Never a Dull Moment: Welcome Back Patriots Week Goes Into High Gear

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: August 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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By Sudha Kamath

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

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

As classes begin today, Aug. 25—from wellness and well-being; from community outreach to global appeal, many of George Mason’s University‘s initiatives are showcased as Welcome Back Patriots Week continues through Sept.1. George Mason’s Division of University Life recommends downloading the new mobile app for the full schedule; here are just a few of the highlights:

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

At 6 p.m. at the HUB, for the first time, the Asian Pacific American Coalition Culture Show will feature performances from the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Filipino Cultural Association, Kappa Phi Lambda and Kappa Phi Gamma, partnering with the new INTO Mason. “Mason is praised as being one of the most diverse campuses in the country,” says coalition president John Pham. “This is a great opportunity for any student of any color, race or creed to learn about a fragment of what Mason students are a part of,” says the junior majoring in conflict analysis and resolution who believes the global sights and sounds of the event bring Mason Nation together.

Students, faculty and staff enjoy local treats during the Taste of Prince William at Mason's Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Students, faculty and staff enjoy local treats during the Taste of Prince William at Mason’s Prince William Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Mason’s Prince William Campus holds the Taste of Prince William from noon to 2 p.m. featuring fare from area restaurants. It’s just one of many activities scheduled all week at the Campus, including receptions for the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, Governor’s School, Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Systems Biology, Mercer Library; a cookout, carnival and movie; and information fairs.

Thursday, Aug. 28:

Hang on for Fourth Night. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Hang on for Fourth Night. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

The annual Fourth Night celebration is sweetened with a new Candyland theme this year from 5 to 8 p.m. on the North Plaza (rain location: Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center). Earn the coveted Mason Fight Song t-shirt, see live performances and win candy.

Mason’s Arlington Campus has wrapped its orientations, but hosts its Welcome Fair with Mason and community information, local cuisine, live music and raffles from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall multipurpose room.

Friday, Aug. 29:

Green and gold Mason mania takes over on College Colors Day.  Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Green and gold Mason mania takes over on College Colors Day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

From 11 a.m. to 1p.m., at three locations—the North Plaza on Fairfax Campus; Founders Hall on Arlington Campus; Bull Run Hall on Prince William Campus—Mason’s fourth annual College Colors Day brings students, faculty, staff and alumni together wearing green and gold. Don’t wait until Friday; register, then post yourfavorite Mason gold and green photos to Twitter and Instagram #collegecolors via #wearemason to score points. There’s a chance for Mason to win $10,000 for its general scholarship fund and the Spirit Cup.

“Supporting the institution by wearing its colors, especially on College Colors Day and throughout the year on Fridays, is one way of displaying our unity,” says David Atkins, Mason’s director of contract management and licensing.

The Got Recovery Kick-Off welcomes students in recovery from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for lawn games from noon to 2 p.m. on the East Plaza on the Fairfax Campus.

Get a step up on Welcome Back Patriots Week with the Step Expo. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Get a step up on Welcome Back Patriots Week with the Step Expo. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University.

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dewberry Hall, the Step Expo puts the spotlight on Mason’s Black Greek community. Organizer Brittany Ashe, a junior volunteering in Student Involvement’s Fraternity and Sorority Life, says the event “unites the Mason community in good, wholesome fun.”

9 to 11 p.m. on the North Plaza, the first Mason MP3 Experiment takes flash mob to a new level, while at 10 p.m., the Mason Improv Association hosts its first show of the new school year at the Bistro. The audience is encouraged to get in on the act!

Saturday, Aug. 30:

The intercollegiate D.C. Volleyball Challenge comes to Mason from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with Mason, American, Georgetown and Howard universities facing off at the Recreation and Athletic Center. Or come dressed in white to the White Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the HUB Ballroom, featuring DJ Magic. Free tickets, with Mason student identification, are available in Student Involvement starting Aug. 25.

Sunday, Aug. 31:

Meet the world at Mason as international singing sensation Marco Antonio Solis takes center stage at the Patriot Center 8 p.m. Or join the Dive-in movie feature as one of the hottest animated movies, “Frozen,” fills the Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1:

Choose Your Own Adventure allows students to take advantage of Mason’s proximity to the nation’s capital. Sign up ahead of time to catch free shuttles to one of the six most popular tourist attractions in and around Washington, D.C.: the National Park Service’s Great Falls; more than 300 stores at Tyson’s Corner Center; or in the District—the Smithsonian and any of its museums or the National Zoo. Or in the Mason spirit of volunteerism, spend the day helping others at Food and Friends in Washington, D.C.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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