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Picturing Prince

by Mason Spirit contributor on March 1st, 2018

Over Alumni Weekend, Mason alumnus Steve Parke came to campus to share his experiences working with music icon Prince and sign copies of his new book, Picturing Prince (Octopus Books, 2017), for an enthusiastic crowd of the Purple One’s fans.

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Dreaming Big

by Mason Spirit contributor on December 12th, 2017

The life of Mason benefactor Long Nguyen is a monument to the idea of the American dream. Born in Vietnam during World War II, in a time and place of conflict, Nguyen came to the United States in the early 1960s for his education.

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Bringing Business to Life: Leaders in the Classroom

by Mason Spirit contributor on December 5th, 2017

More than 60 alumni take part each year in the School of Business Leaders in the Classroom series. Organized by the school’s advancement and alumni relations team, the series puts alumni in the classroom as guest speakers on industry-related topics. In the 2016-17 academic year, the series coordinated 80 classroom visits.

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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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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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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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Where Cars Park, Green Roof Grows (Video)

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 9th, 2017

The Rappahannock River Parking Deck on Mason’s Fairfax Campus recently got a new roof—a green roof, to be specific—as part of a graduate research project. The green roof was built with the assistance of two graduate students, who will be conducting their own research on different aspects of the roof.

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Cutting the Gauze

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 9th, 2017

On May 12, the Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic “cut the gauze” on a new permanent space in Manassas Park. Thanks to a generous grant by the Potomac Health Foundation and the hard work of the many MAP clinic partners, health care service scan now be expanded from one to five days a week in…

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Alumni Profile: Maria Ambrose

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 4th, 2017

For Maria Ambrose, BFA Dance ’11, an early opportunity at Mason planted the seed that would grow into her professional career, and land her in the spotlight.

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Patriot Profile: Nick Stasiak

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 4th, 2017

While still in high school, Nick Stasiak began reporting on the local weather on a website he created, gaining the attention of several nearby meteorologists. When he came to Mason, he began using his page Forecast GMU (now nickstasiak.com) and the Twitter and Instagram handle @GMUWeatherman to keep Mason students informed of local weather.

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