Letters from the Vice President

Welcome!

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Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life. Photo by Alexis Glenn/George Mason University

Welcome to Mason and welcome to University Life!  As a member of Mason Nation, you are part of this special and wonderful community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  I hope you will explore all that the campus community has to offer.  Your contributions are unique, allowing you to enrich Mason in a way that no one else can.  Don’t be afraid to step forward and find your place here. 

Whether you attend as an undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time; online or in-person; the first in your family to go to college; a returning student after a several-year break; or some combination of that, we are ready to help you succeed here. 

Your choices will define your Mason experience.  Be curious and take risks.  Don’t stop learning when class ends – the learning opportunities that take place outside of class are equally interesting.  Take advantage of the entire Mason experience so you can discover what you are truly passionate about doing in (and for) the world.  There are hundreds of ways to get involved and make your mark!   Find the ones that suit your interests and strengths.  

University Life measures its success on the support for and success of our students.  Please take advantage of the resources, direct services, and programs offered.  Take part in the Patriot Experience — participate in the many co-curricular opportunities designed to increase career readiness skills, develop global/multicultural proficiency, encourage civic engagement, and discover your own strengths and increase wellbeing.   I invite you to check out all the resources available at University Life!

Each of us shares a responsibility for creating the community in which we live. As an institution of higher education, we commit ourselves to creating a climate where students, faculty, staff, and community members can explore concepts and ideas with openness and respect. Our university mission – ‘We are an inclusive academic community committed to creating a just, free, and prosperous world’ – guides our work and affords opportunities for you to express yourself and explore your beliefs.

As a Mason student, I hope you are academically challenged both in the classroom and through your presence and interactions in our diverse campus community. We are here to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

And if you see me walking across campus (which I do several times daily), stop and let me know how you’re doing.   Have fun, stay safe, and have a great semester!

Best wishes,

Rose Pascarell, Vice President for University Life

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