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GWSB Undergraduate News

April 24, 2013 

Reminder: Withdrawing from a Spring 2013 Class

After the 8th week of classes, GWSB students can only withdraw from a class if granted permission and if they are passing the class.  In order to request permission to withdraw from a class, students must submit a petition form to the Advising Center; the petition form must include the professor's signature AND verification from the professor that you are passing the class.  The deadline for withdrawal petitions is the last day of classes: Wednesday, May 1.  No withdrawal petitions will be accepted after that point.


DEADLINE APPROACHING: New York Career Trek Leaders Application is Now Available

The GWSB Office of Undergraduate Programs would like to announce the opening of the application process for the 2013 New York Career Trek Planning Committee. This position will help develop your ability to execute networking events and enhance the networking opportunities for your fellow GWSB colleagues. The planning committe also provides you with an amazing opportunity to build contacts with professionals in your field.   Applications will be due by close of business on Monday, April 29, 2013. Please submit applications to ugradbus@gwu.edu.  Please click here for the application.

The Office of Undergraduate Programs would also like to announce the selection of Mr. Jacob Deitcher as the Senior Trek Leader for the 2013 New York Career Trek. Mr. Deitcher provides the team with past NY Career Trek experience and excellent leadership skills. His focus is Sports Management but he will oversee and guide all Planning Committee Members.  

We are excited to begin another New York Career Trek season and the possibility of working with some amazing GWSB students!


NEW! Planning to take summer classes at GW? Consider BADM 2201!

BADM 2201 - International Financial Environment (1.5 credits) will be offered during the first summer session on Monday & Wednesday evenings.  This class is required for both the BBA and the BAccy.  The pre-req for the course is ECON 1012 - Macroeconomics.  Registration is currently open via Banweb.  If you have questions about how this course fits into your class planning, stop by the Advising Center to talk with your GWSB advisor.


NEW! IBUS Class in Fall 2013: IBUS4900 - The Cultural Environment of International Business

Professor Helm in the Department of International Business has developed a new course for students interested in learning more about how cultural differences impact international business operations. This new course, "The Cultural Environment of International Business" examines cross-cultural business issues and corresponding strategies and best practices that address not only challenges, but also culturally-derived business opportunities.
Culture profoundly impacts firms operating internationally. It is essential to understand the deeply rooted cultural facets of any foreign market within which you operate in order to decrease risk, ensure strong performance by your multicultural workforce, and to optimize your marketing effectiveness. Working with different cultural contexts influences the business processes of multinational corporations in many different ways. A heightened understanding of these complexities will ultimately ensure the implementation of appropriate managerial strategies for the global marketplace.

If you have questions about whether this course can fulfill a degree requirement for you, check with your GWSB Advisor.


NEW! GWSB International Farewell Feast

Come learn about ISAB and how you can get involved next year!

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For more information, click here!


NEW! GWDECA Brings Home Awards from International Case Study Competition

Every year, Collegiate DECA hosts an International Career Development Conference (ICDC) which is an international case study competition. This year, GW traveled to Anaheim, California to compete in ICDC. On Thursday, DECA hosts academies broken into business segments like marketing, finance, or hospitality. These academies prepare students to become more informed about their field and their competition. Friday marks the first round of competition. All students compete in one of 24 different categories. Saturday morning is when the finalists are announced. Finalists move on to a second round of case study competition. Finalists receive a medallion. Late Saturday night is the Grand Awards Session. Here, the international top ten are called on stage for their competitive category. Of the international top ten, the first, second, and third place winners receive a plaque.

International Top 10 Winners
Dominic Newmann and Paul Byrne, Juniors, International Marketing
Marissa Wiener, Junior, Corporate Finance
Conor Travers, Junior, Accounting
Lucas Machamer, Freshman, Human Resources Management

International First, Second, or Third Place Winners
Usama Kahn, Junior, Third Place in Corporate Finance
Maxwell Tingle, Freshman, Third Place in Sales Meeting Management
Joshua Lodestro, Senior, Second Place in Marketing Management
Gregory Lidrbauch, Sophomore, Second Place in Corporate Finance

Last year, GW DECA traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete in ICDC. This year, we saw 300% growth in the number of finalists and 225% growth in the number of international top 10 winners. 

ICDC will take place in Washington, DC in April of 2014.

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The Office of Undergraduate Programs and the UBA have teamed up to create videos describing the many undergraduate business organizations. Joining an organization is a great way to get involved, meet other GWSB students, and gain leadership experience. The YouTube videos provide a quick and convenient introduction to each student organization. Be sure to read the descriptions posted below each video for additional details and contact information.

To view the informational videos, search “ubaevp” on YouTube or click here.


NEW! Congrats to GWSB’s Harry Shulman & Jitong Zhang on Business Plan Competition Win

GWSB sophomores Harry Shulman and Jitong Zhang took home the Best Undergraduate Team award at this year’s GW Business Plan Competition. The award includes $10,000 to implement the winning business plan. Click here to find out more information about all the winners! And now, a moment with Harry and Jitong.

Q: How did the two of you decide to participate in the GW Business Plan Competition?

Jitong (Alex): Harry is my roommate and we are both very into business ideas. We both have our own start-up companies, so we chat very often at night in our room about different topics like culture, politics, economics and even some of our own business related experiences. 

Q: What are the basics of your business plan and how did you come up with the idea? 

Harry: Our business, Jenda, is an anti-counterfeiting solution for the Chinese alcoholic beverage market.  These counterfeits cost alcoholic beverage manufacturers billions of dollars in lost sales annually, and kill thousands of people every year.  Our solution allows these manufacturers to provide their customers with a way to easily verify product authenticity using their smartphones.  While Jenda is easy to use for consumers, it is also designed such that counterfeiters cannot duplicate it on their fake products.  With Jenda, manufacturers can regain some of these lost sales, and consumers can avoid drinking potentially life-threatening beverages.

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Photo sourced by http://gwbizplan.com/recent_winners


NEW! GW-CIBER Funding for Summer Internships

GW-CIBER is pleased to invite all GWSB undergraduate and graduate students who have, or are seeking to have, an unpaid summer internship to apply for a stipend of up to $2,000. The applications will be reviewed by a committee shortly after the application deadline. The application, accompanied by a resume and a short letter from the internship supervisor confirming the appointment, should be submitted via email with subject line “IB Internship Application - Last Name” to ciber@gwu.edu by May 5th, 2013. For more information on the stipend eligibility and requirements, and to access the application, please visit: http://business.gwu.edu/CIBER/funding/if/IB%20Internship%20Funding.cfm.


Net Impact Lunch & Learns

Net Impact invites you to join us this month for 2 exciting Lunch & Learns opportunities, in order to learn more about the importance of sustainability and CSR in business and government affairs.

Only RSVP if you can definitely make it due to the limited availability. These are very informal but allow you a chance to learn about our speakers' positions and also ask questions. Lunch will be provided.

• Tuesday, April 23rd from 12:45 - 2pm (Duques 553): Alan Yu of the State Department, US National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
Capacity Caped at 15 people: RSVP Here

• Friday, May 3rd from 12:30 - 2pm (Firefly Restaurant, 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW): The chef will be speaking to our group about the importance of locally sourcing ingredients. 
Capacity Caped at 8 people: RSVP Here

Please contact netimpactgw@gmail.com with any additional questions. 


Summer Trip to Azerbaijan

The Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United States and the Karabakh Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, are proud to announce an essay competition, which will ask high school and college students in the United States to answer the question "What do I know about Azerbaijan?". 10 winners will be invited on an all expenses paid one week trip to Azerbaijan this summer! During their travels, winners will visit historical monuments, view instructive presentations, and participate in volunteer activities and cultural exchanges. 


Investing and Trading for College Students

Get an up-close look at the financial industry in Chicago and gain insights into how to invest your own money (when the time comes). This 3½-day experience combines presentations from industry professionals, tours of Chicago’s major exchanges, visits to trading firms and classroom education that reviews portfolio theory and investing and trading with options and futures both professionally and personally. Participants will also experience a live simulated trading session (mock trading) on the floor of The Chicago Board Options Exchange. Click here for more information, or please visit our website for more information and to register: www.cboe.com/seminars


Be sure to check out the GWSB Abroad Blog

Are you interested in the IBUS in Argentina and/or GW Paris GWSB Signature Study Abroad Programs, but you missed the information session?
Check out the GWSB Abroad Blog for detailed information on both programs as well as video testimonials from program participants! Be sure to check back on a regular basis for postings by GWSB students who are all over the world this semester. 


F. David Fowler Career Center Undergraduate Newsletter


http://business.gwu.edu/careercenter/undergradnewsletter/


GW Tutoring Initiative

GW Tutoring Initiative provides tutoring services for GW students in a variety of courses. In addition to individual sessions, we also have drop-in sessions that students can utilize throughout the semester free-of-charge, and online tutoring through Smarthinking. Please visit the GW Tutoring Initiative website for more information.


 
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Reminder: Withdrawing from a Spring 2013 Class

DEADLINE APPROACHING: New York Career Trek Leaders Application is Now Available

NEW! Planning to take summer classes at GW? Consider BADM 2201!

NEW! IBUS Class in Fall 2013: IBUS4900 - The Cultural Environment of International Business

NEW! GWSB International Farewell Feast

NEW! GWDECA Brings Home Awards from International Case Study Competition

NEW! Congrats to GWSB’s Harry Shulman & Jitong Zhang on Business Plan Competition Win

NEW! GW-CIBER Funding for Summer Internships

Net Impact Lunch & Learns

Summer Trip to Azerbaijan

Investing and Trading for College Students

Be sure to check out the GWSB Abroad Blog

F. David Fowler Career Center Undergraduate Newsletter

GW Tutoring Initiative

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