Mason Takes Its Welcome to the Community

Posted: August 30, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Welcome walkers: from left, Ariel Fleischer, student and Patriot Leader; John Cook, Braddock District supervisor; a student who lives in Kings Park West Townhouses; and Mhehvish Khan, a graduate assistant with the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services' Off-Campus Student Programs and Services. Photo by Traci Claar

Mason conducted its first-ever pilot “Welcome Walk” on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Kings Park West Townhouses neighborhood.

The Welcome Walk was jointly organized between the Office of Community Relations and the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services’ Off-Campus Student Programs and Services, with help from the City of Fairfax and the Braddock District.

According to Community Relations Director Traci Claar, the group visited about 20 homes of Mason off-campus students, welcoming them back to school and to Fairfax County and encouraging them to be good neighbors. The group also handed out materials from both the university and the county, including the “Cheers to Good Neighbors” magnet, university program information, county information on trash days and a welcome letter from the homeowners association.

On Friday, Aug. 26, the Off-Campus Student Programs and Services and the Office of Housing and Residence Life staffed a table at the Falls in Oakton, and on Saturday, Aug. 27, the offices staffed a table at Fairfax Square in the City of Fairfax to welcome Mason students moving into that complex and to provide them with similar information from the city side.

Claar says the groups hope to expand their efforts next year.

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