Category Archives: Alumni Event

MasonRVA Beer Trail Tour

Saturday, June 10
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Isley Brewing Company
1715 Summit Ave. Richmond, VA 23230​

Ticket to Ride: $20
includes transportation between stops, snacks and bottled water en route, and a signature Mason Alumni beer glass (space is limited, 1 guest per registrant)

Meet Us There: $5
includes Mason Alumni beer glass, check in with us at any point along the trail

Click HERE to register!

Join us for our trek along the Richmond Beer Trail! Take the journey to three local RVA breweries on Saturday, June 10.  Richmond is one of the nation’s growing craft brewing regions and there is so much to explore!

Start by meeting at Isley Brewing to begin the tour with introductions, mixing, and mingling. Then hop in the van and enjoy some snacks en route to our next stop,  Triple Crossing Brewing (Fulton). Get to know fellow Patriots and share Mason experiences along the way to our final destination of Ardent Craft Ales and their beer garden.  We will conclude the day by taking riders back to the initial pick up spot.

Attendees will also have the chance to share ideas to help build the local network of alumni with the Mason RVA Club. There are more than 2,200 alumni in the region!

Trail Stops (times are approximate)

Stop #1 –  1:00 p.m.
Isley Brewing
1715 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA 23230

Stop #2 – 2:30 p.m.
Triple Crossing Brewing (Fulton)
5203 Hatcher St. Richmond, VA 23231

Stop #3 – 3:45 p.m.
Ardent Craft Ales
3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230

Only plan to stop at 3 breweries, but will drive by 7 more and see some of Richmond’s best historical sites!

Questions about this event?
Please contact Kendra Walchinsky at 703-993-8737 or

Join MasonRVA in Pittsburgh, PA for the A10 Tournament

Come join Mason alumni in Pittsburgh for the A10 Tournament.  Look for follow alumni from Richmond wear a MasonRVA t-shirt as ask for some MasonRVA swag!
MasonRVA will also be hosting alumni before the VCU game on Mar 4th in Richmond.  Stay tuned for details and plan to join us whether you have a ticket to the game or not.

March 8 – 12, 2017

Pittsburgh, Pa

Your Patriots are coming to compete at the PPG Paints Arena for the Men’s Basketball A-10 Championship, March 8-12.

Join fellow alumni, fans, and friends before and after the games at the Mason Nation Headquarters to rally in Patriot pride. At Crafted, you’ll enjoy complimentary appetizers from the George Mason Alumni Association while sharing your Mason spirit with the crowd.

There’s more to do in between the games! Why not make a weekend out of it? Get to know highlights of Pittsburgh by visiting local restaurants and attractions recommended by local alumna, Jamie Heagy ’05.

A10 Championship Updates

All-Session Package: $179
(Mason has been assigned blocks of seats in sections 113, 114 and 116)
Single session tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the arena box office.

(in the Marriott City Center)
112 Washington Pl
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Questions about this event?
Please contact Kendra Walchinsky at 703-993-8737 or via email at

Mason@Richmond MBB and Mason Lobbies Day!

January is always a busy month for MasonRVA so there is never a better time to come out and meet follow Mason alumni in RVA!

Mason @ Richmond Pregame – Sunday, January 22; 10:30am – 12:30pm
Mason @ Richmond – Sunday, January 22; 1pm
Mason Lobbies Day Reception for Alumni – Tuesday, January 24; 5pm – 7pm
Mason Lobbies Day – Thursday, January 25; 8am – 1pm

Mason @ Richmond
Sunday, January 22 1pm
Pregame: 10:30am – 12:30pm; Rob’s Bar, 2823 Anwell Drive, Bon Air, VA 23235
According to the University of Richmond website, the game is officially SOLD OUT, but whether you have tickets to the game or not, all Mason alumni are invited to pregame at Rob’s Bar before the game!

Mason Lobbies Day Reception
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5pm-7pm
Credit Union House of Virginia (108 N. 8th St, Richmond)
Click here to register.
Alumni are gathering in Richmond next week for a legislative reception on Tuesday, Jan. 24! Mason’s President Cabrera will be speaking and attendees will have the chance to interact and talk with guest legislators with complimentary appetizers and beverages.

Mason Lobbies Day
Tuesday, January 25, 2017 8am – 1pm
Click here to register
Mason students coming down from Fairfax to visit the capitol to lobby and alumni are also welcome to join the excursion as guests. This is a great event to mentor Mason students and see them is action!

Not sure if Mason Lobbies Day is for you?  Read some of the past Mason Lobbies Day posts.
Mason Lobbies 2015
Mason Lobbies 2014

New Student Sendoff Party – Richmond 2016

"Incoming freshman students pose at the Mason Statue as the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services hosts Freshman Orientation at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University"

Thursday, July 28
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Deep Run Park – Picnic Shelter 2, Richmond, VA

Next to the Basketball Court (Map)

Join us in welcoming Mason’s newest class!

Come out to Deep Run Park on July 28 for food and festivities alongside incoming freshmen, families, and Mason alumni. The Alumni Association, Office of Admissions, and Mason Alumni in Richmond Club will host this gathering featuring Deep Run Roadhouse BBQ!

This is a great opportunity for alumni to share about their experiences at Mason and get to know other local Patriots. New students will have the chance to learn from those who have come before them and also meet peers before classes start.

There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP so we can plan appropriately for food.

click here to register

We look forward to seeing you soon for some fun in the park!

Questions about this event?

Please contact Kendra Walchinsky at 703-993-8737 or via email at

Save the dates!

Happy New Year!

Between Mason Lobbies and the start of the A10 play, January and February are always a busy time for Mason alumni in Richmond.   Here are just a few of the events not to miss so save the date and use the links below to register!

Planning to attend Homecoming?  Would you be interested in a MasonRVA get together in Fairfax Friday night after the Alumni Beer Tasting event?  Send an email to if you are interested.




Event Reminder: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 5-8:30pm

Once again, MasonRVA is participating in the Annual Alumni Charity Challenge and we need your help! We have won this challenge for the last 2 years so help us do a 3-peat on Wednesday, Sept. 30. We will be collecting canned goods to benefit needy families in the Richmond area at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from 5 – 8:30 p.m. All donations will benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank.

If you have any questions regarding the Alumni Charity Challenge, please contact Rob Walters. Like us on Facebook and check out for the latest information on events and activities.

With Patriot Pride,
Rob Walters ’88
MasonRVA Club Leader

Beat VCU, LSU, UNC,… Mason Alumni going for the 3-PETE!

acc-cupMason Alumni in RVA (w/ help from our fellow alumni in NOVA) won both the 1st and 2nd Alumni Charity Challenges hosted by VCU at Hardywood to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank.

The first two years the challenge was limited to alumni chapters from Virginia schools including VCU, UVA, VaTech, JMU, VMI, etc. so the competition was good, but not good enough to beat MasonNation.  This year the event will be expanded to include alumni chapters from out-of-state schools and we expect participation from schools with strong local alumni chapters like LSU and UNC so a 3-PETE is not a given.  If you have been thinking about getting involved, now would be a good a time 🙂

The first planning meeting with members of the alumni chapters from all the other schools will be next week  (May 11-14, exact day, time, and place TBD).  If you would like to get involved and participate in the planning, or just want an excuse to meet a few other local Richmond alum for a drink after work, send an email and we will let you know when and where the meeting will be next week (we will also post the event on the blog and you can just show up).

Go Mason!


The VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter will be hosting the 3rd  Annual Alumni Charity Challenge with fellow Richmond alumni chapters.  As you may know, we had a terrific turnout last year and had terrific weather as well. Last year, the Alumni Charity Challenge raised a total of 5,649 pounds of canned good for Central Virginia Food Bank in 3 hours with the participation from 13 different schools. This year we are excited to expand the event with out of state universities to compete against the State of Virginia Colleges and Universities.
Charity networking event to raise canned goods which benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank .

A weekday evening in August with a date to be determined

FREE!!! Just bring your Alumni tent

Mason Lobbies 2015 and Alumni Reception – don’t miss it!

Personally, this is my favorite event of the year, not only because we get to talk about our favorite institution of higher learning to our representatives at the State Capitol, but because it is a great opportunity to meet and mentor students attending Mason today (future Mason Alumni).

Last year, a young Mason student who was from Roanoke (wow, a Mason student from Southwest VA!) was assigned to my group of students from the district I live in .  After we visited the offices of the delegates and senators who represent the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, I asked if she would like to try to find her representative from Roanoke. We did and it was cool to watch. In 3 years of participating in Mason Lobbies I have never seen a representative so excited to meet one of his constituents. He had pictures taken, engaged in more than just small talk, and I believe he opened a door for a possible summer internship for the student.

Even if you cannot take the morning off and join us at the State Capitol on Thursday, join us Wednesday night for the alumni reception. Last year, Mason Alum and State Delegates David Ramadan and Tag Greason joined us – who knows who might join us this year, plus we will have MasonRVA t-shirts for everyone.

Mason Lobbies 2015 and Alumni Reception

Join fellow alumni for an Alumni Reception on Jan. 28 and Mason Lobbies on Jan 29., a day where the Mason community will advocate for Mason’s diverse academic interests and legislative priorities with the Virginia State Legislature.
Contact Information
Primary Contact

Gerica Goodman
Date & Location
Date: 1/28/2015 to 1/29/2015
Time: 5:30 PM


Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond
Capitol Square
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Alumni Reception
Join us for an evening of food, fun, and networking in the State Capital on Wednesday, January 28 at 6 pm. Meet fellow alumni from Richmond and across Virginia.Parking at the Hilton Garden Inn: There is ample street parking – no meters after 6:00 p.m. – that surrounds the hotel and there are 2 self-park, self-pay lots directly across the street – one on 5th Street and one on 6th Street.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mason Lobbies 2015
We also encourage you to join your fellow Patriots for Mason Lobbies 2015. Building off of the success of last year’s Mason Lobbies event, Mason Lobbies 2015 will bring together undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a day of advocacy with the Virginia State Legislature.


RVA Food Bank wins again! Mason defeats VCU, Tech, Woos, and others…

THE CHALLENGE – The 2nd Annual Alumni Charity Challenge
Which Richmond area alumni chapter can donate the most canned goods at Hardywood on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 5-8:30pm.



VCU Alumni**
Richmond James Madison (JMU) Alumni Association**
Richmond Hokies**
ODU Alumni Richmond Chapter**
Roanoke College**
@Richmond Hoos – UVaClub of Richmond (University of Virginia Alumni)**
Hampton Syndney
Christopher Newport
William & Mary

** also participated in 2013

acc-cupTHE PRIZE – School name added to the Alumni Charity Challenge Cup (and bragging rights).

THE RESULT – Mason Alumni win the cup and bragging rights for the 2nd year in a row!

Champions: George Mason = 1+ TON


8:30pm – RVA matches donations from NoVa!

If you missed the challenge we hope you will make the event next year! I know VCU, Tech, and UVA are taking notes (they all visited our tent and asked questions) so we are going to need all the help we can get to THREE-PEAT.

@MasonRVA would like to thank those who made it possible to win the Cup (sorry if we miss anyone)…

Brian Jones ’06 (NoVa – for challenging the alumni board to donate over 1,000 lbs of food)
The Alumni Association Board of Directors (NoVa)
The School of Business Alumni Chapter (NoVa)
Gerica Goodman ’12 (NoVa – the new best Alumni Rep ever @MasonAlumni – for driving down from Mason, bringing the tent and the swag, and working the tent)
Jen Shelton ’94 (NoVa)
Carol Swigart ’06 (NoVa)
Jason ’93 & Cathy Reis
Chris Clark-Talley (NoVa)
Anna Goltz (NoVa – the old best Alumni Rep ever for her Peanut Butter donation)

Elaine Gregory ’09 (RVA)
Kimmy Pollard (RVA)
Sabena Moretz (RVA)
Conaway Haskins III ’99 (RVA)
Kerri Chapman ’98 (RVA)

Richmond Brewery Tour

Alumni Charity Challenge 2014 – Brew Tour Raffle

Special thanks to…

Elaine Gregory ’09 – for her generous donation again this year that resulted in her winning the raffle for the 2nd year in a row! (prize: two tickets for an RVA Brewery Tour).

Tommy Miller and Richmond Brewery Tours for donating to the raffle.

Nicola (my wife) – for supporting me supporting Mason.

Next MasonRVA event will be the long anticipated RVA Brewery Tour. We expect to sell-out, so subscribers to the blog will get the first opportunity to sign-up!

With Mason Pride,

Rob ’88

Free RVA Brewery Tour!

rvabrewtour1 Pound = 1 Ticket Raffle

As if supporting Mason and the Richmond Community was not already good enough, now you have one more reason to come out for the Alumni Charity Challenge tomorrow night.


acc-cansPickup some canned goods on the way home tonight to bring to the Alumni Charity Challenge tomorrow (Wed, September 17th, 5:30 – 8:30)  @Hardywood Park for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

Deliver your canned goods to the Mason Alumni tent and enter the MasonRVA raffle for a chance to win two tickets for an RVA Brewery Tour.  You will get one raffle ticket for each pound of food you donate.

Bring your friends who graduated from other fine universities and encourage them to donate canned goods at the MasonRVA tent for a chance to win the raffle (and help Mason win the challenge)!

Last year the raffle helped us divert a few donations from VCU alumni and Mason Alum Elaine Gregory ’09 won.

Go Mason!