Mason Launches First Weekend of Welcome Back Patriots Week

Posted: August 22, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: August 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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By Sudha Kamath

Relax in Fairfax: New Student BBQ

The Patriot and Mason students Relax in Fairfax. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University.

George Mason University is making a new effort to stay connected—online and in person—as it launches Welcome Back Patriots Week. Download the new new mobile app and check out the latest social media connections, along with dozens of events on all campuses that help bring everyone into the Mason Nation fold.

Here’s a sampling:

From 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, Rock the Block in historic downtown Fairfax, with food, games and live bands.

Saturday, Aug. 23, with Relax in Fairfax. From 2 to 4 p.m., the Mason community can walk or take a free shuttle ride to meet city leaders while enjoying music and free food in the Veterans Amphitheater of Fairfax City Hall. “I encourage students and faculty to come and see all the city has to offer, our great restaurants, shopping and our special events,” says Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne as the City of Fairfax works with several Mason offices including Government and Community Relations to make the event a success.

Mason Mayhem goes into a spin at the Johnson Center. Photo by Will Martinez/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Students take a spin at Mason Mayhem in the Johnson Center. Photo by Will Martinez/Creative Services/George Mason University.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, the seventh annual Mason Mayhem offers prizes, games, free food, a deejay dance party, black light roller skating and a movie at the Johnson Center.

Other movies, entertainment and athletic events are scheduled throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., bring your class schedule to North Plaza and ask Dude, Where’s My Class? Student leaders will lead personalized tours around campus to show you just where to show up on the first day of class, Aug. 25.

The Glance Into Greek Carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corner Pocket in the HUB offers a look at fraternity and sorority life.

Welcome Back Patriots Week events go almost around-the-clock this week. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Welcome Back Patriots Week events go almost around-the-clock. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Shop ‘Til You Drop! The Target department store at 10301 New Guinea Road in Fairfax will be open only to Mason students from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. A free shuttle will take students starting at 9 p.m. from Fairfax Campus stops at Rappahannock River Parking Deck, Rogers Hall and near Eisenhower Hall. “This is a great chance for students to connect or grab those extra long twin sheets or whatever else they forgot to bring,” says Robert Miller in the Division of University Life’s Orientation and Family Programs and Services.

The Mason community is asked to volunteer for these and other Welcome Back Patriots Week events through Sept. 1. Sign up at http://welcomeweek.gmu.edu/volunteer.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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