Mason Korea joined the US campuses in celebrating George Mason University’s 50th anniversary and Mason Vision Day on April 7. There was streaming music by The Green Machine, an anniversary cake, and specially made dalgona, the Korean candy made famous by Squid Game, with the Mason 50th logo.
Campus Dean Robert Matz welcomed faculty, students, staff, and community partners to the joyous event. He remarked on George Mason University’s tremendous growth over the last 50 years, including the expansion of Mason’s educational reach with its opening of the Korea campus in 2014.
“When I think about what makes Mason a truly great place to study and work at, I think about what University President Washington calls 'inclusive excellence,'” said Dean Matz, who has worked at Mason for 29 of its 50 years. “Fundamental to Mason’s value of “inclusive excellence” is that we believe everyone can and should grow." "I can’t wait to see what the next stage of growth for you and for Mason will bring,” he added.
Leaders of the Incheon Global Campus (IGC), of which Mason Korea is a part, also joined the event. IGC Chairman Pyung Ryun Yu delivered congratulatory remarks and Dr. Han Tae-jun, President of Ghent University Global Campus, and Dr. Gregory C Hill, Chief Administrative Officer of the University of Utah Asia Campus, showed their support.
The halls were filled with lively music by The Green Machine, which Mason Korea students anticipate watching live during their mandatory year of study at the Fairfax campus. Students also wrote invitations to the band to come to Mason Korea, which will be sent to the band in the coming weeks.
The celebration concluded with a cake cutting ceremony and a round of Mason Korea trivia. In addition to the cake, attendees enjoyed 50th themed baked goods, which were made more special by the fact that they were created by Mason Korea’s very own alumna Bosun Kim (Business, '19) who is now a successful baking entrepreneur.
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April 07, 2022