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Alumni Profile: Jay Coakey

By Damian Cristodero on April 26, 2017

When Mason alumnus Jay Coakley began collecting hats to give to kids battling cancer who had lost their hair to chemotherapy, he expected the initial rush of donations to quickly slow.

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Patriot Profile: Issmar Ventura

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 26, 2017

When communication major Issmar Ventura, BA Communication ’16, was a small boy, he aspired to be an airline pilot. When he grew up, he worked for Air France for a while and decided that career wasn’t for him. His mother suggested he become an immigration lawyer because he loved helping others. He considered it and even shadowed one for a stint, but again—not for him. He placed himself through his years at Mason by working a sales job, yet again, it just did not fit. Now he is on his way to his dream career as a broadcast journalist.

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Alumni Profile: Rachel Beauregard

By Teresa D. Allen, MFA '12 on April 26, 2017

Nashville resident and Mason theater alumna Rachel Beauregard embodies her favorite Tina Fey mantra: “Say yes. Then figure it out later.” She said yes to Mason’s Hylton Performing Arts Center, returning to campus to perform with her country band, Native Run, in October 2016.

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Live on the Scene

By Teresa D. Allen, MFA '12 on February 6, 2017

Mason alumnus Joe Little has won seven Emmy Awards for his news coverage at KGTV 10News, an ABC affiliate in San Diego, California.

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A Career Made Better by Design

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on February 6, 2017

Koi Phan honed his artistic skills at Mason, and achieved success in the Big Apple by creating global ad campaigns for high-profile clients like Nike, Verizon, and the NFL.

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Train of Thought

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on February 6, 2017

Alumna Sarah Federman is one of 24 writers who will write while she rides the rails free of charge through the Amtrak Residency program.

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Business Alumni Make Big Impact with Big Gifts

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 21, 2016

Over the past few years, several Mason business alumni have made major financial contributions to business school initiatives.

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Mason Alumna Cast in Broadway’s Hamilton

By Jamie Rogers on October 26, 2016

Dancer and actress Sasha Hollinger, BFA Dance ’09, is playing an important element of history in the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton.

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Helping Others Is His Business

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 26, 2016

After completing his MBA in 1995, Tom Bagamane moved to Los Angeles and was struck by the enormity of homelessness there. He decided to combine his new business skills and his compassion for the homeless to impact his new city by similarly affecting more lives—many more.

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Driving on Mars

By Martha Bushong on October 26, 2016

Mason engineering alumna Ashley Stroupe, a staff engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was the first woman to “drive” on Mars.

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