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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 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 Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on July 3, 2013
Major: Integrative Studies major minoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Internship: For the past year, the rising senior has been a student analyst with the U.S. Department of State as part of the Student Career Experience program, now known as Pathways. Ross works in the Office of Information Programs and Services, which handles privacy and…
By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 23, 2013
Erica Gallis Year: Junior Major: Anthropology A Really Big Show: Since spring semester 2012, anthropology major Erica Gallis has been working with Mason professor Alexander V. Benitez on his Central American ceramics research project. Their work and the work of others are culminating in an exhibit this spring, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past…
By Mason Spirit contributor on October 19, 2012
Kees Slot Year: Senior Major: Nursing with a Minor in Public Health Military Service: Nursing student Kees Slot spent six years as an Army medic, including a deployment to Iraq in 2005, prior to attending Mason. During his time there, he assisted at a medical aid station, which was responsible for caring for soldiers and…
By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 10, 2012
The questions: Who is the man with the question mark suit and what is he doing spending so much time at the campus Starbucks?
The answers: He’s Matthew Lesko, the longtime grants researcher made popular by colorful late-night infomercials in which he pitches his free money books. He busies himself on his laptop at the coffee shop between Chinese language classes at the Confucius Institute at Mason.
By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 7, 2012
Year: Doctoral student Major: Computer Science PhD student Keith Sullivan leads Mason’s robotics team, the RoboPatriots, who compete internationally each summer. Right now, Sullivan and the team are preparing to compete in the 2012 RoboCup in Mexico City, Mexico, this summer. The Team: The RoboPatriots compete in the kid-size humanoid league with robots that are…
By Catherine Probst on May 2, 2012
Name: Year: Freshman Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia Major: Music Education Why They Chose Mason: After their first visit to the Fairfax Campus, these identical twins were convinced that Mason was the place for them. “I immediately felt like Mason was my home away from home. Everyone was so friendly and welcomed us with open arms,”…
By Mason Spirit contributor on May 2, 2012
Name: Jeffrey Wood Year: Freshman Hometown: Washington, D.C. Majors: Global Affairs and Chinese Why He Chose Mason: “There is something for everyone here,” he says. “Because I’m from D.C., it was important that I felt far enough away from home but still could have access to D.C.’s opportunities.” What Sets Him Apart: As a sophomore…
By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 2, 2012
Name: Lana Zonjic Year: Sophomore Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia Major: Undeclared, but she is leaning toward business. Why She Chose Mason: Zonjic did her research before deciding to study in the United States. Everyone she talked to reported positive experiences, but she was still uncertain about being so far away from friends and family. “Then I…
By Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on May 2, 2012
Name: Keil Eggers Year: Freshman Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas Major: Currently government and international politics; he is considering adding a major in conflict analysis and resolution and a minor in Arabic. Why He Chose Mason: Becoming a University Scholar was the deciding factor. “I had some full tuition offers from other colleges, but none of them…
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