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

Posted: August 28, 2006 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, check the Gazette archives.


George Mason Adopts SAT-Optional Admissions Policy Beginning this fall, high school seniors with cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher who rank in the top 20 percent of their class will have the option of being considered for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores.

Mason Receives Gifts Totaling $3 Million The gifts will benefit the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Law and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Previews Community Performing Arts Center The $36 million, 96,000-square-foot center is a collaborative venture between the university, the City of Manassas and Prince William County.

Faculty Authors Publish New Books Featured are Bill Brozo, Mark Rozell, Susan Richard Shreve and Jeanne Merkle Sorrell.

Mason among Best Campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students Mason was recognized by Campus PrideNet as one of the 100 best campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and is included in “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students.”


Mason Offers ‘Visions’ in Yearlong Lecture Series Beginning in September, eight distinguished Mason faculty members will share their visions gleaned from research and current work.

Center for Global Education Debuts New China Internship This fall, George Mason’s Center for Global Education and the China Education Association for International Exchange will offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in professional academic internships in China’s capital, Beijing.

Mason Spearheads Effort to Improve Area Health Care George Mason University’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics is serving as the lead organizer in examining the need and options for a regional health information organization for consumer health care information.

Center for History and New Media Examines Cold War Era in New Online Project With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, researchers will create a web site on the era and the fall of communism.

Diversified Merchandise Added as Bookstore Sales Soar Sales this year at the George Mason University Bookstore are up significantly, prompting management to add new lines of clothing and gifts.

College of Visual and Performing Arts Announces Arts, By George! The inaugural benefit is designed to raise funds for arts scholarships.

Nationally Known Artists Will Bring Their ‘Visual Voices’ to Mason Visual Voices, a new lecture series sponsored by the Department of Art and Visual Technology, commences Sept. 7 and runs through the academic year with eight visiting artists and designers who will speak about their work and the world of art and design.


Mason’s Robinson Professors are profiled in a Gazette series. Read about Paul D’Andrea, Shaul Bakhash, Roger Wilkins, Harold Morowitz and James Trefil.

Setting Up Shop in the Middle East: New VP for Ras al Khaimah Campus Named David Wilsford, visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics for the past year and president of the Institute for American Universities in France, 1995-2005, takes the post in the United Arab Emirates.

Mason Alumna Is New Virginia Poet Laureate Poet Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda was appointed by Gov. Timothy Kaine.

Alum Makes People’s List of Hottest Bachelors You never know where Mason alumnus and actor Archie Kao, BA Communication ‘92, is going to show up.

Law Grad Selected to Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Will Consovoy, JD’01, will clerk for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Consovoy becomes the first graduate of the Mason School of Law to be selected for a clerkship on the Supreme Court.

Coach Larranaga and Players Honored by VaSID The same day George Mason men’s basketball Head Coach Jim Larranaga was nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award as Best Coach/Manager and the team was nominated for Best Moment, Larranaga and two players received honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Mason CIO Recognized for Career Achievements Joy Hughes, CIO and vice president for information technology, got her start at Rider University on a math scholarship. Her alma mater inducted her into the “Science Stairway of Fame.”

Travis and Trencher Named Fenwick Fellows Toni-Michelle Travis, associate professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, and program director, African American Studies; and Susan Trencher, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will fill the library fellowships during the 2006-07 academic year.

Employees of the Month. Read about Ruth Lynch, Susan LeBlanc and Yodit Temesgen.

Mason ‘Inventors and Creators’ Honored At a special dinner in June, Matt Kluger, vice president of research and economic development, acknowledged the achievements of Mason inventors and licensed technology creators.

Professor Cioffi-Revilla Named Jefferson Fellow The U.S. Department of State named Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, director of Mason’s Center for Social Complexity, one of six 2006-07 Jefferson Science Fellows who will begin their tenure at DoS in September.

Prof. Gould Selected as Supreme Court Fellow Jon Gould, associate professor of administration of justice, has been assigned to the Federal Judicial Center.

University Mourns Death of Prof. William Lash III The faculty, staff and students mourned the death of law professor William Lash III, who died in July.

Mason’s Standout Students. Check the Gazette Archives for news about honors and achievements of our students.

Name Changes

New Academic Restructuring Takes Effect July 1 The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computational Sciences no longer exist. Instead, two new colleges began operations this summer: the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Science.

College of Health and Human Services Officially Renamed; Continues Reorganization Formerly known as the College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason’s College of Health and Human Services is up and running. The reorganized college will focus on an expanded multidisciplinary approach to meeting the health and human services needs of the Northern Virginia community.


Knockin’ on the Galaxy’s Door: Physics Professor Calculates Area at the Edge of the Solar System Merav Opher was 7 years old when the spacecraft Voyager 1 launched in 1977. Voyager 2 is only a few years behind. Opher, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is working to calculate the flow of particles and magnetic fields of the area the spacecrafts are venturing into.

Adding Fossil Fuel to the Fire: Researchers Find Higher Global Warming Estimates More Likely With the global warming debate heating up, researchers at Mason and the independent Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies conducted a study that showed global warming estimates for the next century might be higher than we think.

CHHS Team Awarded Alzheimer’s Research Grant Jeanne Sorrell, professor of nursing, and Catherine Tompkins, assistant professor of social work and director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program, will study “Ethics of Respect for Spirituality in Persons Living with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

New Digs

New Building Represents Mason’s Commitment to Research With an observatory tower that reaches to the sky and opens to the stars, the new research building at Mason in many ways represents the future direction of George Mason University: onward and upward.

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