While You Were Out: What You Missed at Mason over the Summer

Posted: August 31, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Many students and a majority of faculty members were away from George Mason over the summer, but that doesn’t mean activities came to a standstill. Here are a few highlights you might have missed—to read more, search the Daily Gazette archives.


Mason a top Peace Corps volunteer-producer. In 2004, George Mason moved to no.12 on the Peace Corps’ mid-Atlantic region’s list of the top 20 volunteer-producing colleges and universities, and Mason is in the top 100 nationally.

The College of Arts and Sciences chose Debra Bergoffen, professor in philosophy, to receive the 2004 CAS Award for Scholarship. Bergoffen will deliver her scholarly lecture, “2-22-01: The Other Possibility for the 21st Century,” on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

Steven Schiff
Steven Schiff

Scientists receive patent. George Mason’s 13th patent was recently awarded for “Adaptive Field Control of Epileptic Seizures,” thanks to Steven Schiff and Bruce Gluckman, professors in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. The pair has developed a new way to treat seizures for those who suffer from epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

Mercatus Center called “the most important think tank you’ve never heard of,” by the Wall Street Journal. Mercatus is a research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to connect academic learning and real-world practice.

George Mason ranks number one in the nation in diversity. A survey of more than 110,000 students at 357 top colleges appears in the 2005 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 357 Colleges. George Mason is also one of the 115 colleges named Best in the Mid-Atlantic by the review.


Dr. Alan Merten
Dr. Alan Merten

George Mason President Alan Merten is China-bound. For three weeks this fall, Oct. 17-Nov. 1,Mason’s president travels to the Far East to raise the university’s international profile and help strengthen and explore new educational linkages with institutions in China, Korea, and Taiwan.

Center for Global Studies moves into high gear. CGS is dedicated to the academic study of global affairs, primarily with a social science and humanities orientation, but also integrates elements of science, technology, and professional fields where appropriate. This fall, the center will unveil its web site and publish the first issue of the Global Studies Bulletin, which will include articles by George Mason faculty, graduate students, and invited outside scholars.


New members appointed to Board of Visitors. Gov. Mark Warner appointed Harry Hopper of Alexandria, a partner at Columbia Capital; Carol Kirby of Manassas, former owner of Merchant’s Incorporated; Roger Mody of McLean, founder and chairman of The Mody Foundation; and Ernst Volgenau of McLean, chairman and CEO of SRA International Inc. Each will serve a four-year term on the university’s governing body.

New dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science named. Provost Peter Stearns announced that Shirley Travis, D.W. Covard Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services, will be the new dean as of Jan. 1, 2005.

Name Changes

New name for education school. The former Graduate School of Education became the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The newly named academic unit comprises the Graduate School of Education, the Division of Undergraduate Studies in Education, and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (formerly Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources).

alumni plaque

Alumni Atrium established. The atrium in Mason Hall has been named in recognition of the thousands of George Mason alumni who have contributed to The Campaign for George Mason University. A plaque was mounted to honor those alumni who made gifts and commitments at the President’s Circle level ($1,000 and above) during the Leadership Phase of the Alumni Campaign, a special initiative conducted during 2002-03.

Learning in Retirement Institute changes name. The membership of the LRI voted to change the organization’s name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at George Mason University after receiving a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation in California.

New Looks

athletic logo

New logo for Athletics. Now that the university has a new logo, the George Mason Athletic Department has followed suit.

Dining Services plans major changes. Over the next three years, several restaurants on the Fairfax Campus will move or be renovated and others will be added, including a full-service Damon’s Grill. Arlington and Prince William Campuses will see food service changes, too.

New Digs

The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is in the process of moving from the townhouses at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax to space on the fifth and sixth floors of the Truland Building, the black glass building behind the School of Law, on the Arlington Campus. All ICAR graduate classes will be taught in Arlington but classes for the new undergraduate program will be on the Fairfax Campus.

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