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A Leader in Online Learning

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 30, 2021

Gregory Fowler, MA English ’95, started his new role as president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) in January 2021.

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Painting the Past

By Liam Griffin on March 30, 2021

Ever wonder what the Founding Fathers would look like as hipsters? Nathan Loda, MFA ’15, has, creating the paintings that brought you the hipster versions of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and more.

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Hospitals’ First Line of COVID-19 Defense

By Mariam Aburdeineh, BA ’13 on March 30, 2021

Saskia Popescu, PhD Biodefense ’19, has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing her expertise as an infection prevention epidemiologist to help hospital administrators and government officials plan their response and to break down how to contain the spread for the media.

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Fighting Back

By Mariam Aburdeineh, BA ’13 on December 10, 2020

Haider Semaisim, LLM ’17, fights the terrorism that has plagued his Iraqi homeland by working on the database of global incidents of terrorism with the Schar School of Policy and Government.

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Shaping Policy in Richmond

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on December 10, 2020

Gerica Goodman, BS Psychology ’12, MPA ’15, is the first African American woman serving as a legislative and policy director in the Virginia General Assembly’s history.

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The Center of a Community

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on December 10, 2020

Carla Thomas McGinnis, MA Arts Management ’13, has built a career working at museums, all because of a conversation with her doctor.

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Taking the Digital World by Storm

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 18, 2020

Deanne Kaczerski’s, BS Psychology ’98, the digital executive editor of Travel + Leisure and Departures, has an impressive resume in lifestyle journalism, though none of it comes as a surprise for the ambitious Kaczerski, the youngest person in her graduating class from Mason.

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Mission to Mars

By Colleen Kearney Rich on August 18, 2020

Mounir Alafrangy, BA Art History ’10, was one of four crew members, known as analog astronauts, who were selected from a large pool of applicants to be part of Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) Mission XX, a space mission simulation to Phobos, the largest moon of the planet Mars.

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So Fresh an’ Fine, a Voice Divine

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on July 21, 2020

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Aundi Marie Moore, BM ’03, has found the freedom to pursue the performance career she loves while also becoming a top real estate agent in Maryland.

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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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