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Richard R. Bennett and Sandra K. Baxter, CAS/MA '73

American University has been central to the lives of Sandra Baxter and Richard Bennett for over 40 years.

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Laura and Pete Ragusa with family

Laura Ragusa, SPA/BA '77, and Pete Ragusa

After Laura Ragusa, SPA/BA '77, completed a bachelor's in political science, she remained at American University—for 40 years and counting.

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Sara Nieves-Grafals and Al Getz

Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '80 and Al Getz

Triple Eagle Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '80, spent lots of time on campus during her studies, but rarely visited once her career as a psychologist was underway.

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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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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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