"The beginning is the most important part of the work."   — Plato 
WEEK OF: August 31, 2015

Welcome Back!
The Student Media professional staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to campus for an exciting new semester!

Kathryn Mangus, Director; David Carroll, Associate Director; Jason Hartsel, Assistant Director;
Rodger Smith, WGMU Advisor; Leslie Steiger, Business Office Manager


If you're like me, you've been making every moment of summer count and have been enjoying your time off by visiting with friends and family, taking a trip, or attending an outdoor concert (or two) at your favorite venue. But as the lazy, hazy days of summer fade away, we shift our focus to the promise of a new academic year and the opportunity to create something meaningful together as a team.

As a college student, each new semester offers up a clean slate — a chance to start fresh and reinvent yourself. Make new friends; join new clubs; be more social; renew your commitment to scholarship. Whatever your motivation, the same idea applies at Student Media. Consider the change of seasons as an occasion to strive for greatness by improving the work of your group and challenging yourself to reach new heights both personally and professionally.

I chose a quote from Greek philosopher Plato to start this newsletter: "The beginning is the most important part of the work." Reasonable folks could disagree over what exactly was meant by those words of wisdom, but for my money Plato was trying to impart the importance of intention and planning in any new endeavor. Beginning something means you have a goal in mind, and how you reach that goal is almost as important is the goal itself. Purpose, strategy, and clear intention should inform every decision you make along the way. 

With a new semester at hand, we encourage you to embrace change and view this as your moment to fix what is broken, invest in your passion, and chart a course for success that considers the beginning as much as the destination. Start things off on the right foot and there is no limit to what you can achieve.

The entire professional staff is looking forward with great anticipation to the amazing work and talent that each of you will be bringing to the table in the weeks and months ahead.

Best of luck and many thanks for all you do!

Jason Hartsel
Assistant Director, Student Media

What's Happening This Week?
Student Media Open House

Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 4PM - Hub 1201

All leaders/editors and Student Media staff members are encouraged to attend so you can answer questions from new students and recruit new members for your group. Plus, there will be FREE food! Sign up here to let us know you will be there.

Arlington Campus Head Shots
Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 5PM - Founders Hall

Student Media is taking our professional headshot service on the road again with a session on the Arlington Campus starting at 4:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Welcome Week
Events run all week on multiple campuses.

For a complete listing, visit the Welcome Week website:
Communication Department
Welcome Back Information Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 10:30AM - Dewberry Hall

Student Media and WGMU will both have a table at this welcome back event hosted by the COMM Dept. This is a great opportunity to connect with students studying journalism, PR, etc. Sign up here if you want to help us staff the event.

MCN Sports Live Streams
Women's Soccer vs. UNCW
  Sept. 4th @ 5:00PM - Mason Stadium

Men's Soccer vs. Albany
  Sept. 5th @ 7:00PM - Mason Stadium

Women's Soccer vs. Appalachian State
  Sept. 6th @ 2:30PM - Mason Stadium


Content Spotlight
MCNews Daily Updates

Mason Cable Network produces daily video content in the form of news updates—bite-sized broadcasts that keep you up to date on everything you need to know including campus events, weather, and news.

Watch the first update of Fall 2015 that highlights move-in, Preamble, and Welcome Week:
8/31/15 Check out the first MCNews Daily Update from our own Mason Cable Network staff!

Meet The (New) Press
Student Media warmly welcomes the following new team members:
Communication Team: Sasha Toophanie, Communication Team Member
Sales Team: John McClung, Sales Director; Lauren Ernst, Sales Team Member; Alyssa Swaney, Sales Team Member
Fourth Estate: Barbara Brophy, Copy Chief; Natalia Kolenko, Assistant News Editor; Tatyana White-Jenkins, Assistant Lifestyle Editor; Courtney Hoffman, Sports Editor; Claire Cecil, Photo Editor; Megan Zendek, Visual Editor
WGMU Radio: Alex Hinton, Music Director; Jess Kocak, Production Director; Mackenzie Bailey, Local Music Director; Jason Brightman and Nick Ortiz, Sports Directors; Curtis Murray, Assistant to the Program Director; Kristen Lafleche, Assistant to the Music Director
Society of Professional Journalists: Fernanda Rodriguez, President; Alexa Gohl, Vice President; Giovanni Salvatori, Fundraising Committee Chair; Aurora Pasos, PR Committee Chair
So To Speak: Douglas Luman, Editor-in-Chief; Melanie Tague, Assistant Editor; Dani Badra, Poetry Editor; Christa Spillson, Nonfiction Editor; Meg Sipos, Assistant Nonfiction Editor; Bianca Spinosa, Assistant Fiction Editor; Sarah Irvin, Art Editor; Holly Mason, Blog Editor; Ben Brezner, Assistant Poetry Editor
Phoebe: Robbie Maakestad, Assistant Editor; Kerry Folan, Assistant Nonfiction Editor
George Mason Review: Usman Thahir, Website Director

Please take a moment to introduce yourself!

Event Staffing
Student Media already has a number of events on the calendar for this week and beyond. Please take a moment to look over our event signup list and add your name for a shift or two. We know you are busy, but just an hour of your time could make a big impact on the students you meet at any given event.

Do your part to help represent our office at campus events and recruit Mason's best and brightest to work for your group.

Many thanks to those who have already signed up!
Click below to add your name:
Event Staffing Signup Sheet

Where Are They Now?
Quick updates on Student Media alumni:

Storm Paglia, former General Manager of WGMU Radio, was recently hired by Townhall Media.

Hau Chu, former Editor-in-Chief of Fourth Estate, now works for New York Daily News.


In Remembrance
All of us at Student Media were shocked and deeply saddened by the news that our friend and colleague Walter Martinez passed away in July. A talented photographer and designer, Walter was a member of the Fourth Estate staff and served as a contributor to the inaugural issue of Freshman Focus. In addition to his work with Student Media, Walter started the popular "Humans of GMU" blog which featured his original photos of campus life here at Mason: Humans of GMU

Earlier this summer, we sent the friends and family of Walter a card expressing our sympathy for their loss on behalf of the entire office and received a thank you note in return letting us know how much they appreciated our words of condolence.

Please take a moment to remember Walter and celebrate his many contributions to Student Media.
Created by: Ky'Lend Adams and Jason Hartsel