University Life supports every student at Mason Square from orientation through graduation.
Please note that these are the official hours for University Life Arlington.
To check whether someone is available to assist you outside of official office hours, you are encouraged to drop by or call 703-993-8984.
Meet our Staff
Melissa Garza Thierry
Title: Associate Director
Melissa Thierry serves as the Associate Director, Regional Campuses, for University Life Arlington. In this role she provides leadership in the coordination and facilitation of University Life Academic Support Services at the Arlington Campus.
Melissa has been with George Mason University since 2013. She holds a bachelor of music from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a master of music education from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Joe, and their two children. She is active in her church choir, local elementary PTA leadership, and is an advocate for Down syndrome awareness and education.
Title: Programming & Administrative Coordinator
Sophie serves as the Programming & Administrative Coordinator. She supports operational areas and administrative aspects of the Arlington Campus Office of University Life and assists in facilitating the provision of University Life programs and services that are integral to student's educational success. Sophie has a passion for loud concerts, brunch menus, and hiking Virginia’s beautiful parks. Sophie received her B.A. in Global Affairs and M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University.
Title: Graduate Professional Assistant
Mitch serves as the Graduate Professional Assistant. He helps with operational areas and supports University Life events for graduate students at Arlington, undergraduate and NOVA Advance students at Loudoun, and student cohorts at Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation at Front Royal.
Meet our Campus Student Ambassadors
The role of University Life Regional Campuses Student Ambassadors is to be the student voice of each campus.
Caroline Wesson is a fourth year PhD student studying Political Science, with an emphasis on innovation studies, at George Mason University. She is a President’s Scholar and a graduate research assistant for Dr. JP Singh. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caroline is currently working on research related to the intersection of culture, technology, and economic development. This includes her dissertation on innovation clusters around the globe. Caroline was a research intern with Center of Strategic and International Studies as well as a summer associate for the RAND Corporation. In her free time Caroline enjoys creating vocal covers for her soundcloud, planning fan events for BTS, enjoying all things nature, and connecting with the greater GMU community!
Emily Jeffries currently serves as an Arlington Campus Student Ambassador with George Mason University’s University Life office. She is pursuing a master’s in public policy with an emphasis in Education Policy. She currently works in higher education policy for a small non-profit in Washington, D.C. Emily completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Emily is passionate about ensuring all students have access and support to complete a college degree. You’ll catch her grabbing a coffee and walking her chihuahua in the Arlington neighborhood when she’s not in class.
Ziad Al Achkar
Ziad Al Achkar is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. His research focuses on the use of digital technologies in support of peacebuilding and humanitarian action, and the evolving relationship with the private technology sector. Ziad enjoys Football (soccer), cycling, coffee, and binge-worthy tv shows.
Give Back to University Life at Mason Square
Would you like to support the Mason Square student experience? Give to University Life Mason Square. To specifically support University Life at the Arlington Campus, be sure to click ‘Other’ as a designation and reference University Life Mason Square in the space provided. Thank you for supporting our students!