May 18-24, 2001
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Waters' mission runs deep
Two graduates honored for their service to humanity
Student aids the homeless

Mellon winner redefines "Jim Crow" era

Pre-med student shares his passion for music
Fast-track grad driven to help his family
Student leads effort to install Braille on Lawn room doors
Creative recycling: Students convert crate into studio
Lawson lives richly
Can you go home again? Issues facing international students
Education delayed but not denied
Weaver finds election laws discriminatory
Quilter gets A+
Students to go abroad on Fulbright scholarships
Weddle will research Peruvian women
Graduate rich in lessons learned
Anthony defender of public good
Affinnih plays her cards strategically
After earning degree in two years, graduate going for two more
Student develops new sign language system
Student trio pushes for late-night joe
Tedros Birhane
Rebecca Arrington
Tedros Birhane

Education delayed but not denied

Tedros Birhane, 46, a native of Eritrea, started his education at the University of Addis-Ababa in 1981. But his studies were interrupted by war.

After working a series of jobs and emigrating to the United States, Birhane resumed his education part time. While working, he earned an accounting degree from Northern Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer information systems from Strayer University. He became a certified public accountant and then enrolled in the U.Va. McIntire School’s master’s program in management information systems from which he is now graduating.

A project manager with the Bowie, Md.,-based Mil Corp., an information consulting firm, Birhane received some money towards his degree, but paid for most of it himself. He believes the cost is worth it, since the McIntire program emphasizes the practical over the theoretical.

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