Archive for July, 2003

George Mason Patron, Friend Omer Hirst Dies

July 31, 2003

By Daniel Walsch
Omer Lee Hirst, 89, statesman, businessman, and 1989 recipient of the George Mason Medal, died of natural causes on Tuesday, July 29. As an elected official, Hirst was highly instrumental in two major breakthroughs for George Mason: the acquisition of the law school and the achievement of doctoral status.

This Month in the Community…

July 31, 2003

Following are members of the George Mason community who made presentations to community groups in July as part of the University Speakers Bureau. For more information on participating in the Speakers Bureau, call (703) 993-8846.

George Mason Picked First in Preseason CAA Coaches’ Poll

July 31, 2003

George Mason’s men’s basketball team grabbed 7 of 10 first-place votes in 2003-04 preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) balloting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The Patriots are projected to finish first in the conference after receiving 79 points.

Summer Socials Conclude Today

July 30, 2003

The seventh year of Summer Socials, hosted by University Life, concludes today. George Mason faculty, staff, and students are invited to enjoy free food and good company at 4:30 p.m. on the Johnson Center South Plaza. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Picture This…

July 30, 2003

Steven Cooper
Steven Cooper, chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), spoke to approximately 120 members of the George Mason community yesterday in Mason Hall.

U.S. News & World Report to Alter Way It Ranks Universities

July 30, 2003

U.S. News & World Report magazine announced recently that it is altering the way it ranks the nation’s top colleges and universities. Beginning this year, the magazine is dropping from its formula a statistic known as the yield rate. This figure is the percentage of applicants accepted by a university who later enroll at that institution.

George Mason Faculty and Staff Alumni Receive Free Gift

July 29, 2003

Faculty and staff members who graduated from George Mason are encouraged to beat the summer heat and receive their free gift from the Alumni Association. Visit the Alumni Affairs office before Aug. 15 and drop off your George Mason business card with your degree information on the back to receive the gift. The Alumni Affairs […]

Q & A with Mark Grady, Dean of the School of Law

July 29, 2003

Editor’s note: Over the summer, the Daily Gazette will publish interviews with 11 deans, 2 institute directors, and the vice president for University Life focusing on what was successful in their departments last year and what the George Mason community can expect this year. This is the fifth article in the series.

By Amy Biderman
Can you give me a general overview of the past year and talk about some of the things that were successful at the School of Law?
We had a tremendous hiring year–professors who made a big difference. We have the most talented group of young professors in the whole country, and most arrived during the past academic year.

Potomac Music Academy Works Harmoniously at Mason

July 28, 2003

By Tara Laskowski
Students and the community are singing praises about the Department of Music’s new Potomac Music Academy–a series of music programs offered this summer on the Fairfax Campus. Combining long-running programs such as the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training program with new camps like the Chamber Music Connection, the department has formed a summer academy program that is drawing attention and respect throughout the nation.

Linda Harber Hired to Lead Human Resources

July 28, 2003

By Carrie Lake
Linda Harber has been named assistant vice president for Human Resources (HR) and chief human resources officer. Harber has an abundance of experience in higher education and most recently was the executive director of human resources at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She will begin Sept. 2.