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Celebration of Distinction 2017

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 1, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, 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 at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia.

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On the Bench with Mason Psychology Professor Lou Buffardi

By Colleen Kearney Rich on October 31, 2016

Mason basketball superfan and psychology professor Lou Buffardi was one of the lucky 15 faculty and staff members chosen by lottery to be a sideline coach with the men’s basketball team during a home game.

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In the Lyme Light

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

Artist and writer David Michael Conner, BA English ’01, MFA Creative Writing ’09, knew something was wrong with him in early 2010. He was suffering from cluster headaches, temporary leg paralysis, double vision, panic attacks, hearing fluctuations, and bouts of fatigue so extreme he couldn’t drag himself out of bed. After years of enduring a battery of tests and struggling to get a concrete diagnosis—all while trying to work a full-time job in spite of his many symptoms—Conner discovered that all of his health issues traced back to an inadequate course of antibiotics he took for Lyme disease at the age of 18. Now Conner is speaking out internationally about Lyme disease and advocating for those who are chronically ill with it.

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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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50 Years of Mason Day: Tug-o-War, Bands, and a Greased Pig

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 2, 2015

The students invading Lot L on a Friday last April to take spins on the carnival rides (a record attendance), snack on funnel cake (so bad, so good) and listen to live bands, including headliner Jesse McCartney, may have had little idea they were continuing a tradition that began 50 years ago on the Fairfax Campus.

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Research of Consequence Is a Mason Hallmark

By Michele McDonald on November 2, 2015

From innovative cancer treatments to concussion detection, George Mason University researchers are pioneering techniques designed to change the lives of patients and their families.

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Getting the “Band” Back Together

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 2, 2015

More than 110 alumni and current students returned to the School of Music for Alumni Weekend 2015 ready to perform.

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Celebration of Distinction 2015

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 14, 2015

On Thursday, April 23, 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 Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes.

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Mason physicist Erdal Yiğit is working to interpret and scrutinize the data MAVEN is collecting now that it has entered the atmosphere of the Red Planet and begun to send back information.

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Mason Alumnus Plays Edgar Allan Poe in New Play

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 13, 2014

First it was law, then economics, and now, six years after graduation, Elliott Kashner has turned his attention to acting and is finding success. Kashner is the title character in Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, which opened Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C., and runs through Dec. 7. The York, Penn.,…

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