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"Stephanie A. Barnett" <[log in to unmask]>
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Stephanie A. Barnett
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:26:02 -0500
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the spring 2011 semester!  Below you will find some key steps for
success this semester.

Steps for Success (in any semester):

1. Check your GMU email (or have it forwarded to a personal account)
   a. This advice is very important.  University policy states that all
communications must go through your GMU email.  If you do not already have
your GMU email forwarded to a personal account I recommend you do so as to
not miss out on any important messages from your professors, the BIS office,
the Registrar’s office, etc.  You can find instructions on how to setup
email forwarding at the MasonLive website:, or by calling
the ITU support center: 703-993-8870.

2. Meet with an academic advisor
   a.	It is advised that you meet with a BIS advisor AT LEAST once per
semester.  In these appointments the advisor can ensure that you are on
track with your requirements and answer any questions you have about
university policies, procedures, etc.  Phone or in-person appointments can
be scheduled by calling the BIS office (703-993-4556) or emailing me
([log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]).  Evening appointments are available
Monday-Thursday, with the last appointment time at 6:30pm.

3. KNOW THE DEADLINES: Review the Spring 2011 Academic Calendar
   a.	You can find important university dates and deadlines here:

4. Use University services
   a.	The University has a range of services to assist you including
outstanding writing tutors at the Writing Center
(, supportive counselors at the Counseling and
Psychological Services (, and expert advisors at Career
Services ( These and other resources can help you
manage the challenges of the semester.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

All the best,

Stephanie Barnett
Student Services Manager
Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)

George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 5A9
Tel: 703-993-4556
Fax: 703-993-9476