Prince William Campus Holds Spring Festival

Posted: April 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Prince William Campus is hosting a Spring Festival and Open House on Tuesday, April 29, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the university community and the general public are invited to attend this free event and learn more about programs and courses offered at the campus.

A carnival atmosphere provides the setting for music, games, food, and a chance for current students to win a $250 gift certificate from the university bookstore. Building tours will be offered and representatives from academic units based at the campus will be available to discuss their programs and answer questions.

The festival was planned with multiple goals in mind, according to Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions. “We are thrilled that the young campus is growing even faster than originally anticipated,” he says, “and it is a great asset to the local community.” The student population includes students from local areas and students who use a shuttle service to take classes at both the Prince William and Fairfax Campuses. “The festival will be a perfect time for students to mingle and escape the year-end stresses of college life for a few hours,” Flagel says.

Another goal of the event is to encourage current George Mason students who take classes at the Fairfax Campus but live in localities surrounding the Prince William Campus to register for classes closer to home. In addition, prospective students are invited to tour the campus, meet faculty and current students, and find out more about the university.

Advantages of studying at the Prince William Campus include smaller class sizes; the convenience of a close-to-home location for area residents; ample parking; and accessibility to student support services, computer labs, library services, and state-of-the-art classrooms. The Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, one of the largest public recreation and fitness facilities on the East Coast, also is located on campus.

“A major objective of the Prince William Campus is to make George Mason University more accessible to the citizens of the area,” says Executive Vice President Randall Edwards.

Several undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs are housed at the Prince William

Campus, including programs in bioinformatics, health and fitness, information technology, administration of justice, teacher education, business administration, biosciences, and

biodefense. Noncredit and professional development programs also are available.

“Expanded programming is a definite part of the university’s growth plan for the campus,” Edwards says. “More courses and a wider variety of choices will continue to be offered to meet the needs of the community.”

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