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Annual Report 2015-16

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Diversity is not only an attribute of our university. it is a central part of our mission, and a distinctive strength.

Our students come from 130 countries and all 50 states. Nearly half of our incoming freshmen this year were minorities; 27 percent come from low-income families―they qualify for federal Pell Grants―and 35 percent are the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college.

We are committed to being an inclusive community where all students can thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious preference, or sexual orientation. And the data show that we are delivering on that promise. Contrary to national norms, Mason students show similar achievement rates independently of their ethnic or socioeconomic background.

More than ever, Mason is proving that accessibility and academic achievement can work hand in hand. This year, for the first time, we earned a spot among the most elite research universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, becoming one of the youngest institutions in the group.

We have a term for our winning combination―inclusive excellence. Our goal is to be the best university we can be, for the broadest group of students. We are as committed to access and inclusion as we are to academic excellence.

This academic year, for example, we have devoted additional resources to our diversity and inclusion initiatives to enhance the Mason experience for all. One objective is to recruit and retain faculty and staff members who better mirror the diversity of our students. We are also working to ensure that all faculty and staff have the resources they need to better serve an increasingly diverse student body. George Mason University has the opportunity to be a model institution for other diverse universities to emulate.

One of the tremendous benefits of having students, faculty, and staff from such varied backgrounds is that we are exposed to a host of views. I tell our students on their first day on campus that we learn not by surrounding ourselves with people who think like us, but by exposing ourselves to people and ideas that may challenge the way we think. For diversity to have maximum value, we must ensure the freedom of thought and expression of every member of our community.

Sometimes that means being comfortable with being uncomfortable, because you might not agree with everything you hear, see, or read. But that’s precisely how learning happens. The opposite―the rejection of ideas, research, or speakers based on someone’s opinion or perspective―would run counter to our fundamental belief in academic freedom.

“Freedom and Learning,” the motto on the Mason seal, are not just aspirational words. They are the essence of our university.







Mason Milestones

By any stretch, it’s been an amazing year, full of opportunity and achievement. From attaining the highest ranking as a research institution to receiving major gifts that will create opportunities for our students and increase awareness of our expertise and influence in the fields of policy, commerce, law, and security. Did we mention our library just underwent a major makeover—transforming it into a place where our community can gather, create, study, collaborate, or just enjoy a chai tea in the new cafe? Even progress needs the occasional break.

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WE DID OUR RESEARCH.
(THE RESULT IS R1 STATUS.)

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HE WEARS IT WELL.
A GOLD MEDAL,
THAT IS.

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A RENAMING DEDICATION
MORE SUPREME THAN OTHERS.

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CANDIDATES CHOOSE MASON AS THEIR GO-TO PARTY SCHOOL.

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Schar School of Policy and Government. New name. Renewed commitment.

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Dusting off the library.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Our faculty are nationally and internationally accomplished writers, researchers, scholars, and lecturers—sought after at the highest levels of government and as the go-to authorities in their chosen fields. Our students benefit from their extraordinary teaching and mentoring. As a university, we benefit from their ability to raise the bar. And society benefits from their many meaningful contributions. Or put another way, they are our rock stars.

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RESOLVING CONFLICT THROUGH HIP HOP.

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STUDY PROVES TEENS REALLY DO NEED THEIR ZZZs.

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White House names Clark a STEM Access Champion of Change.

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Thanks to one woman, a record number of student fellowships.

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Guggenheim Win Is Pure Poetry.

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NFL HALL OF FAMER INDUCTED INTO MASON ATHLETICS.

Community Ties

We are stronger and better when we work together. Yes, we are our own entity, with campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties, and Songdo, Korea. But we are also part of something much bigger. Mason continues to expand our role as a strong partner and contributor in the National Capital Region. We are joining forces with key research organizations, helping to create a brighter economic tomorrow—even extending an olive branch and making peace a priority.

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CHARTING A ROADMAP TO REGIONAL ECONOMIC STRENGTH.

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Inova and Mason joined at the hip to provide individualized care.

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MEDICINE GETS PERSONAL WITH HELP FROM OUTSIDE FINANCING.

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PLAZA DEDICATED TO GOVERNOR WHO WAS DEDICATED TO MASON.

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS MORE PEACEBUILDING.

Student Standouts

They come to Mason from 130 countries and all 50 states. They bring different perspectives, along with a fearless enthusiasm and desire to be a part of our unique community. They choose Mason to learn, discover, dare, and excel across all disciplines. These are our students, who never cease to amaze us as they forge their own paths and make their marks within our community and beyond. Here are some of their stories.

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Excelling at engineering and helping others.

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ASPIRING COSTUME DESIGNER SHINES ON BROADWAY.

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STUDENT HELPS DESCENDANTS OF SLAVES FIND THEIR ROOTS.

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GIVING HER ALL, ON COURT AND OFF.

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NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD

Financials

Every day, our leadership balances financial challenges with our commitment to keeping college affordable and accessible for many. We pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of public resources while delivering a first-rate education and the best return on investment in Virginia. Our generous donors play an important part in helping to support these students and attracting the best scholars and educators to mentor and teach them.






FY16 TOTAL OPERATING REVENUES AND EXPENSES

One of our highest priorities at George Mason University is to make higher education affordable and accessible to as many students as possible. When we developed our 10-year strategic plan, one of our principal objectives was to provide for greater self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of declining public support for higher education. Under this plan, we have already taken multiple steps to seize greater control of our destiny. This year, we launched our new budget model and shored up our financial reserves, providing greater flexibility in these uncertain times. We have also forged new partnerships, including signing an agreement with Wiley Educational Services that will grow our online presence and position Mason to move forward when others step back. All of these steps have made us more entrepreneurial and deliver on our commitment to our students, faculty, and staff. “Mason has an entrepreneurial climate,” says Jennifer “J. J.” Wagner Davis, senior vice president for administration and finance. “We’re innovative, and we figure out how to get things done.”


Her presence is still felt through scholarship fund.

Applied information technology major Karan Kumar is the first recipient of the Nancy Murphy Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship fund was created by Karen Rosenblum, former vice president of University Life, and Ellen Dawson, former director of Student Health Services, in honor of the late Nancy Murphy. Murphy, who was the former executive assistant to the vice president of University Life, worked at Mason for 22 years before retiring in 2012. She died in January 2016 after complications from cancer at age 70.

The fund has been supported by a number of Murphy’s family, friends and former colleagues, and reached the halfway mark to its goal of $50,000 in just seven months.

The scholarships provide support to students who were a part of Mason’s Early Identification Program, which provides access to educational resources for middle and high school students in the Northern Virginia area who would be first-generation college students.


MASON'S TOTAL OPERATING
REVENUES FY 2016
Total: $883.8 million
MASON'S TOTAL OPERATING
EXPENSES FY 2016
Total: $883.8 million

Increase for capital assets, which include current construction-in-progress, for FY 2016 was $52.7 million.







Philanthropy

The university’s comprehensive Faster Farther campaign is closing in on its ambitious $500 million goal. That’s thanks to the university’s largest-ever combined $30 million gift that provides hundreds of scholarships to students at the Antonin Scalia Law School, as well as the generosity of benefactors like Dwight Schar, whose support of the School of Policy and Government has helped raise that school’s profile. We’ve made great strides, but we must continue our efforts to ensure that we can meet our goals to admit more students than we turn away, retain and reward faculty who continue to push the boundaries of discovery through research and classroom instruction, and remain home to vibrant programs in athletics and the performing arts.


CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR GOES THE DISTANCE.

When chemistry professor John Schreifels finished his short jog on July 17, he reveled in how far he had come. Schreifels passed 24,901 miles as a runner that day, equal to the circumference of the Earth. The endeavor, which Schreifels began in 1991, brought welcome attention to the John A. Schreifels Chemistry Scholarship, given three years running through the College of Science to a student in recognition of academic excellence and leadership. Schreifels, 67, began endowing the scholarship in 2008 with $3,000 he received from a Mason Teaching Excellence Award. The endowment, as of July, had increased to $53,500, including $13,000 raised in the past year from media attention focused on Schreifels’ runs.

WHAT SHE GETS OUT OF GIVING

Kate McSweeny likens her time attending Mason’s School of Law to being in “a big tent, filled with diverse, smart, interesting voices.” She graduated magna cum laude from the law school following a lengthy career as a television executive. McSweeny has served on the university’s Alumni Association Board since 2013, and is currently vice president of government affairs and general counsel for ACCSES, The Voice of Disability Service Providers.

McSweeny says being involved with Mason has been a life-changing gift, and she wants to return the favor. “Gifts to the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment and other alumni scholarships will help countless future generations of Mason students,” she says. “I am grateful that Mason put me in a position to be able to give, and even more grateful that Mason remains such an important part of my life.”


TOTAL GIFTS AND PLEDGES FY 2016
(in millions of dollars)
JUNE 30 ENDOWMENT BALANCE FY 2016
(in millions of dollars)
GIFTS AND PLEDGES
BY PURPOSE FY 2016
GIFTS AND PLEDGES
BY SOURCE FY 2016

BOARD OF VISITORS

The Honorable
Thomas M. Davis III,
Rector

Jon M. Peterson,
Vice Rector

Kelly McNamara Corley,
JD ’89, Secretary

Mahfuz Ahmed, BS ’93

Karen Alcalde, BIS ’84, JD ’87

Stephen M. Cumbie

Claire Dwoskin

Anne Gruner

James W. Hazel, JD ’84

John Jacquemin

Wendy Marquez

David Petersen

Shawn Purvis, MS ’99

Tracy Schar, BS ’84

Bob Witeck

Lisa Zuccari, BIS ’89

Keith D. Renshaw,
Faculty Representative

Nathan Pittman,
Student Representative

Christian Suero,
Student Representative

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chair

Joseph J. O’Brien Jr.

Vice Chair

Terri Cofer Beirne, ’88

President

Janet E. Bingham, PhD

Secretary

John T. Niehoff, ’84

Treasurer

Jeffery M. Johnson, ’75

MEMBERS

Henry N. Butler

Ángel Cabrera

James J. Consagra

Dennis J. Cotter, ’80

Jeffrey S. Detwiler

Gene L. Frogale, ’08

Nicole A. Geller

Timothy H. Gillis

Benjamin H. Graham, ’77

Alfred Grasso

Dorothy S. Gray

Brian J. Hays

Kevin Hern, MBA ’05

Todd R. House, ’90, MPA ’03

Najaf Husain

Paul E. Kyle

Kay W. Lewis

M. Yaqub Mirza

Trevor J. Montano, ’00

John R. Muha, II, ‘81

Michael A. Murray, ’92

J.D. Myers II

Gary G. Nakamoto

Elavie Ndura

Louise C. Nelson

Robert W. Noonan

Dolly C. Oberoi

Ronald D. Paul

John Paul Phaup, MBA ‘91

Thomas Prohaska

Kenneth D. Reid, ’72

Ali A. Saadat

Carole J. Scott, ’83

Jeffrey A. Smith, ‘83

Susan E. Soza

Michael E. Stievater

Sonya J. Stone, ’83

Bruce D. Wardinski

Daniel R. Wotring

Officers of George Mason University

Ángel Cabrera, PhD, President

Janet E. Bingham, PhD, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Deborah Crawford, PhD,
Vice President for Research

Jennifer (J. J.) Davis, MA,
Senior Vice President for
Administration and Finance

Brad Edwards, MBA, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics

Linda Harber, MS, Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll

Paul Liberty, BA ’88, Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Michelle Marks, PhD,
Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

Frank Neville, MBA, Chief of Staff

Rose Pascarell, MA, Vice President, University Life

Julian R. Williams, JD, Vice President, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics

S. David Wu, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice President

ACADEMIC DEANS AND DIRECTORS

Peggy Agouris, PhD, Dean, College of Science

Kevin Avruch, PhD, Dean, School for Con ict Analysis and Resolution

Kenneth Ball, PhD, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

Deborah Boehm-Davis, PhD, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zofia Burr, PhD, Dean, Honors College

Henry N. Butler, PhD, Dean, Antonin Scalia Law School

Richard S. Davis, DFA, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Ginsberg, PhD, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Sarah Nutter, PhD, Dean, School of Business

Thomas Prohaska, PhD, Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Mark Rozell, PhD, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government

GEORGE MASON RESEARCH FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deborah Crawford, University Ex-Officer Director

Kathryn Laskey, Faculty Member Director

Anne Gruner, Board of Visitors Member

Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis, University-Appointed Director

Janet E. Bingham, George Mason University Foundation Inc.

ELECTED DIRECTORS

Jim Duffey, Duff Consulting

Daniel Gonzalez, Avision Young

Stuart Levy, Nyemaster Goode

Gina Loften, IBM

Michael Papay, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Health System Cli ord Wilke, Hewlett Packard

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

John Mansell, Chair

Julia Morelli, President

Mary E. Foltz, Secretary

Otis (Skip) D. Coston Jr., Treasurer

Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis

Mary E. Foltz

Joy R. Hughes

John M. Mansell Jr.

Stuart (Stu) Mendelsohn

Diane Smith

2016-17 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Brian Jones, MA International Commerce and Policy ’06

IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT

Christopher Preston, BS Management ’96

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Jennifer Shelton, BS Public Administration ’94

VICE PRESIDENT—ADVOCACY

Kate McSweeny, JD ’04

TREASURER

Scott Hine, BS Decision Science ’85

SECRETARY

Andy Gibson, BA History ’92

AT-LARGE DIRECTORS

Walter McLeod, MS Chemistry ‘94

Shayan Farazmand, BA Communication ‘04

Ty Carlson, BS Social Work ‘96

Jeff Fissel, BS Information Technology ’06

ALUMNI CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES
Black Alumni

Chantee Christian, BA Communication ’05

College of Education and Human Development

Jugnu Agrawal, MEd Special Education ’07, PhD ’13

Anthony DeGregorio, BS Physical Education ’84, MS Physical Education ’89

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Shannon Baccaglini, MM Music ’06, MA Arts Management ’09

Volgenau School of Engineering

Mariana X. Cruz, BS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering ’11

Lambda

Aléjandro Asin, BA ’11

Conor O’Malley, BA History ’12

Antonin Scalia Law School

Ben Owen, JD ’13

School of Business

Sumeet Shrivastava, MBA ’94

Schar School of Policy and Government

Kyle Green, MA International Commerce and Policy ’13 and MPA ’14

Latino

Cristian Pineda, BA Communication ’12

College of Science

Tiffany Ha, BS Chemistry ’10, MS ’13

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gleason Rowe, BA Global A airs ’11

Golden Quill

Kushboo Bhatia, BA ’16

Chloe Kingsley-Burt, BA Communication ’13, BS Marketing ’13

Rachel Bruns, BA Global Affairs ’13

BOARD OF VISITORS

The Honorable
Thomas M. Davis III,
Rector

Jon M. Peterson,
Vice Rector

Kelly McNamara Corley,
JD ’89, Secretary

Mahfuz Ahmed, BS ’93

Karen Alcalde, BIS ’84, JD ’87

Stephen M. Cumbie

Claire Dwoskin

Anne Gruner

James W. Hazel, JD ’84

John Jacquemin

Wendy Marquez

David Petersen

Shawn Purvis, MS ’99

Tracy Schar, BS ’84

Bob Witeck

Lisa Zuccari, BIS ’89

Keith D. Renshaw,
Faculty Representative

Nathan Pittman,
Student Representative

Christian Suero,
Student Representative

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chair

Joseph J. O’Brien Jr.

Vice Chair

Terri Cofer Beirne, ’88

President

Janet E. Bingham, PhD

Secretary

John T. Niehoff, ’84

Treasurer

Jeffrey M. Johnson, ’75

MEMBERS

Henry N. Butler

Ángel Cabrera

James J. Consagra

Dennis J. Cotter, ’80

Jeffrey S. Detwiler

Gene L. Frogale, ’08

Nicole A. Geller

Timothy H. Gillis

Benjamin H. Graham, ’77

Alfred Grasso

Dorothy S. Gray

Brian J. Hays

Kevin Hern, MBA ’05

Todd R. House, ’90, MPA ’03

Najaf Husain

Paul E. Kyle

Kay W. Lewis

M. Yaqub Mirza

Trevor J. Montano, ’00

John R. Muha, II, ‘81

Michael A. Murray, ’92

J.D. Myers II

Gary G. Nakamoto

Elavie Ndura

Louise C. Nelson

Robert W. Noonan

Dolly C. Oberoi

Ronald D. Paul

John Paul Phaup, MBA ‘91

Thomas Prohaska

Kenneth D. Reid, ’72

Ali A. Saadat

Carole J. Scott, ’83

Jeffrey A. Smith, ‘83

Susan E. Soza

Michael E. Stievater

Sonya J. Stone, ’83

Bruce D. Wardinski

Daniel R. Wotring

Officers of George Mason University

Ángel Cabrera, PhD, President

Janet E. Bingham, PhD, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Deborah Crawford, PhD,
Vice President for Research

Jennifer (J. J.) Davis, MA,
Senior Vice President for
Administration and Finance

Brad Edwards, MBA, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics

Linda Harber, MS, Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll

Paul Liberty, BA ’88, Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Michelle Marks, PhD,
Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

Frank Neville, MBA, Chief of Staff

Rose Pascarell, MA, Vice President, University Life

Julian R. Williams, JD, Vice President, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethic

S. David Wu, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice President

ACADEMIC DEANS AND DIRECTORS

Peggy Agouris, PhD, Dean, College of Science

Kevin Avruch, PhD, Dean, School for Con ict Analysis and Resolution

Kenneth Ball, PhD, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

Deborah Boehm-Davis, PhD, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zofia Burr, PhD, Dean, Honors College

Henry N. Butler, PhD, Dean, Antonin Scalia Law School

Richard S. Davis, DFA, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Ginsberg, PhD, Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Sarah Nutter, PhD, Dean, School of Business

Thomas Prohaska, PhD, Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Mark Rozell, PhD, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government

GEORGE MASON RESEARCH FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deborah Crawford, University Ex-Offio Director

Kathryn Laskey, Faculty Member Director

Anne Gruner, Board of Visitors Member

Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis, University-Appointed Director

Janet E. Bingham, George Mason University Foundation Inc.

ELECTED DIRECTORS

Jim Du ey, Du Consulting

Daniel Gonzalez, Avision Young

Stuart Levy, Nyemaster Goode

Gina Loften, IBM

Michael Papay, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Health System Cli ord Wilke, Hewlett Packard

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
INSTRUCTIONAL FOUNDATION
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

John Mansell, Chair

Julia Morelli, President

Mary E. Foltz, Secretary

Otis (Skip) D. Coston Jr., Treasurer

Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis

Mary E. Foltz

Joy R. Hughes

John M. Mansell Jr.

Stuart (Stu) Mendelsohn

Diane Smith

2016-17 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Brian Jones, MA International Commerce and Policy ’06

IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT

Christopher Preston, BS Management ’96

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Jennifer Shelton, BS Public Administration ’94

VICE PRESIDENT—ADVOCACY

Kate McSweeny, JD ’04

TREASURER

Scott Hine, BS Decision Science ’85

SECRETARY

Andy Gibson, BA History ’92

AT-LARGE DIRECTORS

Walter McLeod, MS Chemistry ‘94

Shayan Farazmand, BA Communication ‘04

Ty Carlson, BS Social Work ‘96

Je Fissel, BS Information Technology ’06

ALUMNI CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES
Black Alumni

Chantee Christian, BA Communication ’05

College of Education and Human Development

Jugnu Agrawal, MEd Special Education ’07, PhD ’13

Anthony DeGregorio, BS Physical Education ’84, MS Physical Education ’89

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Shannon Baccaglini, MM Music ’06, MA Arts Management ’09

Volgenau School of Engineering

Mariana X. Cruz, BS Civil and Infrastructure Engineering ’11

Lambda

Aléjandro Asin, BA ’11

Conor O’Malley, BA History ’12

Antonin Scalia Law School

Ben Owen, JD ’13

School of Business

Sumeet Shrivastava, MBA ’94

Schar School of Policy and Government

Kyle Green, MA International Commerce and Policy ’13 and MPA ’14

Latino

Cristian Pineda, BA Communication ’12

College of Science

Tiffany Ha, BS Chemistry ’10, MS ’13

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gleason Rowe, BA Global Affairs ’11

Golden Quill

Kushboo Bhatia, BA ’16

Chloe Kingsley-Burt, BA Communication ’13, BS Marketing ’13

Rachel Bruns, BA Global Affairs ’13