By Sudha Kamath
George Mason University
â€œWhat we are doing at the new Mason in Loudoun site speaks to George Mason Universityâ€™s mission of fostering innovative learning, collaboration and accessible pathways for students by partnering with Northern Virginia Community College.â€ Thatâ€™s according to Una Murphy, director of outreach for Mason in Loudoun, as the new location opens in Sterling, Va., Aug. 18 to students, faculty and staff.
The new Mason in Loudoun site is equipped with a computer classroom; four traditional classrooms; six breakout rooms/meeting spaces; two student lounges; video-conferencing capabilities; and a new laptop cart to make any classroom a computer classroom. Instructors also will have space to host drop-in hours for students, and student study groups.
Mason in Loudoun will continue to work closely with George Masonâ€™s School of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the Volgenau School of Engineering to offer graduate and undergraduate programming in subjects including ethics and leadership; statistics; interdisciplinary studies; database fundamentals; information security; and leadership theory and practice.
Mason offers guaranteed admission to Northern Virginia Community College graduates who meet certain basic requirements. Since 2005, the community college, Mason and Northern Virginia public school systems have participated in the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program to provide a transition from high school to community college to Mason. The program also promotes post-secondary success for at-risk student populations.
Mason in Loudoun also provides executive, professional and continuing education.
The campus serves as one of the locations of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Mason, which is planning an open house for its members at the new site on Sept. 18. â€œOLLI-Mason members are thrilled with the move,â€ says Jennifer Disano, executive director. â€œWith newly renovated classrooms, dedicated parking, excellent accessibility and plenty of social space, members continue to enjoy lectures, teaching seminars, volunteer opportunities and engaging social events for the 50 plus community in Loudoun County.â€
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Oct. 27 with Mason President Ãngel Cabrera and Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr.
Mason in Loudoun is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site can be reached at 703-993-4350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.