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August, 2012  // Posts published in August, 2012

26 Aug Posted by in Business, Observations, Region | 1 comment

Mason and the Region

Mason and the Region

To me, the most interesting thing to emerge from the University’s annual planning retreat last week was the reminder of our historical connection with Northern Virginia and the opportunity to renew and redefine this connection to mutual benefit. It’s pretty well known that regional leaders first sparked an interest in having a higher education institution […]

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20 Aug Posted by in Academics | 1 comment

Flipping History

Flipping History

I’m about to begin my introductory World History course, which I’ve taught at least once a year now for three decades. As the field has developed and I have learned at least a bit more, and as the world itself has changed, the course has altered substantially, so I’m not embarrassed at its duration. It’s […]

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13 Aug Posted by in Academics, Faculty | 1 comment

Honors Societies

Honors Societies

At a meeting a week ago (amusingly held in a robber baron lair in Palm Beach), the Phi Beta Kappa organization voted to approve a chapter for George Mason. We were delighted to be able to join the still fewer than 300 institutions nationwide that have a chapter. Phi Beta Kappa is not the only […]

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06 Aug Posted by in Faculty | Comments

An Outstanding Faculty

An Outstanding Faculty

One of the things we regularly tell incoming freshmen at Orientation sessions is that the University has a distinguished faculty. I always wonder if the students in the audience particularly register on this claim, and if both they and their parents chalk it up to promotional hyperbole (which it is in part, of course). But […]

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