The Mason Spirit

Letter from the President

Hello again, fellow alumni! Since my last letter to you, several exciting events have occurred.

On October 19, we celebrated the inaugural meeting of the History and Art History Chapter at Gunston Hall. Alumni and their families were treated to an outdoor reception in the gardens, followed by tours of the grounds and demonstrations that ranged from slave life to open-hearth cooking. The day was lovely, and everyone had a great time.

Also in October, we were all thrilled at the news of our latest Nobel laureate. Vernon L. Smith, professor of economics and law, received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, making him the second Mason professor to be so honored. James Buchanan received the same accolade in 1986.

In November, the School of Public Policy formed a chapter, and its membership is already strong. Events are planned, so stay tuned!

On election day, the critical Higher Education Bond Referendum passed by an overwhelming majority—76 percent approval in Fairfax County alone. The bond’s passage means $80 million to George Mason for construction of much-needed classroom space, renovations, and a new research facility. Many thanks to all the alumni, faculty, and staff who devoted their time and energy to the cause.

Now, basketball season is in full swing, and it’s great to see so many alumni at the games. Come on out and cheer on the Patriots, and be sure to be there on February 22 for Homecoming. This year’s theme is “Mason Mambo: Takin’ It to Da Streets.” Be on hand to watch the Patriots take on archrival James Madison at 2 p.m. We’ll kick things off about 11 a.m. with pregame festivities and tailgating in the parking lot behind the Patriot Center. For further information, go to

It is a privilege to serve as your president, particularly with all of the excitement taking place on campus and beyond. I look forward to bringing you more good news in the next Spirit.

Brian C. Drummond
J.D. ’88