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 Volume 2, Issue 1

January 12, 2016

In this Issue...

- Important Dates for the Beginning of the Semester
- Jump Start: Job & Internship Workshops
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Comes to Mason's Arlington Campus
- GMU performs well in the U.S. News 2016 Rankings
- Are you at risk of discontinuing your education at Mason because of unexpected financial hardships?
- MLK Commemoration Events
- Lynda.com
- Engineering Job Fair
- The Band of the Royal Marines, Great Performance at Mason
- A look back on Fall Graduation
- Academic Skills Certificate
- SAVE THE DATE: Security Symposium - Feb. 12

Monday, January 18th: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

University Closed

Important Dates for the Beginning of the Semester

First Day of Classes: Tuesday, January 19th
Last day to add/drop classes with no penalty: January 26th

To find out more about deadlines, take a look at the semester calendar:

Semester Calendar

Jump Start

Date: January 14th, 2016
Time:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location:
SUB 1, room 3400

- 10 a.m. Resume & Cover Letter Writing
- 11 a.m. How to Find a Job or Internship
- 1 p.m. More Than a Selfie
- 2 p.m. Be a S-T-A-R at Interviewing
- 3 p.m. Finding Career Connections on LinkedIn & Everywhere!
- 4 p.m. Your Amazing Race: Preparing for Your Career Journey
- 5 p.m. Job Search for International Students

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MLK Commemoration Week 2016

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Comes to Mason

Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Time: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Location: Founders Hall Multipurpose Room, George Mason University, Arlington Campus

Basketball great, author and social activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen in a conversation-style interview at Mason’s Arlington Campus in January. “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of today’s leading public intellectuals,” said Cowen. Abdul-Jabbar, a U.S. global cultural ambassador, has written books of fiction and nonfiction on such topics as African American achievement, World War II and the Harlem Renaissance.

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U.S. News Gives Mason High Marks for Innovation, Engaged Students

George Mason University continued to climb the ranks of the nation’s top universities, according to the latest assessment by U.S. News and World Report. George Mason is tied for 135th in the 2016 rankings of “national” universities released today, up from 138th last year and six spots higher than in 2014. It shares its position with Howard University, Hofstra University on Long Island, Ohio University and Oregon State.

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Are you at risk of discontinuing your education at Mason because of unexpected financial hardships?

The Stay Mason Student Support Fund is available to students in any major and any class year, including first-year students and transfer students who are currently enrolled and attending classes.

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Lynda.com: Online Training to Mason Students, Faculty, and Staff.

To participate follow the instructions below:
1. - Log into Lynda.com using this link: lynda.gmu.edu
- Click on "Log In" and enter your Patriot Pass username and password to create an account.
- If you need help logging in click on the "Help logging in" tab at the top of the page.

2. -In the top left corner of Lynda.com home page, click on "Library".
-Browse through the list of topics and select a training video to watch that best applies to your research interests, current job, or any other topic of interest.

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Engineering Job Fair

Date: January 27th, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Army Navy Country Club Arlington, Virginia

Are you an Engineer seeking employment? If so, plan on attending the January 27 "Engineer Job Fair" at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Co-sponsored by Corporate Gray and The Washington Post.

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The Band of the Royal Marines featuring the Pipes, Drums, and Dancers of the Scots Guards.

Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 8 – 10pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall

Two of Great Britain’s most respected military musical institutions take the stage in full regalia, bringing to life the magnificent pageantry of British tradition and history. Thrill to the distinctive sounds of their bagpipes, brass, and stirring anthems combined with the spectacle of regimental marches and spirited Scottish Highland dancing. Featuring some of the most superb musicians in the military world, The Band of the Royal Marines has supported the British naval service for nearly 250 years, originally to provide the beat for columns of marching soldiers. Also appearing, The Band of the Scots Guards was founded three centuries ago to boost morale for these elite British troops while engaged in conflicts. Today, this illustrious ensemble performs at Buckingham Palace for the daily Changing of the Guard. People of all ages will be awed by the pomp and grandeur on display in these performances.

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Looking Back on Fall Graduation

A total of 4,020 students received degrees from George Mason University on Saturday during two winter graduation ceremonies at EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax Campus.

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Academic Skills Certificate Program

The Academic Skills Certificate (ASC) Program can help you to study more efficiently, improve your test taking skills, decrease your anxiety about performance, and improve your grades. Throughout the certification process, you will attend workshops, listen to audio tapes, watch videotapes and DVDs, and use interactive computer programs and books from our Self-Help Resource Library.

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SAVE THE DATE: Security Symposium - Feb. 12

On Friday, Feb. 12 George Mason University will host the 2nd Provost’s Multidisciplinary Research Symposium at the Mason Global Center.
This one-day symposium will be broadly organized around the topic of Security and is open to all interested researchers—Mason faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to participate.
The purpose of the Symposium is to develop areas of security research at Mason that address socially significant challenges by engaging different disciplines (that do not always have the opportunity to interact) in a way that will allow the sharing of complementary perspectives. All aspects of security will be considered, such as food supply and water security; climate change, natural disasters, and environmental security; security issues related to diseases and pandemics; infrastructure security; cybersecurity; human security including refugees, human trafficking and crime; homeland security including WMD; and others.
The Security Symposium will include keynote presentations, expert panels, and break-out discussions. Researchers are invited to give short “lightning round” presentations or to participate in poster sessions. As with the inaugural symposium on Health, this symposium on Security will be followed by an internal seed grant competition funded by the Office of the Provost.
Watch for further information in the weeks ahead about registering for this symposium.
Best regards,
S. David Wu Provost and Executive Vice President