Mason Speakers Sends University Experts into the Community

Posted: December 12, 2011 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: December 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

By Erin Cushing

The university community knows about the exciting and innovative teaching and research being conducted on campus every day. Thanks to the efforts of Mason Speakers, local businesses and community organizations can learn about and benefit from the expertise at Mason.

Mason Speakers is a program presented by the Office of Community Relations. It comprises 400 topics and 150 faculty, staff and alumni who all volunteer their time and talents. They provide guest lectures and presentations to community organizations and businesses free of charge.

The program provides a mutually beneficial opportunity for both the speaker and the host. Speakers get a chance to discuss their work and meet with individuals interested in their area of expertise, while communities and businesses are able to learn from some of the most respected researchers and professors in Virginia.

“It’s a great way to enhance the community and university relationship,” says Sarah Gallagher, Mason Speakers coordinator.

Mason Speakers organizes approximately 70 talks per year. One of the most recent collaborations is with DC Connections, a business networking community with more than 28,000 members. DC Connections plans to host a series of breakfasts with a “current events in business” theme and will feature Mason speakers at a number of the breakfasts.

A business or organization may host a Mason speaker up to three times per year. There is no cost to the host institution; however, they are required to promote their event and their use of the Mason Speakers program, and to supply any audiovisual equipment the speaker might require. An audience of at least 20 people is preferred.

Mason Speakers is always looking for new volunteer speakers. Interested individuals should fill out the participation form.

Please visit the website for more information.

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