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Bolstering Academics, Athletics, and the Arts

A New Home for Health

Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall, the newest and largest building on the Fairfax Campus, opened in January 2018, bolstered by a landmark $8 million gift from the Peterson family, along with 17 other named gifts honored in the building’s classrooms, instructional facilities, study areas, and community spaces.

Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall. Photo by Creative Services









Supporting Student-Athletes
Basketball is not just part of Mason’s history—it’s part of our university’s DNA. A $1 million renovation in 2017 created a dedicated basketball practice facility for the men’s and women’s teams, thanks to gifts from Kathy McKay and family. Now, on to the tournament!

Otis Livingston II plays during Homecoming 2019. Photo by Creative Services

“In the basketball-driven Atlantic 10 Conference, it is imperative that our teams have a dedicated space to develop and compete. Thanks to the McKay family and other proud Patriots, that’s become a reality.”—Brad Edwards, director of Mason Athletics






Training Future Conservation Leaders

Smithsonian-Mason Semester students collect water samples from the Chesapeake Bay watershed to the headwaters in Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Creative Services

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), located in Front Royal, Virginia, is a world-class partnership between Mason and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. A $5 million gift from the late Gerald “Jerry” T. Halpin for academic, residential, and dining facilities allows the next generation of conservation leaders to spend a semester in residence studying conservation, biodiversity, and society.






Historic Gift Advancing Policy and Public Service

The Schar School at the Arlington Campus, George Mason University. Photo by Creative Services

Honoring a $10 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Dwight Schar, Mason’s policy school was officially named the Schar School of Policy and Government in May 2016. Educating some 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, the school is a national thought leader and home to former government officials such as former CIA director General Michael Hayden and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.






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