Bachelor of Individualized Study

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 Volume 2, Issue 20

June 22nd, 2016

In this Issue...

- Important Dates for the Semester
- SAVE THE DATE: BIS Senior Capstone Presentations
- Events in Orlando, Florida
- Pop-Up Pantry Needs
- Help BIS 490 Student's Research Project
- Join Us at The Globe on Wednesday
- Attention BIS students with education-related concentrations
- EDIT 401: Introduction to learning Technologies
- Professionalism 101: The 'getting a job' class at Mason
- The Capitol Bones - NJW
- Learning Services Workshops
- Concurso de Tinku

Important Dates

- Summer & Fall 2016 Registration Ongoing
- July 1st: Mason Closes (12:30pm)
- July 4th: Independance Day Observance (University closed; No classes)
- July 5th: Summer recess (University open; Classes do not meet)

- Last Day to Add Classes (Session C): June 29th
- Last Day to Drop (Session C): July 6th

Semester Calendar


Date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 4:30 - 7:30PM
Location: Johnson Center 3rd floor Meeting Rooms

BIS Senior Capstone Presentations

 followed by Reception for Summer Semester 2016 Graduates

Events in Orlando, Florida

George Mason students, faculty and staff come from across the country and around the world. When a mass tragedy occurs, our university family is bound to be affected.

The shooting attack at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub early Sunday that resulted in at least 50 deaths and 53 injuries is no exception. Mason has students from Florida, and many of us have relatives and friends in that area. We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathy to the victims and their loved ones.

Each of us responds differently when faced with trauma or tragedy. One thing we all share in common at Mason – no matter where we might be spending the summer – is the ability to seek and receive support through our many campus resources.

We offer assistance through the offices of University Life, including Counseling and Psychological Services. University Life resources can be accessed at Faculty or staff may contact Employee Relations for support at (703) 993-3878. Faculty and staff resources are also available through the Employee Assistance Program, which may be accessed through your employer-sponsored health insurance. Details are on the Human Resources and Payroll website at

The mass shooting took place at Latin Night at Pulse, a gay nightclub, during the time of LGBTQ Pride celebrations across the country, and during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Members of our LGBTQ communities, and especially LGBTQ Latino/as and Muslims, are devastated by this hateful act.

We offer our LGBTQ students, faculty and staff our full support and additional resources at We also stand with our Muslim community at Mason against anti-Muslim bigotry. Let us not assign blame to individuals or groups beyond the shooter; let us not allow this to turn communities against one another.

During challenging times, when we’re trying to make sense of the senseless, we must come together to offer each other a helping hand and seek the support that we need as we strive for a more peaceful world.

Sincerely yours,

Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life

S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

Pop-Up Pantry Needs

Mason’s Pop-Up Pantry will be operating over the summer and is running low on some of the most wanted items. If you are able to contribute, it is most appreciated. Should you need help dropping off items, email [log in to unmask]. Here are some of the items that are needed:

Fruit cups Crackers (peanut butter, cheese, etc.)
Granola bars Chips (Cheez-Its, trail mix, etc.)
Rice (pre-made, microwaveable, etc.)
Ravioli (microwaveable)
Cereal (in individual cups or in the box)
Razors and shaving cream
Bottled drinks/drink mixes
First-aid equipment
Notebooks, binders, and folders
 Reusable water bottles
Mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes

All donations require drop-off coordination with the Pop-Up Pantry. The Pantry is open by appointment only. Email [log in to unmask] to arrange your donation.

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Help BIS 490 Student's Research Project

BIS students and alumni are invited to participate in a research study titled “Synchronous Distance Learning Implementation” conducted by BIS student Tyler Whidby. This research is being conducted by Tyler in support of his BIS490 capstone project investigating the current use, and future implementation of, online learning technologies.
The survey includes questions about your online educational experiences and use of videoconference technologies. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and is anonymous. Results of the survey will be presented with Tyler’s final Capstone paper at the Summer 2016 BIS Capstone Presentations. Your assistance is encouraged both because it is an important part of Tyler’s project and because it will help BIS learn more about student use of/attitudes toward online learning and may have an impact on the development of future courses.

Take the Survey

Make Wednesdays the best day of the week this summer at The Globe! Enjoy made-to-order omelets from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and BBQ-themed lunches on the patio from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Attention BIS students with education-related concentrations

If you are interested in the field of learning technologies, especially K-16 curriculum development and instructional design, check out the link below.

EDIT 401 Youtube Video Promo link

The Division of Learning Technology’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program is offering an Introductory class in fall2016 that may interest undergraduates. EDIT 401 provides an overview of the field of learning technologies with a focus on how it can be applied in a variety of international teaching and training contexts, particularly K-16 curriculum development and instructional design. The opportunity for a six-week, high-impact, virtual collaboration with students from Lebanon is available for some students.

The Capitol Bones - NJW

Date: June 28, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Center for the Arts

The National Jazz Workshop presents a special performance by The Capitol Bones, under the direction of Matt Niess! The Capitol Bones, a Washington, D.C., premiere jazz trombone ensemble, offers something exciting and new for jazz lovers everywhere, with an added treat for those treasured listeners who appreciate and seek out great trombone playing. Since its inception in 1991, the Capitol Bones have played throughout the country to include performances at The International Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada & Rochester, NY jazz clubs, universities and an annual appearance at The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C.

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Learning Services Workshops

- 6/28/2016, 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM: Overcoming Procrastination

Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments? You may be caught in the "not now, later" trap. Overcome this difficulty by discovering what makes you procrastinate.

- 6/29/2016, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM: Scheduling & Time Management

Do you spend too much or too little time studying? Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance study with other activities. 

- 7/7/2016, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM: How do YOU learn best?

This workshop explores effective study methods. You'll examine how you learn best, explore strategies to capitalize on your learning style, and learn methods to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory.

- 7/8/2016, 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM: Motivation & Goal Setting

What do you want to do with your life? Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused about your future? Are you unclear as to which path to take? This workshop examines the power of higher education and its role in your future. Learn why it is important to look at the BIG PICTURE when planning your course work and choosing your major. This workshop also allows you to explore your values and see how the choices you make now will lay the foundation for your future.

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Concurso de Tinku

Date: June 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Center for the Arts

Tinku, is a folkloric dance from the Andean region of Potosi, Bolivia that means "encounter". It's a yearly tradition where thousands of villagers gather in the towns of Potosi for several days to take part of this celebration. Two opposite groups come together one called, "Aransayas" (from the high lands) and the other called "Urinsayas" (from the low lands) for a combat-like-gathering. There one side is left standing as the winner to celebrate life and appreciate mother earth, the "Pachamana".

This folkloric dance from Bolivia mesmerizes the audience by the colorful outfits, the thundering music, and the lively dancing.

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