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Keeping Mason’s Past Alive with Alumni Stories

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 9, 2018

Celebrating 50 years of Mason alumni provides the perfect opportunity for learning more about the Mason student experience—from the very beginning.

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Go Green, Go Gold: A History of Mason Mascots

By Tara Laskowski, MFA '05 on March 9, 2018

Fans of Mason’s sports teams have seen the Patriot mascot evolve from a man dressed in colonial garb to large-headed fuzzy cartoon characters with crazy socks to a dapper, almost superhero Patriot.

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Picturing Prince

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 1, 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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Flipping the CompSci Classroom

By Martha Bushong on March 1, 2018

CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science is the engineering equivalent of freshman composition. At Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering, almost all engineering students, regardless of their majors, must pass this course. It’s a challenging one, especially if it is their first encounter with writing code.

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Seeing What Others Don’t

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 1, 2018

On an otherwise ordinary day near Springfield Mall in Northern Virginia, a car came to an abrupt stop on the side of the road. The driver jumped out, dragged his passenger outside, and threw her onto the curb. Then he got back in the car and sped away. Luckily, Mason alumni Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, an expert on human trafficking, was in her own car nearby, and saw the whole thing.

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Bringing People Together

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 1, 2018

As a practitioner in the peacebuilding field, Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, MAIS ’96, PhD Conflict Analysis and Resolution ’06, helps clients ranging from the Fairfax County Public Schools system to the Security Council of the United Nations with conflict assessment studies, mediation, and training.

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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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