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Archive for November, 2017

Alumni Profile: Tracy Russillo

by Mason Spirit contributor on November 30th, 2017

Lt. Col. Tracy Russillo, BS Law Enforcement ’88, a 28-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, is the first woman to be appointed deputy superintendent of the department. Prior to this position, she was also the first female to receive major and lieutenant colonel status.

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Where the Wild Things Grow

by Colleen Kearney Rich on November 28th, 2017

On the south side of the Fairfax Campus, between the Art and Design and Nguyen Engineering Buildings, there is a space where wild things grow. This outdoor classroom/learning lab is called the Green Studio, and George Mason University just might be the only university with such a space.

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Patriot Profile: Katie Lai

by Colleen Kearney Rich on November 27th, 2017

When communication major Katie Lai enrolled in a speech class at Las Positas College, she had no idea the course would completely change her trajectory. She found she was good at public speaking and was soon competing on the college’s forensics team.

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Fighting Addiction, One Question at a Time

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 7th, 2017

How a health practitioner asks about a patient’s habits may be one of the first steps to tackling Virginia’s opioid epidemic.

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From Simulated Disaster, Real Understanding

by Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 7th, 2017

Florida field exercise helps conflict students learn firsthand how to deal with a crisis.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Dan Walsch

by Colleen Kearney Rich on November 7th, 2017

You might recognize Dan Walsch, PhD Communication ’11. For nearly 20 years, he served as Mason’s director of media relations and spokesperson and could be seen on the local news from time to time. He also taught public relations classes in the Communication Department for most of his 28-year career at Mason. In fact, teaching is what led him to his current position.

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Rice, Beans, and a Serving of Reality

by Jamie Rogers on November 7th, 2017

Barbara Gomperts, MA English ’08, wondered how she was going to make one can of beans last three days.   She had $4.18 to spend on food each day for the next three days—a total of $12.54.   For Gomperts, a nutrition major, this was a project for the NUTR 626 Food Systems class, offered at Mason this summer. But for others, it’s a way of life.   Students in the class…

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A Daughter’s Tribute

by Mason Spirit contributor on November 7th, 2017

On January 8, 1973, Lt. Col. William L. Deane of the U.S. Army was declared missing in action in Vietnam. His daughter, Sharon M. Deane, MA History ’10, was 8 at the time. For 27 years, the Deane family waited and hoped for answers. In April 2000, his remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a special ceremony recognizing his ultimate sacrifice.

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Much More to the Story

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 7th, 2017

Mason communications officer John Hollis is a history buff, seasoned journalist, and author whose second book was published in October from Hugo House Publishers. The Making of a Hero: The Life and Death of Sgt. Rodney M. Davis tells the story of Hollis’s wife’s uncle, an African American who was presented a posthumous Medal of Honor for saving the lives of five fellow Marines in one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War.

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More Than 7,230 Miles Apart, Mason and Pakistani Professor Come Together

by Mason Spirit contributor on November 2nd, 2017

For the past two years, College of Education and Human Development professor Rebecca Fox has been living in two time zones. By day, she juggles the myriad demands on faculty; at night or early morning, usually on Skype, she is talking with colleagues in Lahore, nine hours ahead.

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