Revamped Mason Spirit Magazine Sent to All Staff and Faculty

Posted: November 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason Spirit cover
The cover of the new Mason Spirit.

Among the bills and junk mail, Mason faculty and staff members will soon find a welcome distraction in their mailboxes: The redesigned Mason Spirit magazine, a biannual publication for the George Mason University community.

Published by the Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs in conjunction with the Office of University Relations, the Spirit was sent to all current staff and faculty members of the university, in addition to alumni, donors and parents.

Previously, the magazine was sent only to alumni and donors, but university leadership imagined a new Spirit magazine, one that would reach all university stakeholders to update them on current events on campus.

“Everyone in the Mason community contributes to the university’s success,” says Marc Broderick, vice president of university development and alumni affairs.

“We want to share the ongoing story of Mason’s evolution with all those who have a stake in the university, and the Mason Spirit is one key way to do that. We’re also looking to create awareness within that community of how philanthropic support transforms our teaching and learning environment.”

The new design was spearheaded by Creative Services Art Director Sarah Seeberg and her team, which took the formerly 28-page magazine to an oversized, cleanly styled 48-page publication, complete with a new masthead. Spirit Managing Editor Colleen Kearney Rich oversaw the retooling of the editorial content with guidance from a newly formed editorial board.

Each issue will include four in-depth features. In the premiere issue, the stories focused on the university’s transformation over its short history, the legacy of Clarence J. Robinson, the Hylton Performing Arts Center currently under construction at the Prince William Campus and a retrospective on residence hall life.

“There are so many fascinating stories taking place on this campus on any given day that it is wonderful to have a broader canvas to work with,” says Rich. “We are also going to expand our web presence so we aren’t confined to just two issues a year.”

The magazine’s web site,, will soon be updated with exclusive online stories, as well as expanded versions of features found in the print edition, such as Class Notes and Inquiring Minds, a round-up of recent Mason research. In time, Rich hopes to add a blog and social networking capabilities to the site to update Mason community members more frequently.

For questions or comments about the magazine or to submit a letter to the editor, e-mail The editorial staff also welcomes story ideas and tips on interesting students, faculty and staff.

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