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Good as Gold

By Damian Cristodero on May 12, 2017

U.S. Olympic gold medalist David Verburg, Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources ’13, returned to campus in February, where he was honored during the men’s basketball game with La Salle.

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Mason Spirits

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 12, 2017

Crafting “adult beverages” is one of the growing of the industries in Virginia, and entrepreneurial Mason alumni are well represented.

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Bethany Hall-Long, Alumna of the Year

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 26, 2017

When Mason alumna Bethany Hall-Long was sworn in as lieutenant governor of Delaware on January 17, she also became the first Mason alum to hold the second-highest office in state government. She is this year’s Alumna of the Year.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Ryan Murphy

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on April 26, 2017

For Ryan Murphy, coordinator of Mason Recreation’s Outdoor Adventures program, each week offers a new chance for travel and discovery. Since the program began in 2014, Murphy has spent weekends leading Mason students and faculty away from books and desks and into the outdoors. He decides what trips to take, and handles requirements for programming, equipment, permits, and trip leader training, for nearly 30 trips a year.

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Alumni Profile: Jay Coakey

By Damian Cristodero on April 26, 2017

When Mason alumnus Jay Coakley began collecting hats to give to kids battling cancer who had lost their hair to chemotherapy, he expected the initial rush of donations to quickly slow.

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Patriot Profile: Issmar Ventura

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 26, 2017

When communication major Issmar Ventura, BA Communication ’16, was a small boy, he aspired to be an airline pilot. When he grew up, he worked for Air France for a while and decided that career wasn’t for him. His mother suggested he become an immigration lawyer because he loved helping others. He considered it and even shadowed one for a stint, but again—not for him. He placed himself through his years at Mason by working a sales job, yet again, it just did not fit. Now he is on his way to his dream career as a broadcast journalist.

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Alumni Profile: Rachel Beauregard

By Teresa D. Allen, MFA '12 on April 26, 2017

Nashville resident and Mason theater alumna Rachel Beauregard embodies her favorite Tina Fey mantra: “Say yes. Then figure it out later.” She said yes to Mason’s Hylton Performing Arts Center, returning to campus to perform with her country band, Native Run, in October 2016.

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Patriot Profile: Catherine Rochon

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on February 6, 2017

A ballroom dancer since eighth grade, Catherine Rochon, now president of Mason’s Ballroom Dance Club, urges others kick up their heels as a way to unwind.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Josh Cantor

By Colleen Kearney Rich on February 6, 2017

As director of parking and transportation, Josh Cantor has heard all the excuses and talked to plenty of irate customers, but still manages to keep his sense of humor.

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Live on the Scene

By Teresa D. Allen, MFA '12 on February 6, 2017

Mason alumnus Joe Little has won seven Emmy Awards for his news coverage at KGTV 10News, an ABC affiliate in San Diego, California.

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