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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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Mason Alumni Work to Fight Hunger in Northern Virginia

By Mason Spirit contributor on September 5, 2013

Although it’s considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, Northern Virginia maintains a poverty rate of approximately 5 percent. This means that more than 90,000 people live in poverty—30 percent of which are children—and hundreds of thousands more lack adequate food, housing and transportation. Food for Others (FFO), run by two George Mason University graduates, is determined to change that.

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Unless they hit it big like Today’s Al Roker, the careers of weather forecasters are often only fair and partly cloudy. Which is why Mason alumnus Matt Rogers, MBA ’01, decided to make his own sunshine: He went into business for himself.

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Phil Becnel: G Is for Gumshoe

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 21, 2013

The commonly accepted stereotype of a private investigator is one of intrigue and danger, of native cunning, and a willingness to shed shoe leather in all-out efforts to crack a case. PIs have been romanticized in popular culture since the Victorian era, with the film nor likes of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe paving the way for Veronica Mars and Mike Hammer in movies and television.

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The Inauguration of Ángel Cabrera

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 30, 2013

From the opening procession, with faculty and visiting university presidents dressed in their academic regalia, to the upbeat musical finale led by Doc Nix and the Green Machine, the inauguration of Mason’s sixth president was something to talk about.

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A Passion for History and Vinting

By Michele McDonald on April 23, 2013

The bite-marked bullets found on the grounds of their new winery near the Bull Run battlefield told Mason alumni Jon and Kim Hickox a Civil War tale from a time when “to bite the bullet” meant more than taking on a tough task.

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Celebration of Distinction 2013

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 17, 2013

On Wednesday, April 17, 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 at the Celebration of Distinction 2013 Program available online.

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Vincent Oppido: Composing a Career from Mason to Hollywood

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 28, 2013

The image scrolls by in an instant, and unless you are looking for it, you might not see the name “Vincent Oppido” rushing over Kristin Chenoweth’s glittery gown at the end of February’s broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards. But there it was, and now it’s on Oppido’s resume, along with a host of other accomplishments achieved during and after his studies at George Mason University.

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George Mason University Joins the Atlantic 10 Conference

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 26, 2013

George Mason University has entered into a membership agreement to join the Atlantic 10 Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season, President Ángel Cabrera announced today. The Patriots officially will become members of the 21-sport league on July 1, 2013. “This is an exciting time for George Mason University,” says Cabrera. “After careful consideration, we have concluded that joining the A10 is the right move at the right time for Mason.”

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Newly Discovered Owl Species Named for Mason Alumna

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 12, 2013

A career in animal research has kept Jolanda Luksenburg, PhD Environmental Science and Policy ’12, hard at work all over the globe, but it was a trip she made while vacationing that led to one of her most fascinating discoveries, and to having her name bestowed on a whole new species.

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