Archive for November, 2003

Tonight Is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night at the Patriot Center

Posted: November 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason employees are encouraged to bring their family and friends to the annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day at the Patriot Center tonight. Cheer on the men’s basketball team as they open their season against Morehead State University at 7 p.m. Four free tickets are available for all faculty and staff with a valid George Mason ID.

Faculty Senate Task Force Finds No Grade Inflation at Mason

Posted: November 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron
A study of long-term grading patterns at George Mason shows no evidence of overall grade inflation, a Faculty Senate task force reported to the group this week. However, the senate voted to initiate an ongoing process to gather and disseminate information on course grades as a feedback mechanism for faculty and administrators.

Faculty, Staff Recall Kennedy Assassination

Posted: November 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron, Jeremy Lasich, Tara Laskowski, and Fran Rensbarger
For those old enough to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred 40 years ago tomorrow, the sights, sounds, and sensations of that day are deeply embedded in their psyches. Almost everyone can recall where they were and what they were doing that day.

BOV Approves Five New Degree Programs

Posted: November 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman and Jeremy Lasich
George Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) approved five new degree programs yesterday at its November meeting. They are a joint B.A./B.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an M.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Arts Management, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a Ph.D. in Physical Science. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) now must approve these degrees.

Fenwick Fellow Lecture Explores Commonality, Conflict Between Blacks and Asians

Posted: November 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger
Hazel McFerson, one of two Fenwick Fellows for 2002-03, presents the results of her research on relations between blacks and Asians in the United States today at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 228. McFerson is an associate professor of international studies in the Department of Public and International Affairs and an associate professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Richard Bausch Featured on Washington Post’s Online Discussion

Posted: November 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Novelist and short story writer Richard Bausch, professor of English, will be featured today at 1 p.m. on “Off the Page,” a Washington Post online discussion forum, where he will discuss his new collection, The Short Stories of Richard Bausch, and the art of the short story.

Words of M.F.A. Professors Come to Life During Staged TFA Reading

Posted: November 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Nationally recognized authors and professors in the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at George Mason will see their characters and words come to life during a staged reading performed by professional actors from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Excerpts from novels by Stephen Goodwin and Susan Shreve, and short stories by Alan Cheuse and Richard Bausch, will be performed during a Theater of the First Amendment production, Words at Night: Stories from Life.

Q & A With University Police Chief Michael Lynch

Posted: November 20, 2003 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 Erick Soricelli
Please give a brief overview of what the University Police Department is responsible for at Mason.
The University Police Department is responsible for everything related to the overall safety and security of the campus community.

Staff Senate Meeting Thursday

Posted: November 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Staff Senate will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room H. Wendy Payton, project lead, Banner Student Implementation, will be the guest speaker. All meetings are open to the general public.

Old Town Hall Lecture Explains How to Lead a Happy Life

Posted: November 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Getting to Happy: Seven Practical Steps to a Happier and More Contented Life” is the topic of the next Old Town Hall Lecture tonight at 7:30 p.m. Robert Rogowsky, professor in the School of Public Policy, is the featured speaker. The event is cosponsored by George Mason, the City of Fairfax, and the Central Fairfax Networking Group.