"We both enjoyed catching up with everyone and making new connections that afternoon."
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized George Mason University’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration by hosting the second annual beer tasting event for alumni and their families.
More than 70 alumni and guests attended the Oct. 6 event in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. The guests sampled four types of beer from Alexandria-based Port City Brewing Company and enjoyed catered food and music. Port City regional sales manager Jason Camsky, BS ’08, economics, presented the different brews. Representatives from various college departments and programs, including the Department of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Psychology, and the Higher Education Program, met with alumni and answered their questions.
Jack Censer, dean of the college, enjoyed meeting and interacting with the guests.
“I really enjoyed the beer tasting,” he said. “It was great to see so many familiar faces as I interacted with our many wonderful alumni, and it was a pleasure to make new friends as well. I also enjoyed tasting the beers, especially the Optimal Wit.”
The college gave away Mason pint glasses to the first 50 registrants, while the Mason Alumni Association gave their own free gifts to anyone who registered for a paid event during Alumni Weekend.
Jen Shelton, BS ’94, public administration, and a member of the CHSS Advisory Board, attended the event with her husband, Reid.
“The CHSS Beer Tasting is a casual, fun event, and all the Port City brews were good,” she said. “Reid and I enjoyed the casual atmosphere. We met some new friends and caught up with some old ones.”
Michael Slawski, BA '99, English, and MS '11, telecommunications (in the Volgenau School of Engineering), attended the event with his wife Andrea, and both were pleased that they attended the event.
“We really enjoyed the beer tasting this past weekend,” they wrote in an e-mail signed by both of them. “You all do a fantastic job of putting it together each year, and we love the fact that a Mason alumnus who works for Port City was kind enough to explain the different brews to the audience. We both enjoyed catching up with everyone and making new connections that afternoon. We are looking forward to the CHSS Tailgate in January and Alumni Weekend next year!”