28th Annual Communication Department Awards

Mason’s Department of Communication held their 28th annual undergraduate awards ceremony on Saturday, March 23rd in the JC Cinema and Student Media was very well represented. At least 14 of the outstanding students honored during the ceremony are currently involved in Student Media groups or have held leadership positions in past semesters. Special thanks to Kate Sweeney, Maria Carabelli, Tim Gibson, and Anne Nicotera for organizing the event and recognizing these students’ outstanding achievements!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Excellence in Journalism: Alex Shedd (Fourth Estate)

Excellence in Broadcast Journalism: Angelique Arintok (Mason Cable Network)

Excellence in Videography: Kera White (Mason Cable Network)

Multimedia Journalism: Dana Nickel (Fourth Estate)

Feature Writing: Lauren Sullivan (Fourth Estate)

Writing & Reporting: Natalie Heavren (Fourth Estate)

Society of Professional Journalists Leadership: Lauryn Cantrell

Journalism Student of the Year: Lauryn Cantrell (Society of Professional Journalists)

Kevin Athari Award: Natalie Heavren (Fourth Estate)

Dr. Bruce Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Monica Echols (Fourth Estate)

Chapter of the Year: Society of Professional Journalists

COMM Ambassador of the Year: Jimmy O’Hara (George Mason Review)

PRSSA Special Recognition: Sydney Cano (Society of Professional Journalists)

WGMU Announcer of the Year: Vivek Rangarajan

WGMU Broadcasters of the Year: Giselle Aparicio & Rhema Johnson

Excellence in Communication Awards: Angelique Arintok (Mason Cable Network), Lauryn Cantrell (Society of Professional Journalists), Lauren Sullivan (Fourth Estate), and Alexis Whitted (Mason Cable Network)

George Mason Turns 293

Photos by Anu Altankhuyag

On Friday, December 7th, Student Media hosted Happy Birthday, George! in Patriot’s Lounge (SUB I) and welcomed over 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members to celebrate #293YearsofGeorge. The party included birthday cake and refreshments, music, games and activities, 20 amazing raffle prizes donated by local businesses, a giant birthday card, and special guests including the Mason Patriot, Nancy Mason, and George Mason himself!

This annual event provides a chance for the Mason community to honor our university namesake’s legacy and ideas, including the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights — one of the documents upon which the U.S. Constitution was based. George Mason is known to history as the Father of the Bill of Rights, and his contributions to democracy helped secure the five freedoms guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment. The very freedoms that George Mason fought for so passionately are critical to the work of Student Media today, including the freedom of speech and of the press.

Of George Mason’s vital contributions to democracy, fellow Virginian and founding father Thomas Jefferson had this to say: “The fact is unquestionable, that the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of Virginia, were drawn originally by George Mason, one of our greatest men, and of the first order of greatness.” (1825)

This year’s celebration was a great success, and Student Media would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our event. A big thank you to Student Media students and staff, Don McAndrews, Janis Harless, and the Mason Patriot.

Sponsors who donated prizes include: Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant, Room Escape Fairfax, Tyson’s Biergarten, CorePower Yoga, Brion’s Grille, Gunston Hall, EyeAmAmerican, Washington Capitals, McAlister’s Deli, Student Involvement, Mason Recreation, University Bookstore, and University Life.


Student Media Hosts D.C. Charter School Students

Student Media welcomed around eighty fifth- and eighth-graders (from D.C.’s Capital City (CCPCS) and E.L. Haynes (ELHPCS) public charter schools, respectively) to Mason’s Fairfax campus on Monday, November 5th to help remind college students to vote and learn what issues were most important to potential student voters ahead of last Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Photos by: Carolyn Phenicie/Courtesy of: the74million.org

The students spent their time on campus interviewing Mason students about the issues and candidates most important to them in the 2018 midterms, handing out buttons and stickers with the Mason Votes logo, and practicing chants and making signs with slogans like, “Vote for Us Because We Can’t!” and “Vote: It’s Your Right!” The day culminated in a march from The Hub to Merten Hall during which the middle-schoolers raised their signs high and chanted, “we will get out the vote,” to the tune of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

Designed to supplement classroom curriculum from both schools, the field trip gave the 5th graders an opportunity to “describe the importance of the legislative branch and convince others to vote during midterm elections,” while the 8th graders focused on “explaining the implications of voting or not voting in a congressional election and identifying the differences in opinion between two candidates.”

Fadhal Moore, 8th grade social studies teacher at ELHPCS, said this of his students’ experience at Mason: “I try to teach civic engagement in our classroom and having an authentic audience to engage with presented my students with high stakes that made what we are learning tangible and engaging.”

Sarah Cole, 5th grade humanities teacher at CCPCS, added: “I am confident that they will think of this day the first time they vote in 5 years (for the 8th graders) and 8 years (for the 5th graders). All of our students were so engaged, so mission-driven, and inspired in their work today because you so graciously welcomed them and supported them on your campus.”

Thank you to all those who made this visit a memorable one for the charter school students!

Click here for coverage of the event by the74million.org reporter Carolyn Phenicie >

Click here for coverage of the event by NPR-WAMU 88.5 reporter Jenny Abamu >

Watch video coverage of the visit from Mason Cable Network:

Listen to audio of the election chants:


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