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George and Lois Schaefer

George Schaefer, SPA/BA '72, and Lois Schaefer, KSB/BS '72

George and Lois Schaefer met in economics class at AU in October 1971. The couple began dating and married three years later, after George, SPA/BA '72, completed his MPA at Syracuse University.

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Linda Fotis

Linda Fotis, CAS/BA '78

As a child growing up in Alexandria, Virginia, Linda Fotis and her father would drive to the bank to deposit her babysitting earnings in her college savings account. "My parents felt attending college was something sacred," Fotis says.

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Harold and Sheila Shupack

Harold "Hal" Shupack, Kogod/BS '57, and Sheila Shupack

When Hal Shupack first arrived at American University from Forest Hills, New York, he was struck by the incredible diversity on campus. "There were people of all faiths and walks of life. Growing up in Queens, I had never experienced such an international community," he says.

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Penny Pagano

Penny Pagano, CAS '65

I like to think of American University as my anchor. Since graduating from CAS in 1965 with a focus on journalism, the university has had a continuing influence on my life. It is my pleasure to share how meaningful these AU experiences have been to me.

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Sherry Lee Mueller

Sherry Lee Mueller, SIS/BA '65

As a high schooler in Illinois, Sherry Mueller was inspired by her 4-H leader, one of the first farmers on a cultural exchange to the Soviet Union. "Seeing his slides of the trip and learning of his experience, I was never the same."

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David Skaggs

David and Laura Skaggs: James Madison Prizes for Constitutional Excellence

In an era when partisanship and gridlock characterize Congress, former US representative David Skaggs (D-CO) and his wife, Laura, hope to encourage cooperation and compromise on Capitol Hill.

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