WE MEASURE OUR SUCCESS BY HOW MANY LIVES WE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

What a year 2017 was for George Mason University. From a team of engineering students who developed a prosthetic to help a young girl play the violin, to our scientists who discovered ways to treat infectious diseases using Komodo dragon blood, to a Pulitzer finalist in Spanish-American history (a topic of particular interest to me!), we continued to innovate and make a difference. Our model for success remains a draw for talent. We welcomed our largest and most diverse class in university history, and celebrated a Carnegie Fellow, an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated cinematographer, and our first Rhodes Scholar finalist in a decade. Read on to learn more about our amazing year. VIEW THE ANNUAL REPORT

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Loudoun Chamber Celebrates 5 Decades of Community Advocacy

The newspaper headlines are familiar.

Plans are being made to widen Rt. 7. The Board of Supervisors is wrestling with the merits of a massive development requested by one of the world’s largest tech companies. Purcellville residents complain about traffic on Main Street. Editorials focus attention on plans to extend rail service to Dulles Airport. Teachers lobby for raises in the school budget. That was in 1968.

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Fairfax-Loudoun proposal makes first cut for Amazon HQ2 consideration

Fairfax County, Virginia – A site straddling Fairfax and Loudoun counties is one of the northern Virginia locations that has been selected for further consideration as the company’s second headquarters. Fewer than 10 percent of the 238 sites proposed for “HQ2” are on the short list of locations that Amazon announced today.

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Faces of Loudoun: Lakshmi’s Story, Childhood Memories Sparked Lifelong Drive to Serve.

Some of my earliest memories are of my first return to my birthplace in India. My parents moved back there for 2½ years when I was in third grade. Clean, fresh water was scarce, as was food. Beggars in tatters walked past my home every day—many with arms and legs missing. It was a searing, transformative experience that stays with me always. My family isn’t wealthy, but, even at that age, I understood I had a lot to be grateful for. As a result, I have always sought a way to use my blessings in service to others.

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