As George Mason University enters its 27th year, we have much of which we can and should be proud, as a university and as alumni.
On February 20, George Mason University celebrates Homecoming, which is being held this year in conjunction with the men's basketball game played against American University. I hope to see many of you there. Homecoming may evoke in us a renewed sense of belonging to our shared roots, one of which is the university. We may also find that it stimulates a sense of ownership in the future health and vitality of the university. In a very real sense, we alumni are the university, so far as our communities and colleagues are concerned. We are its most visible manifestations. It is, therefore, quite appropriate that we feel a sense of ownership toward the university and its future, as well as pride in its past and our association with it. We have a vested interest in the success and prestige of George Mason University, just as George Mason University has an interest in our successes and esteem. The Alumni Association continues to evolve and take on a greater role in the life of the university. We are working with the administration to be sure that the needs of the university and, more importantly, its students are fully understood in Richmond, in both the executive and the legislative branches of the state government. On a more local and personal level, we are working with the university in the search for a new director of Alumni Affairs. As many of you may not have heard, Michael Eastman has moved to the University of Cincinnati to head its alumni operations. Michael will be missed at George Mason, and we wish him well. He has contributed much to Alumni Affairs at the university. As always, we appreciate your ideas and involvement in your Alumni Association. Your participation is vital to the future of George Mason University. Please, let us hear from you.
Lester P. Schoene, Jr.