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A Serious Job with a Side of Cute

By Damian Cristodero on July 14, 2016

Alumnus Juan Rodriguez is one of three primary keepers for the adorable giant Pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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Patriot Profile: Lisa Struckmeyer

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 14, 2016

Anthropology master’s student Lisa Struckmeyer is “addicted to research” and this semester examined the often tight connection between bee keepers and their bees.

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School of Theater Alumni Inspire Pockets of Change

By Jamie Rogers on July 14, 2016

The Pocket Change Theatre Company performs at food trucks, restaurants, and preschools—unconventional, but contextually fitting, settings—that give children greater access to shows.

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Three-Time Mason Alumna One of Forbes “30 Under 30”

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on July 12, 2016

Writing about the effects of regulation on entrepreneurial capitalism and markets, economist Liya Palagashvili publishes pieces in major academic journals and media outlets, and is a Forbes “30 Under 30.”

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Mason Alumna’s Tubman Screenplay Wins $50K Prize

By Jamie Rogers on June 14, 2016

A grade-school fascination with Harriet Tubman led Mason history alumna Katherine Craddock to write a screenplay about the historical heroine. The piece garnered her a $50,000 prize—and the attention of companies offering her the chance to make it a major Hollywood production.

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Father to Son, a Passion for Serving Mason

By Rob Riordan on May 14, 2016

“I grew up with George Mason,” Jimmy Hazel, JD ’84, says, and he means it literally. The chair of the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees was speaking to a room packed with Mason supporters who had come together during Homecoming Week for the dedication of the James W. Hazel Conference Room in Merten…

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Honoring Nation’s Fallen Through Music

By Jamie Rogers on May 4, 2016

Music alumnus Daniel Boothe was asked by the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations to compose a musical accompaniment for video documentaries of dignified transfers, or somber ceremonies for fallen U.S. soldiers returning home through Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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Turning Passion into Profession

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 3, 2016

If you followed your favorite NFL team on ESPN this past season, there’s a good chance Mason alumnus Brian Burke provided the reporters you saw on camera with in-game analysis information.

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Victoria Lipnic: The Privilege of Public Service

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on April 29, 2016

It’s not surprising that a career in public service would call to Mason School of Law alumna Victoria Lipnic. Her father was mayor of her hometown, Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, for 25 years, and she was imbued with her father’s sense of honor and duty.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Lewis Forrest II

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 28, 2016

You might consider University Life associate dean Lewis Forrest a Mason lifer. In addition to earning two degrees at Mason, Forrest has spent the majority of his professional life at the university, first working in the Early Identification Program (EIP) and then serving as its director. In 2015, he took on a new role in University Life, where he oversees not only EIP, but the offices of Graduate Student Life, International Programs and Services, Academic Integrity, and Mason Recreation.

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