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Alumni Profile: Tracy Russillo

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 30, 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 28, 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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Meet the Mason Nation: Dan Walsch

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 7, 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 7, 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 7, 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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Simply the Best

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 5, 2017

Mason senior Mason MacDonald won the Sodexo USA National Customer Experience Award for his lively efforts behind the counter at the Northern Neck Starbucks on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

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Lights, Camera, FAVS Students in Action

By Colleen Kearney Rich on June 21, 2016

“I toured a lot of different film schools, and this was one of the only ones that emphasized working with other students,” says FAVS Meagan Arnold, who comes from Stephens City, Virginia. “It is really hard to make a short film by yourself.”

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Oldies But Goodies: Phoebe’s Throwback Thursdays

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on June 14, 2016

While it prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, Phoebe, Mason’s longstanding literary journal, is now spotlighting some old favorites. Through its new Throwback Thursday blogroll, the journal presents one piece from a past issue each week and promotes it via social media.

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50 Years of Mason Day: Tug-o-War, Bands, and a Greased Pig

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 2, 2015

The students invading Lot L on a Friday last April to take spins on the carnival rides (a record attendance), snack on funnel cake (so bad, so good) and listen to live bands, including headliner Jesse McCartney, may have had little idea they were continuing a tradition that began 50 years ago on the Fairfax Campus.

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Q&A with David M. Rubenstein

By Michael Sandler on September 23, 2014

The Carlyle Group co-founder urges graduates to embrace change, be useful, and experiment.

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