Archive for August, 2003

This Month in the Community…

August 29, 2003

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

This Week in the News…

August 29, 2003

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

Joy Hughes Addresses Slow E-mail Problems at Mason

August 29, 2003

Editor’s note: Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology, wrote this column to address concerns about delayed e-mail affecting much of the university community.

E-mail delivery has been very slow since the sobig.f virus came on the scene, but users should see considerable improvement in the delivery time beginning today.

Men’s Soccer to Open 2003 Season Tomorrow

August 28, 2003

With nearly two weeks of two-a-day practices behind it as classes are under way, the George Mason men’s soccer team is ready and looking forward to its 2003 season opener. The Patriots will play the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the first round of the James Madison University/Comfort Inn Invitational in Harrisonburg.

CAS Accepting Mary Roper Award Nominations

August 28, 2003

By Heather Aleknavage
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is seeking nominations for the Mary Roper Award for Outstanding Staff Service, which honors a classified staff member who has shown outstanding service in the support of the core goals of the college.

Q & A with Menas Kafatos, Dean of the School of Computational Sciences

August 28, 2003

By Robin Herron
Editor’s note: The Daily Gazette is publishing 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 10th article in the series, which will conclude with an interview with President Alan Merten.

What are some of the major accomplishments of the School of Computational Sciences (SCS) over the past year?
We have two new Ph.D. programs we initiated this fall, in bioinformatics and climate dynamics, and three new master’s programs, in computational science, earth systems science, and bioinformatics, so the school went from one Ph.D. to a total of three Ph.D.’s and three master’s degrees.

Dance Lessons Offer All the Right Moves This Semester

August 27, 2003

Dance teacher Anne Pirron will offer 12 weeks of dance lessons this fall in the Johnson Center Dance Studio, located across the hall from the Bistro. Popular ballroom dances such as the foxtrot, jitterbug, waltz, cha-cha, American tango, East-Coast swing, and salsa will be covered.

Fall 2003 Film Series Begins Tomorrow

August 27, 2003

Faculty members are encouraged to publicize the fall 2003 Johnson Center Cinema Film Series to their students and to include the films in their courses. The Thursday evening series, coordinated by Peter Brunette, director of the Film and Media Studies Program, will begin Aug. 28.

Campaign Surpasses $100 Million Mark

August 27, 2003

To date, The Campaign for George Mason University has raised $102 million in gifts and commitments, including $33 million from friends, alumni, parents, and faculty and staff, and $69 million from corporations, foundations, and other organizations.

Picture This…

August 26, 2003

Arlington Fair
Thys Van Schaik, assistant dean of the School of Public Policy, and Becky Nemeth, supervisor of the switchboard and kiosks, were among the George Mason volunteers who greeted more than 1,000 visitors to the university’s booth at last weekend’s Arlington Fair.