Life is much more than time spent on the clock. In this series, we highlight the unique hobbies and volunteer activities of Mason's talented faculty and staff. Submit a nomination for Off the Clock.
- September 29, 2023
As employer engagement consultant with University Career Services at George Mason University, Jneva Norfleet connects organizations with qualified talent from Mason, helping Mason students and graduates achieve their career goals. Outside work, Norfleet hones other talents of her own—she is a Toastmasters champion and a spoken word artist who shares her poetry to inspire others.
- September 6, 2023
Liza Wilson Durant wears many hats at George Mason University. Outside her work at Mason, though, Wilson Durant makes a different impact on her community as an emergency medical technician (EMT).
- June 14, 2023
As term associate professor of statistics, Kenneth Strazzeri stays busy teaching about 300 students each semester. Beyond his passion for teaching, Strazzeri discovered two new interests in recent years: running and biking. This hobby is now his major mode of transportation, as well: commuting to Mason by bike has offered Strazzeri motivation and an opportunity to improve as an athlete.
- Off the Clock: Maria Uriyo started a nonprofit robotics group and competes in tournaments with her familyMay 23, 2023
As assistant professor and online Master of Health Administration coordinator in Mason’s College of Public Health (CPH), Maria Uriyo teaches courses on Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Management and co-manages the Master of Health Administration Program's capstone research class.
- Off the Clock: Caroline Masakayan makes a difference as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for childrenApril 13, 2023
As the student enrichment coordinator in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, Caroline Masakayan helps organize a variety of student activities. She also supports student organizations and the college’s two learning communities. Outside of work, Masakayan volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), helping children experiencing tough living situations, abuse, and neglect.
- January 19, 2023
Dominique Banville, from the small town of La Malbaie, Quebec, didn’t get serious about curling until she moved to the United States. That was 1999, when she started at Mason and joined the Potomac Curling Club.
- Off the Clock: Amanda Snellings is the artistic director of City of Fairfax Theatre Company, a community theatre groupJanuary 11, 2023
Amanda Snellings is the assistant director of development at Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts, but when she's off the clock, she is also the artistic director of City of Fairfax Theatre Company.
- November 17, 2022
Karen Lee, assistant director of the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), has been a part of the Sweet Adelines since 1991.
- October 27, 2022
Micah Hodges works as a success coach in University Life at George Mason University. In this role, Hodges works one-on-one with students to help them discover what success looks like to them. Outside of work, Hodges helps sustain and develop something else: our local environment and community spaces. As a volunteer with NOVA and District Cleanups, Hodges works alongside cadres of volunteers who remove trash from public spaces.
- October 13, 2022
As the university archivist for University Libraries, Bob Vay collects and maintains George Mason University photos and documents from over the years. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vay has spent his personal time collecting something new: guitar parts.