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Archive for October, 2011

The Challenges of Going Global

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 25th, 2011

With respect to all of Mason’s global activities, I think our China activities have been some of the most exciting and groundbreaking. The China 1+2+1 program has brought students to us from incredible institutions in China, students who contribute to campus life in ways we never imagined, and it has allowed us to meet the…

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Greetings, Mason Alumni!

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 25th, 2011

Greetings, Mason Alumni The Alumni Association worked right through the summer, and now staff and board volunteers prepare for our annual Alumni Weekend (September 29 to October 2, 2011) and Homecoming (February 2012). Reconnecting alumni with each other and the university is central to the mission of the Alumni Association. I am particularly mindful, as…

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Golden Quill Society Recognizes New Alumni

by Lisa M. Gerry on October 25th, 2011

Founded by the Alumni Association, Mason’s new Golden Quill Society aims to recruit and engage recent graduates who have excelled in academics and leadership at Mason. The society inducted its first members last spring.

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The Search Is On

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 25th, 2011

With Mason president Alan Merten retiring June 30, 2012, the university and its governing body are seeking a successor. Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) has selected BOV member and Mason alumna Lovey Hammel, BS Marketing ’88, to lead the presidential search committee. The committee includes several BOV members, Student Government president Allyson Bowers, a number of alumni board members, and faculty and staff members.

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Engineering Students Assist Peruvian Village

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 25th, 2011

Members of Mason’s Engineering Students Without Borders (ESWB) group aren’t waiting until they graduate to put what they’ve learned to use in the real world. Last June, a group traveled to San Isidro, Peru, to implement a water storage system for an irrigation network in a small 100-person agricultural community in the Andes mountains.

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Top 5: Protect Yourself from Internet Threats

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 25th, 2011

Almost every week, a story appears in the news about a company being hacked into and personal data being compromised. There are ways you can protect yourself from this sort of online trouble, say experts Anup Ghosh and Steve Ward.

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Harold and the Silver Telescope

by Lisa M. Gerry on October 24th, 2011

While a student at Mason, astronomy professor Harold Geller wanted a telescope for the university and its students. Now, almost 30 years later, his dream is a reality.

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Mason’s Little Garden That Could

by Lisa M. Gerry on October 24th, 2011

“Everything we planted died,” Wyman says. “So we spent a lot of time—when we weren’t crying over our dead plants—amending the soil.” They gathered leaf litter from a nearby waste facility and manure from local horse farms to condition the soil.

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Putting Our Hoops Hopes in Hewitt

by Jason Jacks on October 24th, 2011

Mason’s new men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt talks strategy, Larranaga’s legacy, and his dreams for the team.

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For much of his professional life in the intelligence industry, Mason alumnus Frank Strickland has maintained a career cloaked in secrecy and marked by security clearances, guarded buildings, and top-secret documents. And while Strickland understandably can’t divulge too much about what he does, what he can say is that he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lifetime commitment to furthering his education.

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