Gazette Archive: Q&A

Q&A with Dave Fenza, Executive Director, Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Posted: March 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.

Dave Fenza

Your organization is located off campus, so many people might not know what it is you do. Could you explain the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), its mission, and a little of the history?
Before the 1960s, departments of English generally preferred their authors to be dead and safely entombed in anthologies. Places in academe for living writers were rare. As [poet] Allen Tate once complained, literature was taught as if no one planned to make any more of it. At Harvard, one faculty member even complained that it was no more appropriate to have a living author teach literature than it was to have an elephant teach zoology.

Q&A with Edwin Meese, Rector of the Board of Visitors

Posted: March 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Edwin Meese was first appointed to George Mason University’s Board of Visitors (BOV) in 1996. For six of his nearly eight years on the board, he has served as rector. At the conclusion of the current academic year, the former attorney general of the United States will complete his second and final term as a member of the university’s governing body.

What are the overall responsibilities of the Board of Visitors?
The Board of Visitors, by law, is the legal governing body of the university and has the overall responsibility for the proper management of the institution.

Q&A With Larry Czarda, Vice President, Prince William Campus

Posted: February 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.
By Patty Snellings

What characteristics are unique to the Prince William Campus in George Mason’s “distributed university” model?
We’re obviously the youngest campus, and we’re just emerging from whole cloth.

Q&A with David Cooper, Campaign Director and Associate Vice President for University Development

Posted: February 19, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo Lake

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette. To view previous articles, visit the Q&A archive page.

Seventeen months before its official end, The Campaign for George Mason University has moved beyond its minimum goal to raise $110 million in private support. To what do you attribute the campaign’s success so far?
Because this was our first campaign, we didn’t have a tradition to build on, so it really took everyone at the university working together to make the campaign successful. Members of the administration, beginning with the president, had to be committed to its success and devote their time and energy to it.

Q & A with Julia Findlay, director, Office of International Programs and Services

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

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.

By Tara Laskowski

Julia Findlay

What are the major goals and duties of the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS)?
The Office of International Programs and Services provides a range of services to the international nonimmigrant population at George Mason. To begin with, we issue U.S. government immigration forms that help bring our international students, research scholars, and faculty to the United States.

Q & A with Linda Harber, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

Posted: February 5, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.

By Carrie Lake

What has been Human Resources’ (HR) greatest challenge since you arrived at George Mason in September? What are you doing to overcome it?
I think one of the hardest things when I came here was that HR employees had interim leadership for a year, and during that time they took on the huge task of converting to the Banner system. Either of those two things alone would have been a challenge, but I think having both together really did require a lot of additional hard work on their part, particularly because HR was very short-staffed at the time. They implemented Banner and we are now in Banner transition–trying to improve it and make it easier for our users. Now we’re rebuilding and reorganizing to better meet our customers’ needs.

Q & A with John Gresock, Director of Space Management

Posted: January 29, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.

By Robin Herron

Can you give me an overview of the responsibilities of the Office of Space Management?
The Office of Space Management is a fairly new office, established about three and a half years ago. It was created as a result of the presidential task force on space management that Larry Czarda [vice president, Prince William Campus] headed.

Q & A with John Spaldo, Assistant Vice President, University Services

Posted: January 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette.
By Jeremy Lasich

You just took over this position in December, although you served as interim assistant vice president for a year. Can you outline your background and what led you to this job?
I’ve worked at George Mason for almost 23 years. I started here as the director of the Student Unions–it was just SUB I at the time.

Q & A with Stanley Taylor, Vice President, Arlington Campus

Posted: January 15, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jocelyn Rappaport

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette. To view previous articles, visit the Q&A archive page.

Please explain the responsibilities of your position as Arlington Campus vice president.
The primary responsibilities of my position are associated with coordination of the administrative and academic mission of the campus.

Q & A with Susan Jones, University Registrar

Posted: January 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This weekly question-and-answer column with George Mason administrators appears every Thursday in the Daily Gazette. To view previous articles, visit the Q&A archive page.

By Robin Herron

Can you give a general overview of your office’s current responsibilities? What other units in the university does your office work with closely?
The mission of the Registrar’s Office is to implement the academic policies of the university. The work is divided among several functional areas. We certify that NCAA athletes are eligible to perform and participate; veterans are eligible to receive their educational benefits; and students are eligible to continue to defer repayment of previous educational loans.