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Professors We Love

Each year Mason honors a dedicated professor whose commitment to students and the university is exemplary. Few people, other than those attending the Alumni Association’s annual Celebration of Distinction, get to see the full list of Faculty Member of the Year Award winners, so we thought the 50th anniversary of Mason alumni was a good time to share it. We also caught up with a few winners to find out what they’re up to now.

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Professors We Love: William Snavely

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 24, 2011

The Economics Department at the end of the 1970s was not yet the world-renowned home of Nobel laureates in a shining building on the Fairfax Campus, rather it was located in an old ranch house on a residential street a short drive away. Distance from campus was not a burden. This odd bit of office space was filled with men and women of vision and hope led by a man who had plenty of both, William P. Snavely.

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Professors We Love: Lorraine Brown

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

Editor’s note: Lorraine Brown, professor emerita of English and theater, passed away in February 2010. She taught thousands of students over the course of her 42-year career at Mason. I was getting near graduation and had reached something like the end of my tether—I didn’t think I would be able to write one more critical…

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Professors We Love: Lorraine Brown

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 5, 2011

Editor’s note: Lorraine Brown, professor emerita of English and theater, passed away in February 2010. She taught thousands of students over the course of her 42-year career at Mason. I was getting near graduation and had reached something like the end of my tether—I didn’t think I would be able to write one more critical…

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Vassily Aksyonov

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 1, 2010

I stood in the back parking lot of a Fairfax bar awaiting my professor, Vassily Aksyonov. He was a famous guy, but I hardly knew him, hardly knew that generations of Russians had made of him something of a hero. All I knew was that he was an affable guy and an enthusiastic teacher. When…

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