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Sustainable Development Goals in a University for the World

Posted: January 23, 2015 at 11:47 am, Last Updated: January 24, 2015 at 1:31 am

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been busy this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland asking everyone here to join forces and commit to the sustainable development agenda that is likely to be adopted in September. The agenda, which in its current draft is articulated around 17 goals, is meant to galvanize the attention, efforts and investments […]

Learning in Davos

Posted: January 19, 2015 at 10:57 am, Last Updated: January 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

Most of us tend to spend the bulk of our professional time with people in our own discipline.  And when we go to a conference, we do the same thing.  Academics spend time with academics, politicians with politicians, business leaders with business leaders, doctors with doctors, lawyers with lawyers. Yet, when we look at any of […]

Carta a los Reyes Magos

Posted: January 5, 2015 at 8:31 am, Last Updated: January 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

I’ve always trusted hard work more than good fortune.  Yet I cannot deny that life ends up being shaped by both, as the famous 20th century American philosopher Forrest Gump taught us.  So, while I feel more comfortable with the American tradition of the New Year’s resolution–something you commit to doing yourself–than with the Spanish “Carta a los Reyes”–favors of serendipity […]

Mason alumna, our “Person of the Year”

Posted: December 11, 2014 at 10:47 am, Last Updated: December 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

This note from Honors College Dean Zofia Burr and Assistant Dean Andy Hoefer about alumna Audrey Ferguson truly made my day.  Time Magazine got it right this year when it named Ebola fighters the “Person of the Year“.   I was delighted, and not surprised, that one of our alumni was among the many unsung heroes who […]

International students bring much value to our universities and our communities

Posted: December 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

With Kirk Heffelmire Here’s a ranking in which the United States comes out on top: American universities attract more international students than any other country (according to UNESCO).  About one in five students in the world who study abroad choose the U.S. as their destination. This is a very good thing, because international students enrich […]

Letter from the Provost

Posted: December 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I share here a letter sent by Provost David Wu to the Mason community today, where he lays out his priorities and his view of the evolution of our university. By Provost David Wu Dear Fellow Patriots, As we look forward to the final stretch of the year and the upcoming winter break, I would like to take […]

Top 10 ways to manage stress during finals

Posted: December 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Guest blogger: Beth Cabrera With finals week quickly approaching (Dec. 10-17 at Mason) you might think you can’t afford to focus on your well-being. On the contrary, you can’t afford not to!  Taking care of yourself may well be the most important thing you can do handle the pressure and do well. Here are our top suggestions: Don’t go […]

Thanks to you, Mason Nation

Posted: November 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm, Last Updated: November 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’ve always thought Thanksgiving is the most beautiful holiday in the American calendar.  A day when people of all backgrounds, creeds and conditions gather with friends and family in the spirit of gratitude.  A day when we don’t necessarily ponder the past or future but simply celebrate and share all that we have […]

A university for the world

Posted: November 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Last Updated: November 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I was proud to be part of the Mason delegation that received tonight NAFSA’s 2014 Senator Simon Award for our innovative international programs.  The award was given in part for the Global Problem Solving consortium, an initiative started by Provost Emeritus Peter Stearns, based on the idea that scholars from multiple cultural backgrounds and perspectives working together may be […]

Mason students help plan Fairfax future

Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:11 am, Last Updated: November 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

By Cathy Wolfe & Ángel Cabrera As we knew they would, our students played a crucial, proactive role in the three-day “Vision Fairfax Mason” event last week, when the Mason and City of Fairfax communities met to brainstorm ways we can make the most of our partnership. Many of the Mason students who participated in […]