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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 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.
By Jason Jacks on October 24, 2011
During their initial meeting, Broadside sports editor Cody Norman was granted something by Mason men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt that sports reporters prize above all else: unfettered access.
By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on May 10, 2011
Name: Kaala Evans Major: Bioengineering Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia Organizational Theory: Evans was a commuter student her first two years at Mason, so she participated in a lot of clubs to meet fellow students. “It’s a good way to network and meet people. In science, you need people around you as a support system to help…
By Mason Spirit contributor on April 28, 2011
On April 13, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. During the course of the evening, Mason President Alan G. Merten took a few minutes to address the group about his upcoming retirement in June 2012 and reiterate his…
By Jason Jacks on March 10, 2011
Sports radio fans know Grant Paulsen as 106.7 the Fan’s voice at FedEx Field and Redskins Park, but he is also a senior communication major at Mason looking forward to graduation and what looks like will be an exciting career.
By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 1, 2010
Major: PhD in Economics Hometown: Stafford, Virginia Semper Fi: In 2004, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl volunteered to escort home the remains of PFC Chance Phelps, a Marine killed in the Iraq War. Strobl kept a diary throughout the trip, which took him from Dover, Delaware, to Dubois, Wyoming. Those notes would eventually become the basis…
By Mason Spirit contributor on October 9, 2009
Vincent Oppido, BA Music ’08, who penned his first composition at age 14, is well on his way to joining the ranks of talented composers, such as Mozart and Chopin, who began their musical careers at a young age. Currently a graduate student in Mason’s School of Music where he is working toward a master’s…
By Colleen Kearney Rich on October 8, 2009
Year: Senior Major: Film and Video Studies Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia Webmaster Extraordinaire: Plank started WrongPlanet.net, an online community for individuals and the parents of those with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other neurological differences, with a friend he met online while he was still in high school. WrongPlanet.net currently has almost…
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