Mason recognizes its faculty and staff donors


George Mason University faculty and staff were recognized for their generosity at an event hosted by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations on February 29 at the Fairfax Campus. The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast treated university donors to a French-themed breakfast and messages of gratitude for their contributions to the Mason community.

faculty and staff mingling at donor breakfast
Mason faculty and staff mingle at the Donor Breakfast at the Center for the Arts. Photo by Ayman Rashid/Office of University Branding

“We invited you here today to express our appreciation for your generosity in leading the way and building a culture of philanthropy here at Mason,” said Trishana E. Bowden, president of the George Mason University Foundation and vice president for advancement and alumni relations.

Developing a community of giving is critical for the success of Mason’s historic one-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign that launched last April—Mason Now: Power the Possible. The campaign focuses on themes that align with Mason’s mission—student success, research, community, innovation, and stewardship.

Business major Rakibul Alam spoke to the faculty and staff audience and expressed deep appreciation for those who support students like himself. “I am filled with gratitude to all Mason faculty and staff who give their time, talent, and treasure in support of me and my peers,” he said. “Receiving scholarship support has not only eased my financial burden but has also inspired me to strive for academic excellence.”

Trishana Bowden with student Rakibui Alam
Vice President Trishana E. Bowden and student Rakibui Alam addressed the audience at this year's Donor Breakfast. Photo by Ayman Rashid/Office of University Branding

“Mason is the university that changes lives,” said Lauren Wagner, assistant dean for student academic affairs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “The beauty of Mason being so young in years is that any amount of money I can give goes so far. The students that we graduate every semester are the ones who continue to define what Mason is going to be for students who find it later.”  On April 4, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to help shape Mason’s future during the university’s annual fundraising event—Mason Vision Day. This year, donors will be asked to support the cause that matters most to them at Mason.

At the breakfast event, it was all about celebrating Mason’s champions of giving.

“We are going to continue to power forward, and we are going to continue to thank you in all the ways that are important,” said Bowden. “You make a difference every day in the lives of our students. You are doing major things and through your giving and support, you are powering the possible.”