Mason Korea Holds Third Annual Beach Cleaning Day

Mason Korea, in collaboration with the University of Utah Asia Campus and Ghent University Global Campus, held its highly anticipated third annual Beach Cleaning Day on Yeongjong Island, Incheon. The event, which took place last weekend, saw the Mason Korea community engage in the eco-friendly practice of "plogging" – a combination of picking up trash while walking or jogging, aimed at preserving marine ecosystems.

Part of the Mason Cares program, Beach Cleaning Day coincided with the International Day of Biodiversity, further highlighting the importance of environmental conservation. Mason Korea Campus Dean Robert Matz and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs Shannon Davis led by example once again this year, actively participating in the cleanup efforts alongside other enthusiastic students, faculty, staff, and their family members.

With a turnout of nearly 80 participants, including young children, this collaborative initiative showcased the universities' shared commitment to environmental stewardship. The event was made even more special by the involvement of Mason Korea's student organization, the MK Green Patriots, who played an active role in planning the event. The group's dedication was recently recognized when they won the RSO of the Semester award at the Celebration of Achievement ceremony.

Yoonseo Cho, President of MK Green Patriots and a junior majoring in global affairs, emphasized the significance of beach clean-ups in protecting the environment, preserving natural habitats, and maintaining the local ecosystem. "We are delighted to witness the increasing interest shown by Mason and IGC community volunteers over the years," she stated.

"It is an amazing thing to see multiples universities working hard together, all while keeping our community clean,” said Nyah Jackson, Events Manager of MK Green Patriots and a freshman studying computational and data sciences.

Hyun Jung Kim, Sr. Events Coordinator at Mason Korea, expressed pride in the growth of Beach Cleaning Day and the expanding partnerships with IGC universities. “I’m proud of the MK Green Patriots, the student organization I have the honor of advising, and look forward to continue working with these students to create an eco-friendlier culture in our community,” she stated.