Posted: November 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This periodic column highlights the comings and goings of George Mason faculty and staff, as well as promotions and job changes within the university. Send information to


Ramakrishna Arun joins Fiscal Services as the equipment program administrator.

Patrick Buchanan joins Physical Plant as an energy management specialist.

Richard Chobot joins the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as executive director.

Colandra Coleman joined University Life as director of development and community relations.

Susan Corry joined Physical Plant as an energy management specialist.

Carlos M. Fuentes joined Technology Systems as a project engineer.

Gloria Garcia joins the Office of the Provost as administrative assistant, technology transfer.

Heidi Groetsch is the new coordinator of programs and outreach in the Office of International Programs and Services. She will be working to create events and activities for international students and scholars and their families.

Byron Hooten joins the Arlington Campus Library as serials assistant and stacks manager.

Kathy Jayne joins Fiscal Services as administrative assistant.

Tyrone Johnson joined the Physical Plant as a plumber/fire sprinkler technician.

Alan W. Jones joins the Physical Plant as a building warranty technician.

Quyen Le joins Purchasing and Accounts Payable as assistant director.

Geraldine Marie Lee joins the Office of the Provost as assistant to the vice president for research.

Patrice Miner joins the Development Office as administrative assistant, donor relations and communications.

Laura Narine joined the Safety Office as office manager.

Daniel Robb is the new director of graduate admissions in the Office of Admissions.

Tamara Schweinsberg joins Human Resources and Payroll as customer service specialist.

Kimberly Sneed joins the Registrar’s Office as academic records specialist.

Joy Sobieralski joins Internal Audit as a senior internal auditor.

Daniel Taggert joins Human Resources and Payroll as employee relations assistant.

College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Hill Corley joins the Department of Economics as an administrative office specialist.

Yuanshu Dong joins the Center for Biomedical Genomics as research associate.

Jennifer Anne Maloney joins the Geography Department as office manager.

Kenneth McGrath joins the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as research assistant professor.

College of Education and Human Development

Marsha Givens joins the Center for International Education as office manager.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ala Showers joins the institute as administrative assistant.

School of Computational Sciences

Xiang Li joins the Fluids and Materials Program as postdoctoral research scientist.

School of Public Policy

Christopher Hill, who spent the last eight years serving as vice provost for research, is on academic leave this year; he is a research scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Gifford is on sabbatical until next spring, working on a project that will investigate how individuals make decisions about transportation, as a Transportation Research Board Fellow at the National Academies in Washington, D.C.

Brenda Quiroz-Maday joins the Mason Enterprise Center as director of the Women’s Business Center.

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