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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 Mason Spirit contributor on December 6, 2013
Military analyst Christine Fox was the inspiration for the female lead in the movie Top Gun. This week she was appointed acting deputy secretary of defense.
By Mason Spirit contributor on September 5, 2013
Although it’s considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, Northern Virginia maintains a poverty rate of approximately 5 percent. This means that more than 90,000 people live in poverty—30 percent of which are children—and hundreds of thousands more lack adequate food, housing and transportation. Food for Others (FFO), run by two George Mason University graduates, is determined to change that.
By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on June 28, 2013
Unless they hit it big like Today’s Al Roker, the careers of weather forecasters are often only fair and partly cloudy. Which is why Mason alumnus Matt Rogers, MBA ’01, decided to make his own sunshine: He went into business for himself.
By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on June 21, 2013
Mason alumnus Richard Bausch has joined the ranks of a select group of esteemed writers with his acceptance of the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story. The prize was presented to Bausch for crafting stories that are “unstintingly about those subjects we can not afford to ignore: matters of life and death, yes; but chiefly matters of life sustained.”
By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on April 29, 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 Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 28, 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 26, 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.”
By Rashad Mulla, BA '11 on March 19, 2013
In 1996, Elyse Leeds Acanda, BA English ’94, continued a life of fitness–which included cheerleading throughout high school and college–by immersing herself in the practice of yoga. She took classes with a variety of qualified yoga teachers, practiced multiple styles of yoga, and even trained in locations from Arlington, Virginia, to Miami.
By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 12, 2013
A career in animal research has kept Jolanda Luksenburg, PhD Environmental Science and Policy ’12, hard at work all over the globe, but it was a trip she made while vacationing that led to one of her most fascinating discoveries, and to having her name bestowed on a whole new species.
By Mason Spirit contributor on February 28, 2013
Everyone likes getting more bang for their buck and credit cards with reward programs have become increasingly popular because they offer perks and bonuses on purchases. Figuring out how rewards programs work, however, can be a bit of a hassle. Some offer a percentage of cash back or number of reward points for a specific…
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