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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 Mary Frances Forcier on May 21, 2013
The George Mason University Debate Team is currently ranked first in the nation and since its debut in 1974, has consistently ranked among the top debate schools. The team regularly qualifies for the National Debate Tournament and has won or placed at almost every major tournament throughout its history. And, thanks to a $250,000 gift from Mason alumnus Burton Gray and his wife, Yardly, the debate team will gain additional scholarship support, travel expenses, and funding for coaches.
By Beth Pullias on May 21, 2013
Armed with maps, contact lists, and tons of Mason spirit, a busload of students, faculty, staff, and alumni descended on the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on February 7 to meet with Virginia legislators. The group of approximately 80 Mason representatives shared the story of the university and expressed gratitude to the legislators for all the work they do.
By James Greif, MPA '07 on May 17, 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 14, 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 17, 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 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 Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on November 27, 2012
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the George Mason University School of Management’s Plan for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) website received a much-needed upgrade before the 2012 fall semester.
By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on October 31, 2012
When Louis C. Buffardi and James F. Sanford arrived at Mason in 1971 and 1973, respectively, parking was $2 for two cars for the year, hoagies sold in the cafeteria for 10 cents an inch, the computer was a room-sized punch card contraption, and the department secretary found typing on the new electric typewriter slower than on the manual. And Lou’s sideburns were hip. Now the associate psychology professors and best friends, who first met in graduate school, are retiring after more than 40 years of teaching together. Let the reminiscing begin.
By Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on October 31, 2012
Mason students showed their class spirit while giving back to the university during the second annual Patriots for Patriots campaign this past spring. More than 1,200 students contributed upward of $3,200 over the two-month span, compared with 800 students giving more than $2,000 just a year ago.
By Mason Spirit contributor on October 31, 2012
“Homework is the first ‘job’ for students with clear consequences if not completed,” says Mason educational psychology professor Anastasia Kitsantas. “It is a vehicle for students to assume responsibility and to learn that they are accountable for their own actions.” Recent research studies reveal that homework experiences increase students’ responsibility for learning and help them…
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