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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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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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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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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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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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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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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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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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Patriot Green Fund is looking for 4 students to serve on committee

Patriot Green Fund is looking for 4 students to serve on committee

Administered by our Office of Sustainability, Mason’s Patriot Green Fund (PGF) provides $100,000/year to advance more sustainable campus infrastructure and to support our research to address sustainability challenges in our region. The majority-student PGF selection committee currently seeks 4 dynamic student representatives for the 2018/2019 academic year. Positions are open for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Spring into Well-Being Week

Spring into Well-Being Week

George Mason University hosts its annual Spring into Well-Being celebration every year with a wide variety of engagement opportunities and events across campus. Most Spring into Well-Being events are FREE and open to the public. Learn more about all of the events here!

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

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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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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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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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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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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Alumni Highlight: Caitlin Lundquist

Alumni Highlight: Caitlin Lundquist

When Caitlin Lundquist (BA ’14, Environmental and Sustainability Studies) enrolled at George Mason University, she had no idea where her studies would lead. On her first day of her first class, however, her world shifted. In a classroom discussion of the environmental challenges facing the world, Lundquist found her passion, and now, five years later, has launched her career as Sodexo’s Sustainability and Marketing Coordinator at Mason.

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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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Dr. Younsung Kim Published in Public Administration Review

Dr. Younsung Kim Published in Public Administration Review

The research article entitled “Business as a Collaborative Partner: Understanding Firms’ Sociopolitical Support for Policy Formation” was just made available via Public Administration Review (PAR)'s early release. This article provides important perspective about firms’ diverse responses to mandatory regulations and uses climate change regulation as the policy application.

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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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Students Launch Floating Wetlands on Mason Pond

Students Launch Floating Wetlands on Mason Pond

George Mason University students launched a 1,700-plant floating wetland on Mason Pond Tuesday afternoon. The yearlong project brings together art and science students and is designed to clean the water as well as to spur ecological awareness.

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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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Cups Up

Cups Up

After almost a year of planning, the Mason Cups Up program launched in February, enabling students to fill specially-designed “Cups Up” reusable cups with cold drinks at a discounted price at the Johnson Center food court.

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National Survey: Mason Ranked 13th for ‘Best Value Green Colleges’

National Survey: Mason Ranked 13th for ‘Best Value Green Colleges’

Three hundred universities were surveyed for their achievements in seven sustainability categories, as well as for overall affordability for students. Mason was cited for encouraging students to “go green” by offering tuition-related support, research funding, service-learning opportunities and internships to Sustainability Studies students.

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Inside Higher Ed: Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

Inside Higher Ed: Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

For the past three years, Susan Crate, faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been working with the American Anthropological Association's Global Climate Change Task Force. The task force's final report, released in late January, looks at the issues of climate change from an anthropological perspective.

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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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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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Bees Make Themselves at Home with Cabrera Family

Bees Make Themselves at Home with Cabrera Family

Some George Mason University students, faculty and staff schooled George Mason’s First Family in the ways of beekeeping this month when Ángel and Beth Cabrera and their children made room for nearly 60,000 honey bees at their home.

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Popular Permaculture Design Course Is One-of-a-Kind Offering

Popular Permaculture Design Course Is One-of-a-Kind Offering

George Mason University’s Office of Sustainability representatives are ready to get their hands dirty, and so are more than 30 conscientious gardeners from five states at the university’s week-long permaculture design course during spring break, from March 8‒15. It is the only course of its kind in the Washington area.

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Save the Bees, Get Local Honey

Save the Bees, Get Local Honey

George Mason University’s New Century College wants your money, and in return, they’ll give you honey. F’real. Check out their Hivestarter Initiative on Indiegogo for more details, but know this: $25 gets you a 4 oz. bear full of honey, as long as they raise the $10,000.

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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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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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Mason’s Green Programs Get Greener

Mason’s Green Programs Get Greener

George Mason University has long put an emphasis on the “green” in its green and gold colors, and now the university has another reason to celebrate its environmentally friendly practices.

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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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Fresh and Delicious = Community Supported Agriculture

Fresh and Delicious = Community Supported Agriculture

Mason's Office of Sustainability is offering a community supported agriculture (CSA) program with Bull Run Mountain Farm over the summer and into the fall. CSAs enable “shareholders” to pay their farmer at the beginning of the season in exchange for a box of vegetables weekly.

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Spring 2013 Freshmen Academic Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Spring 2013 Freshmen Academic Achievement Award Recipients Announced

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies degree program is a joint effort between New Century College in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognizes academically-talented freshmen each spring with the Freshman Academic Achievement Award.

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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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