George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations

George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations The goals of the Government and Community Relations team are to advance George Mason University’s interests with federal, state and local governments and develop productive, mutually-beneficial relationships with business and citizen community groups.

There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. Working with outside counsel, the federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sabena Moretz, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. In particular, the team manages outreach to chambers of commerce and other business specialty groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board’s activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

Mission: The mission of The Office of Government and Community Relations is to develop and carry out strategies for effectively representing the university’s interest in the community; coordinate the university’s legislative and advocacy efforts; build and strengthen relationships with the university’s constituencies to foster mutual understanding, positive interactions and collaborative partnerships; and encourage investment in and support for the university, it’s programs and initiatives, at the federal, state and local level.

Happening Now: GCR attending the Prince William Chamber Women’s Leadership Luncheon
05/07/2019

Happening Now: GCR attending the Prince William Chamber Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Did you know the EagleBank Arena, Mason’s 10,000-seat sports and entertainment arena located on the Fairfax Campus, is...
05/06/2019

Did you know the EagleBank Arena, Mason’s 10,000-seat sports and entertainment arena located on the Fairfax Campus, is the venue for more than 140 sports, music, and family entertainment events each year, including the Mason Patriots basketball games? Learn more by visiting http://www.eaglebankarena.com/

05/04/2019
George Mason University

Mason doing good in the community!

DC elementary schools are getting a new kind of playground, thanks to College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University and District Department of Transportation. The Mason team installed "traffic gardens" and designed curriculum to educate preschoolers on bike safety and rules of the road. See how their work impacts the community http://bit.ly/2XhNspD

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: First-term Representative Jennifer Wexton recently toured Mason’s research laboratories at the Scie...
05/03/2019
Science and Technology Campus | George Mason

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: First-term Representative Jennifer Wexton recently toured Mason’s research laboratories at the Science and Technology Campus. During her visit she talked to Mason researchers in the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, viewed work being done on cancer and Lyme disease, toured the Virginia Serious Game Institute, and visited the Biodefense Research Lab. Her visit ended with a tour of the Bull Run Hall Science and Engineering Labs. To learn more about Mason’s Science and Technology campus, visit https://bit.ly/2ZN256H

With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President for Administration (left to right); Maury Peiperl, Dean of the School of Business; P...
05/02/2019

Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President for Administration (left to right); Maury Peiperl, Dean of the School of Business; Paul Liberty, Vice President Government and Community Relations; Ángel Cabrera, Mason President; and Michelle Marks, Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures at the 2019 P3/EDU Conference. Photo by Lathan Goumas/Strategic Communications

05/01/2019
City of Fairfax Government

Attention to those coming to Mason through the City of Fairfax...

RUST CURVE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (watch this — and share). A major project will begin next week on Chain Bridge Road at Rust Curve, which will fix major erosion and crumbling sidewalks close to Old Town.

The north-bound lane will be closed for roughly 12 months. South-bound lanes through Old Town will remain open. The good news? When the project is complete, this area will look amazing and offer NEW pedestrian and bike access to the city.

Some people have wondered, "Twelve months? Really?" Well, it's more than just a sidewalk project. It actually includes waterline replacement, storm drainage improvements, embankment stabilization, lighting improvements, new curb and gutter...in addition to the sidewalk work.

Project updates: Rt123sidewalk.com

Did you know the Mason university galleries frequently present exhibitions of painting, drawing, photography, printmakin...
04/29/2019
soa.gmu.edu

Did you know the Mason university galleries frequently present exhibitions of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, video art, computer imaging, and animation by students, faculty, and guest artists? Learn more by visiting https://soa.gmu.edu/

Through the lens: A Santorum Wedding By Natasha Boddie/November 2017 It’s not every day you receive a phone call in the middle of the night asking if you want to be a travelling photographer to document pre-wedding activities for none other than Elizabeth Santorum. That call came one night in Marc...

Events – Mason Enterprise Center – Fairfax
04/26/2019
Events – Mason Enterprise Center – Fairfax

Events – Mason Enterprise Center – Fairfax

The Mason Enterprise Center and its cadre of trainers and instructors offer a wide variety of high-quality professional programs on topics relevant to small business owners in the community. No matter your current state of advancement, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in a thriving busines...

MASON DAY CHANGE...
04/26/2019

MASON DAY CHANGE...

Per notification from George Mason University Student Involvement, Mason Day festivities will begin at 5PM today in Lot L 🎡 Have fun out there!

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Bloomberg, MasterCard Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Workday Inc. are teaming up with 11 federal agencies...
04/26/2019
Cyber Security | Volgenau School of Engineering

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Bloomberg, MasterCard Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Workday Inc. are teaming up with 11 federal agencies and a nonprofit group to increase cybersecurity talent in the public sector. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative pledges to recruit and train the “next generation of cyber leaders” to protect the nation’s digital infrastructure from cyberattacks. Selected graduates of a cybersecurity-related field will work for two years at one of the federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA, Department of Energy, or Department of Defense. The graduates can then apply for a full-time job at one of the private sector partners and receive up to $75,000 in student loan assistance. To learn more about cyber security programs at Mason, visit https://volgenau.gmu.edu/expertise/cyber-security

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Congratulations to the OLLI Photo Club!
04/25/2019

Congratulations to the OLLI Photo Club!

OLLI Photo Club (OPC) of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University WON the Volunteer Fairfax Service Award for Adult Volunteer Group! Congratulations!

George Mason University invites you to attend a spirited and inspiring “fireside chat” about the future of innovatio...
04/23/2019
Fireside Chat | Entrepreneurship and Innovation

George Mason University invites you to attend a spirited and inspiring “fireside chat” about the future of innovation with Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and George Mason President Ángel Cabrera.TODAY, 6 - 8 p.m.

https://startup.gmu.edu/fireside-chat

Fireside Chat HomeFireside Chat Tickets Sponsorship Interest Directions The Future of Innovation Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6pm - 8pm The MIX, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA George Mason University invites you to attend a spirited and inspiring “fireside chat” about the future of innovation ...

04/22/2019
Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, Virginia

Did you know the Hylton Performing Arts Center boasts two elegant, state-of-the-art performance spaces—the 1,123-seat Merchant Hall and the 240-seat Gregory Family Theater—along with support facilities to showcase music, dance, theater, and choral productions from across the community and around the world? The Hylton Center also features the Didlake Grand Foyer—a spacious two-story lobby—and on the mezzanine level, the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery, featuring the work of local and regional visual artists. Learn more by visiting http://hyltoncenter.org/

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason Physicist Peter Plavchan, accompanied by two students and the Director of Federal Government Re...
04/19/2019
Department of Physics and Astronomy < George Mason University

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason Physicist Peter Plavchan, accompanied by two students and the Director of Federal Government Relations, visited with Virginia Congressional Delegation Members to request full funding for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration budget. The Mason team explained that the astronomy community voted WFIRST as the highest 10-year priority, and advised Mason benefits directly from WFIRST. The students further explained how the NASA satellite data is critical to their research and career path. WFIRST maintains and advances U.S. leadership in space-based astronomy, space science in general, and innovative technology development. To learn more about Mason’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit https://catalog.gmu.edu/colleges-schools/science/physics-astronomy/

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is dedicated to the dissemination and advancement of physics and astronomy through instruction, research, and outreach.

George Mason University welcomes Representative Jennifer Wexton (10th District) for a tour of the Science and Technology...
04/15/2019

George Mason University welcomes Representative Jennifer Wexton (10th District) for a tour of the Science and Technology Campus

Did you know the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, with its spacious 1,935-seat Concert Hall, presents th...
04/15/2019
Center for the Arts |

Did you know the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, with its spacious 1,935-seat Concert Hall, presents the Great Performances at Mason series, featuring performances in classical music, opera, dance, theater, global music and dance, and popular music by world-renowned artists and ensembles? The College of Visual and Performing Arts ensembles also perform at the center. Learn more by visiting https://cfa.gmu.edu/

Virginia Opera: Madama Butterfly Buy Tickets Puccini’s magnificent, tragic masterpiece tells the timeless tale of unrequited love and betrayal. Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. View all Music Performances Buy Tickets Danú Buy Tickets Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a...

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: ATTENTION RESEARCHERS-The Department of Energy Office of Science is receiving applications through Ma...
04/12/2019
Research | George Mason

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: ATTENTION RESEARCHERS-The Department of Energy Office of Science is receiving applications through May 31st for funds to develop new algorithms and software for quantum computers. The effort seeks to move beyond the current relatively limited applications available on quantum computers toward more robust algorithms and application software that can be used on a practical level to tackle a range of scientific problems. To read more about this funding opportunity, visit https://bit.ly/2YSRTsX. To learn more about research at Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/research

With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

Mason in the Community!
04/10/2019
George Mason University

Mason in the Community!

Hunter Hautz, who earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mason last year, will graduate in May with an MS in exercise, fitness and health promotion. He works several days a week with candidates entering Prince William County Fire & Rescue System's Public Safety Training Center to help them handle the physical demands of fire school and being a firefighter >> http://fal.cn/AyE3

City of Fairfax Government
04/10/2019

City of Fairfax Government

ALL THE BUZZ ACROSS FAIRFAX CITY. This morning, our George Mason University interns from Film at Mason shot a mini documentary about some of our city's beekeeping residents, Jim Mollenkopf and Kathy Hackshaw.

Honeybees are out in force right now, as spring rolls and flowers pop. The lady honeybees are busy collecting pollen, nectar and water — it's truly an amazing process and so important to our environment and our food chain (1 out of every 3 things we consume is pollenated by a honeybee).

Want to learn more about this cool and important hobby? Visit the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association at novabees.org.

(And yes, getting a permit for beekeeping the city is easy. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2GemwS6)

Enjoy this gorgeous evening!

04/10/2019
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MASON STUDENT LEARNS PICKLEBALL FROM THE PROS. Cody, one of our George Mason University interns, decided to learn pickleball at our Young at Heart Senior Center from, among others, council member Janice Miller ... did he hold his own?! Find out by watching this short video!

Want to play? The indoor and outdoor courts at Green Acres are
hopping Mondays through Fridays from 1-3 pm. (There's also open play on Wednesday evenings.) Stop by and give it a try!

Would you rather take lessons first? No worries. Ron Tugwell offers lessons on Tuesdays. Check out the current issue of Parks & Rec Connected for details (see page 41): https://bit.ly/2WXkmf6

Fairfax City Parks and Recreation

Did you know the School of Music performance groups are the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Athletic ...
04/08/2019
GMU Music

Did you know the School of Music performance groups are the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Athletic Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, University Singers, University Chorale, Vocal Jazz, Guitar Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble, Healing Arts Ensemble, and Opera? Learn more by visiting https://music.gmu.edu/

Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washingto...

An excellent event hosted by Leadership Fairfax - Congratulations on a fantastic Board of Supervisors breakfast!  George...
04/05/2019

An excellent event hosted by Leadership Fairfax - Congratulations on a fantastic Board of Supervisors breakfast! George Mason University was happy to host Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity.

Congratulations to Chairman Sharon Bulova on receiving the Katherine K. Hanley Award for Public Service!
04/05/2019

Congratulations to Chairman Sharon Bulova on receiving the Katherine K. Hanley Award for Public Service!

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: ATTENTION STUDENTS-The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is accepting appli...
04/05/2019
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Homepage | U.S. DOE Office of Science (SC)

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: ATTENTION STUDENTS-The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 term. Selected students will participate as interns at one of 17 participating Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories/facilities. The interns will perform research on projects supporting the DOE mission under the guidance of laboratory staff, scientists, or engineers. Applications are due May 29. To learn more, visit: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/

The application for The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program is now open for the 2019 Fall Term. Applications are due May 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET.

Happening Now: GCR attending the Prince William Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast
04/04/2019

Happening Now: GCR attending the Prince William Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast

Mason ranked as a top public university | George Mason
04/02/2019
Mason ranked as a top public university | George Mason

Mason ranked as a top public university | George Mason

With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

Did you know the Mason Players produce plays and musicals throughout the academic year through their Mainstage Series an...
04/01/2019
School of Theater |

Did you know the Mason Players produce plays and musicals throughout the academic year through their Mainstage Series and Studio Series? Learn more by visiting https://theater.gmu.edu/

World Premiere of Faculty Play Read More A play by Mason professor, Heather McDonald, with lighting by professor Sherrice Mojgani, is currently running at Signature Theatre: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Learn from the the best. Meet our artist teachers. Read More Shi...

03/29/2019
www.insidehighered.com

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: President Trump recently issued an executive order directing Federal agencies to certify that institutions of higher education receiving federal funds comply with existing federal laws regarding free speech and academic inquiry. It also directs the Department of Education to publish program-level data in the College Scorecard (or establish an enhanced website) on measures of student outcomes, conduct a report on state and local best practices on transfer of credit, and submit policy recommendations for developing a student financial aid risk-sharing system. To read the executive order, visit https://bit.ly/2Ym1Ui0

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2017 Andrew Sachs (pictured on right), integrative studies, collaborates with Alia Gholoom, Civil an...
03/28/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2017 Andrew Sachs (pictured on right), integrative studies, collaborates with Alia Gholoom, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, to examine green roof industry standards and it's effect on water quality, stormwater, and plants by constructing plant boxes and installing solar panels on campus with funding by Dominion Power and the Patriot Green Fund, and a sponsorship by Eco-Roofs. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Did you know the general public may use research materials and other resources held by the George Mason University Libra...
03/25/2019

Did you know the general public may use research materials and other resources held by the George Mason University Libraries on the Arlington, Fairfax, and Science and Technology Campuses? Circulating books may be borrowed through paid membership in the Library Passport Program (excluding the Law Library). Some on-site online resources are restricted for use by Mason students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit https://library.gmu.edu/for/visitors/use

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