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Archive for May, 2013

Hybrid Class

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 30th, 2013

Paige Wolf School of Management Almost 500 students are enrolled in Mason management professor Paige Wolf’s People and Organizations course each semester. The sheer number of people who take this School of Management core course was a driving force behind finding an innovative solution to meet both learning and efficiency goals. All of Wolf’s lectures…

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Connecting the Classroom to the World

by Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on May 28th, 2013

It started as an effort to rethink undergraduate education in a way that emphasized workforce readiness. Almost 18 years later, New Century College is thriving, and in ways no one expected.

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Rethinking the Classroom

by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 28th, 2013

Age-old teaching methods are being “flipped” in favor of new classroom practices and technologies—and the university administrators are pushing for it.

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Top 5: Tips for Thriving at Work

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 24th, 2013

Research shows that positive people, those who experience more frequent positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, hope, or love, are more creative, energetic, engaged, resilient, and productive. Staying positive at work enhances your performance and your well-being. It also significantly improves your overall life satisfaction.

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Arts Alive

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on May 24th, 2013

Mason’s homegrown Potomac Arts Academy not only provides high-quality art instruction to the region, it fills a crucial gap.

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Patriot Profile: Erica Gallis

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 23rd, 2013

Erica Gallis Year: Junior Major: Anthropology A Really Big Show: Since spring semester 2012, anthropology major Erica Gallis has been working with Mason professor Alexander V. Benitez on his Central American ceramics research project. Their work and the work of others are culminating in an exhibit this spring, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past…

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Lani Leary: Life Lessons from the Dying

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on May 21st, 2013

Two major occurrences prompted Mason alumna Lani Leary to make death her life’s calling. The first was when her mother died. The second was when Leary herself died.

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Phil Becnel: G Is for Gumshoe

by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 21st, 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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Affirmed: The Importance of Debate

by Mary Frances Forcier on May 21st, 2013

The George Mason University Debate Team is currently ranked first in the nation and since its debut in 1974, has consistently ranked among the top debate schools. The team regularly qualifies for the National Debate Tournament and has won or placed at almost every major tournament throughout its history. And, thanks to a $250,000 gift from Mason alumnus Burton Gray and his wife, Yardly, the debate team will gain additional scholarship support, travel expenses, and funding for coaches.

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Katie Monroe: Seeking Justice for All

by Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on May 21st, 2013

One class can change your life in ways you would never imagine. Just ask Mason law alumna Katie Monroe. As a student at Mason’s School of Law, Monroe was searching for her legal niche—until she took Professor Robert Davidow’s criminal procedures class.

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