Archive for July, 2004

Everyday Hero: Shirley Stephens

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

By Tara Laskowski

Editor’s note: This Daily Gazette feature profiles key people at Mason who “make it happen.”

Shirley Stephens

Name: Shirley Stephens
Current Position: Catering coordinator
Years at Mason: Three
What She Does: Stephens is the voice you’ve heard on the phone. She books events on all three campuses, as well as some off-campus events. She helps with paperwork, discusses ideas and options with clients, and occasionally even works on-site at events serving food or making sure everything runs smoothly.

Study Ranks I/O Psychology Program Fourth Nationally

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

By Jeremy Lasich

According to a recent study published in the July issue of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, George Mason’s master’s program in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is ranked fourth in the nation out of 98 programs. It is one of the first rankings conducted on master’s programs, as most previous studies have focused exclusively on doctoral training.

Prince William Golf Classic to Be Held in August

Posted: July 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The fourth annual Prince William Campus Golf Classic for faculty and staff from all three George Mason campuses will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, at Bristow Manor Golf Course. Golfers of all levels are welcome.

Housing and Residence Life Adds to Mason Experience

Posted: July 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

As part of its program to assist students who reside on campus to make the most of their university education and overall experience, the Office of Housing and Residence Life runs the Mason Experience, which offers Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in the residence halls to enhance students’ learning environment. This fall, select students enrolled in the School of Management (SOM), Dance, and the Army ROTC programs will be able to reside in new LLCs.

President Merten Looks to Expand University’s Far East Connections

Posted: July 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason President Alan Merten is China-bound.

For three weeks this fall, Mason’s president travels to the Far East to raise the university’s international profile and help strengthen and explore new educational linkages with institutions in China, Korea, and Taiwan. He will be meeting with university representatives, business, government, and community leaders, Mason graduates, and even prospective students.

Community College Education Program Offers New Degree

Posted: July 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Community College Education (CCE) Program at George Mason will offer a new MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) this fall, concentrating in higher education administration or student affairs. The degree will prepare students for administrative and leadership positions in colleges and universities, associations, and government agencies whose activities influence higher education.

Bergoffen Receives CAS Award for Scholarship

Posted: July 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) chose Debra Bergoffen, professor of philosophy, to receive the 2004 CAS Award for Scholarship. She is the ninth recipient of the award, which is given as part of the annual Celebration of Scholarship in recognition of research contributions.

Mason Professors and Students Confront Plagiarism

Posted: July 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Last semester, August McCarthy, an adjunct professor in the English Department, was reading a student paper from his composition class and became suspicious of the paper’s wording. Something about it didn’t seem right. Maybe the sources used were ones he had never discussed in class, or the tone was just a little more sophisticated than the student’s in-class writing assignments.

Fenwick Library Computers Unavailable Tomorrow and Wednesday

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

Fenwick Library will be upgrading the furniture that holds its computers tomorrow and Wednesday. Because of this furniture upgrade, computers in Fenwick Library will be unavailable for use. Computers are available in the Johnson Center or Innovation Hall.

National Survey of Student Engagement Report Released

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

By Christopher Anzalone

George Mason’s Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) recently released a report on the findings of the 2003 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered by Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research and its Center for Survey Research. Published in May, the NSSE is an annual report that collects data from four-year colleges and universities nationwide, seeking to find out how undergraduate students use their university academic experience and what they gain from it.