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Archive for May, 2012

A University Engaged

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 8th, 2012

Whether educating the next generation of leaders for the classroom, the hospital, the boardroom, or Capitol Hill, or providing quality entertainment through its wonderful arts programs and venues, Mason is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university.

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Mason’s North Campus

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 8th, 2012

Paul VI Catholic High School now occupies what was once the university’s North Campus and before that the old Fairfax High School. I started my freshman days with Mason in 1975, shortly after leaving the air force but still remembering the days when Fairfax High was one of my high school’s rivals. At first, I did not want to attend classes there. I had fresh memories of the days spent walking the constricted hallways of James Madison High School, and I just did not want to return to that feeling. I made sure the bulk of my classes were on the main campus.

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As Mason Turns 40

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 8th, 2012

Our students and alumni reflect Mason’s global presence, and we will continue to have a lasting impact on the world. Quite a statement! As we think about Mason’s core educational mission and our hopes for Mason’s future students, we are reminded about the role each of us has in continuing the Mason legacy by ensuring that future students enjoy the same opportunities that we enjoyed.

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Patriot Profile: Keith Sullivan

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 7th, 2012

Year: Doctoral student Major: Computer Science PhD student Keith Sullivan leads Mason’s robotics team, the RoboPatriots, who compete internationally each summer. Right now, Sullivan and the team are preparing to compete in the 2012 RoboCup in Mexico City, Mexico, this summer. The Team: The RoboPatriots compete in the kid-size humanoid league with robots that are…

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While you could easily burn a tank of gas driving between Mason, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia, the four institutions have never felt closer.

Through the wizardry of state-of-the-art teleconference technology developed by Cisco System, students, faculty, and staff at these schools can now conduct meetings among the universities, share classes that otherwise would not be available to students, and collaborate on research initiatives, all without having to travel.

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Biomedical Boot Camp

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 7th, 2012

An unusual partnership between Mason and its neighbor, Georgetown University, puts wanna-be medical students and health care professionals on the fast track.

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The Artists

by Catherine Probst on May 2nd, 2012

Name: Year: Freshman Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia Major: Music Education Why They Chose Mason: After their first visit to the Fairfax Campus, these identical twins were convinced that Mason was the place for them. “I immediately felt like Mason was my home away from home. Everyone was so friendly and welcomed us with open arms,”…

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The Diplomat

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 2nd, 2012

Name: Jeffrey Wood Year: Freshman Hometown: Washington, D.C. Majors: Global Affairs and Chinese Why He Chose Mason: “There is something for everyone here,” he says. “Because I’m from D.C., it was important that I felt far enough away from home but still could have access to D.C.’s opportunities.” What Sets Him Apart: As a sophomore…

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The Athlete

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 2nd, 2012

Name: Lana Zonjic Year: Sophomore Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia Major: Undeclared, but she is leaning toward business. Why She Chose Mason: Zonjic did her research before deciding to study in the United States. Everyone she talked to reported positive experiences, but she was still uncertain about being so far away from friends and family. “Then I…

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The Activist

by Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on May 2nd, 2012

Keil Eggers

Name: Keil Eggers Year: Freshman Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas Major: Currently government and international politics; he is considering adding a major in conflict analysis and resolution and a minor in Arabic. Why He Chose Mason: Becoming a University Scholar was the deciding factor. “I had some full tuition offers from other colleges, but none of them…

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