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GW School of Business School Alumni Programs

There are 60,000 graduates of the GW School of Business spread throughout 145 countries. No matter where in the world you currently reside in this age of social networking, it is easier than ever to connect with GW alumni. By visiting business.gwu.edu/alumni or alumni.gwu.edu, you can learn about future alumni programs and register for the GW Online Community. By keeping your profile up-to-date, you can search for classmates and friends and help your alma mater stay in close contact with you. And other alumni can seek you out for professional networking opportunities. You may also join our alumni groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you subscribe to e-mail updates, you will receive GWSB news, The GWSB Alumni Advocate and GW news. These publications highlight alumni programming and provide details for upcoming events. You can subscribe at http://alumni.gwu.edu/alumni/update.

MBA Alumni Programs

2009 MBA Reunion Draws Alumni from Across the Globe

The 2009 MBA Reunion was an enormous success as alumni traveled from across the country and around the world to participate, returning to Washington from the West Coast ? and as far away as India and Ecuador ? to participate in the festivities.

The 3rd Annual Ramsey Student Investment Fund Conference, which focused on post-crisis investing, kicked off the MBA Reunion and the GWSB Alumni Weekend. The conference featured keynote speaker W. Russ Ramsey, BBA, ’81, chairman of GW’s Board of Trustees and chairman and CEO of Ramsey Asset Management. Later that evening, MBA alumni, students and participants in the MBA Mentor program mingled with other alumni at a reception under the tent in FedEx Plaza.

Saturday featured the GW Alumni Film Festival, and business found its way to the arts when two GWSB graduates had their films featured in the festival. Jonathan Neil Schneider, BBA, ’84, screened his film, “Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington,” and David Leaf, BBA, ’73, screened his recent documentary, “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.”

The MBA Reunion keynote speech was delivered by Miranda A.A. Ballentine, MBA, ’04. The director of corporate affairs for sustainability at Wal-Mart Corp., Ballentine told how she chose a career in sustainability and detailed the ways living and working in a sustainable manner make a difference.

The toast of the weekend events was the MBA Reception and the Dean’s Distinguished MBA Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony hosted by Susan M. Phillips, GWSB dean and professor of finance. MBA alumni witnessed the inaugural presentation of the Dean’s Distinguished MBA Alumni Achievement Award to Jennifer Boulden, MBA, ’04, co-founder of Ideal Bite. Ideal Bite e-mails simple tips on going green to its 400,000 subscribers. These tips come from Ideal Bite’s subscribers, green companies and from Boulden herself.

The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations thanks the dedicated MBA Reunion Committee: Susanna Beshai, MBA, ’08; Liyan Kuang, MBA, ’08; Bryan Goshorn, MBA, ’07; Meaghan Hohl, MBA, ’07; Julie Powers, MBA, ’04; Ryfie Amkraut, MBA, ’04; Gerri Wesley, MBA, ’04; Noah Israel, MBA, ’99; Mehul Dhamsania, MBA, ’99; Deborah Darrell, MBA, ’94; Sharon Ingram, MBA, ’92; Robyn Sealey, MBA, ’92; Heather Kang Dull, MBA, ’89; Glynis Long, MBA, ’79; Charlie Kuebler, MBA, ’70; and Stanley Grube, MBA, ’66.

Dates for the 2010 Alumni Weekend are Sept. 30-Oct. 3. GWSB will be hosting a Graduate Programs Alumni Weekend in conjunction with the GW Alumni Weekend. Programs and events will be targeted to alumni of all GWSB graduate programs. If you would like to get involved with the planning, please e-mail your name and graduate degree program to gwsbalum@gwu.edu.

GWSB Aumni Signiture Programs

“Professor’s Circle” Unites Alumni through Continuing Education

GWSB has once again brought the continuing education experience to its alumni. Taking place for the first time in North Carolina, the Professor’s Circle unites 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 remarkable opportunity for professors to meet with industry leaders to solicit feedback on current research, and for alumni to reconnect with former teachers and each other.

On Nov. 16, 2009, GWSB alumni in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.) were given a rare opportunity to investigate the current recession and housing crisis with Professor of Finance Bill Handorf.

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

“Links for Life” GWSB Student/Alumni Lunch Series

As the popularity and interest surrounding Links for Life grows, the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations has revamped the program to better suit the needs of both students and alumni. When part-time MBA students found it difficult to attend the lunches, the program shifted to an evening cocktail reception where GWSB alumni and students gather to discuss courses of study, career advice and what the School is like now. “Alumni candidly answered numerous questions thrust at them by my eager fellow MBA students,” Steve Blossom, MBA, ’10, said about the cocktail reception. He added that he was impressed by “first-year AMBA students taking part in the event despite it being their own first – and long – day as GW MBA students.”

The Alumni Office created separate luncheons for undergraduate and graduate students to accommodate the exponentially growing number of attendees. As undergraduates neared graduation, they were able to experience the value of alumni networking. “As a senior who will be graduating this December, speaking to alumni about my job search helped to ease some anxiety and opened my eyes to many opportunities that I hadn’t considered before,” said Jamie Ramacciotti, BBA, ’10. “We spoke about job searching, internships and how being a student at the School of Business provides students with invaluable tools for entering the workforce.”

The lunch gave aspiring MBAs with hectic schedules a convenient way to interact with peers. “An unexpected benefit of the program was the ability to meet with other students within the School of Business who share similar career trajectories and to talk about their future plans,” said Alan Susi, MBA, ’10. “I believe that current students are alumni-in-residence. It’s great to see the Office of Alumni Relations make such a strong commitment to current students as well as the thousands of alumni throughout the nation and the world.”

News From GWSB Alumni Group

MSPM Alumni Association

The GW Master of Science in Project Management Alumni Association, with 900 alumni throughout the world, launched with its first event in December 2009. The reception honored the December graduates of GWSB’s Master’s Program and was organized by J. Russell Fugett, MSPM, ’07, with the support of the new program director, Anne Koprince, and the Office of Developmentand Alumni Relations. More than 50 alumni and students were in attendance. Faculty members Denis Cioffi, Homayoun Khamooshi and Young Kwak attended, offering encouragement and support to this new alumni group. If you are an MSPM alumnus, we want to hear from you. Join the group on Facebook and Linkedin, both under the name The GWU School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni. For more information e-mail:mspmalumni.gwu@gmail.com.

GW Tech Alumni Group

The GW Tech Alumni Group met for the first time earlier this year, forging its new mission: to increase the value of a GW education by establishing a professional network to help advance graduates’ careers in technology and management. The group will work to accomplish its mission through outreach, networking and professional development activities. Its first major event this spring is a cloud computing seminar conducted by Amazon and GW leaders in cloud computing. If you have an interest in joining this group or learning more about its activities, contact Brian Moran, EMIS, ’07, at brianvmoran@gmail.com .

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA)

The Executive MBA Alumni Association has shed its individual 501(c)(3) status to come under the GW umbrella. The high level of involvement of EMBA alumni is unchanged, however, and several alumni turned up at the first meeting to discuss the association’s fresh direction. Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Murat Tarimcilar gave an update on the current EMBA Program. The EMBA alumni group wants to make your alumni experience as meaningful and purposeful as possible. To do so, it needs your continued involvement. If you have an interest in taking on a leadership position or being part of a steering committee, please contact EMBAAA Interim President James Robertson, MBA, ’07, at jlr206@gmail.com.

GWSB Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)

GWTAN has hosted many events and programs through the last several months. They included a “Meet and Greet” during the fall Alumni Weekend’s Kick-Off Celebration, a happy hour at the Ritz-Carlton for incoming AMTA and MTA students and a roundtable discussion on sustainable tourism development consultancy sponsored by Solimar International.

GWTAN hosts its Spring Colloquium every April. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS), the 2010 colloquium focused on “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourismand Hospitality Industry,” sponsored by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the leading association for official destination marketing organizations across the globe.

The GW Tourism Alumni Network is comprised of alumni from undergraduate and MTA programs and is led by President Diane Brooks, MTA, ’05. Interested in getting involved with GWTAN? Visit its Web site gwutourism.org/tan or e-mail gwtan@gwu.edu.

Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Become an MBA Class Executive!

Class executives represent their class after graduation, keeping classmates connected to one another and to the School. Class executives share ideas and strategies, serve as ambassadors for alumni activities and actively support GWSB programs. 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 leah@gwu.edu.

Mentor an MBA Student

We are looking for MBA alumni volunteers to participate in our mentoring program for fall 2010. Becominga 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 //business.gwu.edu/alumni/volunteer.cfmhttp://business.gwu.edu/alumni/volunteer.cfm where our Mentor Program FAQs explain the program and provide 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 career advice. The Career Advisor Network is open to alumni who wish to participate as a volunteer advisor or who would like to use the network as a service. To join, register in the Alumni Online Community at: http://alumni.gwu.edu/benefits/career/networking/.

GWSB Alumni Benefits

Because You Are GW Alumni

GW alumni are entitled to a host of benefits, including discounts on car insurance and life insurance. You are a member of the Club Quarters business-hotel chain, can become a member of the NIH Federal Credit Union and can save on your home mortgage through CitiMortgage. Also, all alumni receive access to the databases found in Gelman Library.

Spring’s featured benefits:

RCN – Save on TV + Internet with New Alumni Benefit

A special new offer from RCN offers GW graduates digital TV and high-speed Internet for a discounted rate of $69.99 a month. You can add unlimited nationwide phone service to the package for just $20 more. “As a graduate of GW’s School of Business, I’m happy to extend these special offers to my fellow alumni,” said RCN President and CEO Peter Aquino, GWSB, MBA, ’90.

Call 1-888-RCN-GW81 or visit http://www.rcn.com/gw to learn more about this great benefit.

RCN digital service is offered in the Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley regions. Please contact RCN directly to learn if RCN is your neighborhood provider.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines – The Way to Move

The George Washington Alumni Association has partnered with Stevens Worldwide Van Lines in a preferred moving program. This program offers GW alumni personalized services to save time and money on your move while supporting the activities of the George Washington Alumni Association.

For more information or to request your no-cost, no-obligation estimate, contact the University Move Center at 800-955-5421 or visit www.stevensworldwide.com/GWU

Keep In Touch & Update Us Often

GWSB alumni – keep in touch with us! We want to know what you are doing, how you are doing, changes in your career and exciting personal news. Please visit http://business.gwu.edu/alumni/pdf/classnotes.pdf to fill out a Class Notes submission form.

Update us often. To update your contact information, visit http://alumni.gwu.edu/update. If you are looking for ways to reconnect with your GWSB alumni network, e-mail us at gwsbalum@gwu.edu

GWSB Alumni Leaders:
GW Alumni Association Alumni Trustees:
I. Allan From (GWSB BBA, ’72)
Steve Ross (GWSB BBA, ’81)

GWAA Officers:
Vice President of Financial Affairs and Treasurer:
Blaine Atkisson (GWSB BAccy, ’81; MBA, ’02)

GWAA School of Business Delegates:
Marc Goldsmith (GWSB BBA, ’75)
Blagovest Petkov (GWSB MAccy, ’03)
Robert Miller (CCAS BA, ’98; GWSB MTA, ’99)

GWAA Members at Large:
Richard Greene(CCAS BA, ’85; GWSB MBA, ’89)
Jon Klonsky (GWSB MPA, ’99)
Buddy M. Lesavoy (GWSB BBA, ’80; MBA, ’82; LAW JD, ’87)
Laurie Lowe (CCAS BA, ’92; GWSB MTA, ’96)
Leslie Megyeri (CCAS BA, ’63; LAW JD, ’68; GWSB MBA, ’80)
Pilar Rivera (GWSB BBA, ’96)

GWAA Parliamentarian:
Jeremy Gosbee (CCAS BA, ’98; GWSB MBA, ’02)

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA):
James Robertson (EMBA, ’07)
Interim President
jlr206@gmail.com

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)
Diane Brooks (MTA, ’05)
President
gwtan@gwu.edu

MSPM Alumni Association:
J. Russell Fugett (MSPM, ’07)
Founder
mspmalumni.gwu@gmail.com

GW Tech Group:
Brian Moran (MSIST, ’07)
Founder
brianvmoran@gmail.com