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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…
By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on May 2, 2012
Name: Valarie Anne Rock Year: Freshman Hometown: Poulsbo, Washington Major: Bioengineering Why She Chose Mason: Rock, who had never lived anywhere but her hometown before venturing east, says, “Mason seemed like home from the first time I set foot on campus.” At the suggestion of her trumpet coach, she checked Mason out and was impressed…
By Mason Spirit contributor on March 27, 2012
On March 28, the George Mason University Alumni Association will recognize its most prestigious alumni 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 full program available online. The top four award winners are profiled…
By Lisa M. Gerry on October 24, 2011
This fall, Danjing Shen will be one of more than 70 Chinese students studying at Mason as part of the China 1+2+1 program. Mason is one of 18 public universities to offer the program, which allows students from China to spend two years at an American university bookended by time at their Chinese universities, and receive diplomas from both.
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