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Archive for March, 2019

Life’s Lessons On and Off the Court

by Colleen Kearney Rich on March 28th, 2019

John Niehoff, BS Accounting ’84, has a penchant for business and passion for basketball. He also has a special talent for giving back to the alma mater he holds responsible for his success.

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Family Comes First for CEO

by Rob Riordan on March 28th, 2019

Brian Kearney, BA Integrated Studies ’02, started with his family’s business when he was in the third grade. He’s since become COO and has since given back to his other family: George Mason University.

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For This Traveling Physician, Mason Showed Her How to “Walk the Walk”

by Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 28th, 2019

Sima Assefi, BA Biology ’89, was a freshman at Mason when war broke out in Iran, and she was left penniless. Almost 30 years later, she was named a Mason Exemplar.

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Kauri George, Film and Video Studies

by Mason Spirit contributor on March 22nd, 2019

Year: Senior Major: Film and Video Studies Hometown: Centreville, Virginia Switching Gears: With a little push from herself, and before getting in too deep, Kauri George decided to shift away from her studies in journalism and instead follow her dreams of film and video. She wanted to have a hand in every aspect of film,…

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With a Little Help From Our Friends

by Colleen Kearney Rich on March 22nd, 2019

The generosity of donors doesn’t just impact Mason—it changes lives. Four students and alumni share their stories about how your dollars have made a difference.

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Ian Lisman

by Rob Riordan on March 22nd, 2019

Ian Lisman, MPP ’15, had a clear personal mission when he enrolled at Mason in 2013: Help his fellow veterans.

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Mihaela Suciu

by Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 22nd, 2019

Mihaela Suciu’s childhood and adolescent years present a sobering timeline of abuse, family alcoholism, divorce, and her mother’s death. But for this neuroscience major, those challenges were no match for her determination to persevere and not be defined by what came before.

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Evan Draim

by Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 22nd, 2019

Evan Draim spent his first two years out of Princeton University being a voice for people who are still learning to advocate for themselves. What he didn’t realize was that the work he was doing made him the perfect candidate to receive the A. Linwood Holton Jr., Leadership Scholarship.

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Cordelia Cranshaw

by Colleen Kearney Rich on March 22nd, 2019

When Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW ’14, graduated from Mason, she garnered media attention, including a story in USA Today. The reason: She beat the odds.

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Growing Up Mason

by Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on March 21st, 2019

English major Meghan Levinson “graduated” from Mason’s Child Development Center when she was five. She is now part of Mason’s Honors College and fondly remembers her days at the center.

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