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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 Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 14, 2013
Mason’s Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) program strives to provide an inclusive university experience to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
By Tara Laskowski, MFA '05 on November 5, 2013
Grad student Samantha Oester’s travels aboard an Antarctic research vessel brought her face to face with icebergs and wildlife, and even inspired her to take a dip in the freezing Southern Ocean.
By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 31, 2013
Gone are the days of a student slipping quietly into the back of a classroom and going unnoticed. Today’s university professors have students engaged in a variety of innovative ways—and they are looking for results.
By Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on May 28, 2013
It started as an effort to rethink undergraduate education in a way that emphasized workforce readiness. Almost 18 years later, New Century College is thriving, and in ways no one expected.
By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 28, 2013
Age-old teaching methods are being “flipped” in favor of new classroom practices and technologies—and the university administrators are pushing for it.
By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on May 24, 2013
Mason’s homegrown Potomac Arts Academy not only provides high-quality art instruction to the region, it fills a crucial gap.
By Mason Spirit contributor on April 30, 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 Michele McDonald on April 23, 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 Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on October 23, 2012
Some might argue that Mason’s diversity is a product of its multicultural environment, but a deep-seated effort goes into ensuring an inclusive university. Two programs are at the crux of this endeavor.
By Colleen Kearney Rich on October 19, 2012
When it comes to dealing with the General Assembly and state capital, Mason has always been the new kid on the block. So as our graduates build careers and establish themselves in numerous places, including the Virginia state government, everyone benefits.
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