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A New Tradition for Mason

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 7, 2009

October 2-4 was our first ever Alumni Weekend at George Mason University. With your help and participation, we had an incredibly successful and fun weekend. I know many of you were amazed at the enormous growth that has occurred on the Fairfax campus since your last visit and at the numerous construction projects still underway….

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Sometimes a Great Typo

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 7, 2009

About 13 years ago, I was getting ready to give a talk on activities at Mason. I was meeting with then-vice president of university relations Helen Ackerman, MA English ’86, and we were talking about what universities do. What we came up with was the old faithful, that is, teaching, research, and service, and we…

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Tradition from the Nontraditionalists

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 4, 2009

Today, Mason has several bustling campuses with a large on-campus student population, history, and tradition. Tradition? Yes, we do have tradition at Mason. Our alumni remember Mason Day, International Week, Greek Week, and a host of other annual activities from their time as students that were started by our Mason pioneers and firmly established as…

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From Our Readers

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 1, 2009

Academic Adventure After reading the fall issue of Mason Spirit, I wanted to share my experience at George Mason. In fall 1966, I transferred to George Mason College: no dorms, no library, just four buildings around a small quad. Well, those four buildings were still there in spring 2008 when I returned after a 42-year hiatus…

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The Long and Winding Road

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 1, 2009

Great universities should be great dispensers of knowledge, but they also have to be great creators of knowledge. New knowledge comes from research, and one of our reasons for doing it is that good teaching and good research go together. When I was a business school professor, I would sometimes say to the class, “For…

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From Our Readers

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 1, 2008

All In The Family Both my husband and I graduated from Mason, then called GMU, in 1980. My husband also got his MBA there in 1987. We have four children, three of whom chose Mason as their first college choice. We do have one renegade son, who graduated from James Madison University, but what can you do?…

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Talking Locally about Talking Globally

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 1, 2008

As we have for the past 12 years, my wife, Sally, and I had the opportunity to be in the City of Fairfax’s Fourth of July Parade. While I was sitting in the viewing stand, it occurred to me that I really love this country and I love it more when we are reaching out…

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