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Archive for September, 2014

Meet the Alumni Association President

by Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA '07 on September 15th, 2014

Chris Preston, BS Management ’96, the Mason Alumni Association president as of July 1, is a busy guy. He is the senior vice president for strategic and regional management with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, a position he began in fall 2013. The Mason Spirit caught up with him by phone during his commute from Philadelphia to Fairfax, where he shares a home with his wife and young son. He took a few minutes to chat about why he loves Mason and his hopes for our alumni community.

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Parent and Family Council Created

by Mason Spirit contributor on September 15th, 2014

The new Parent and Family Council provides a way for parents and families to actively engage on campus. Council members will act as ambassadors, representing the council to prospective and current students and families.

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The George Mason University Board of Visitors has approved a merger of the university’s School of Public Policy and its Department of Public and International Affairs. The new School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs will be one of the largest schools of policy, government, and international affairs in the United States. When classes begin…

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Identity and Power in Ukraine

by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on September 12th, 2014

At the time of the publication of Mason professor Karina Korostelina’s book, Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power: Self-Imagination in a Young Ukrainian Nation (Lexington Books, 2013), Ukraine had stepped to the forefront of the world’s news as the power struggle between the country, independent since the early 1990s, and Russia’s subsequent usurpation of Crimea grew violently hostile.

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Alumni Weekend: Mason’s Green and Gold Bash 2014

by Mason Spirit contributor on September 10th, 2014

This year’s Alumni Weekend Green and Gold Bash will feature great music, food by the Grafton Street Restaurant and Irish Pub, and a spirits tasting by the A. Smith Bowman Distillery.

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