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Dean's Note - October 2009

Dean's Note - October 2009

George Mason University has changed a lot since I started my career here more than twenty years ago. In that time, I have watched the university shift from a local community school to one with national merit. As our identity continues to change, I have noticed that the level of collegiate pride among students and alumni has as well.

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A Maintenance Man Crosses Over to the Classroom

A Maintenance Man Crosses Over to the Classroom

Bob Nissen arrives at 6 a.m., long before the first-period bell sounds. On his belt, a ring holds the keys to 49 doors. Each morning brings something different—a leak in the ceiling, a cracked window. At night he takes classes at George Mason University, where he is pursuing a bachelor of individualized study degree with a concentration in educational psychology. One day that degree will lead him to the classroom he has yet to see: the one where he's the teacher.

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World War II Remembrance

World War II Remembrance

On Nov. 2, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences co-sponsors Never Forget: WWII Remembrance. This event includes a viewing of Band of Brothers and a discussion panel featuring four World War II veterans. Senior Megan Fowler, assisted by the University Scholars Program, spearheaded the planning of this event. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Markopolos, Madoff Whistle-Blower, Speaks at Mason

Markopolos, Madoff Whistle-Blower, Speaks at Mason

Harry Markopolos is a former securities industry executive who rose to prominence as an early and unheeded whistle-blower of the securities fraud committed by Bernie Madoff. His lecture “Moments of Truth” at George Mason University on Oct. 15 is free and open to the public.

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Alumnus Recognized for Avalanche Rescue

Alumnus Recognized for Avalanche Rescue

Alumnus Matt Murphy, BA English '97, spends a good part of each year serving as a snow ranger and predicting avalanches at the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. He reaches thousands of users with his daily morning backcountry avalanche predictions as a lead forecaster for the Avalanche Information Center.

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Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Esperanza Roman-Mendoza, associate professor of Spanish, was awarded the 2009 Teaching with Technology Award. She was one of six Teaching Excellence Award winners that were selected by the university through a competitive process in which they documented their educational excellence. Award winners received a $2,000 stipend and $1,000 to support their teaching and learning activities.

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Econ's Leeson studies pirates

Econ's Leeson studies pirates

In his book, “The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates” (Princeton University Press, May 2009), Mason economist Peter T. Leeson, MA, PhD Economics ’05, looks at legendary pirate captains such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack Rackam. He found that pirates’ search for plunder led them to pioneer forward-thinking practices, such as workers’ compensation and branding.

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