Melinda (Lynn) Wildman
2005, Music, BA
Melinda (Lynn) Wildman has been an active participant in the George Mason community from the time she was a student in the School of Music through her eight year tenure as Academic Advisor. Originally from Rochester, New York, Lynn was drawn to Mason by its world-renowned faculty and wealth of opportunities in the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington Metro area. During her time as a student at Mason, Lynn was involved in many on-campus activities, such as her fraternity Alpha Xi Delta, volunteering to raise awareness for the Autism Speaks campaign, bleeding Green and Gold at Mason basketball games with the Pep Band, and forming partnerships with professors, faculty, staff, and students that have lasted up to the present day. Lynn graduated in 2005 with a BA in Music and a Minor in Psychology.
After her graduation, Lynn remained in the area, and in 2007 was given the opportunity to continue her bond with George Mason and the School of Music in the capacity of Academic Advising. Lynn quickly established herself as an indispensable member of the department’s faculty through her ability to assist students not only in navigating the complex maze of higher education, but also by assisting students with the transition from high school to early adulthood. Lynn has dedicated herself to ensuring that higher education is accessible to all that desire it, and takes great pride in seeing first-generation students cross the stage at graduation ceremonies.
Lynn has been recognized by her peers for her distinguished service to the University. She serves as the co-chair of the Mason Academic Advisor Network, a body whose purpose is to improve communication and collaboration between advisors, and ensure that all Mason students receive the type of personal attention that Lynn is able to provide to Music students. In 2015, Lynn was awarded the highest achievement that Mason offers its advisors when she was voted the Academic Advisor of the Year; this award is special because it is determined by direct feedback from faculty, staff, and most importantly, the students themselves. In addition to her official capacity as advisor, Lynn serves as a member of the Alumni Board of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.