Graduating Seniors Treated to Brunch

Posted: May 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Last week, integrative studies senior Samantha Pleasant hosted Senior Brunch, a free breakfast where students ate and mingled before and after class.

Part of Senior Weekend 2006, the breakfast was the culmination of months of organizing by Pleasant and three other members of the Senior Weekend Committee.

This is the third year for Senior Weekend, an event that includes free food, restaurant discounts and giveaways. It is sponsored by the Office of Annual Giving and University Life.

“The seniors were excited. They couldn’t believe President [Alan] Merten was serving them,” said Pleasant.

The turnout for the event was steady throughout its two-hour duration. In addition to Merten, Provost Peter Stearns and other administrators served food to the students. Several seniors saw the brunch as a time to see friends one last time before exams and graduation and discuss future plans.

Ryan Touhill is a senior majoring in government and international politics. He went to the brunch to “catch up with anyone I haven’t seen in the past year. Above all, you cannot miss out on a free breakfast,” he added.

In the fall, he will attend George Washington University where he will study public administration with the hope of eventually working in local government in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

“I believe the [Senior Brunch] is honoring the senior class,” said government and international politics major Parasto Hamed. She is a taking a year off from school and will concentrate on getting ready for GRE exams and graduate school.

Jahmena Brown, a senior economics major, said she appreciated George Mason was making a kind gesture to senior undergraduates with the brunch. “It’s nice just to show the university acknowledges our graduation and is happy for us,” said Brown. She currently works for a financial services company as an asset manager.

Senior Weekend began in 2003 with then-student Sarah Blake as chief organizer. At the time, she was the chair of the Student Giving Campaign, which came out of the Senior Class Gift Committee.

Zavin Smith, assistant director of annual giving in the Development Office, coordinated with the Senior Weekend Committee this year. He believes the event has become an important part of Mason life.

“George Mason University has always strived for goals of affinity with its students and alumni.” He adds, “For seniors, this is their last opportunity for fellowship with one another before Commencement.”

President Merten serves students at senior brunch
President Alan Merten serves students at senior brunch last week.
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