Gazette Archive: Off the Clock

Off the Clock: SOM Professor Proves Escape from Alcatraz Just Takes Some Endurance

Posted: August 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

With thousands of people watching and his family cheering him on, Allen Hughes successfully escaped from Alcatraz and was rewarded-not arrested-when his tired feet finally came to rest. On June 6, Hughes, visiting assistant professor in the School of Management, was one of 1,500 people who participated in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco, Calif.-just three years after his second hip replacement surgery.

Off the Clock: Scuba Hobby Creates a Poseidon Adventure

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

By Tara Laskowski

It doesn’t matter how large the body of water is. Whether it’s the Atlantic Ocean, a marine park, or the pool at the Fitness and Aquatic Center, scuba diving is a passion Tom Wood, assistant professor in New Century College (NCC), submerges himself in completely.

Off the Clock: Professor Performs with National Symphony Orchestra

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

By Ryan Effgen

When Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Science, is not in the lab, teaching, or traveling to exotic places to conduct research, he plays the trumpet—occasionally with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Hazen has been filling in as an extra with the NSO for 25 years. This past February, he joined in for an eight-concert tour, culminating with two performances at Carnegie Hall.

Off the Clock: McCutcheon Helps Those in Need with Angel Flight

Posted: March 10, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli

Mary McCutcheon

In times of trouble or immediate need, finding medical help is not always available for those who seek it. Some may need treatment in another area but cannot afford commercial airline flights. That is where Mary McCutcheon steps in. Visiting professor of anthropology, McCutcheon, a licensed pilot, is a member of Angel Flight, a charity organization of volunteer pilots who fly those needing medical attention to different areas of the country.

Off the Clock: Scherrens Officiates College Football on Weekends

Posted: February 25, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens makes critical decisions at George Mason every day, but the calls he makes on the football field are the ones that can have a crowd of 80,000 people screaming in a heartbeat.

Off the Clock: How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

Posted: January 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

Last November when most people were planning Thanksgiving menus, three George Mason women of words took time out from their very busy lives to write novels–50,000 words–in one month.

Off the Clock: Astronomy Professor Is Friend to Feathered Friends

Posted: December 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke
What started off as a quiet evening of television about three years ago has turned into a passion for astronomy professor Rita Sambruna. The show Sambruna and her husband were watching was a BBC documentary about parrots–a comparison of parrots in captivity and parrots in the wild.

Off the Clock: Leslie Painter Trains Horses for Art of Dressage

Posted: November 18, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli
Pictures of two prized horses line a shelf in the back of the Johnson Center’s Patriot Computers store. While the typical customer may not notice them, the horses are the pride and joy of Leslie Painter, manager for Patriot Computers in the Information Technology Unit (ITU) Project Management Office.

Off the Clock: Cyclist Takes to the Road for Cancer Research

Posted: October 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen
Steve Klein, coordinator of the Communication Department’s minor in electronic journalism, is a veteran sportswriter who can report on athletics from firsthand experience. An avid cyclist, Klein joined about 1,000 cyclists on Oct. 18 in a 40-mile ride through Washington, D.C., on the homestretch of the Tour of Hope, a cross-country benefit ride for cancer research.

Off the Clock: Communication Professor Creates Movie Scripts outside the Classroom

Posted: June 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski
Running through the mind of Communication professor Mike Dickerson are terrorist plots, international scandals, and action sequences. Sometimes, there is even a poignant love story. That’s because when he is not teaching, grading, or volunteering in the community, Dickerson is writing screenplays.