Decide on a major while receiving credit! Register for UNIV 200 in fall, 2013.

If you haven’t declared or selected your major, UNIV200: Decide/Confirm Major course will help you meet your goal.

Based on consistent feedback we’ve received from students who’ve completed the UNIV 200 course, 98% of students reported they had either significantly narrowed their choices or had made a final decision on their major.

Do not wait until the first week of class to register!  Four sections are available for fall 2013:

· Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. This is a hybrid section with online coursework and in-class meetings every other week

· Monday, 5 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

· Tuesday, 5 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

· Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


Undecided in a major? Attend the “Choosing a Major” workshop!

University Career Services will be offering a “Choosing a Major” workshop next week, on Tuesday, April 9, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, SUB I, Room 3400. This workshop, which is designed for undeclared students, can help them to discover strategies and resources which are available to assist in the major selection process.

Academic Advisor of the Year

Brydin Banning is named the Academic Advisor of the Year for 2013

Brydin Banning- S-CAR
Brydin Banning- S-CAR

The Academic Advising & Transfer Center is proud to announce that Brydin Banning, from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has been named the 2013 Academic Advisor of the Year. Janette Muir, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education, presented Brydin with this award and plaque at the Academic Advising Roundtable Luncheon on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Brydin Banning has served as an academic advisor since March 2011. Prior to serving as the Director of Undergraduate Student Services for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, she worked in Mason’s Admissions office as admissions counselor, recruiting students from around the country to attend her alma mater. After several years of traveling, Brydin sought a position that would provide her an opportunity to develop relationships with students at Mason, and her current position with S-CAR has allowed her to do just that. Her goal is to be a knowledgeable, supportive adult connection to the university for each student she advises. She enjoys watching her students’ interests and talents develop and is invested in their successes. Brydin is honored to be recognized for her service to the university and is thrilled to continue the tradition of advising excellence in the department.

Statement from  Dr. Solon Simmons, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dear colleagues,

Let me take this chance to celebrate with you another honor of which we at S-CAR can all be proud. Brydin Banning was just awarded on Friday the Advisor of the Year award of 2013 ( for her exemplary work with the undergraduate program and its students. I am sure you are as proud of Brydin as I am and will want to join me in congratulating her on this high honor. The award is student driven and is given in recognition of:

  • Demonstration of a caring, helpful attitude toward students
  • Providing accurate information regarding university academic requirements
  • Making themselves available to students, faculty, and staff
  • Making appropriate referrals
  • Having knowledge of George Mason University regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Supporting student development through advising

In accepting this award, Brydin joins our former winner, Lisa Shaw (2007 award). This tradition of success demonstrates the long-term health of the Undergraduate Program and speaks to the wise, farseeing, and good governance of the program in the past. We have been set with sound moorings by our former staff and directors and are still in good hands under Brydin’s care.

Congratulations Brydin!