Greetings Mason Colleagues,

/On behalf of the ABFAS Executive Committee I wish you season's 
greetings and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!/

I'd like to take this opportunity to update you on what ABFAS has done 
in 2010 and what we have in motion for 2011...

-- We welcomed two new members to the executive committee; Ms. Carol 
Daugherty (Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations) and Ms. Mariama 
Boney (Director, University Information).

-- We invited Director of Equity & Diversity Services, Mr. Corey Jackson 
to speak with the organization to ascertain ABFAS status on campus and 
with the administration.

-- Over the summer months we revised the organization's By-laws and 
proposed new initiatives.The revisions were reviewed, and the 
organization requested a meeting with the Provost and other 
Administrators to discuss the /new ABFAS/.

-- December 14^th , 2010 the executive committee met with ProvostDr. 
Peter Stearns, Sr. Vice President Dr. Maury Scherrens, and Corey Jackson 
to discuss the future of ABFAS and renewing visible support from the 
administration going forward in the New Year.We're pleased to report 
that we are encouraged by the administration's response and anticipate 
engaging with them regularly on a host of activities and initiatives.

-- ABFAS continued to hold its monthly community lunch gatherings and 
Happy Hour /Meet-n- Greets/.

In summary, the Association is moving forward and rebuilding its 
presence at Mason.In November, we submitted proposals to host an event 
for Black History Month.The proposal was accepted and ABFAS will host: 
/Black History Trivia://Celebrating the Educators -- Sharing the Legacy, 
/February 18^th , 2011.

We hope you will make a commitment in the New Year to participate in the 
organization's meetings and activities -- attending our monthly lunch 
gatherings, meet-n-greets, and special events throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Kevin R. Slaughter, Capitol Connection/GMU-TV

Interim President, Association of Black Faculty, Administrators & Staff