Our administration building gets a new name: Merten Hall

Dedication of Merten Hall, Alan Merten seated at far right, Sally Merten second from the left

I just returned from the dedication of Merten Hall this afternoon. Named after Mason’s President Emeritus Alan Merten and his wife Sally. I had the honor of working for Dr. Merten for more than a decade and I can say the honor was extremely well deserved. Alan and Sally worked as a wonderful team on behalf of the University and they were, together, instrumental in the growth of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Merten Hall, George Mason University

Celebrating Faculty Achievement…

Left to right: George Mason University President Alan Merten, Professor Giorgio Ascoli and Professor Robert Hazen.

Watching two of our faculty stars recognized for their teaching and scholarship in the state capital was really gratifying yesterday.

They were two of twelve from across the Commonwealth, and George Mason was the only institution to have more than one winner.

The Governor presided over the luncheon at the magnificent Jefferson Hotel, after the awardees had been presented on the floor of the Virginia General Assembly. It really was quite an honor.

First day of classes Spring Semester…

It may be foggy and cold here in Washington, but it’s also a day full of anticipation as we begin the Spring (yes that’s the operative word, Spring!) semester here at Mason.

Tomorrow is my first day of teaching in a bit. I’ll be teaching 50 undergraduates in a cellular neuroscience core course. I’m very much looking forward to trying out some new pedagogical ideas….

In the meantime, the first snowdrop blooms are out in our neighborhood. If the winter continues to be as mild as it’s been so far, we should have crocuses within a couple of weeks.

This semester will also be one of transition here at Mason as we salute Alan Merten for a job well-done and welcome Angel Cabrera as our new President on July 1. Change is part of life, no less within the academy. It will be interesting to watch this marvelous place continue to evolve and grow.