George Mason University Turns 30 on April 7

Posted: March 28, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Sunday, April 7, marks George Mason University’s 30th birthday, and a variety of events are planned next week to celebrate, including the Celebration of Distinction, the University Service Awards presentation, and Mason’s first-ever campaign kickoff. Although George Mason was founded in 1957 as a college of the University of Virginia, legislation made George Mason a free-standing university on April 7, 1972.

The Alumni Association recognizes outstanding students, alumni, and faculty members at its Celebration of Distinction ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. Association awards include the Alumnus of the Year, the Alumni Service Award, Faculty Member of the Year, and Senior of the Year. Three scholarships also are awarded to George Mason students.

Human Resources presents the University Service Awards on Friday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. in Dewberry Hall. The awards recognize employees who have served the commonwealth and/or George Mason for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 or more years. Recipients receive a pin and certificate through 20 years of service. Employees with 25 years of service or more also receive a gift. Classified employees, administrative/professional faculty, and instructional/research faculty are eligible for the award.

The Campaign for George Mason will be launched Saturday, April 6, in the Johnson Center at a black tie dinner for major campaign donors and community leaders. The dollar goal for the university’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising initiative will be announced at the kickoff event, which will be introduced by President Alan Merten.

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