Student Representatives Named to Board of Visitors for 2011-12

Posted: July 11, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 11, 2011 at 7:08 am

By Lea Lubag

Each year, two exceptional students are selected as representatives to the George Mason University’s Board of Visitors (BOV). This year, Rachel Bruns and Andrias White were chosen through a competitive process from among a group of outstanding scholars, all interested in serving. Each student will serve one year on the board as a nonvoting member.

“Ready and Prepared”

Rachel Bruns. Photo courtesy of Rachel Bruns

Bruns is a rising junior pursuing a global affairs degree with a concentration in global economy and management. Her minor is in women and gender studies.

She currently serves as the executive director of Social Venture Consulting, a student pro-bono nonprofit consulting firm based in Mason’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

She is also vice president of events for the Mason Ambassadors, a group that provides campus tours for prospective students and their families, and was commended as a Top 10 Ambassador for the past three semesters.

Bruns is a member of the Honors College, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Leadership, Training, Empowerment and Motivation Team.

In addition to her active academic career, Bruns holds an impressive employment history.

She worked as a data intern at ChangeWave Research, where she was responsible for quantifying, grading and formatting data and charts for published reports. She is currently an administrative assistant at an Army research, development and engineering center.

“Working for the Army has allowed me to gain professional government experience alongside academics. I feel ready and prepared for this opportunity (on the BOV),” says Bruns.

She adds, “I’m very excited to be working with Andrias. It will be a pivotal year, especially with President Merten retiring. We must continue with a positive direction for Mason.”

“A Well-Rounded Vision”

Andrias White. Photo by Lea Lubag

White, a tourism and events management major, will be a senior this fall.

During her time at Mason, she has worked as the director of comedy and speakers for the Program Board for two years, as the program assistant for the Office of Student Involvement and as an event information assistant in University Information.

She currently works as the event coordinator assistant in the Office of Admissions.

White says she wants to serve on the BOV because she has “always been very interested in administration and how the university works; it truly is a business as well as a place of education.”

White says she hopes to “bring a sense of liveliness and a well-rounded vision of what the students actually want — and to be able to explain the decisions that are made on a higher level back to the students.”

White is a member of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is the Omicron Iota Chapter president for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

White is also the founder of the Diamonds in the Rough Manhood Development Program, which fosters academic excellence by providing interactive and informative experiences that equip African American males in middle and high school with the tools to succeed personally and professionally.

For this effort, White received the 2009-10 Standards of Excellence award for the Most Innovative Program of the Year from the Office of Student Involvement. She also received the Black Heritage Month NAACP Award for Most Inspirational Female in 2011, presented through the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.





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