CVPA Forms Alumni Chapter

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

By Jennifer Mitchell

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has formed Mason’s newest alumni chapter. Board members have been actively building the chapter since April 2004, sending surveys and e-mails to former students. This was no easy task—even though it is one of the smallest and most specialized colleges on campus, CVPA currently has more than 1,800 alumni. With much positive response and a unanimously approved vote at an Alumni Association Board meeting, the chapter officially came into existence in September.

“It’s been a priority to get to a place where we could establish an alumni chapter,” says Julie Green, CVPA’s director of development. The goal of the chapter is to pull together alumni from all four departments of the college—Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music, and Theater. “The four disciplines within the college are very different. We are really looking to promote unity while offering opportunities that would specifically benefit each discipline.”

“The alumni are the heart and soul of the college,” says William Reeder, dean of CVPA. “We are so proud of each individual’s accomplishments and the role that studying at Mason played in their professional journeys. Having a chapter will allow us to stay connected and to benefit generations of students to come.”

The first official event as a chapter, a family barbecue in October, was a huge success, with more than 80 people participating. After being treated to food from Red Hot & Blue, attendees were invited to see a performance in the Center for the Arts by Dr. John and His Band, a Grammy Award-winning blues group. Green hopes that events like this will continue to foster the important relationships that graduates have with the university.

“Everyone had a nice time connecting,” says Green. “It’s great to see what our former students are doing now.” But alumni weren’t only there to see each other. “At the end of the day, they all wanted to see their favorite professors,” she adds.

The chapter has plans to continue to build its board, create a newsletter, and hold more events on its own and by plugging into existing events such as Homecoming and the Alumni Association’s Celebration of Distinction. For more information on alumni events, e-mail Green at

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