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Mason students well-positioned to fight for social justice, equity

Mason students well-positioned to fight for social justice, equity

Students living in this era of racial reckoning and political unrest have far more resources at their disposal than social justice advocates had a half-century ago, George Mason University President Gregory Washington told a student panel at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening of Reflection on Thursday night.

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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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A message supporting our international students

A message supporting our international students

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F-1 visas who take all of their courses for the semester online. This decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens to interrupt the academic work of more than 3,000 students here at George Mason University.

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Celebrating the Class of 2020

The celebration program on May 22 beings at 2:00 and at approximately 2:20 students and guests will be directed to the colleges' Marching Order pages. Guests and students will then be able to view CHSS specific videos and student slides there.

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Mason honors 2020 graduates with a virtual celebration

Mason honors 2020 graduates with a virtual celebration

George Mason University will honor the largest and most diverse graduating class in its history with a virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020 at 2 p.m. Friday, May 22. There will be a special congratulatory message from Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, author, entrepreneur and voting rights advocate.

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2020 Seeds of Change Recap

2020 Seeds of Change Recap

Continuing a long-standing tradition in a new way, the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) office honored students, faculty, staff, and community partners as part of a week-long Seeds of Change online showcase. The Seeds of Change Community Engagement Recognition event has honored the selfless leadership, service, and activism by members of the Mason community in partnership with organizations on and off-campus. For the first time this year, Seeds of Change moved to an online celebration, allowing each nominee to be spotlighted on SAIL social media and culminating in a winners showcase video broadcasted live on Friday, April 24.

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Latest University Information on COVID-19

Latest University Information on COVID-19

George Mason University is committed to protecting the health of its community. Its resources include up-to-date plans and procedures, identification of student health services clinics, and attention to its study-abroad programs.

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Philippines Study Abroad: Summer 2020 - 6 credits

Philippines Study Abroad: Summer 2020 - 6 credits

Registration is now going on for the Philippines Summer 2020 study abroad program, a 6-credit course in Human Trafficking and Community Engagement (Environmental Issues and Cultural Understanding). The program runs from June 24 (Arrival in Manila) and ends on July 25 (Return to the US or wherever your next destination will be). Dr. Al Fuertes is the program faculty director.

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Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

What is life like along the southern border in today's political climate? Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera went to the border to find out. Hear the border expert discuss her travels along the border on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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Learning Leadership in Italy

Learning Leadership in Italy

Graduate Student, Katelyn Hedrick reflects on her experience in Italy studying leadership with Dr. McCarron and Dr. Zaccaro. Registration is available for this amazing summer study abroad trip!

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Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio Headlines

Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio

Wendi Manuel-Scott, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, School of Integrative Studies, African and African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies, discussed the complicated legacy of George Mason IV with radio station WRVA.

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CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

Each year, the university awards several Curriculum Impact Grants through the Office of the Provost to help teams of faculty revise and design innovative multidisciplinary curriculum. Six of the 2019 grants went to teams that included College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members.

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The Streak(s) Continue:  Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

The Streak(s) Continue: Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

With its 4-3 victory, the American League continues its recent dominance of the All Star Game, but despite the greater number of foreign born players on the National League roster, it was actually the American League team that played the greatest number of immigrant All-Stars, nine to the National League’s eight.

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MTV News cites Chen's work on activist burnout. Accolades

MTV News cites Chen's work on activist burnout.

MTV News, in an article about activism burnout and its impact on gun violence survivors, cites a paper written on the subject by the School of Integrative Studies faculty members Cher Weixia Chen and Paul Gorski.

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Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

The rising juniors, both of whom are majoring in environmental and sustainability studies, have been selected as Global Sustainability Scholars, a National Science Foundation and Future Earth program focusing on global sustainable development that trains undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. During three summers, students travel abroad, conduct research and build their professional networks.

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Three SIS Faculty Awarded Grants

Three SIS Faculty Awarded Grants

Dr. Al Fuertes was awarded the 2019 Term Faculty Development Fund. Dr. Graziella McCarron & Dr. Aoi Yamanaka were awarded the 2019 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Ed) grant.

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SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

Jayna Tavarez, who majored in INTS with a Social Justice & Human Rights concentration, just won the Outstanding Student Paper Award for an essay she wrote based on her masters thesis. She received the award from the LGBTQ Research Symposium, a national gathering in its seventh year, which met this year in Illinois.

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Integrative Studies Student, Evarachel Maurojorge, Takes Home a Gold Medal for Mason Winter Guard

Integrative Studies Student, Evarachel Maurojorge, Takes Home a Gold Medal for Mason Winter Guard

Mason Open is part of George Mason University’s Green Machine Ensembles and uses flags, replica rifles, sabers, movement and dance in an elaborate, theatrical experience. The Mason team has 30 members and competes all over the country, from January to April, ending at the WGI finals in Dayton, Ohio

2019 Seeds of Change Recap

2019 Seeds of Change Recap

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) office hosted their third annual Seeds of Change recognition event in the HUB Ballroom. The event recognized the selfless leadership, service, and activism led by Mason students, faculty, staff and community partners.

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2019 SIS Degree Celebration Information

2019 SIS Degree Celebration Information

Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 in the Center for the Arts. All graduating Integrative Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Bachelor of Individualized Studies students will be recognized on stage.

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SIS Associate Professor Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, recipient of the 2019 Mason Teaching Excellence Award

SIS Associate Professor Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, recipient of the 2019 Mason Teaching Excellence Award

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

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Professor Susan Howard wins 2019 Career Connection Award

Professor Susan Howard wins 2019 Career Connection Award

The Career Connection Faculty Award is an annual award celebrating Mason faculty and staff who make a positive impact on students' career goals, employment plans, or graduate school preparation. Recipients go above and beyond the expectations of their role and devote extra time and energy to helping students prepare for life after Mason.

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Third annual Giving Day is April 4

Third annual Giving Day is April 4

Mason alumni, faculty and staff have the opportunity to unite and show a tangible sign of the strength and commitment of Mason Nation. Find out how to support the cause or program which means the most to you

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2019 Sultan Writing Award Winner

2019 Sultan Writing Award Winner

Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was an integral part of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. School of Integrative Studies (SIS) will present the Jon Sultan Writing Award to a first year student who shows exceptional talent, versatility, and potential as a writer. The Sultan Award winner receives $1000.00!

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Sibs & Kids Weekend 2019

Sibs & Kids Weekend 2019

Sibs & Kids Weekend is Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, and we invite Mason faculty, staff, and students to register their kids and siblings ages 6-18 to experience the excitement of life as a Patriot! All Sibs & Kids Weekend participants must register at masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu. The cost is $15 for Mason faculty/staff members, $25 for participants (ages 6-18), and free for Mason students. All participants will receive giveaways, a Sibs & Kids Weekend t-shirt, entrance to all events on the schedule including meals, access to Mason Recreation facilities, and parking on the Fairfax campus.

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Mason First Gen Leadership Summit

Mason First Gen Leadership Summit

The First Gen Leadership Summit is specifically designed for Mason students who identify as first-generation college students. The summit is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through both large and small group experiences. Participants will have a chance to engage and connect with other first-generation college students around leadership, ethics, diversity, identity development, inclusion, and well-being. Register today for this incredible program!

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2019 Homecoming Information

2019 Homecoming Information

In February 2019, you’ll be able to join the Patriot Activities Council, Mason Athletics, Student Involvement, and the Alumni Association for a week-long celebration! Check back for more information for the week of events, tailgate, and the game.

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$1,000 Scholarship Available through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

$1,000 Scholarship Available through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Open only to NOVA transfer students at Mason. Must be enrolled at Mason in Fall 2019 with a 3.5 Mason GPA or higher. DEADLINE: 2/22/19

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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2018 VA Engage Fall Meeting

2018 VA Engage Fall Meeting

Faculty across Virginia and the metro area gathered at the VA Engage Network fall meeting on Mason's Fairfax Campus to discuss best practices for community-engaged research.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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Summer research scratches itch for knowledge

Summer research scratches itch for knowledge

Junior environmental and sustainability studies major Ben Rhoades and senior environmental science major Elizabeth Rush were two of six students studying techniques of turning agricultural fields into native ecosystems

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WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION?

WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION?

The School of Integrative Studies now offers a concentration and minor in Social Innovation. But what does it really mean? Read more here...

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Mason cited as a best college for adult learners.

Mason cited as a best college for adult learners.

George Mason University is ranked No. 6 nationally by Washington Monthly Magazine as a best four-year college for adult learners. Since 1975, the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program has been Mason's adult degree completion program focused only on adult learners and their individual situations

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College Colors Day: Friday, August 31st

College Colors Day: Friday, August 31st

College Colors Day is nationally organized by our partner, IMG College Licensing, and was first celebrated in 2005. It always falls on the Friday before Labor Day. College Colors Day seeks to celebrate and promote the spirit that makes college traditions great, such as “back-to-school”, by encouraging students, faculty/staff, alumni and fans to wear apparel of their favorite college throughout the day of Friday, August 31, 2018.

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Dr. Gregory Unruh to Present Well-Being Workshop at Floyd Yoga Jam

Dr. Gregory Unruh to Present Well-Being Workshop at Floyd Yoga Jam

CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Gregory Unruh will present a well-being workshop at the Floyd Yoga Jam festival in Floyd, Virginia. His workshop, "Discovering Your Realms of Being," will feature conversation, reflection, and a group activity designed for participants to discover their distinct realms of being. Distinguishing these distinct "selves" opens new opportunities for being and action in the world.

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New Student Convocation!

New Student Convocation!

Mason faculty and staff are invited to join President Cabrera, Provost Wu, and the senior administration in welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students as they start their Mason experience!

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2018 Scholarships Coming Soon!

2018 Scholarships Coming Soon!

Qualified students can apply to three different scholarships offered by the School of Integrative Studies. The application deadline will be October 15, 2018. Click here to learn more!

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Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign Language Placement Testing

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers language placement tests in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, and Spanish. The department administers these tests to determine placement into the most appropriate course. Students who have prior experience with a foreign language in their high school and plan to register for courses in that language at George Mason should take the test before registering. Students transferring foreign language courses from other higher education institutions may not need to take the placement test.

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Fall for the Book announces 20th anniversary headliners

Fall for the Book announces 20th anniversary headliners

A star-studded lineup of poets, historians and novelists includes (left to right) Tayari Jones, Congressman John Lewis, Elizabeth Strout, Elizabeth Kostova and Angie Thomas. The four-day event is at Mason and locations around Northern Virginia. Learn more about the festival, including a new book prize.

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See what courses are being offered by the School of Integrative Studies this fall!

See what courses are being offered by the School of Integrative Studies this fall!

The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) curriculum allows students to integrate research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines and experiences. Students access all the resources offered at Mason and draw the critical connections they will need among the topics they study, the experiences they have, the personal reflections they create and the careers they pursue. Integrative studies encourages students to identify today’s complex problems and pursue opportunities inside and outside the classroom, synthesizing theory and practice.

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Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, receives The United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, receives The United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Established a year ago with the support of generous endowments from university benefactors, the 2018 Presidential Faculty Excellence Medals represent the university’s highest recognition of faculty members who exemplify our ideals of excellence: teaching innovation, research and scholarship of consequence, diversity and inclusion, and social impact in our community and around the world.

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Integrative Studies Alumni, Eric Forbes,  Receives Jack C. Wood Award for Strong University-Community Relations

Integrative Studies Alumni, Eric Forbes, Receives Jack C. Wood Award for Strong University-Community Relations

President Ángel Cabrera (far left) and Jack Wood (second from the right) present the John C. "Jack" Wood Award for Town Gown relations to Eric Forbes (second from the left), Zeponic Farms, the Media Literacy and Civil Dialogue Skills Workshops partnership between the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Fairfax County Public Libraries, Niyati Dhokai and Toni-Michelle Travis.

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Green Game Earns National Honors

Green Game Earns National Honors

Thanks to more than 70 volunteers, Mason's annual Green Game on Feb. 24 landed Mason in third place for the national RecycleMania GameDay Basketball competition. More than 90 percent of waste was diverted from trash to compost and recycling. Learn more about the game and Mason's sustainability efforts.

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2018-2019 Alternative Breaks Applications Are Now Open!

2018-2019 Alternative Breaks Applications Are Now Open!

Each year Social Action & Integrative Learning (SAIL) have Alternative Spring Break trips that focus on issues ranging from Ecosystem Restoration in Florida to Education, Literacy, and Community Development in Guatemala. The purpose of these trips is to critically engage students in social justice work through education and community service.

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2018 Seeds of Change Recap

2018 Seeds of Change Recap

On Tuesday, April 17, the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) office hosted their second annual Seeds of Change recognition event in the HUB Ballroom. The event recognized the selfless leadership, service, and activism led by Mason students, faculty, and community partners.

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WGST Major Student, Bennett Shoop Receives Dean’s Challenge Award

WGST Major Student, Bennett Shoop Receives Dean’s Challenge Award

Women and Gender Studies major student, Bennett Shoop has been chosen as a recipient of the Dean’s Challenge Award for the 2018/2019 academic year. The Dean’s Challenge Award is given to select undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Those who are chosen for the award are also given a stipend to support them in covering academic expenses.

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Have you ever wanted to go to the Amazon rainforest? Now is your chance!

Have you ever wanted to go to the Amazon rainforest? Now is your chance!

Conservation and Sustainability of the Amazon Rainforest is a GMU field studies program in the Peruvian Amazon that will run from July 21-28, 2018. The program is made up of 2 courses for a total of 5-6 credits (this varies based on INTS or BIOL credits) and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate course credit. The cost of the entire program is $3,225, including the credits (which is at the in-state rate for everyone!). Airfare is not included.

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George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosts 2nd annual Mason Energy Symposium

George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosts 2nd annual Mason Energy Symposium

The second annual symposium, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163, on the Fairfax Campus, will advance understanding of the international and domestic aspects of our most basic and critical needs – an abundant and reliable supply of water and energy. The event is hosted by Richard Kauzlarich and Paul Houser, co-directors of Mason's Center for Energy Science and Policy. The event is free but registration is required. Find out more.

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Meet the 2018 SIS Celebration of Degree Ceremony Guest Speaker: Stefanie Brown James

Meet the 2018 SIS Celebration of Degree Ceremony Guest Speaker: Stefanie Brown James

Stefanie Brown James has dedicated her life to empowering people to organize and advocate for equality and expanded opportunities in their communities. Stefanie is the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC – a Washington, DC based community engagement firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies. Stefanie builds engagement programs for campaigns, causes and companies to move their audiences to take action while strengthening leaders and achieving tangible results in the process.

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2018 Sultan Award Winner: Lily Krietzberg

2018 Sultan Award Winner: Lily Krietzberg

Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was an integral part of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. School of Integrative Studies (SIS) will present the Jon Sultan Writing Award to a first year student who shows exceptional talent, versatility, and potential as a writer. The Sultan Award winner receives $1000.00!

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Meet a WGST Affiliated Faculty and Former Director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine

Meet a WGST Affiliated Faculty and Former Director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine

Meet one of our affiliated faculty member and former director, Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine. She is a Term Professor at George Mason University in the School of Integrative Studies. She's also an artist where she uses a variety of contemporary art forms as well as popular culture to explore injustices related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and the planet. She is currently teaching a course on representations of race. 

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"Policing Black Bodies"

"Policing Black Bodies"

In this audio interview about their new book, Mason's Angela Hattery and Earl Smith speak about young black males being lost in the school-to-prison pipeline, characterized by the criminalization of minor infractions on campus.

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Youth sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Youth sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Looking to launch your environmental career? Or know a young person who is? Soon-to-be college grads and high school seniors interested in a gap year can gain vital green jobs skills and build a network of connections in the environmental field through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

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Social Innovation Students Eager to Attend 2018 Maker Fair at Mason

Social Innovation Students Eager to Attend 2018 Maker Fair at Mason

The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, pairs local makers with the Mason entrepreneurial community in a family-friendly atmosphere. Hands-on demonstrations will include woodworking, blacksmithing, drones, 3-D printing and soldering. The events will be held indoors and outdoors and spread out among different venues at the MIX, the Johnson Center and the Hub

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Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Sociology doctoral student Carrie Hutnick has received the 2018 Spirit of King Faculty Award for her work as an instructor with Mason's Social Action and Integrative Learning program. She is among several CHSS students, alumni, and faculty members recognized.

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Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

The Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI) prepares rising leaders in the area of sustainable food systems by combining pertinent content knowledge in food systems, competency development in leadership, and direct experience helping re-localize Virginia's food systems. Learn how you can be a part of this!

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Call for Submissions: Jon Sultan Writing Award ($1,000)

Call for Submissions: Jon Sultan Writing Award ($1,000)

Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was an integral part of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. School of Integrative Studies will present the Jon Sultan Writing Award to a first year student who shows exceptional talent, versatility, and potential as a writer.

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Dr. Unruh publishes "The Convergence of Digitization and Sustainability" in MIT Sloan Management Review In The Media

Dr. Unruh publishes "The Convergence of Digitization and Sustainability" in MIT Sloan Management Review

Digitalization and sustainability are two of the most powerful market influences in the current business landscape. Each will change management practice, and more broadly, business and society. What happens when the two trends start influencing one another? MIT SMR’s David Kiron and George Mason University’s Gregory Unruh discuss this perfect transformative storm in the global economy.

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Mason Transfer Nation Event

Mason Transfer Nation Event

This is an informal mix and mingle event for new and recent transfer students and the advising community. We’ll have lunch and games, plus raffle prizes for the students.

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CBS: Assistant Prof. Erakat Talks about the Palestinian Reaction to Trumps Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Isrea's Capital In The Media

CBS: Assistant Prof. Erakat Talks about the Palestinian Reaction to Trumps Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Isrea's Capital

Erakat takes part in VCU lecture on Balfour Declaration In The Media

Erakat takes part in VCU lecture on Balfour Declaration

Noura Erakat, faculty member in the School of Integrative Studies, took part in a lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University that marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 document by which the British government expressed its support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

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Student project 'goes beyond the class and research itself'

Student project 'goes beyond the class and research itself'

Christina Cherry (left), a senior human development and family science major, and Jasmine Felder, a master's student concentrating in counseling and development, say their research helps give a voice to families facing displacement through gentrification. Photo by Ron Aira.

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TEDxGeorgeMasonU “Revival” and Recap

TEDxGeorgeMasonU “Revival” and Recap

After months of planning and collaboration, the re-scheduled TEDxGeorgeMasonU spring conference was hosted in Dewberry Hall on September 10. Several students and faculty gazed their attentions to intimate presentations set forth by prolific speakers across Mason’s many disciplines, including SIS faculty member Dr. Julie Owen.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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2017 Service Fair Recap

2017 Service Fair Recap

On Monday, September 11, SAIL (Social Action & Integrative Learning) hosted the 9/11 Day Of Service Fair as part Mason Nation's 9/11 Day of Service, to honor veterans who responded to the attacks sixteen years earlier. More than forty-five community organizations came out to share their missions, passions, and resources.

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Hurricane Harvey & Southern Asia Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey & Southern Asia Disaster Relief

The impact of Hurricane Harvey on parts of Texas has been devastating. For those in the Mason community who wish to contribute to relief efforts, several resources are listed below. We also have several students from the Texas area whose families have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  As we receive more information from those students and their families, we will update this page. Keep in mind that mail services have been suspended in Houston so it will take a while for material donations to get to affected areas, if at all! The sun is out in Houston but it will take some time to rebuild and recover.

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Journal of Leadership Studies

Journal of Leadership Studies

Creative Leadership as Social Action and Transformation: A Case Study. Written by SIS Faculty Julie Owens, Carrie Hutnick and Suzanne Scott-Constantine in collaboration with our community partners Friends of the Guest House.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) took over the Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 for their 6th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. The college is pleased to congratulate professor Julie E. Owen, and students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Leila Martinez-Bentley, and Chrysanthi Violaris who were among this year's award recipients.

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Dr. Manuel-Scott Wins Faculty Excellence Medal

Dr. Manuel-Scott Wins Faculty Excellence Medal

Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott will be joining the School of Integrative Studies for the fall 2017 semester. A popular professor on campus, she is best known for her inspiring speeches and energetic personality, making her the perfect addition to an already incredible faculty team in the school. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the African and African American Studies program.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Fairfax, VA April 18, 2017- The center for Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) at George Mason University recently hosted their first annual Seeds of Change recognition event in Merten Hall. This event celebrated and recognized the impactful work that Mason students, staff and community partners have been able to facilitate over the past year.

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SIS Welcomes New Faculty Member

SIS Welcomes New Faculty Member

The School of Integrative Studies welcomes new term assistant professor Shayna Maskell this spring. Maskell combines her love of writing with a deep interest in popular art and culture as she researches such topics as the media’s portrayal of race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Field Studies Courses Offer Exciting Options

Field Studies Courses Offer Exciting Options

Next year, students can travel to such far-flung locations as Italy; Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic; Peru; and the Philippines on experiential learning courses offered through SIS. Registration is open now and each course offers its own unique experiences.

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McCarron Challenges Students to Consider Ethics in Leadership

McCarron Challenges Students to Consider Ethics in Leadership

The news of the past twelve months has offered a wealth of material for the students in Graziella McCarron’s courses on leadership and ethics. McCarron's teaching expertise was recently recognized by the Office of Digital Learning for faculty excellence and exceptional contributions in online education.

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Dunne Named SIS Executive Director

Dunne Named SIS Executive Director

This academic year, the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) welcomes a familiar face in a new role. As of August 1, Kelly Dunne assumed leadership of the recently-renamed unit and began her work as its executive director.

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Gorski to Speak on Activist Well-Being

Gorski to Speak on Activist Well-Being

Join School of Integrative Studies Professor Paul Gorski on September 20 as he explores how to prevent burnout among social activists and ultimately help sustain social movements. This noontime talk is open to all.

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Adventures in Rhino Sitting

Adventures in Rhino Sitting

School of Integrative Studies senior, Ashley Fortner gained hands-on experience while she worked a summer internship, helping oversee 40 rhinoceros at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Fla.

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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The School of Integrative Studies

The School of Integrative Studies

Spring 2016 brought an important change to one of George Mason University’s most vital and forward-looking academic components. With a bold eye to the future, New Century College (NCC) changed its name. Effective May 2016, New Century College became the School of Integrative Studies (SIS).

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Class of 2016 Convocation

Class of 2016 Convocation

On May 12th, New Century College (NCC) celebrated the graduation of the 200 members of its class of 2016. This was the final convocation held under the NCC mantle, as the unit has since been renamed the School of Integrative Studies (SIS).

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A Classroom of a Different Kind

A Classroom of a Different Kind

For the past 13 years, Greg Justice and Tom Wood have been traveling to the Bahamas each summer with students for their Coral Reef Ecology class. In the 3-credit course, students learn about reef ecosystems while living on board a 65-foot sloop and sailing around the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

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SIS Spotlight: Greg Justice

SIS Spotlight: Greg Justice

The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) prides itself for its hands-on learning opportunities. For Greg Justice, who coordinates SIS field studies, experiential learning has always been at the heart of his professional work and personal interest.

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Alicia Rodriguez Receives Jon Sultan Writing Award

Alicia Rodriguez Receives Jon Sultan Writing Award

Integrative studies and honors student Alicia Rodriguez has been selected as this year’s winner of the Jon Sultan Writing Award. The competitive award recognizes one first year, integrative studies student who submits a portfolio of writing samples demonstrating both critical thinking and versatility in his or her writing.

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Owen Awarded Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award

Owen Awarded Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award

Associate Professor Julie Owen was awarded the Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award by the Department of Higher Education. This award is given to program alumni who pursue the best practices of academic research and “uphold the best tradition of scholarly work in the spirit of Tom Magoon,” a former faculty member in the department.

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Ramirez Uribe Wins Oxford Award

Ramirez Uribe Wins Oxford Award

School of Integrative Studies' Pablo Ramirez Uribe is spending his final undergraduate semester in the United Kingdom, participating in the Oxford Semester Experience. Uribe entered and was awarded £1,500 for his essay answering the question, "What is Genius?"

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Students Lead and Learn at Godwin Middle School

Students Lead and Learn at Godwin Middle School

On April 9th, more than 30 George Mason University students headed to Godwin Middle School in nearby Woodbridge to lead the third annual InCredAble Leadership Conference for 150 Godwin students. The conference concludes a year of collaboration, leadership training and friendship between the George Mason and Godwin students.

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Students Dedicate Spring Break to Education and Service

Students Dedicate Spring Break to Education and Service

From Florida to El Salvador to Jamaica and the District of Columbia, 85 George Mason University students dedicated their spring break to education and service as part of this year’s Alternative Break trips, organized through the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) program in the School of Integrative Studies.

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Student Finds Rich Experiences at SMSC

Student Finds Rich Experiences at SMSC

When Deanna Moore, an integrative studies major, first arrived at George Mason University, she never thought she would spend part of her junior year as an intern, studying endangered cats with researchers from the Smithsonian’s Center for Species Survival.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

“Kandahar Journals”: Conflict without Conclusion

Last Monday, photojournalist Louie Palu screened his film “Kandahar Journals” in the Johnson Center Cinema as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series sponsored by GMU's Film and Media Studies. The film focuses on Palu’s experiences as an embedded photojournalist in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010.

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Students Explore History and Reconciliation in Cambodia

Students Explore History and Reconciliation in Cambodia

During winter break, eight Mason students travelled to Cambodia with Field Studies at SAIL for the course “Post Genocide Community Development and Spirituality.” New Century College Professor Tom Wood led the 14-day trip during which students travelled the length of the country, studying Cambodia’s history, religion and culture.

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Al Fuertes Interviewed by CCTV America In The Media

Al Fuertes Interviewed by CCTV America

New Century College Associate Professor, Al Fuertes, appeared on Chinese Central Television America as part of an in-depth, education segment for the channel’s INSIGHT program about Sex Trafficking.

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Finding A Growth Opportunity

Finding A Growth Opportunity

When Xiaoxia Zhang arrived at George Mason University from Beijing, China, she had a difficult time deciding whether to major in psychology or environmental science. She decided on psychology, but she is able keep up with her interest in the environment through the Sustainability Living Learning Community, where she has lived for two years.

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Renowned Photojournalist Brings Her Talents to NCC This Spring

Renowned Photojournalist Brings Her Talents to NCC This Spring

Kasmauski’s career with National Geographic Magazine and her independent projects have repeatedly brought her face to face with the human side of global health crises and inequalities. Through these experiences, Kasmauski has developed a keen interest in how society views and forms opinions about science and medicine, which often drives collective health outcomes for better or for worse. It’s this connection that has her most excited about teaching “Science in the News” this coming semester.

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Right and Wrong: Students Discuss Displaced Populations

Right and Wrong: Students Discuss Displaced Populations

On the night of Oct. 14, a group of students came together to ask, “Right, Wrong or Different?” The theme of this semester’s discussion was the ethical issues surrounding the global treatment of displaced populations, commonly referred to as refugees.

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Noura Erakat Interviewed by Al-Jazeera America In The Media

Noura Erakat Interviewed by Al-Jazeera America

New Century College Assistant Professor Noura Erakat was interviewed by Al-Jazeera America. In this interview, Erakat responds to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s address to the seventieth session of the United Nations on October 1, 2015. Erakat offers expertise and insight into Netanyahu’s speech as well as Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the Assembly.

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Fuertes Travels to Philippines and Rwanda

Fuertes Travels to Philippines and Rwanda

For many people, summer break is an opportunity to relax and slow down, but for New Century College faculty member Al Fuertes this summer was a time to pursue his own teaching, research and outreach to diverse audiences overseas.

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Red Pandas Are Adorable and in Trouble

Red Pandas Are Adorable and in Trouble

The five red panda cubs in large boxlike cribs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are bottle-fed, sleepy and wobbly on their legs. They have bandit masks and thick, rich fur, and they make soft squealing noises and something called a huff-quack, which sounds like ... a huff-quack.

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Well-Being at the Heart of New Century College's Learning Experience

Well-Being at the Heart of New Century College's Learning Experience

New Century College (NCC) defines well-being as the “lifelong experience of satisfaction, happiness, and purpose,” and views this as a core competency for all NCC students. NCC seeks to achieve the goals set by its motto, “Connecting the Classroom to the World,” by offering course work, field studies, internships, and volunteer opportunities that encourage its students to find connections between their personal well-being and that of their community.

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Celebrating Two NCC Founders

Celebrating Two NCC Founders

For twenty years, New Century College has been a model of interdisciplinary and experiential education. Two founders—John O’Connor and Michael Randy Gabel—are retiring and NCC celebrates their years of dedication and critical service to the college.

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Fuertes and Class Present at Department of Homeland Security

Fuertes and Class Present at Department of Homeland Security

On April 30, New Century College Professor Al Fuertes and students from his NCLC 475 Human Trafficking and the International Community course presented at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign event, “Engaging Education Stakeholders to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking.”

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Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

This fall, students can begin their studies in an interdisciplinary master’s degree (MAIS) in Social Justice and Human Rights. Joining the current Integrative Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and the minor in Social Justice, this MAIS degree expands on Mason’s commitment to prepare the next generation of social justice advocates and change agents.

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Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, 2015 Senior of the Year, credits her parents with teaching her that every action has an impact. Part of that credo included being good environmental stewards in their home in southern California. Composting, recycling, and gardening were part of the family’s routine.

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Gring-Pemble Earns Top-Billing for Research in Economic Rhetoric

Gring-Pemble Earns Top-Billing for Research in Economic Rhetoric

The leading peer-reviewed journal for the field of rhetoric highlighted New Century College’s dean Lisa Gring-Pemble’s co-authored article on campaign rhetoric used in the 2012 presidential campaign. The article appears in the Spring 2015 edition of the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

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Student Makes Capitol Hill Her Classroom

Student Makes Capitol Hill Her Classroom

For Jennifer Shaskan (Communications, 2017), the past two months have been a whirlwind of excitement, preparation and new experiences. In January, Shaskan started an internship in the office of Senator Mark Warner (D, VA) where she serves as one of the six interns on his constituent services team.

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Paul Gorski Receives Summer Research Funding Award Accolades

Paul Gorski Receives Summer Research Funding Award

New Century College Associate Professor Paul Gorski has been awarded research funding through George Mason’s competitive Summer Research Funding program. The program, administered by Mason’s Office of Research and Economic Development, awards funding to accepted faculty proposals seeking to engage in scholarly activity during the summer months.

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Al Fuertes Receives Spirit of King Award

Al Fuertes Receives Spirit of King Award

Congratulations to New Century College Associate Professor Al Fuertes, recipient of the 2015 Spirit of King Award in the faculty category. Fuertes received this award for his exemplary contributions and dedication to the development of a more culturally competent and inclusive campus community.

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Al Fuertes Facilitates Understanding at Home and Abroad

Al Fuertes Facilitates Understanding at Home and Abroad

For New Century College faculty member Al Fuertes, this has been a busy fall. In addition to teaching three classes (NCLC 314, 416 and 475), Fuertes put his facilitation skills to work when he delivered two international workshops and then received an award for his role in establishing the Centreville Labor Resource Center.

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Mason Students Join the Walk to End HIV

Mason Students Join the Walk to End HIV

On October 25, New Century College’s Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) program encouraged 84 Mason students to join the 28th annual Walk to End HIV, a five-kilometer fundraising walk and timed run held in Washington DC.

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New Capstone Courses Announced for Spring 2015

New Capstone Courses Announced for Spring 2015

New Century College will offer two new six-credit capstone courses this spring. Both courses offer NCC’s hallmark blend of integrative, experiential learning and will help students to reflect and apply the many different skills and concepts they have acquired in the program.

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Mason's Family of the Year is Part of the College Family

Mason's Family of the Year is Part of the College Family

Ray Niederhausen is a history major working on a minor in sport and American culture. He's got a great family, and they have been selected to receive the Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. The Niederhausens will be honored as part of Mason's Family Weekend 2014.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences rolled out a red carpet for its alumni over the course of two evenings during the university's Alumni Weekend. The Distinguished Alumni Reception recognized some of the contributions made by college alumni, and a social event, open to all college alumni, combined scholarship and relaxing fun.

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New York's Dominican Book Fair Celebrates Rei Berroa

New York's Dominican Book Fair Celebrates Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa, faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Latin American studies program, has been honored by the Eighth Annual Dominican Book Festival in New York City. This year's festival is dedicated to Berroa and his work, and will feature readings by and conversations with the essayist and poet.

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Reaching the STARS: Mason Achieves National Gold Sustainability Rating

Reaching the STARS: Mason Achieves National Gold Sustainability Rating

Strengthening President Ángel Cabrera’s declaration that George Mason University’s pursuit of sustainability goals is a central feature of its commitment to being a university for the world, George Mason has become the first university in Virginia to achieve a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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Mason Reads Program Focuses on Well-Being

Mason Reads Program Focuses on Well-Being

The university's common read program is asking all freshmen to read the introspective best-seller “How Full Is Your Bucket?” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. Students will have a chance to meet one of the authors this fall and to learn about their own strengths through the Gallup Organization's Strengths Finder assessment.

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Summer Days by the Vernal Pool

Summer Days by the Vernal Pool

Integrative Studies major Melissa (Mimi) Fuerst spent her summer working at the pool—a vernal pool near Warrenton, Va., that is. Thanks to a second grant from George Mason University’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), Fuerst has been able to continue her research on mole salamanders on the Piedmont.

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Professor Smith's Real Presence in a Virtual Classroom

Professor Smith's Real Presence in a Virtual Classroom

Lesley Smith, associate professor with New Century College, is using innovative avatar technology as part of NCLC: 491 The Senior Capstone Experience. By employing avatars to help exchange information in initial online discussions, Smith is able to encourage her students to communicate effectively in class messages.

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A Leadership Course Taught by Leaders -- Including the University President

A Leadership Course Taught by Leaders -- Including the University President

Learn leadership from two of the university's top leaders! New Century College is partnering with the Mason LEAD Office and the Office of the President to offer NCLC 475-007: President’s Leadership Seminar. Students interact with and learn from George Mason University president, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, and Arison Professor of Values Leadership, Dr. Gregory Unruh.

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With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

With One Shot, Tiger Reaches Green

Criminology, Law and Society major Jimmy Green is the first Mason student to attend the university on an Earl Woods Scholarship, awarded by the Tiger Woods Foundation. Active in the social action and integrative learning program and a member of the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, Jimmy makes the most of his opportunities while he serves others.

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Learn About the Sustainability Living Learning Community

Learn About the Sustainability Living Learning Community

The Sustainability Living Learning Community, housed in Piedmont Hall, is for residential students united by their vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable future for our planet. Students in the LLC come from all majors, class years, and walks of life.

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Fellows Programs Immerse Students in Internships

Fellows Programs Immerse Students in Internships

The Nonprofit Fellows program takes place during the fall semester and is also a select group of students who combine three courses during the semester with a 6-credit internship. At the conclusion of the semester, the students earn a nonprofit studies minor.

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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

On May 15th, New Century College (NCC) welcomed the 193 members of our class of 2014 into NCC Hall of Fame. NCC’s convocation ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate both this year’s graduating class as well as the amazing achievements of NCC alumni who had walked across the very same stage over a decade earlier.

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Incoming Students Attend Mock Classes

Incoming Students Attend Mock Classes

Wednesday, March 26th, several prospective and incoming students came to get a taste of Cornerstones by attending “mock classes,” hosted by faculty members of New Century College.

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The ‘Wow’ Factor: Mason Econ Major Interns at White House Headlines

The ‘Wow’ Factor: Mason Econ Major Interns at White House

Mason economics major Jennifer Storm applied for an internship at the White House last August; the first semester of the year came and went without word, but just after the holidays she received her invitation to spend the spring semester at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Apply for the Fall 2014 Nonprofit Fellows Program

Apply for the Fall 2014 Nonprofit Fellows Program

Nonprofit Fellows earn a minor in Nonprofit Studies in a single semester. Join this small, close-knit community of motivated students for three integrated courses and an internship with an area nonprofit. The program features outstanding guest speakers and site visits and a close connection to your faculty and fellow students.

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Connecting the Classroom to the World

Connecting the Classroom to the World

New Century College students and alumni are just about everywhere. Sitting on stage behind a presidential candidate. Chatting with a Supreme Court justice. Talking to a reporter about conservation research. Leading the fight for human rights and social justice. The visibility of the New Century College community has much to do with its emphasis on crossing disciplines and experiential learning.

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Students Establish Meal Assistance Fund Headlines

Students Establish Meal Assistance Fund

Yara El Mowafy and Jordan Bivings, co-founded the Student Meal Assistance Fund in partnership with University Life, Auxiliary Services, Sodexo, the Office of Student Support and Case Management (OSSCM), and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

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Mason Students Become Urban Designers

Mason Students Become Urban Designers

George Mason University’s New Century College course, Digital Communities (NCLC 375), which I took this semester, has joined forces with Digital America in an ambitious and innovative project aimed at conceptualizing the future of digital sustainable cities.

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Engage with Mason Event Connects and Energizes

Engage with Mason Event Connects and Energizes

Local government, nonprofits and businesses representatives focused on environmental and sustainability related goals gathered with faculty, students and New Century College experiential learning educators to discuss new opportunities for partnerships.

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Fanfare, Prizes Accompany New Name for Center

Fanfare, Prizes Accompany New Name for Center

On December 4, 2013, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation will become the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. To commemorate this change, the center is holding a "Celebrating Gratitude" contest where members of the university community may submit their reasons for gratitude and be eligible for prize drawings.

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Mason Honors Commitment to the UN Global Compact Headlines

Mason Honors Commitment to the UN Global Compact

On Nov. 19, George Mason University held what promises to be an annual event, Honoring Our Commitment. The daylong symposium was held to celebrate, reflect, identify and affirm George Mason’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). New Century College faculty members Andrew Wingfield and Al Fuertes participated in the symposium.

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Mason Community Comes Together for 2013 AIDS Walk DC

Mason Community Comes Together for 2013 AIDS Walk DC

Every October the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) coordinates George Mason University’s participation in AIDS Walk DC. For more than 20 years, members from the Mason community — including students, staff and alumni — have participated in the event.

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Biodiversity in Our Own Backyard

Biodiversity in Our Own Backyard

If you had only one week of summer vacation remaining before school resumed, how would you spend your time? You would probably relax by the pool or sleep in late. The 11 students who took Elizabeth Freeman’s four-day NCLC 398 Field-Based Work: Sustaining Biodiversity course at George Mason University did the opposite — they went back to school early.

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Cows-N-Corn: Experiential Learning on the Farm

Cows-N-Corn: Experiential Learning on the Farm

In NCLC 102 students are given several chances to gain experiential learning outside the classroom. One of the many opportunities includes attending a farm field trip. Students are given the choice to attend either Cows-N-Corn Dairy Farm or Mount Vernon Grassfed Farm.

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Warm Weather, Warmer Welcome for Mason Alumni

Warm Weather, Warmer Welcome for Mason Alumni

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and New Century College hosted a beer and honey tasting with Port City Brewing Company and honey from the George Mason University Honey Bee Initiative during Alumni Weekend.

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Zainab Salbi Spends a Day at Mason

Zainab Salbi Spends a Day at Mason

Alumna Zainab Salbi, BIS ’96, spent a day at George Mason University on September 27, inspiring students in New Century College’s Cornerstone program and wowing an audience at Fall for the Book.

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Don’t Worry, Be Helpful: Students Use Break to Volunteer in Jamaica

Don’t Worry, Be Helpful: Students Use Break to Volunteer in Jamaica

Most college students who travel to Jamaica over a break do so to laze around the pool or splash around in the Caribbean. Not so for 12 George Mason University students. Their trip meant making a difference in the lives of some of the island’s youngest inhabitants, and it gave them an experience they cherished beyond any visit to a palm-treed resort.

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Interview with Roger LeBlanc For the Enviance Blog

Interview with Roger LeBlanc For the Enviance Blog

Roger LeBlanc is an ESS student and is actively involved in promoting and living sustainability practices both on and off campus. Enviance hosted the Enviro March Madness tournament and Roger received one of the two Google Nexus tablets they awarded to students and Finest Four schools who go above and beyond in their campus sustainability efforts.

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Eight NCC Students Receive Phi Beta Kappa Invitations Accolades

Eight NCC Students Receive Phi Beta Kappa Invitations

On April 17th, George Mason University inducted its first members into the Mason chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. New Century College is proud to congratulate eight of our students on receiving invitations to join this prestigious honor society.

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Wish Tree Project Inspires Professors

Wish Tree Project Inspires Professors

Suzanne Scott, professor of New Century College’s Art, Beauty, and Culture course, and Lynne Constantine, professor of The School of Art’s Aesthetics course, bring Wish Tree Project to the George Mason campus.

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How to Start Your Year Right with CLCE

How to Start Your Year Right with CLCE

Here at the Center of Leadership and Community Engagement, we have lots of ways for everyone to get involved, whether you are just starting your Mason career or bringing it to a close.

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2012 Cornerstones Orientation

2012 Cornerstones Orientation

On June 25th and 26th George Mason University and New Century College welcomed many of this year's Cornerstones students for their summer orientation.

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Mason Student Finds Perspective in Cuba

Mason Student Finds Perspective in Cuba

Junior Janine Baumgardner shares her experience studying dance in Cuba. Jim Lepore’s Dance 418: Cuban Dance and Culture class, offered by New Century College’s Center for Field Studies, includes the trip so that students can learn about the country's music and dance culture first-hand. The next class is scheduled for fall, 2012.

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Mason Club Makes a Difference

Mason Club Makes a Difference

Invisible Children is a movement that seeks to end Africa’s longest war and to protect children from becoming child soldiers. Mason's new Invisible Children’s Club has just fourteen members, yet their fundraising efforts resulted in Mason ranked fifth in the nation among colleges and universities raising funds for Invisible Children.

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NEW course: Global Networked Youth Culture

NEW course: Global Networked Youth Culture

Today’s college students are the first to be “born digital.” This course provides an introduction to the study of digital youth culture, with attention to the globalizing forces at work as young people engage and consume new media and new technology. This course can be applied towards either the Culture concentration or the Childhood/Youth concentration.

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One Book, Two Books, Green Books, Gold Books!

One Book, Two Books, Green Books, Gold Books!

CLCE sponsored a new event on campus this spring semester, "One Book, Two Books, Green Books, Gold Books," an event to bring awareness to literacy in tribute of Dr. Seuss' birthday on Read Across America Day (March 2, 2011).

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Gorski Wins 2011 Faculty Vision Award

Gorski Wins 2011 Faculty Vision Award

Paul Gorsky received the Faculty Vision Award, presented to one faculty member each year by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. This award is for Gorsky's commitment to social justice, activism, and fostering student success within the George Mason University community.

German Perilla and Mike Gilmore Empower Peruvian Indigenous Group

German Perilla and Mike Gilmore Empower Peruvian Indigenous Group

German Perilla began working with the Maijuna through Mason professor Michael Gilmore, an ethnobiologist who’s been working with the Maijuna for many years and helping them maintain their cultural, biological and ecological traditions. Twice a year, Perilla travels to the Amazon to do workshops and classes with the Maijuna.

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Students Experience Living History on Capitol Hill

Students Experience Living History on Capitol Hill

Earlier this month, New Century College undergraduates learned about civic engagement and political advocacy using the civil rights movement as a case study. The exciting part was that congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis was there to teach it to the students himself.

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Mason Researcher Tracks Illegal Pet Trade in Belize

Mason Researcher Tracks Illegal Pet Trade in Belize

Sylvia Vitazkova, New Century College professor, deputy director of the Mason Center for Conservation Studies, and head of the MAIS concentration in zoo and aquarium leadership has spent several years working specifically with monkeys. She has just received grant money to help protect them from the illegal pet trade.

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