The Alumni Association and the current students on campus share a unique bond. After all, students provide the Alumni Association with their future membership! A number of events and programs seek to highlight and honor this special relationship. Subscribe to our student listserv to get our periodic "Alumni Affairs Student News" featuring events and schoalrship deadline reminders.
Backpack to Briefcase Series
Alumni want you to be ready for graduation and prepared for everything just over the horizon. To help, we're partnering with University Career Services to bring you our Backpack to Briefcase series. The program combines one-hour workshops on topics like building your network and salary negotiation with happy hours in the Rathskellar so that you can enhance your skill set and your Mason network all at once.
Commencement and (Winter) Convocation Activities
The Alumni Association is present at Commencement each year to welcome the newest members to the alumni community. The Alumni Association provides a special gift to the graduates. Gifts range from books to T-shirts to a lapel pin that can be worn in the workplace to promote Mason pride. Membership into the Alumni Association is free, and alumni are encouraged to stay connected to their alma mater after graduation. Detailed information about where you need to be and when is available from the Office of Events Management.
While sitting at the dinner table, do you look at the place setting and wonder which water glass is yours or which fork you should use? Are you nervous about a business meeting or job interview that might be held over lunch or dinner? Etiquette Dinner teaches students the appropriate tools and techniques for professional networking. This unique event allows students to network with alumni in a relaxed environment while learning about proper dinning etiquette. We focus on undergraduate students in the fall, while the two spring Etiquette Dinners are geared towards graduate students.
Exam Week Care Packages
You will not want to miss this! Each semester the Alumni Association recruits alumni volunteers to help distribute free scantrons and bluebooks to students prior to exams during Destress Fest. Look for a kiosk in the Johnson Center during the final week of classes and stop by to pick up your care package.
Golden Quill Society
The Golden Quill Society inspires continued leadership among a select group of young alumni by facilitating the transition from student leadership to young alumni engagement. Through the auspices of volunteer leadership and philanthropy, the Golden Quill Society will build a truly lifelong connection between George Mason University and a core group of dedicated alumni. Students in their senior year are invited to apply for the Golden Quill Society and will remain a part of the society for the four years immediately following graduation. Submit your application for the Golden Quill Society.
Grad Fest is a month-long celebration that allows the graduating class to celebrate its accomplishments at Mason. Graduation events include the Alumni Association "Passport to the Future" Resource Fair, "One Last Look" toast at the George Mason statue, cap decorating, Bagels & Bubbles at Commencement, and more. Activities are sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Office of Annual Giving, University Life, and Career Services. Learn more about all 2012 Grad Fest activities.
Orange Line Series
Stay tuned for details about this innovative Alumni Association and University Career Services partnership, coming in Spring 2013!
Patriots for Patriots Student Giving Campaign
For some students, getting through college is a financial challenge. In the past, Mason students have raised funds for scholarships that have helped fellow students afford a Mason education. Your annual gift to Mason goes to work immediately to strengthen academic programs and attract top faculty members, and is your vote of confidence in Mason and its future. Every gift—no matter the size—adds up to make a real difference! Make it a habit. Make it for Mason.
The George Mason University Alumni Association is committed to engaging students throughout their academic career to form a stronger bond with the university and the alumni body. The Alumni Association sponsors five student scholarships, which are awarded annually and represent a significant financial committment by the Alumni Association. If you are able to support these scholarships with a donation, please do so by giving online. Scholarship recipients are recognized at the annual, campus-wide scholarship reception.
- Peter C. Forame Student Leadership Scholarship ($2,500)
- Alumni Association Service Scholarship ($2,500)
- Black Scholars Endowed Scholarship ($1,500)
- John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship ($2,500)
The deadline for all scholarship applications is Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5 p.m. Students graduating prior to December 2013 are not eligible to apply because funds are distributed for the 2013-14 academic year.
For additional information, please contact Christine Mutch, Assistant Director for Alumni Affairs at (703) 993-3847.