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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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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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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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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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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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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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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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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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BIS and Mason in the news

BIS and Mason in the news

Among those graduating from NOVA May 12 were husband-and-wife duo James and Elizabeth Williams, who returned to school at ages 31 and 26, respectively, and plan to continue their education at Mason. James will be starting his BIS program this summer.

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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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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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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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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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BIS Senior Capstone Presentations

BIS Senior Capstone Presentations

BIS students, faculty mentors, family and friends are invited to attend the BIS 491 Senior Capstone presentations highlighting the individual projects of this semester's graduating students. Reception and Awards ceremony immediately following the event.

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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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Compassion for the Caregivers

Compassion for the Caregivers

For her capstone project, recent graduate Sami Engle BIS '15, studied the topic of compassion fatigue in veterinary and human health care. She's taken her research and designed an AAVSB approved continuing education workshop for practicing veterinarians!

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Financial Planner Mark Friese on Autism and his BIS Concentration

Financial Planner Mark Friese on Autism and his BIS Concentration

When Mark Friese’s son was diagnosed with autism, he found limited resources to help plan for his child’s future. Today, he uses his financial expertise and the knowledge he gained to help other families of children with special needs and to advocate for their financial health. Mark uses his BIS concentration to support the research and writing necessary to make an impact.

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BIS Opens New Doors in Loudoun County

BIS Opens New Doors in Loudoun County

BIS has extended learning opportunities to Mason in Loudoun, which will soon celebrate the Grand Opening of their new co-location with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) at Signal Hill Plaza.

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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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National Review article featuring Walter Williams In The Media

National Review article featuring Walter Williams

John Miller's article in the National Review features Professor Walter Williams.

Alumna Creates Suffragist Museum Exhibit

Alumna Creates Suffragist Museum Exhibit

Mason alumna Judy Kelly, who graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Individualized Study degree with a concentration in women’s social movements, created a permanent exhibit for the Women’s Suffrage Museum at the Occoquan Workhouse.

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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A Maintenance Man Crosses Over to the Classroom

A Maintenance Man Crosses Over to the Classroom

Bob Nissen arrives at 6 a.m., long before the first-period bell sounds. On his belt, a ring holds the keys to 49 doors. Each morning brings something different—a leak in the ceiling, a cracked window. At night he takes classes at George Mason University, where he is pursuing a bachelor of individualized study degree with a concentration in educational psychology. One day that degree will lead him to the classroom he has yet to see: the one where he's the teacher.

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Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Susan Kennedy-Orr, a military police officer who became a bodyguard for Department of Defense officials, was able to apply her military experience as she pursued a bachelor's degree of individualized studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. The college recently caught up with Kennedy-Orr. Here’s what she had to say:

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Putting a Spin on Basketball in India

Putting a Spin on Basketball in India

Senior Robin Brahmbhatt, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Individualized Study degree with a sport management concentration, has been studying the prospects of basketball in India, a country dominated by cricket.

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More Recognition for Griffin Roberts

More Recognition for Griffin Roberts

Karen Griffin Roberts, a George Mason University Bachelor of Individualized Studies graduate who was recently featured in a video compiled by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was featured in a local newspaper article.

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Griffin Roberts; A BIS Major and Grad Student Takes Real Life Autism Experience to the Field

Griffin Roberts; A BIS Major and Grad Student Takes Real Life Autism Experience to the Field

Karen Griffin Roberts graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor of individualized study and returned on scholarship to pursue a master's degree in early childhood special education. After spending nearly 20 years as an educator and raising a son with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, Griffin Roberts realized she had a unique insight into the disorder, and she used that insight to write and research her BIS senior project, "Modifying the Preschool Classroom to Include Children with Autism: A Manual for General Education Preschool Teachers." The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recently obtained a copy of Griffin Roberts' ground-breaking project (linked) and also held a question and answer session with her. Here's what she had to say:

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