Archive for December, 2002

Evaluation Process Under Fire

Posted: December 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery
When implementation of the new state compensation plan began in March 2001, there were more than a few grumbles heard university-wide. Changes in the plan included a new probationary period extended from six months to one year and a new form called Employee Work Profile (EWP) to replace the Position Description and Performance Planning and Evaluation form.

Department of Environmental Science and Policy Wins Winterfest Contest

Posted: December 17, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy earned first place in the Winterfest 2002 Office/Door Decorating Contest. The department door included a map of the world with pictures of staff showing where they intend to spend their winter vacation.

Telephone, Voicemail Systems to Be Upgraded over Break

Posted: December 17, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To accommodate the immediate and long-term growth at George Mason, the university’s telephone and voice mail systems need to be upgraded. In order to perform these upgrades the systems will have to be taken out of service periodically over the winter break.

Off the Clock: Journalism Professor Conquers the Appalachian Piece by Piece

Posted: December 17, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski
Of the millions who visit the Appalachian Trail each year, few have the ambition to hike the entire trail. Those who do, thru-hikers, take on average about four to five months to complete the 2,168.8-mile trail in one undertaking. But when you hike the trail in segments, as Roger Mellen, visiting assistant professor in journalism and coordinator of the electronic journalism minor in the Communication Department, has, completing the trail may take a while longer.

George Mason’s Heinen Named CAA Player of the Week

Posted: December 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior Raoul Heinen has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 8.

Computer Scientist Lands University’s Eighth Patent

Posted: December 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron
George Mason’s eighth patent was issued for a method of drawing a straight line in computer graphics, an invention by Jim Chen, associate professor in Computer Science.

Faculty/Staff Holiday Party Is Tomorrow

Posted: December 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The annual George Mason faculty and staff holiday party is held tomorrow from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. This party marks the sixth annual holiday event for faculty and staff members.

This Week in the News…

Posted: December 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Center for the Arts Welcomes Back the Canadian Brass on Sunday

Posted: December 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Canadian Brass takes the stage like a parade up Bourbon Street, high-top sneakers poking fun at their classical roots, never letting their humor belie an abundance of talent and virtuosity. This year’s annual holiday performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Mertens Visit George Mason Honors Program at Oxford University

Posted: December 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Thursday, Dec. 5, President Alan and Mrs. Sally Merten spent an afternoon and evening visiting with George Mason students studying abroad with the George Mason Honors Program at Oxford University in England. The Mertens made the stop en route to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the ceremony and related events for the Nobel Prize awarded to Vernon Smith.