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Mason Spirit is published twice a year by the Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs in conjunction with the Office of University Relations.
by Tara Laskowski, MFA '05 on May 17th, 2013
If you drive behind the intramural fields on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, you may notice a fenced-in grassy area with numerous big black tubs planted with various kinds of wetland vegetation. The scientific experiments being done in this outdoor facility are the products of Mason ecological engineer Changwoo Ahn and his students.
by James Greif, MPA '07 on May 17th, 2013
Military service members and their families often face many personal challenges as the result of their deployment or service in the military, including legal problems. In response to these difficulties, Mason’s School of Law established the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers and Veterans (CLASV).
by Beth Pullias on May 14th, 2013
You may have missed them entirely or even walked right through one. FOX5 TV came out to the Fairfax Campus and filmed one for the 5 o’clock news. You could say they came and went “in a flash” this semester. But what are “they”?
by Mason Spirit contributor on April 30th, 2013
From the opening procession, with faculty and visiting university presidents dressed in their academic regalia, to the upbeat musical finale led by Doc Nix and the Green Machine, the inauguration of Mason’s sixth president was something to talk about.
by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on April 29th, 2013
A new National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) semi-professional soccer team is expected to draw not only players affiliated with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United but also George Mason University players and top amateurs from around the United States. And a George Mason alum is the owner.
by Michele McDonald on April 23rd, 2013
The bite-marked bullets found on the grounds of their new winery near the Bull Run battlefield told Mason alumni Jon and Kim Hickox a Civil War tale from a time when “to bite the bullet” meant more than taking on a tough task.
by Mason Spirit contributor on April 17th, 2013
On Wednesday, April 17, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni, as well as Senior of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year, at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. For a look at the biographies of those honored that night, please take a look at the Celebration of Distinction 2013 Program available online.
by Mason Spirit contributor on April 16th, 2013
I also love that Mason is an inclusive community, one that does not define itself by how many students it leaves out but by how many lives it helps transform every year. From a small teaching satellite campus, we’ve grown into a comprehensive, multicampus, metropolitan, research university serving more students than any of our peer institutions in Virginia. And in doing so, we have found ways to serve an incredibly diverse community composed of people not just from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds but with a wide variety of lifestyles and needs.
by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 28th, 2013
The image scrolls by in an instant, and unless you are looking for it, you might not see the name “Vincent Oppido” rushing over Kristin Chenoweth’s glittery gown at the end of February’s broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards. But there it was, and now it’s on Oppido’s resume, along with a host of other accomplishments achieved during and after his studies at George Mason University.
by Mason Spirit contributor on March 26th, 2013
George Mason University has entered into a membership agreement to join the Atlantic 10 Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season, President Ángel Cabrera announced today. The Patriots officially will become members of the 21-sport league on July 1, 2013. “This is an exciting time for George Mason University,” says Cabrera. “After careful consideration, we have concluded that joining the A10 is the right move at the right time for Mason.”
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