Save the dates: April 9, 2015 and May 13, 2015

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming events that should not be missed:

1. April 9, 2015

EcoScience+Art is a new initiative and collaboration between the arts and sciences at George Mason University. It is our mission to bring together individuals working across the boundaries of ecosystem science, art, engineering, and design fields to share knowledge, expertise, and wisdom for creatively engaging in the common pursuit of a sustainable future. Please join us for our event, a very special evening with internationally acclaimed eco-artist Lillian Ball.

Talk:  Sculpting Solutions: Art- Science Collaborations in Sustainability” by Lillian Ball
Venue: Mason Global Center Grand Ballroom Salon A (formerly Mason Inn)
Time: April 9, 2015, 6pm – 8pm

Lillian Ball is an ecological artist and environmental activist working primarily with water quality and erosion issues. A multidisciplinary background in anthropology, ethnographic film, and sculpture inform her work. She has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at the Queens Museum, the Seville Biennial, and Reina Sofia Museum in Spain.  Numerous art awards include:  two New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, a John-Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Invited to contribute a chapter to “The Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration” (Island Press 2011). She was named 2012 Environmentalist of the Year by the North Fork Environmental Council, and awarded a citation by the New York State Assembly for WATERWASH ABC. Since 2006, when Ball was appointed to the Southold, NY Land Preservation Committee, she has worked with this maritime municipality on conservation, land use, and stewardship of their public preserves and farmlands.

The WATERWASH® public project series combines storm water remediation, wetland habitat restoration, with educational community outreach. The original prototype transformed a water access park and was funded by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund as a concept that can be adapted to coastal situations worldwide.  WATERWASH ABC, the second completed work, is an innovative collaborative green infrastructure solution to runoff pollution in the Bronx River. Job skills apprentices from Rocking the Boat, a non-profit teaching local youth to build wooden boats and do environmental work on the river, collaborated with the artist, planting over 9000 native plants. WATERWASH ABC cleans commercial parking lot runoff before it enters the river, opens private property to pubic use, and was funded by the NY State Attorney General’s Office with fines from polluters.

Changwoo Ahn, Founder and Director
Mark Cooley, Co-director

2. May 13, 2015

College of Science 2015 Convocation & Celebration Party

Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Patriot Center, George Mason Fairfax Campus
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Student Speaker: TBD

Timeline of Events:

1:00pm Line-Up in Parking Lot A
1:30pm Processional Preparation
1:45pm Processional
2:00pm Call to Order and Welcome
2:15pm Commencement Address
2:30pm Presentation of Diplomas
3:30pm Reception


Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: