.

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