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Life’s Lessons On and Off the Court

By Colleen Kearney Rich on March 28, 2019

John Niehoff, BS Accounting ’84, has a penchant for business and passion for basketball. He also has a special talent for giving back to the alma mater he holds responsible for his success.

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Family Comes First for CEO

By Rob Riordan on March 28, 2019

Brian Kearney, BA Integrated Studies ’02, started with his family’s business when he was in the third grade. He’s since become COO and has since given back to his other family: George Mason University.

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For This Traveling Physician, Mason Showed Her How to “Walk the Walk”

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 28, 2019

Sima Assefi, BA Biology ’89, was a freshman at Mason when war broke out in Iran, and she was left penniless. Almost 30 years later, she was named a Mason Exemplar.

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Ian Lisman

By Rob Riordan on March 22, 2019

Ian Lisman, MPP ’15, had a clear personal mission when he enrolled at Mason in 2013: Help his fellow veterans.

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Cordelia Cranshaw

By Colleen Kearney Rich on March 22, 2019

When Cordelia Cranshaw, BSW ’14, graduated from Mason, she garnered media attention, including a story in USA Today. The reason: She beat the odds.

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360 Classes, 8 Degrees, 1 Family

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 13, 2019

Mary Monsen, née Krappweis, BS Management ’11, says she decided to attend Mason because it was a great school close to home. “I thought Mason offered a very good value proposition: A great education for a reasonable price near a booming job market.”

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Q&A with Winter Graduation Speaker Kelly McNamara Corley

By Preston Williams on January 8, 2019

Kelly McNamara Corley, JD ’89, was the 2018 Winter Graduation speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

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Q&A with Winter Graduation Speaker M. Brian Blake

By Preston Williams on January 8, 2019

M. Brian Blake, PhD Information Technology ’00, was the 2018 Winter Graduation speaker at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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In October, Danny Diaz, BA Communication ’00, who served as the campaign manager for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, spent a little more than an hour at the Fenwick Library talking politics with interested students and members of the Mason community as part of the First Tuesday speaker series sponsored by Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein.

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UN Peace Envoy

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on October 18, 2018

As a United Nations senior mediation adviser, Tatsushi Arai, PhD Conflict Analysis and Resolution ’05, is on call to negotiate with world leaders and conflict parties at a moment’s notice.

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