Mason’s SciTech Campus celebrates and looks ahead to the future


George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus teamed up with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce last week to hold a Mason 50th Anniversary celebration at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

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More than 100 faculty, staff, students, alumni and members from the community attended the Science and Technology Campus' 50th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Sierra Guard/Creative Services

The event was attended by more than 100 guests, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and members from the community.

“Partnership and collaboration are in the SciTech DNA, and we reinforced that important fact again [on Sept. 15],” said Ron Carmichael, the director of administration and operations for the SciTech Campus.

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From left, SciTech Director of Administration and Operations Ron Carmichael with Mason alumni State Senator Jeremy McPike, Erika Spalding, Debbie Jones, Sean Connaughton, Lovey Hammel, Rex Parr, Tina Laguna, and Afnan Ali. Photo by Sierra Guard/Creative Services

Carmichael opened the evening with remarks touting the strong partnerships the campus has established with Prince William County and the City of Manassas. The spotlight then shifted to the distinguished alumni committee members attending the event, including State Senator Jeremy McPike, Sean Connaughton, Lovey Hammel, Debbie Jones, Tina Laguna, Rick Nishanian, Rex Parr, Erika Spalding, and Afnan Ali.

Both Innovation Town Center developers were on hand to explain their projects and discuss future development of their projects.

In addition, Carmichael announced that the Mason Alumni Association planned to establish a Prince William Chapter for the 11,000 Mason alums who live in the county.