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What’s in a name?

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm, Last Updated: May 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm

In case you haven’t heard, starting July 1, the emblematic Patriot Center on our Fairfax Campus will be known as EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. The new name is part of a 10-year agreement with EagleBank, the largest community bank in the National Capital Region. The alliance will provide millions of dollars for facility […]

Integration and Innovation: the role of higher ed

Posted: April 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire I was delighted to be invited by the Council of the Americas to speak at their annual conference this week.  It is reassuring to see an impressive group of leaders from government, business and multilateral organizations appreciate the central role that higher education plays in driving integration and innovation, the themes of the […]

Announcing Mason’s Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research

Posted: April 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Letter to the Mason community: Dear Patriot, Yesterday, we took a major step towards our goal of becoming one of the nation’s top research universities: We launched the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research and announced the naming of our campus in Prince William County as the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus. The Institute […]

A new game plan for Washington’s economy

Posted: April 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm, Last Updated: April 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

For more than three decades, the Washington area economy grew relentlessly, driven by increasing federal expenditures feeding local suppliers. Between 1980 and 2010, the local economy expanded by a factor of 20, from $4.2 billion to $82.4 billion. There was considerable growth in federal employment as well, which peaked in August 2010 at 387,000 civilian […]

Freedom to learn

Posted: April 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm, Last Updated: April 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

If you have never attended Mason’s International Dance Competition, don’t miss the opportunity this coming Thursday (4/16, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts). It is one of the most energizing and engaging student events on campus. It is also a wonderful display of the type of university George Mason is. One of our core values […]

Sharing the Mason story with Kojo Nnamdi

Posted: April 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I greatly enjoyed my radio visit Wednesday afternoon with NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU, 88.5. In a wide-ranging interview that you can listen to here, Kojo and I discussed how George Mason University has blossomed into the largest public university in the state. With questions from several callers, Kojo and I touched on Mason’s research […]

Update on work against sexual violence

Posted: March 27, 2015 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: March 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Letter to the Mason community. Dear Patriot, In August of last year, I invited a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members to come together to serve on a university-wide Task Force on Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence. Faculty and practitioners brought their considerable experience and expertise to this issue in the areas of […]

Dean Polsby on Freedom of Speech

Posted: March 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm, Last Updated: March 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Dear Member of the Mason Community, I want to share with you this letter from Mason School of Law Dean Daniel D. Polsby, concerning freedom of speech in academic institutions. Dean Polsby wrote this Wednesday night to the School of Law Alumni Board: Emails to various members of the Mason community have informed us that […]

What makes metro Washington a great place to go to college

Posted: March 25, 2015 at 10:41 am, Last Updated: March 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

With Kirk Hefflemire The value and attractiveness of a university is not only on campus, but across the local area as well. The American Institute for Economic Research produces an annual ranking of regions called the College Destinations Index. The Washington, D.C., area is the second-best region for college students among large metropolitan areas, just behind […]

Freedom and Learning Forum welcomes Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez

Posted: March 16, 2015 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: March 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Robert Jarvik, an American physician who invented an artificial heart, once said, “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear, and no concept of the odds against them.” I just met a person who passes the Jarvik test in spades. And if you join me at the Freedom and Learning Forum from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. […]