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Alumnus Richard Bausch Honored with 2012 Rea Award

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on June 21, 2013

Mason alumnus Richard Bausch has joined the ranks of a select group of esteemed writers with his acceptance of the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story. The prize was presented to Bausch for crafting stories that are “unstintingly about those subjects we can not afford to ignore: matters of life and death, yes; but chiefly matters of life sustained.”

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Vincent Oppido: Composing a Career from Mason to Hollywood

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 28, 2013

The image scrolls by in an instant, and unless you are looking for it, you might not see the name “Vincent Oppido” rushing over Kristin Chenoweth’s glittery gown at the end of February’s broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards. But there it was, and now it’s on Oppido’s resume, along with a host of other accomplishments achieved during and after his studies at George Mason University.

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Mason Alumna’s Impact Stretches Throughout World

By Rashad Mulla, BA '11 on March 19, 2013

In 1996, Elyse Leeds Acanda, BA English ’94, continued a life of fitness–which included cheerleading throughout high school and college–by immersing herself in the practice of yoga. She took classes with a variety of qualified yoga teachers, practiced multiple styles of yoga, and even trained in locations from Arlington, Virginia, to Miami.

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Newly Discovered Owl Species Named for Mason Alumna

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 12, 2013

A career in animal research has kept Jolanda Luksenburg, PhD Environmental Science and Policy ’12, hard at work all over the globe, but it was a trip she made while vacationing that led to one of her most fascinating discoveries, and to having her name bestowed on a whole new species.

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School of Management Alumnus Develops Credit Card Rewards App

By Mason Spirit contributor on February 28, 2013

Everyone likes getting more bang for their buck and credit cards with reward programs have become increasingly popular because they offer perks and bonuses on purchases. Figuring out how rewards programs work, however, can be a bit of a hassle. Some offer a percentage of cash back or number of reward points for a specific…

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From Soccer Star to Globe-Hopping Entrepreneur: Martin Dunphy Finds Success

By Mason Spirit contributor on January 11, 2013

Many say the key to success in business is reinvention—the ability to reinvent yourself, your product, your company. That may explain the success that Mason MBA grad Martin Dunphy has had throughout his career that has seen him reinvent himself from trained chef to soccer star to globe-hopping entrepreneur.

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Sports Management Program Prepares Grad for Golf’s Ryder Cup

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on October 26, 2012

Mason alumna Noelle Fanella parlayed her Mason minor in sports management into a paying job working at Medinah Country Club last summer and followed up with another job this year. It just so happened Medinah was hosting the Ryder Cup. Now she has a sports “mega-event” on her resume—and she shared fairways with the world’s best golfers.

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Halloween Special: Mason Grad Quits Job to Cage . . . Zombies?

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on October 10, 2012

Zombies

So what’s more frightening, being chased by brain-starved zombies or quitting your job two years out of college and opening a large, seasonal, and very expensive amusement attraction?

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Critic McCarthy: Asking the Right Questions

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on June 5, 2012

He’s been to Cannes, Rio, and Hollywood. He’s worn Elton John’s eyeglasses (and he his), been slapped by Steve Carell (twice), arm wrestled with Sugar Ray Leonard, sang with Jack Black, got Matt Damon to admit to crying, and helped Russell Crowe meet Harrison Ford via Twitter. Steven Spielberg loves him.

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Mason Day? You Should Have Been Here in the ’70s…

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on April 23, 2012

The early Mason Days in the ’70s were experiments in social media. We’d send a Tweet to the student body announcing when we’d be celebrating our founder, then the message would be circulated via everything from Facebook to Tumblr and then . . . ah, who are we fooling?

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