Mason Community Invited to Relive Their College Days at Alumni Weekend

Posted: September 21, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: September 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

Alumni Weekend is right around the corner, and the Mason community is invited to come out and celebrate. The exciting and fun-filled events will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 3.

“Although the weekend is geared toward Mason alumni, there are still plenty of events for the entire Mason community to enjoy,” says Chris Clark-Talley, associate vice president for alumni affairs.

“The overall goal of the weekend it to connect with friends – both new and old – and develop a stronger connection to the university. Alumni will also be able to enjoy interacting with current faculty, staff and students.”

  • Mason faculty and staff alumni are encouraged to attend the Beer Garden Reception, which is being held in appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication to their alma mater. The event takes place under the President’s Circle tent near the George Mason statue on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs, the reception will offer plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Entertainment will be provided by a live German folk band. Registration for this event is requested by Monday, Sept. 27.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 2, the entire Mason community and alumni are invited to come out for the PatriotFest BBQ from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza. Activities such as face painting and caricature drawing will take place while attendees meet new people and reunite with former classmates, favorite professors and friends.

In addition, Gunston, now a university ambassador, will make a special guest appearance to talk to the crowd about how “green” he has become since he relinquished his mascot duties. A variety of student performances will also take place.

Registration for the BBQ is required to be entered into a drawing for prizes that include tickets for Disney on Ice and Mason basketball games. Winners, who must be present to accept their prizes, will be announced at 12:30 p.m.

  • Later that evening, Mason faculty and staff members are invited to put a little spring in their step at the “Alumni Weekend Step Off” show on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Harris Theater.

Presented by the Black Alumni Chapter, the Step Off features black alumni and students representing the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. Performers will span classes from the 1980s to 2010.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Black Scholars Endowment, which provides scholarships for undergraduate students from underrepresented student populations, with first preference to black/African heritage students.

To register for these events and for a full schedule of events, visit the Alumni Weekend website.

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