EIP Magazine // Jason A. Moore

EIP Magazine // Hot Topics

Jason A. Moore is a researcher of scholarly issues relative to the field of academic support, college access, the minority male demographic, programmatic assessment, adult learning theory, and behavioral health studies.  Formerly a professional school counselor and educational consultant in the state of New Jersey, Moore most recently served as the Assistant Director in the Center for Academic Excellence at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  Moore’s experience with student support services, NCAA compliance processes and athletic academic support, higher-ed course instruction, and program facilitation at the K-12 level has created a detailed framework for his student advocacy and educational initiatives.

“I look forward to helping strengthen our outreach and develop additional means of access to affect larger numbers of students”  –  Jason

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy from Elon University and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.  He is a member of the National Academic Advising Association; the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and Pi Lambda Theta, an International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education that recognizes professional educators of excellence.  Moore, his wife Branice, and daughter Phoenix, reside in Prince William County, VA.

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EIP Magazine // Jason A. Moore

EIP Magazine; Article written by Rhina Ascencio and Laydy Reyes, EIP Staff

In Summer 2010, Lewis E. Forrest, II accepted the challenge to become the new Executive Director of Early Identification Program (EIP). A program rich in tradition and legacy, Lewis embraced the challenge head on, embodying the notion of Patriot Pride and the George Mason University motto: Where Innovation is Tradition.

Having once served as the Associate Director, Lewis led with unique insight into the needs of the program. At the start of his term, he was determined to accelerate EIP to the next level as a major contributor in the fight for equal access to higher education. In collaboration with staff, he focused on building relationships on and off campus, which peaked support from donors, garnered stronger partnerships with school districts, encouraged greater involvement by students and parents, and secured long-term funding for EIP.

“Lewis is a visionary leader, mentor, and friend who makes genuine connections with students and staff. So it made sense when GMU honored him in this Spring with the University Life Positive Impact Award.”

For us, “Mr. Lewis” has had the greatest impact right here in our office. EIP is a family; and like a close uncle, Lewis has watched many of us (EIP Alumni) graduate from childhood to adulthood. He has seen us blossom and mature into scholars and professionals. Mr. Lewis projects his positive outlook onto others, strives to deliver quality programs, and inspires students to realize the academic dreams they once thought unattainable. Leading EIP into its 25th year, we are now more able than ever to Inspire Excellence Through Education.

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EIP Magazine // Positive Impact “Mr. Lewis”

EIP announces the release of EIP Magazine. Formerly the EIP Newsletter, the official publication of Early Identification Program will serve as the primary source for the reading about new milestones for the program, student success stories, the latest news, and upcoming events.

The first issue (Spring 2012) includes a vivid cover story on the inspiration left by former Associate Director Khaseem Davis, told by EIP Alumnae and Teacher Assistant to Davis, Ingrid Rodriguez. The new Associate Director is also introduced as a part of this seasons Hot Topics section. Other stories include details about the widely talked about EIP Rebrand Project, the success of EIP’s first leadership conference Dare 2 Lead (D2L), and the upcoming, 25-year Anniversary of the Summer Academy. Also featured, Executive Director Lewis E. Forrest, II (or “Mr. Lewis”) is recognized by George Mason University Life with the Outstanding Impact Award.

Take a look at the very first release of EIP Magazine, Spring 2012 right here. Enjoy!

EIP Establishes “EIP Magazine”

University Life at George Mason University works in partnership with the corporate community to raise funds for diversity and leadership education initiatives––namely Student Transition

Empowerment Program (STEP) and Early Identification Program (EIP). ULife hosted its annual Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic at the South Riding Golf Club in Virginia. Sandy Spring Bank (the title-sponsor) alongside Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BMW, Domino’s Pizza and other corporations contributed approximately $30K in donations. Since its inception, the University Life Golf Classic has been the source of more than $100,000 in scholarships.

ULife Golf Classic: Corporations Give Back

Both the Mason and corporate communities show support for the EIP and its students in many ways. Over the past year, two major fundraising events, the 2011 University Life Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic and the 2011 George Mason University Northrop Grumman Diversity Scholarship
Classic, have reaped huge benefits for our students. Because of this support, more than 25 EIP students attending Mason were awarded some form of scholarship. The awards were given to students who have excelled academically and have made contributions to the EIP or the S.T.E.P programs. EIP would like to recognize Sandy Spring Bank and Northrop Grumman for serving as the lead sponsors for the golf classics. We would also like to recognize QinetiQ, CACI, Lockheed Martin, Enterprise Rental, State Farm Insurance, Northrop Grumman Credit Union, Dell Computers, Xerox, Golden Gate, HITT Contracting, Marriott, Cardinal Bank, Brion‟s Grill, Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., Robert Baumgartner, Carlson, Hale and Baumgartner, UNISource, Price Modern, Ms. Terry Wang, Mr. Tony Pierce, and Mr. William Washington for their contributions. The University Life Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic was capped off with a warm speech by former NFL player and NFL Hall of Fame nominee Mr. Brian Mitchell. Thank you again to Mr. and Mrs. Green, EIP and University Life staff, the UL Advisory Board, the Development Office, and the many individuals who helped make each event successful.

Corporate Support Helps Change Lives

During the Fall semester, several EIP Students enrolled at Mason were awarded the George Mason University Diversity Scholarship, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman Credit Union, and from the 2010 GMU University Life Diversity Golf Classic. The golf tournament sponsors included: Sandy Spring Bank, US Operations of CACI, QinetiQ, Lockheed Martin, former Redskin Mr. Brian Mitchell, Systems Applications, Inc., Triumph Technologies, Inc., New World Bilingual Institute, and Mr. Anthony Pierce. In total, 18 EIP Students enrolled at Mason were awarded scholarship for the Spring Semester of 2011.

Scholarship Recipients

By Guelila Fornetti

EIP staff member Rebecca “Becky” Flores has received University Life Impact Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Becky is the Budget Manager for EIP, responsible for administering the program’s budget and ensuring that the funding is used as efficiently as possible. Though Becky’s role is behind the scenes and many EIP Students may never meet her, her professionalism has a direct impact on the quality of a student’s experience at EIP. We congratulate her on her achievement.

EIP Budget Manager Recognized

By Lilibeth Perez

Attending George Mason University for the first week was an eye opener and better than what I initially expected.

What made this whole experience much more enjoyable was that I had classes with people I already knew. It’s a good feeling to experience new things with friends. Also a couple of my friends have a similar interest in the major I want to do, biology.

I just recently became interested in volunteering in Honduras so I can help out in their community. There will be a meeting next week and I am definitely going to go and learn more about it. Also, there is going to be an AIDS Walk next week which I am interested in participating in. Overall, attending GMU is fun and the teachers in my classes are nice and helpful. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Student Voice: My First Week at Mason!

By Akeia Everett

This week was more than I could imagine. I experienced new people, new things, and an overall new environment. At times, I must admit that I felt overwhelmed with the course load from my classes. The amount of reading that I had to do was a surprise that high school did not prepare me for.  However I have continued to keep a positive attitude and have done my very best.

So far, living on campus has been great. My roommates are awesome. In fact, one of my roommates was actually in EIP with me. The other girls on my floor are also great. It’s amazing that people from  many different cultures and backgrounds find ways to build meaningful relationships and a sense of unity. This has helped me to adapt to life on campus much more easily than I anticipated.

As I reflect on this week, I am so pleased with my college experience so far. I look forward to many new adventures.

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