Archive for October, 2007

Off the Clock: Library Assistant Saves the Butterflies

Posted: October 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Elyse Becker, lending and borrowing assistant for the Interlibrary Loan Department in University Libraries, can frequently be seen wearing butterfly earrings and clutching a monarch butterfly folder. But her passion for the delicate creatures is more than superficial.

Regional Campus Management Offices Open at Patriot Square

Posted: October 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Patriot Square in Fairfax is the new home for the George Mason University regional campus management offices. The central office staff includes Larry Czarda, vice president for regional campuses; Karen Pirhalla, executive director for operations; and Kay Rongley, administrative assistant.

Pocket Pong

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s new game room, the Corner Pocket in Shenandoah Hall, offers table tennis in addition to pool. A grand opening free game day was held last week.Photo by Nicolas Tan

GMU Players Announce Fund-Raising Event

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In a continuing effort to fund guest speakers, workshops and other activities, the GMU Players will hold a fund raiser at the Fair Lakes Silver Diner on Monday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day Brings Mason Community Together

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason employees who want to get motivated, grow professionally and meet their colleagues are encouraged to attend Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, hosted by the Office of Human Resources and Payroll (HR).

CEIE Grad Student Wins Federal Fellowship

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Omar Elkassed, a graduate student in civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, has received a 2007 Dwight D. Eisenhower Grant for Research Fellowship awarded under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Professional and Corporate Development.

Aquatic and Fitness Center Reopens for Business

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

All areas of Mason’s Aquatic and Fitness Center are now open after nearly two years of construction. The additions include about 2,800 square feet of cardio space and 4,900 square feet devoted to weight lifting.

Stationary bike and treadmill area

Counseling and Psychological Services Leads the Way on Mental Health

Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The college experience isn’t what it used to be. Expectations are higher than ever: Some studies suggest the amount of information a student needs to learn in order to graduate from college doubles every five years. College campuses are seeing a broader cross-section of the population than previously. Family structures have changed, and many young adults leave for college without having learned sufficient coping mechanisms.

Climate Dynamics Chair Shukla Part of Nobel-Winning IPCC

Posted: October 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jagadish Shukla

Jagadish Shukla, chair of the Climate Dynamics Program at Mason, is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore.

Men’s Basketball TV Schedule Announced

Posted: October 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason men’s regular season basketball games will be broadcast on television a record 22 times during the 2007-08 season.