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The George Mason University Board of Visitors has approved a merger of the university’s School of Public Policy and its Department of Public and International Affairs. The new School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs will be one of the largest schools of policy, government, and international affairs in the United States. When classes begin…

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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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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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A new National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) semi-professional soccer team is expected to draw not only players affiliated with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United but also George Mason University players and top amateurs from around the United States. And a George Mason alum is the owner.

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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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George Mason University Joins the Atlantic 10 Conference

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 26, 2013

George Mason University has entered into a membership agreement to join the Atlantic 10 Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season, President Ángel Cabrera announced today. The Patriots officially will become members of the 21-sport league on July 1, 2013. “This is an exciting time for George Mason University,” says Cabrera. “After careful consideration, we have concluded that joining the A10 is the right move at the right time for Mason.”

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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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