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Turning on the Jets

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 2, 2020

Mason alumnus Nabih “Nino” Dandan has used his swift feet to help him break into the business of minor league baseball as the popular entertainment persona “The Fridge.”

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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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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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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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Adventures at a Radio Station in a Subarctic Climate

By Mason Spirit contributor on January 21, 2014

Iditarod. Inupiaq. Adventure Safety. These are the nomenclatures of Nome, Alaska, that were at first surprising to Mason alumna Dayneé Rosales, BA English ’11, but are now part of her everyday life. Rosales moved to the Washington, D.C., area from central Bolivia when she was 10 years old. She now works for KNOM Radio Mission.

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From the Archives: Finding the Answers

By Mason Spirit contributor on December 6, 2013

Military analyst Christine Fox was the inspiration for the female lead in the movie Top Gun. This week she was appointed acting deputy secretary of defense.

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Mason Alumni Work to Fight Hunger in Northern Virginia

By Mason Spirit contributor on September 5, 2013

Although it’s considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, Northern Virginia maintains a poverty rate of approximately 5 percent. This means that more than 90,000 people live in poverty—30 percent of which are children—and hundreds of thousands more lack adequate food, housing and transportation. Food for Others (FFO), run by two George Mason University graduates, is determined to change that.

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Unless they hit it big like Today’s Al Roker, the careers of weather forecasters are often only fair and partly cloudy. Which is why Mason alumnus Matt Rogers, MBA ’01, decided to make his own sunshine: He went into business for himself.

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