Mason Welcomes Back Students and Faculty

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: January 21, 2014 at 6:57 am

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A snow tubing excursion is just one of many activities planned during Mason’s Welcome Week.

By Sudha Kamath

From a snow tubing excursion to a video game marathon; big movie screenings to a hypnotic encounter — George Mason University’s Welcome Week Jan. 21-26 has something to help everyone return.

“We are so excited to have everyone back on campus,” says an enthusiastic Michelle Davis Bennett, assistant director of programming in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). “We’ve been planning a lot of great events for everyone.”

The Veterans Society of George Mason hosts a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Johnson Center, Room 245. OSI sends its famed cookie cart around campus for students seeking a free, sweet treat. The tradition continues on the third Tuesday of the month this semester.

Also on Tuesday, at noon at the Johnson Center dance studio, enjoy relaxing exercises and gentle stretching at a free tai-chi and qigong class, hosted by George Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 25, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education hosts the Martin Luther King Jr. Quilt Project. Student groups, campus offices or units and individuals are welcome to sew or decorate squares that will be crafted into a quilt to be displayed throughout the year.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Connection Carnival introduces students to more than 300 organizations on campus. Each Wednesday in January, at SUB I, Room 3008, the Office of Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Services (WAVES) will lead a variety of talks on how to stay well.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Off-Campus Student Programs and Services will welcome students at the Sandy Creek shuttle stop with warm beverages and a snack. At noon, join yoga at the Johnson Center Dance Studio. At 8 p.m. in Dewberry Hall, also in the Johnson Center, hypnotist Larry Volz will cast a spell with his act that’s been featured on national television.

Also during Welcome Week, look for workshops around campus offering advice on financial aid, housing, off-campus programs and services, internships, careers and studying methods. Break out the popcorn for award-winning movies including “Captain Phillips.”

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, get your game on! The Global Game Jam, promoted as the world’s largest video game-a-thon, lands at Research Hall, Room 163, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all weekend.

Also on Saturday, a block party takes over a parking lot outside the Patriot Center, as fans bring grills and cheer on the men’s basketball team before they hit the court at noon to face A-10 rival George Washington.

Some other great events this week:

  • You may catch your favorite faculty or staff members, or a fellow student, in a charity basketball game Jan. 25 at the RAC. Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, toiletries and/or school supplies to be donated to a local charity and school.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26, Mason goes On Location for a snow tubing adventure to Liberty Mountain, Pa. Bus transportation and lunch are included in the trip that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On the Prince William Campus, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Information Day in the Bull Run Hall atrium lets students know what services are available. Wednesday, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., a welcome back breakfast is set in Mercer Library.  At noon, keep eating — Taste of PWC offers a chance to sample fare from area restaurants in the Bull Run Hall atrium.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bull Run Hall atrium, Community Day offers a look at what surrounds the campus, and opportunities to volunteer.
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., also in the Bull Run Hall atrium, make a Pit Stop. It’s another chance to find out what’s going on this semester. Wrap it up Jan. 28, 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Beacon Hall with another welcome back breakfast for residents.

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