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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

December 2009

The GWSB Alumni Advocate is a newsletter featuring ideas on how you can get involved with the GWSB Alumni Association and information on upcoming GWSB Alumni events.  

Happy Holidays from the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations!

The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations thanks all of our alumni for your support of GWSB and your continued participation in a year full of events and volunteer programs.  We look forward to your involvement in 2010! To revisit events from the past year, please visit our photo gallery.

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!

-Leah Kuppersmith, associate director school alumni programs
-Amy Schwartz, executive assistant school alumni programs

GWSB's MBA Alumni Highlight the Holiday Season

Over 100 DC area MBA Alumni and current MBA students flooded the third floor of Tonic Restaurant for GWSB's MBA Alumni Holiday Event on December 1st.  Alumni spanning several decades were in attendance to send the year 2009 out in style. 

The spotlight shined on the student and alumni participants of the MBA Mentor Program. This event gave the student participants an opportunity to connect with their mentor and further strengthen their relationship.  MBA Alumni not currently participating in the program had the opportunity to learn more about what is involved from the mentors and they could experience first hand the significant impact mentors have on their students.

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank our MBA Mentors and student mentees for their dedication to the program.

Professor's Circle Opens to Alumni in North Carolina, By Eric Goldman

Professor Handorf speaks with GWSB Alumni in North Carolina

On Monday, November 16th GWSB Alumni in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) were given the rare opportunity to investigate the current recession and housing crisis with distinguished GWSB Professor of Finance Dr. William Handorf. 

Patrick Hartley, MBA '82, senior vice president, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. graciously hosted the Triangle's inaugural GWSB Professor's Circle.  The board room of Raymond James' Durham office was filled to capacity with excited alumni, including GW Trustee I. Allan From, BBA '72.

The Professor's Circle brings together GWSB's most notable professors with a select group of alumni, parents and friends in cities around the country.  They meet for thoughtful discussion of current events and benefit from the shared experiences and expertise of group members.  It is a unique opportunity for professors to meet with industry leaders to solicit feedback on current research, and for alumni to reconnect with favorite former teachers and each other to continue their GWSB education.

MSPM Alumni Association Hosts Its Inaugural Event, by J. Russell Fugett, MSPM '07

Dr. Khamooshi and Dr. Cioffi mingle with students at the MSPM December EventOn Tuesday December 8th, the GW Master of Science in Project Management Alumni Association held its first event. The reception honored the December 2009 graduates of the Business School's Master's Program and was organized by J. Russell Fugett '07 with the support of the new Program Director, Anne Koprice, as well as Leah Kuppersmith and Amy Schwartz from the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Over 50 alumni and students were in attendance. Faculty members Dr. Denis Cioffi, Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi, and Dr. Young Kwak also attended and offered words of encouragement and support for this new alumni group.

The GW MS Project Management Alumni Association has been created to develop a network of project management practitioners to foster career development, mentor current students through the Project Management Student Association (PMSA), facilitate continued learning and certification, and to support the growth of the MSPM program and its faculty. 

The program has 900 alumni throughout the world. Over 60% of the alumni completed the program as distance students, which makes for a truly global alumni base. The MSPM Alumni Association seeks to leverage this strength by ensuring that the leadership has balanced representation of alumni who completed the program in both distance and campus modes. With this leadership structure, the group will be able to make it easy for all of its alumni to be active members. The MSPM Alumni Association's goal is to be a model for other GW alumni groups who wish to engage alumni around the world.

The group will announce its leadership team and 2010 calendar in January. Staple programs and communication tools will include career mentoring, regular webinars and e-newsletters, December and May alumni/graduate receptions, a website and a blog.

If you are an MSPM Alumnus and have yet to get connected, we want to hear from you! All MSPM alumni are encouraged to join the groups on Facebook and Linkedin both under the name The GWU School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni. For more information email:

Business Leaders Partner with the F. David Fowler Career Center to Prepare Students for the Job Market

  Members of the F. David Fowler Career Center CCC

GW School of Business students will learn from the experts in a variety of career fields, thanks to a unique partnership. The F. David Fowler Career Center (FDFCC) has formed a practical partnership with the business community called the Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC). The CCC promotes networking and interaction between thought leaders from both industry and GWSB to discuss and collaborate on issues of student talent development for the global environment.

Please click here to read more.

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

Alumni Course Audit Program Spring Registration Begins Monday, January 4th
Classes Start Monday, January 11th

The Alumni Course Audit Program gives all GW alumni the benefit of attending a wide selection of GW courses on a not-for-credit basis.

Available to GW alumni of all ages and campus neighborhood residents above the age of 60, the Alumni Course Audit Program is a rewarding way to enhance professional skills, increase knowledge, and pursue a commitment to lifelong learning.



  • $125 per course for GW alumni under the age of 60
  • $65 per course for alumni and Foggy Bottom/Mount Vernon campus area residents over the age of 60


Visit, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-6435 or

GWMAIL - Alumni Email for Life

Announcing an exciting alumni benefit: free lifetime e-mail! More than 17,000 fellow alumni have already signed on. Will you be next?

The GWMail system, hosted by Google, provides alumni with 6 GB of storage space.
GWMail is an opt-in service for alumni. Follow these 5 simple steps to create your GWMail account:

1) Visit the alumni email services web page
2) Click "Create Account" under Alumni GWMail
3) Login to the Alumni Online Community *
4) Fill in the E-mail for Life Registration form **
5) Success! Click the "Go To E-mail" link to access your account ***

* Not a registered member of the Alumni Online Community? Click here to register. Please choose your Online Community username carefully as it will also serve as the beginning of your GWMail address. Forgot your password? Click here to reset your password. Having difficulties logging in or registering? Contact us at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or
** The password required is the same password you use for the Alumni Online Community.
*** After your account is created you may sign into your GWMail account through the alumni email services web page or

Get involved with the GWSBAA. Here are some new programs for you to participate in.

MBA Class Executive Program

Class Executives represent their class after graduation, keeping classmates connected to one another and to GWSB. Executives share ideas and strategies with each other and with the School; they are ambassadors for alumni outreach activities and actively support the programs of GWSB. The primary purpose of the Class Executive Program is to build the MBA Alumni Community. Positions are available for MBA Alumni from the full time program, professional program and EMBA program.

If you are interested in representing your class or cohort as an MBA Class Executive, please contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202-994-0618 or

Host a School of Business Alumni Event in your town!

Hosting is simple! The Office of GWSB Alumni Relations can secure tickets/speakers, send invitations, manage RSVPs and more! Hosts are asked to attend the event, greet attendees, offer local expertise and share ideas for future events. To organize an event in your area, contact Amy Schwartz at 202-994-3497 or

Become a Mentor to an MBA Student

We are currently looking for MBA Alumni volunteers to participate in our mentor program for Fall 2009.  Becoming a mentor to a GWSB student is a wonderful way to connect with students and your alma mater.  Levels of participation vary from relationship to relationship and you will be paired based on your interests. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit where you will find our Mentor Program FAQ that explains the program and an online application.

GW Career Advisor Network

Join the GW Career Advisor Network. The Career Advisor Network is a GW-only online network designed as a resource for students and alumni seeking professional development or advice on a particular career. The Career Advisor Network is open to alumni who wish to participate as a volunteer advisor or wish to use the network as a service. To join the network, registration in the Alumni Online Community is required.

Create Your Advisor Profile Today!

Keep your classmates updated!

Submit your class notes and keep us current on where you work, promotions, new business ventures, and any business or academic honors.  Don't forget to send photos - wedding photos, baby photos, class reunion photos, etc!  If you would like your class note to be publicized please send it to Class Notes, GWSB, 2131 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.  If you prefer, you also may fax your information to 202-994-4411, or email us at

Calling all ISTM and Project Management Alumni!

The Office of Alumni Relations is working together with alumni leaders Chris Manger, MSIST '09; Brian Moran, MSIST '07; Professor Maliha Haddad, D.Sc; and J. Russell Fugett, MSPM '07 to help create new Alumni Groups.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email

Please join the GWSB Alumni Association at our upcoming local and regional events!

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

Save the Date - January 13 EMBA Alumni Advisory Group Open Meeting

Join James Robertson, EMBA '07 and Peter Geyer, EMBA '05 on January 13th for a meeting that is open to all EMBA Alumni. During this meeting we will discuss how the newly reformed EMBA Alumni Advisory Group can impact the mission of the EMBA Program and GWSB. A more detailed agenda will be sent around prior to the meeting.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, January 13th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Duques Hall Room 520
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
If you plan to attend, please send an email to

Save the Date - January 25 ISTM Alumni Advisory Group Open Meeting

Join Chris Manger, MSIST '09; Brian Moran, MSIST '07; and Professor Maliha Haddad, D.Sc for a meeting that is open to all ISTM Alumni. During this meeting we will discuss how the newly formed ISTM Alumni Advisory Group can impact the mission of the ISTM Program and GWSB. A more detailed agenda will be sent around prior to the meeting.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, January 25th

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duques Hall, Room 520
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
If you plan to attend, please send an email to

Save the Date - April 7 Robert P. Maxon Lecture "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors"

Mr. Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), will deliver the 2009-2010 George Washington University School of Business Robert P. Maxon Lecture.  They will discuss "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors."

This event is free and open to the public.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 7th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building First Floor
805 21st St., NW

The George Washington University
Please contact John Forrer, associate director, Institute of Corporate Responsibility for more infomation

Maryland Event

Register Now - January 28 It's Just Good Business: Demystifying the Redesign of the Form 990 for Public Charities

Please join GWSB Alumnus James Cardillo, BBA '89, M Accy '93 as he hosts our fourth installment of the GWSB "It's Just Good Business" series for GWSB Alumni in the Annapolis, MD area. Lawrence G. Singleton, associate dean of undergraduate programs GWSB and special guest Frank Smith, partner, Raffa, Tax Division, will serve as our guest speakers. Dean Singleton will open the program with an overview of the new GWSB undergraduate program and how the curriculum is shaping our future business leaders. Mr. Smith will address the redesign of the form 990 for public charities and exempt organizations.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, January 28th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Annapolis Yacht Club
16 Chesapeake Landing
Annapolis, MD 21403
Please click here for more details and registration information

New York Event

Save the Date - February 25 GWSB NYC Alumni and Undergraduate Student Networking Reception

Join GWSB's Offices of Undergraduate Programs and Development and Alumni Relations as we kick off the Undergraduate New York Career Trek with a Student-Alumni Networking Reception. The reception is a unique opportunity for alumni to meet each other and for students to hear "real life" career stories and practice their networking skills.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, February 25th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New York Palace

455 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Details and registration information to follow

San Francisco Event

Register Now - February 11 GWSB San Francisco Alumni and Student Cocktails and Conversation

Join us for cocktails and conversation when MBA students are making their annual career trek to San Francisco. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'ouerves will be provided. There is no cost for this event, however, please register so that we can get a headcount.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, February 11th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bubble Lounge
714 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 
Industry Room

Please click here for more details and registration information

Are you looking for a new way to connect with the GWSB Alumni Community? Join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information on Alumni Activities at GWSB, visit the GWSB Alumni Homepage.


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