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Meet the Mason Nation: Alissa Karton

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on December 6, 2022

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For the past 26 years, University Life’s Alissa Karton has watched Mason grow into what she calls “a university that is basically as big as a small town.”

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Q&A with Alan Byrd, Dean of Admissions

By Colleen Kearney Rich on June 21, 2022

Alan Byrd

Alan Byrd, Mason’s dean of admissions, discusses his background as a first-generation student, what brought him to Mason, Mason’s ambitious enrollment goals, and more.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Philip Wilkerson

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on December 16, 2021

Philip Wilkerson

As an industry adviser for University Career Services, Philip Wilkerson, MEd Counseling and Development ’12, spends his days advising students who are hoping to pursue employment in creative fields, from the performing or visual arts to events management and tourism.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Lisa Park, MD

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 17, 2021

Lisa Park, Mason’s executive director of Student Health Services, has had her work cut out for her this past year as she led the university’s shift to telemedicine, managing COVID-19 medical protocol on campus, and more.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Amy Sullivan

By Liam Griffin on March 30, 2020

Amy Sullivan loves her job as the head of preservation services, where she works to ensure the safety of items in Mason’s libraries and collections.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Jeffrey Yu

By Saige MacLeod on November 8, 2019

Ever pick up the phone to a friendly voice from George Mason University? You may have been talking to Jeffrey Yu, BS Marketing ’19, university call center manager.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Dan Walsch

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 7, 2017

You might recognize Dan Walsch, PhD Communication ’11. For nearly 20 years, he served as Mason’s director of media relations and spokesperson and could be seen on the local news from time to time. He also taught public relations classes in the Communication Department for most of his 28-year career at Mason. In fact, teaching is what led him to his current position.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Doni Nolan

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on August 4, 2017

As an undergraduate, Doni Nolan, BA Biology ’14, had no visions of a future profession until she visited the Fairfax Campus greenhouse. “It was like a revolution in my life. Really, it was immediately so clear: This is what I want to do with my life,” she says. “This is everything I want. Soil, pots, a huge diversity of plants. I want to be a farmer.”

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Meet the Mason Nation: Ryan Murphy

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on April 26, 2017

For Ryan Murphy, coordinator of Mason Recreation’s Outdoor Adventures program, each week offers a new chance for travel and discovery. Since the program began in 2014, Murphy has spent weekends leading Mason students and faculty away from books and desks and into the outdoors. He decides what trips to take, and handles requirements for programming, equipment, permits, and trip leader training, for nearly 30 trips a year.

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Meet the Mason Nation: LaNitra Berger

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on July 14, 2016

LaNitra Berger helps deserving students land big awards, even Fulbrights, and is especially driven to address the underrepresentation of minority students.

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