Alumni Weekend Survey
you for completing the Alumni Weekend survey sent out in the June Mason
Wire. We received a strong response, with many ideas and
suggestions that we are currently incorporating into the planning
process. You will be able to see the results of your input when
you review the Alumni Weekend schedule.
During the weekend, you will discover
the many wonderful things that Mason has to offer alumni, students, and
the community—from an introduction to the Mason Inn and Conference Center, to a campus tour by foot or via the Mason trolley at no additional cost.
This year we will offer a la carte
pricing for the weekend’s events, so you can choose the
activities that interest you the most and plan your visit to campus in
advance. While you are here, don’t forget to cheer on
Mason’s football team on Saturday, October 2, at 1 p.m.
The Alumni Association welcomes and
encourages you to bring your family and to join us for the PatriotFest
BBQ, featuring entertainment for Patriots of all ages.
Registration for the weekend will open on August 2.
Become a fan of the Alumni Association to get up to date information on Alumni Weekend and all things Mason for alumni.
Alumni Profile: Erica Porter '10
Erica Porter was in the second grade, her teacher asked the class to
write about what they wanted to be when they grew up. It was an easy
question for Porter to answer: She wanted to help sick people. She may
not have had the words as a child, but Porter knew she wanted to be a
physician-scientist, studying diseases and their potential cures.
“I combined my love of science
with my desire to help sick people,” Porter says, speaking of her
choice to major in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at
Mason, where she received scholarship support and was in the Honors
Porter’s early years translated
into a successful academic career that culminated with graduation in
May and her next step — heading to Paris on a Fulbright
Scholarship this October where she will study tuberculosis at the Institut Pasteur.
“It’s an experience I never imagined for myself,” Porter enthuses.
She is well prepared to take on such
high-level research. During her last two years at Mason, Porter
participated in an undergraduate research apprenticeship in molecular
microbiology and biochemistry through the College of Science’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases.
Watch Erica's inspiring story.