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Archive for April, 2010

Gunston Gets a Green Makeover

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Mason’s lovable former mascot, Gunston, has taken on a new role this school year. As the university’s sustainability ambassador, the furry creature travels to local elementary schools to spread the word about environmentalism. The university, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED ) project, created an interactive environmental education program for children in…

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Women’s Volleyball Claims CAA Championship

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Feel free to call it a comeback. The Mason Women’s Volleyball Team, facing a two-set deficit, stormed back to take home its eighth Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship last November, upsetting top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University on the Rams’ home court. Mason is the first team ever to rally from a 2-0 deficit and win the…

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Mason Amasses Top Rankings

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 1st, 2010

For the second year in a row, Mason was ranked one of the top 100 North and Latin American universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The analysis is conducted annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education.  Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance. These include the…

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Major Gifts Signal Major Growth

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

In terms of physical growth, 2009 was a big year for Mason, with seven buildings coming online and 10 more in the works. Several big gifts signal that the expansion won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In December, Mason announced a major land gift of 37 acres in Loudoun County, Virginia, from Van Metre Companies….

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A Time for Inspiration, Reflection, and Looking Ahead

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

In April, the George Mason University Alumni Association honored the 2010 alumni award recipients at the Celebration of Distinction. This annual ceremony has evolved into a hallmark event for the university at large, and a look at the awardees reveals why. The work of our alumni in leadership, research, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and leading-edge thinking helps…

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Opening Doors

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Every year, George Mason University takes in about 5,000 new undergraduates. Half are freshmen, and half are transfers. A large part the transfer group comes from Virginia’s community colleges. It is this group of students that most remind me of myself. My parents didn’t go to college. My father had two years of high school;…

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The Law Won

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 1st, 2010

Much has changed since 1972. Richard Nixon was president, and The Godfather was the year’s highest grossing film. A gallon of gas set you back about 36 cents, and a new home could be purchased for about $40,000. And in a church basement in Washington, D.C., five attorneys started what later would become the George…

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Mason’s Law School: Building Memories

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 1st, 2010

For the first two decades of its life, the George Mason University School of Law held court in a former department store, complete with escalators to guide students to and from classes. Back then, the old Kann’s department store building was also home to Mason’s graduate and continuing education programs. According to a Washington Post…

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Evolving Epicenter

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 1st, 2010

The Washington Post glibly called it a “mall of knowledge” in an early 1996 review, and, frankly, it does look like a mall, with a fountain, lots of windows, hanging banners, and large ornamental staircases. There is even a Taco Bell. Sure, it is a large student center—lots of the universities have them—but when the…

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A Winning Tradition

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 1st, 2010

When Mason’s men’s basketball team went all the way to the NCAA Final Four in 2006, Coach Jim Larranaga, borrowing from the Greek philosopher Aristotle, spoke to the media about “a habit of excellence” that permeated not just the university’s approach to basketball but all Mason sports and the entire campus. It became a university…

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