Congratulations to Mary Jackson on her recent retirement! Mary has been a part of the Mason family for more than 15 years and served as the Department of Economics graduate coordinator. She will be missed!  

Elli Ambros, undergraduate academic advisor for Criminology, Law and Society (CLS), is the recipient of the 2023 V. Ann Lewis Academic Advisor of the Year Award. This university-level award recognizes excellence in academic advising across Mason and shows appreciation for the advising community. This year’s competition was especially tight, as students submitted more than 500 nominations for over 100 advisors across campus. According to Kristin Tyburczy, CLS Undergraduate Program coordinator, “Elli’s students have nominated her for this award every year, which is a testament to the quality service she provides.” Read more about the V. Ann Lewis Academic Advisor of the Year. 

Jada Crocker (BS Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources ’17, MS Sport and Recreation Studies ’19), undergraduate academic advisor for Criminology, Law and Society (CLS), has won the 2023 Emerging Alumni Award at Mason's Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment Black Excellence Gala. This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus of George Mason University who embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and embraces the University's commitment to diversity, well-being, and innovation in their career, academics, and personal values. Kristin Tyburczy, CLS Undergraduate Program coordinator says, “As a 2x alumna of George Mason University, Jada is a shining example of this, and we are so proud of her for receiving this recognition. Anyone who knows Jada recognizes the high quality of her work and the care and concern she shows CLS and Mason students. We are lucky to have her.” 

Dina Rady, adjunct professor in the Department of Economics, received the Best Paper Award in the ARSSS-International Conference in New York for her paper: The Impact of RUSSIA-Ukraine War on The Egyptian Economy-Policies and Responses. (December 2022). The paper was selected for publication in the International Journal of Management and Applied Science. Congratulations, Dina! 

 Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) graduate student CJ Appleton is a recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) 2023 Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. ASC President Professor Shadd Maruna wrote, “This award is based on your outstanding record. Clearly that record shows accomplishment, but perhaps more importantly; it shows promise for future contributions that you will make to criminology.” He also noted that this was a “remarkable achievement.” Congratulations, CJ! 

Fairfax County Poet Laureate Danielle Badra (MFA ’17) launched a new series of public programming called Poetry in the Parks this spring. The program, developed in partnership with ArtsFairfax and Fairfax County Park Authority, will include three events that invite area poets and parkgoers to consider the relationship between nature and poetry. “Through poetry workshops, readings, and activities in the Parks, I want to illuminate how language and our natural environment can be a source of comfort and creativity. I derive a great deal of my poetic inspiration from nature, and it is my hope to impart this same inspiration to the people of Fairfax County,” says Badra. Get more details about the Poetry in the Parks program.