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GWSB Undergraduate News

April 13, 2011

GWSB Students Mentor Visiting High School Students

On April 6th, DC public high students came to visit The George Washington University School of Business for the Undergraduate Programs "Mentor for a Day" event. GWSB undergraduate mentors helped to facilitate a day for students to learn about the college experience. Activities included a student panel about the college application process and the transition to college life, True Colors session, FDFCC Networking and Social Media presentation, a marketing case study and a networking reception with GWSB faculty and staff.

Students, mentors and staff had a great time and GWSB Undergraduate Programs looks forward to hosting this event again next year.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunities

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program allows students to work as a research assistant on a faculty members research project. Currently there are two opportunities available. Application and more information available HERE.

1) Corporate Social Responsiblity in the Hotel Industry

Faculty Advisor: Stuart Levy

Research Description:
This project will allow our REU research assistant to gain an intimate understanding of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues within the hospitality industry. In this research, my co-author (from the University of San Francisco) and I are currently working on a study tentatively titled, “Researching Corporate Social Responsibility in the Lodging Industry: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going.” We are also working on a study examining stakeholder (e.g., hotel managers, employees and guests) perspectives of CSR activities at the hotel property level. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of CSR from academic, practitioner, and consumer perspectives. This research is important given the increased visibility of CSR in the hotel industry, and given there has been little previous research focused in this area. We plan for these studies to be presented at hospitality conferences as well as be published in academic journals.

The REU research assistant will be involved in reviewing the academic literature on sustainability and CSR issues in hotels, in order to document and categorize aspects of each article such as the methodology employed, major findings, and future research proposed. The research assistant will also be involved in survey development and administrative tasks for our CSR stakeholder survey.

Preferred Student Qualifications:
· Interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues
· Strong analytical ability
· Detail oriented
· English language reading comprehension (high-level)

· Power point presentation skills

Term: Summer and Fall 2011

2) Where do corporate environmental officers come from?

Research Topic: Background analysis of large companies’ chief environmental officers

Faculty Advisor: Professor Eun-Hee Kim

Research Description:
The objective of the project is to understand large companies’ corporate environmental management practices by finding out the background of their chief environmental officers. In some companies, environmental officers come from the marketing divisions. In other companies, environmental officers come from the engineering or other more substantively related departments. This information can help pointing out the extent to which companies might engage in symbolic environmental management behavior.

Preferred Student Qualifications:
Preferred candidate should be detail-oriented and hard-working. The research assistant will be asked to do data collection on the background of large companies’ chief environmental officers. Familiarity with business databases and prior data collection skills preferred.

This position will start immediately and require work throughout the summer, and may extend to Fall semester. During summer, it may require 15-20 hours a week.

Business Diversity Week 2011

The Next Generation of Business (April 11th-April 21st)

Business Diversity Week is a week-long series of events that will prepare students getting ready to enter the professional world to compete for the best opportunities. In doing so, Business Diversity Week 2011 will accentuate the importance of having a diverse workforce, demonstrate how business concepts are relevant to all industries and fields of study, and empower students.

Business Diversity Week will:
- Take advantage of the resources at GWU and in the DC area.
- Create opportunities for students to grow their professional network.
- Highlight new trends and opportunities in the business world.
- Developing an understanding of current issues.
- Providing students with the knowledge and resources to put ambitions into action.
- Increase confidence and communication skills.

The events that will be taking place are:

Keeping It Clean, Going Green: Doing CSR & Green Business
Wednesday, April 13th | Room 451, Duques Hall| 7pm - 9pm
DC professionals address the benefits of ethical business practices & opportunities of going green in various industries.

District Connect: Networking Soiree (Invite Only)
Friday, April 15th | Sea Catch Restaurant, 1054 31sth St. NW DC | Begins at 7pm
Mingle with upcoming professionals from various industries and Universities in DC.

Defying the Elements Fashion Show: MBSA & A.K.A Annual charity fashion show
Saturday, April 16th | Oglethorpe Hall, Duques Hall | Show will begin at 7pm
DC professionals discuss the intersection of Wall Street and Capitol Hill.

Capitol Business: A Discussion on Business in Politics
Thursday, April 21 | Room 301, Marvin Center | 7pm - 9pm

Prospective Business Student Organization!

Dear GWSB Students,

My name is Dana Abu-Nasrah I am in the process of starting a student organization in the business school next year that will focus on inviting CEO's and senior executives to come to GW and talk to business students. I aim on having at least one speaker each month. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a start-up organization, polish your leadership skills, and engage first-hand with leading figures in the business world.

If you are interested in being on the Executive Board (positions include Vice President, Outreach Chair, Marketing Director, e.t.c..), please e-mail me as soon as possible at I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

Dana Abu-Nasrah

Graduate School Advisor Event

Dear Graduating Seniors:

Have you recently been admitted to graduate school for the Fall of 2011? If so then we would like to hear from you. We would like to invite you to a special event to celebrate your recent success and offer helpful tips to ease your transition to graduate studies. Please send an email to with your name, the university you will be attending, and program to receive your invitation. Again, Congratulations!

Shonda Goward
Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor

FINA 4001 Advanced Financial Management

Announcing FINA 4001 Advanced Financial Management, a 6-week course in Summer Session I starting May 15, 2011. This is a distance education (online) 100% case study finance course, requiring the core courses in accounting and finance. Students headed for internships and job interviews benefit from taking this course as Juniors. It was piloted last summer; we learned that a case study course works via distance when the students and professor are aligned in their expectations. Enrollment is limited.

See this video from a fellow student who took the course:

Further information from Professor Cohen at

Mintz Sophomore Getaway and New York Career Trek Planning Committee Applications

Interested in being a part of the Mintz Sophomore Getaway or New York Career Trek Planning Committees?

Learn more about the responsibilities and qualifications through the application available HERE.

Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year will be accepted until Friday, April 15, 2011. Interested students should submit their written application and resume to

GWSB Undergraduate Awards

Know a friend or student organization that deserves recognition for their contribution to the School of Business community? Nominate them for a GWSB Undergraduate Programs Award!

The GWSB Office of Undergraduate Programs sponsors five awards on an annual basis: Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Student Organization. Any member of the GWSB community may nominate for any of the awards. All recipients are recognized at the Undergraduate Programs Student Leadership Dinner.

Want to learn more or start your nomination? Click HERE for more information.


· Any member of the GWSB community including students, faculty and staff may submit nominations before or on April 20, 2011.

· The Office of Undergraduate Programs will review nominations and recognize winners at the Undergraduate Programs Leadership Dinner on April 26, 2011.

Nominations should be submitted to

Survey Corner

Duquès Hall Survey for Change Management Project

Trouble finding a space to have a group meeting on Sundays? If so, please take a moment to take a survey on Duquès Hall. We have created a brief ten question survey to assess the need to open Duquès to students on Sundays as a part of our Change Management group project. Please share your thoughts and help to improve GWSB and your academic experience! It will only take 5 minutes to complete and the responses are anonymous.

Please click the link to take the survey. Thank you for your participation!

FDFCC Internship and Employment Survey

Attention Students!

Have you received a full-time job or internship? Share the good news with the F. David Fowler Career Center by filling out this brief online survey:

We collect employment information for three very important reasons:
1. To gather information required by the media to rank business schools
2. To provide general employment statistics to prospective students and employers
3. To celebrate your success!

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

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FINA 4001 Advanced Financial Management

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