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Patriot Profile: Nadine Rousseau

By Mason Spirit contributor on January 21, 2015

A life-changing performance with Broadway legend Patti LuPone showed senior Nadine Rousseau that a career in theater is within reach.

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Hannah King: Exploring the Intricacies of Dependency with Dance

By Catherine Probst on September 16, 2014

George Mason University junior Hannah King realized her love of dance at a young age. She was a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company, the longest-running modern dance company in Seattle, Washington, and by age 15 had already choreographed nine dance pieces. During the fall semester, King worked on her most challenging piece yet—a choreographic study of dependency, isolation, and perpetual motion.

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Marcus Daum

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 16, 2014

Mason physics major Marcus Daum already has set his sights on getting a PhD. In fact, terminal degrees are kind of a tradition in his family, so Daum plans to follow in the doctoral footsteps of his father and his grandfather after he completes his bachelor’s degree in 2015. His field: physics. Why did he…

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Leah Bruch

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 16, 2014

Community health major Leah Bruch might not be afraid of public speaking, but presenting her paper at the American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting and exposition as an undergraduate definitely was a bit nerve-wracking.

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Celebration of Distinction 2014

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 10, 2014

On Wednesday, April 9, 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…

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Patriot Profile: Christopher Vo

By Catherine Probst on April 8, 2014

The Washington, D.C., region is a hotbed of personal drone development, and PhD student Christopher Vo is getting in on the action. The drones he develops—and he’s built nearly 15 of them—are called quadcopters because they are lifted and propelled by four rotors. You may have even seen Vo’s quadcopter zooming through the air when he was producing an aerial video of the Fairfax Campus.

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Mason Students Take a South Polar Plunge

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.

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Patriot Profile: Lela Ross

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…

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Patriot Profile: Erica Gallis

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…

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Patriot Profile: Kees Slot

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…

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