Contest Spurs Grad Students to Redecorate Center

Posted: May 19, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: May 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

By Aisha Jamil and Robin Herron

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One of the consultation rooms before redecoration.

It’s been several months since the contest was first announced, and the results are in. Now, clients who visit the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services have nicely decorated, comfortable and appealing rooms for meetings with the staff.

According to Robyn Mehlenbeck, center director, seven rooms were decorated by teams of graduate students. Independent judges, including Psychology Department chair Deborah Boehm-Davis, scored the rooms on creativity, professionalism, effort, budget and community involvement.

The winning room was announced at the center’s end-of-year potluck dinner on May 11. The room was redecorated by second-year clinical psychology graduate students Sarah Klein, Laura MacNeil, Adam Miller and Karen Schaefer under the guidance of faculty advisor Christy Esposito-Smythers.

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The winning team used soothing blues and greens in their redesign, above. Photos courtesy of Sarah Erb

“The rooms were all amazing and judging was hard,” says Mehlenbeck. “A special thanks to all the graduate students and staff who participated and who really made a big difference in the space for our clients and the community. Please come by and see what a wonderful and creative job the students did!”

The winning team earned a $45 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Donations from the Alumni Affairs Office and the Field House allowed the center to recognize the efforts of all 32 graduate students and staff members who participated in the contest.

The center is located 1.5 miles from the Fairfax Campus at 10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 202. Although services are provided by graduate students, the students are supervised by experienced licensed clinical psychologists from Mason’s Department of Psychology. The center provides services at a reduced cost, and deals with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and other problems.




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