Fourth Estate/Allison Alberty

Welcome back, Patriots! Things on campus are beginning to cool down both literally and figuratively with the holiday season just around the corner. The Fourth Estate hopes that everyone has a restful break next week, and comes back in December ready to crush those final exams! 

This week…

Faculty EJ Stoltzfus received a pat for being “the best” from a fellow faculty member. They said, “Thanks for always having an open door for brainstorming, venting, and the occasional cookie/coffee break!” 

Staff member Philip Wilkerson received a pat for facilitating the ‘Pats for Patriots’ initiative and helping put together a great Kindness Ambassadors reception. “Thank you for leading the kindness ambassadors by example!” 

Student Karin Fukahori received a pat from a faculty member that she works with who is “so proud” of her. “Karin is young in age but very experienced in patience,  kindness and love to the children at the GMU Child Development Center. She’s a flexible, educated, and dependable source for the next generation of Early Childhood Educators.” 

The Fourth Estate would like to send a special pat to all of the students, staff/faculty and alumni who were honored as 2022-2023 Kindness Ambassadors this week by Mason Chooses Kindness. Congratulations, and keep leading by example! 

Stay tuned for more Pats from the Mason community soon! To submit a Pat, visit