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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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Melissa Scheldrup, Psychology

By Colleen Kearney Rich on December 17, 2018

Melissa Scheldrup knew she loved psychology and technology, but she wasn’t sure of how to combine those two things into a field of study she could pursue … until she find out about Mason.

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Donal Murray, Rehabilitation Science

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

Rehabilitation science PhD student Donal Murray turned his passion for sports into a career.

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Saskia Popescu, Biodefense

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 26, 2018

As a child, Saskia Popescu was inspired by the best selling thriller, The Hot Zone. Now a PhD student in Mason’s Biodefense Program, she finds the story to be far more different.

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Blake Klocke, Environmental Science and Public Policy

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 26, 2018

Mason doctoral student Blake Klocke has been interested in amphibians for as long as he can remember. He talks about growing up in Minnesota, where he shared his bedroom with a few dozen frogs, snakes, and geckos, as well as the insects he cultivated to feed them.

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Pouya Gholizadeh, Civil Engineering

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

From the streets of Iran to the housing complexes of Fairfax, Virginia, civil engineering doctoral student Pouya Gholizadeh sees one thing universal to construction sites at both: the safety of the workers.

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Ricardo Sanchez, Counseling and Development

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

For Mason PhD student Ricardo Sanchez, international aid is part of the job. Since he joined Counselors Without Borders in 2013, Sanchez has been selected to travel to his native Peru, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico as a graduate counselor to assist with post-disaster emergency situations.

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