More Than Just Trinkets: Gifts Have A Story Behind Them

Diplomats and functionaries of institutions and nations have given and received gifts as part of official visits to other places for thousands of years. Traditionally the gift is seen as a way to commemorate the occasion and honor the visitor or host. Gifts are also meant to remind the recipient Continue Reading

The “Desegregation” of George Mason University

An African American student at Winter Graduation, January 17, 1975

Today George Mason University enjoys the reputation for being one of the more ethnically and culturally-diverse universities in the nation. By most counts, the non-white student population at Mason is about 57%*. The university places a high priority on being accessible to those who aspire to a college education from Continue Reading

Physical Sciences and Mathematics: One Half of Advances in Science!

Advances in Science: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants has two focuses: the natural sciences and the physical sciences and mathematics. This post details items in the the physical sciences/mathematics part.   Mathematics It is commonly accepted that the mathematical sciences begin with Euclid (323 BCE – 285 BCE). While not much is known about the Continue Reading

George Mason University is 60 this Week!!!

With an enrollment of nearly 34,000, and more than 200 degree programs, George Mason University is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It employs about 7,000 faculty and staff and awards about 11,000 Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees during Spring and Winter commencements each year. Surprisingly, though, Continue Reading

What a Difference Fifty Years Makes: The Original Fenwick Library Building Today

What was once considered old has become new again! During the fall of 1967, George Mason College of the University of Virginia opened its fifth building on the Fairfax Campus. The original four – North (now Finley), South (now Krug), East and West – went into service in August of 1964. Continue Reading