"Winter is coming..." — George R. R. Martin
December 12, 2016 - Final Newsletter of 2016

What's Happening Over Winter Break?
Monday, December 12th
MCN Special Event Live Stream:
School of Dance Studio Series;
6pm & 8pm.
Watch LIVE on

Live Sports Coverage:

WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. Navy; 7:00pm
MCN: Women’s Basketball vs. Navy; 7:00pm

WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. Prairie View A&M; 12:00pm
MCN: Men’s Basketball vs. Prairie View A&M; 12:00pm

WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. VCU; 8:00pm

WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure; 2:00pm
MCN: Women’s Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure; 2:00pm

WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. Massachusetts; 7:00pm
MCN: Men’s Basketball vs. Massachusetts; 7:00pm

WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. Fordham; 1:00pm
MCN: Women’s Basketball vs. Fordham; 1:00pm
WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure; 5:00pm
WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. St. Joseph’s; 7:00pm

WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. George Washington; 11:00am
MCN: Women’s Basketball vs. George Washington; 11:00am
WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. Saint Louis; 2:30pm

WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. VCU; 12:00pm
MCN: Women’s Basketball vs. VCU; 12:00pm
MCN: Wrestling vs. Cleveland State University; 2:00pm

MCN: Men’s Volleyball vs. King; 7:00pm

MCN: Men’s Volleyball vs. Loyola; 7:00pm

WGMU: Men’s Basketball vs. Richmond; 1:00pm
MCN: Wrestling vs. Edinboro; 2:00pm
WGMU: Women’s Basketball vs. Richmond; 5:00pm

Good luck with finals and
Have a safe and relaxing Winter Break!
In Case You Missed It
Happy Birthday, George!
Click the video above for a look at the festivites. Video & editing by: Mimi Albano
On Friday, December 9th, Student Media hosted Happy Birthday, George! in SUB I's Patriot's Lounge and welcomed over 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members to share in the fun. The celebration included birthday cake, music, activities, raffle prizes, a giant birthday card, and special guests Dr. Angel Cabrera, Doc Nix, the Green Machine, G-Men, and George Mason himself!

This fun and educational event was held to honor our university namesake's legacy and ideas, which include 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.

For many years we have invited the Mason community to help us celebrate our namesake's special day, but we realized an important goal this year by making 2016 George's biggest birthday bash to date!

Special thanks to Nicole Morton and Lacey Villiva from Gunston Hall for donating some awesome prizes and providing historical actors Don McAndrews (George Mason) and Janis Harless (George's eldest daughter, Nancy Mason) who added a historical flair to our celebration.

Our deep gratitude also extends to
Doc Nix and Dr. Angel Cabrera for speaking at the event. Additionally, Dr. Cabrera was generous enough to donate his time so we could raffle off "Lunch with the President" to four lucky students.

Also a big thank you to the Green Machine's Fife and Drum Corps. director
Shane Nickels and Funk Band director Bobby Lacy II.

The Student Media professional staff (Kathryn Mangus, David Carroll, Leslie Steiger, Rodger Smith, and Tyler Byrum) would like to thank Jason Hartsel for his leadership, vision, and commitment planning the event and all the Student Media staff who helped make Friday's party an amazing success 
especially the PR & Design Team (Lottye Lockhart, Mimi Albano, Mary Jane DeCarlo, Ky'lend Adams, and Alexis Loar).

The Communication Team (
Salvatore Pitino, Jessica Smith, Erin Lynch, Kaitlyn Koegler, and Christopher Campos-Perez) and Sales Team (Wesley Ward and Alyssa Swaney) were also an integral part of this event. Additional shout-outs to Matt Dotson, Kera White, Jess Kocak, Sasha Toophanie, Corey Morgan, Ryan Frey, Ashley Hill, and Victoria David for their help during the event.

Student Media has received universal praise from attendees and University Life administrators for both the event itself and for the leadership displayed by the students who helped make it possible. 

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!
Photos by: Mimi Albano
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A Note From Leslie:
(Asst. Director, Fiscal and Operations)
All hard copy keys should be returned to me no later than the last day of classes if you are graduating or not returning next semester.

All individuals graduating or not returning next semester need to be removed from card access. Leaders should provide me with a list of these individuals no later than the last day of classes.

Applicable to a select few, you know who you are: KPI's and application data must be up-to-date before leaving for winter break.

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
NEW: 2017 Emerging Leaders Program - University Life (LEAD Office):
The Emerging Leaders program is an eight-week course designed to introduce leadership topics to a cohort of new and beginning leaders. Topics include leadership styles, managing conflict, stress management, and more.

The Emerging Leaders program begins Friday, February 17, 2107 from 10:30am-noon in the LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400). Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Free Study Tour of Japan:
The Scripps Howard Foundation, with the Indiana University Journalism Department, established the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition in 1984 to honor the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press from 1912-1920. Asia was an area of special interest to Roy W. Howard, who traveled and reported on the area extensively, even while leading major news organizations. Joe Coleman, professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University, will lead the students during the nine-day trip, which includes visits to domestic and international media organizations and cultural landmarks. In the past, the students have visited MBS Television, Associated Press Tokyo, the Wall Street Journal and Google. The group will also tour Buddhist temples in Kyoto, the A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima, and other historical sites. Tentative trip dates are May 11-20, 2017.

Applications accepted until January 10th, 2017:

Political Internship Summer 2016:
Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
Institute on Political Journalism  |  June 3 – July 28, 2017  |

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount
Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations and communication while earning academic credit. Learn more:

Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda, has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-serving Institutions, to support students pursuing a higher education. Big Red will grant five $1,000 Big Red ¡Avance! scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education.

Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students can learn more about the scholarships at and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is live in January 2017.
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to
all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this December!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
Created by: Erin Lynch and Jason Hartsel

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