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Celebration of Distinction 2015

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 14, 2015

On Thursday, April 23, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni, as well as Senior of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year, at an elegant dinner in the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes.

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Mason physicist Erdal Yiğit is working to interpret and scrutinize the data MAVEN is collecting now that it has entered the atmosphere of the Red Planet and begun to send back information.

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Mason Alumnus Plays Edgar Allan Poe in New Play

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 13, 2014

First it was law, then economics, and now, six years after graduation, Elliott Kashner has turned his attention to acting and is finding success. Kashner is the title character in Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, which opened Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C., and runs through Dec. 7. The York, Penn.,…

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The Journey from Athlete to Reporter

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 4, 2014

A month into her freshman year, at a school she picked off a map but felt in her heart was the right place to be, Dianna Russini, BA Communication ’05, sat in George Mason University’s Johnson Center Bistro and watched a giant projector show the horrors of September 11.

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Celebration of Distinction 2014

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 10, 2014

On Wednesday, April 9, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni, as well as Senior of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year, at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. For a look at the biographies of those honored that night, please take a look…

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Mason Alumni Work to Fight Hunger in Northern Virginia

By Mason Spirit contributor on September 5, 2013

Although it’s considered one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country, Northern Virginia maintains a poverty rate of approximately 5 percent. This means that more than 90,000 people live in poverty—30 percent of which are children—and hundreds of thousands more lack adequate food, housing and transportation. Food for Others (FFO), run by two George Mason University graduates, is determined to change that.

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Unless they hit it big like Today’s Al Roker, the careers of weather forecasters are often only fair and partly cloudy. Which is why Mason alumnus Matt Rogers, MBA ’01, decided to make his own sunshine: He went into business for himself.

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Phil Becnel: G Is for Gumshoe

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 21, 2013

The commonly accepted stereotype of a private investigator is one of intrigue and danger, of native cunning, and a willingness to shed shoe leather in all-out efforts to crack a case. PIs have been romanticized in popular culture since the Victorian era, with the film nor likes of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe paving the way for Veronica Mars and Mike Hammer in movies and television.

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The Inauguration of Ángel Cabrera

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 30, 2013

From the opening procession, with faculty and visiting university presidents dressed in their academic regalia, to the upbeat musical finale led by Doc Nix and the Green Machine, the inauguration of Mason’s sixth president was something to talk about.

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A Passion for History and Vinting

By Michele McDonald on April 23, 2013

The bite-marked bullets found on the grounds of their new winery near the Bull Run battlefield told Mason alumni Jon and Kim Hickox a Civil War tale from a time when “to bite the bullet” meant more than taking on a tough task.

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