Bachelor of Individualized Study

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 Volume 2, Issue 12

April 11th, 2016

In this Issue...

- Important Dates for the Semester
- A Reminder About Weekend Advising for BIS Students
- Register Today: SOCI 313
- Register Today: ENGH 417
- Nonprofit Career Week
- BIS Students: Enjoy Food and Fun for Off-Campus Students
- Opportunity to serve on Mason's first President-Student Advisory Group
- Mason Dining Focus Group
- Science Study Strategies
- M.S. in Educational Psychology Bachelors to Masters (BAM) Program Now Available to All Majors!
- Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle
- International Week 2016: April 8 - 17
- Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity
- Omeka Workshop
- The Role of the Poet in Our Times
- Take the Bi-Annual Mason Transportation Survey
- Convocation for the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Important Dates

Summer & Fall 2016 Registration Ongoing

Last day of classes: May 4

Fall 2016 Final Exams: May 5- 11

BIS Senior Capstone Presentations: May 9

CHSS Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs Convocation: May 12

George Mason University Commencement: May 14

Semester Calendar

A Reminder About Weekend Advising for BIS Students

Register Now for the Library of Congress Field School: Arlington Community Gardens

Learn ethnographic skills during the Summer Session A-- Field School for Cultural Documentation (ENGH 417/591). The course teaches techniques to complete in-depth interviews, fieldnotes and participant observation

Prerequisite(s): ENGH 305 (3 credit) and 85 credit hours earned.

Nonprofit Career Week

Want a nonprofit job or internship? Get advice, insider information, and more at this event series.

Exploring Careers in Nonprofits 
Monday, April 18th. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, SUB1 room 3400

Learn How to Get Paid Working in Nonprofits from an Expert 
Tuesday, April 19th. 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, SUB1 room 3400

Kickstarting your Career in International Development and Human Rights 
Wednesday, April 20th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, SUB1 room 3311

My First 90 Days - Nonprofit 
Thursday, April 21st 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, SUB1 room 3400


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BIS Students: Enjoy Food and Fun for Off-Campus Students.

Is it a school day that ends in a 5? If so, you are in luck! Any weekday that ends in a “5” are days set aside by Off-Campus Student Programs and Services to offer a day’s worth of programs and services specifically for off-campus students. Meet us in Lot A in the morning (7:30am-10:00am) and Lot K in the evening (2:30pm-5:00pm). We have different programs scheduled for our Mid-Day events, which typically take place in the JC at noon. Stop by on a High-5 day and get a High-5 from one of your fellow Off-Campus Student Advisors, who would love to give you more information about events and opportunities both on and off-campus.

Spring 2016 High-5 Dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 5, Feb. 15, Feb. 25, March 15, March 25, April 5, April 15, April 25

- Coffee and snacks in Lot A (7:30-10:00am)
- Afternoon programming (Time TBD)
- Snacks and beverages in Lot K (2:30-5:00pm)

Opportunity to serve on Mason's first President-Student Advisory Group

Apply here

Mason Dining Focus Group

Mason Dining is conducting a dining focus group on Thursday, April 14th at 1pm. The group will give input to Mason Dining representatives about pricing for next year's meal plans. Participants will be treated to a free lunch and a voucher to any Mason Dining location, courtesy of Mason Dining.

Students must currently live off-campus to participate,

Please fill out this form if you are interested. Questions? Email [log in to unmask].

Register Here

M.S. in Educational Psychology Bachelors to Masters (BAM) Program Now Available to All Majors!

Knowledge is power. When we educate ourselves, we make better decisions and have more background knowledge to draw from which in turn, improves the lives of ourselves and those around us. Educational Psychologists help people to realize optimal conditions for learning not only for students in formal and informal educational settings, but also in settings such as business, government, competitive sports, community building and the military. Learning is important to all professional disciplines, and Educational Psychologists are committed to enhancing this life-long learning.
Students meeting the qualifications listed below may be admitted to this program following completion of 90 undergraduate credits. They may then take 12 graduate credits within their senior year (i.e., six credits will partially satisfy requirements of both, the BA or BS (any degree) and the MS in Educational Psychology; six credits will be completed as reserve graduate credit toward the Master’s only). If students earn at least 3.00 in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master’s program and, upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, must then take an additional 18 credits to earn the master’s degree.

Students may apply for acceptance to the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program if the following requirements are met:
 - An overall GPA of at least 3.0

Applicants must also submit the following:
- College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Accelerated Master's Program Application Form
- Goal Statement (750-1000 words)
- Three letters of recommendation from former or current employers or university professors, targeting work experiences and academic abilities.

After completing 120 credits and all requirements for the BA or BS and filing the Graduation Intent Form, students are awarded a bachelor’s degree and admitted to the MS in Educational Psychology.

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Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle

Date: April 16, 2016
8:00 PM
Location: Center for the Arts

This acclaimed Russian ballet company brings one of the most heartrending tragedies in classical ballet to our stage. With stunning choreography by the legendary Marius Petipa and hauntingly beautiful music, this romantic ballet portrays the poignant tale of Giselle, a young peasant girl who has fallen madly in love with a villager, unaware that he is, in fact, a count in disguise. When she learns that he is betrothed to another, she takes her own life, and joins the ghosts of girls who seek to avenge the men who have jilted them. This gorgeous ballet of love and hate, vengeance and forgiveness is performed by some of Russia’s finest dancers in the grand tradition of Russian ballet with gorgeous costumes and colorful sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier)

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International Week 2016: April 8 - 17

We are delighted to welcome you to the thirty-fifth International Week at George Mason University. For the thirty-fifth year, Mason students from around the globe have joined together to develop a program of activities to showcase their countries and cultures and to allow us to learn and participate with them.

International week through the years has grown in its nature and its scope. As more countries are represented on campus, the program offerings have expanded to include them. As the interest and commitment to cross-cultural learning and understanding have grown, more campus and community members have participated. This is very good news for all of us, because our role as global citizens has never been more important.

When you review this year’s International Week program, you will find many activities to challenge and delight you. We hope you will attend as many as you can—not only the ones you remember fondly from past years, but also some that are new and unfamiliar. Make this experience a metaphor for the change we can hope takes place on a global level. Listen. Connect. Participate. And enjoy!


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Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity

The Joseph Schumpeter Undergraduate Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program for undergraduate students at George Mason University. Fellowships are open to full- and part-time Mason students from any discipline who are interested in studying key ideas in political economy and learning how to utilize these ideas in academic and policy research.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.

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Omeka Workshop

Date: April 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Fenwick Library, room 1014A

Omeka is a web platform that's a great way to showcase online exhibits, collections, portfolios, and projects. The site allows users to creates items that utilize a wide range of metadata, and organize them into collections or exhibits for viewing on the Web. Get started with using Omeka in this hands on workshop.

We will give you an overview of how it works and an example exhibit. We will then help you set up your own Omeka site on the free service.

Note: The Instruction Room does not have computers for use, so if you plan to set up your own Omeka site please bring your own or check out a laptop from the library.

The Role of the Poet in Our Time Featuring Jorie Graham

Date: April 21, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Center for the Arts - Grand Tier III

The Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winning poet will read her own and others' work and speak about the importance of poetry and the humanities in today's world at The Vernon and Margarette Gras Lecture in the Humanities.

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 (Ecco, 2015); Place: New Poems (Ecco, 2012); Sea Change (Ecco, 2008); Never (2002); Swarm (2000); and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990. Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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Take the Bi-Annual Mason Transportation Survey

The Mason community is invited to participate in the Bi-Annual Transportation Survey. The survey is one of the most significant ways that George Mason University collects feedback and information about transportation and access to campus to make sure we are constantly improving.

A summary of the results will be shared with university administrators in order to make improvements at Mason. The survey takes about 3-5 minutes to complete, depending on how questions are answered.

Participation is voluntary, but your help is so important.

Link to Survey

Attention: BIS Graduating Seniors and Friends

Convocation for the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: May 12th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: EagleBank Arena

All students receiving bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in the humanities and interdisciplinary programs are invited to attend the humanities and interdisciplinary programs convocation with their families and friends.

Information for Family and friends: - The EagleBankArena opens at 6:00 PM for general seating
                                                               - Tickets are not required

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