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GWSB Undergraduate News

April 25, 2012

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Announced, Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou!

Dean Doug Guthrie and the George Washington University School of Business Faculty are pleased to announce that Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou is appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Dean Bajeux-Besnainou previously served as the Chair of the Finance Department at GWSB, in addition to serving since 1994 as a professor of finance, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.


I am very honored and humbled to become the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. After 18 years spent teaching and researching at GWSB, I have very high regards for our institution and the dedication of its faculty and staff. In my opinion, GWSB is positioned to deliver the best undergraduate education for future business leaders. Chairman Bernanke only needs to walk two blocks to teach our students the ins and outs of the Federal Reserve Bank. Our students only need to walk few blocks to intern on the Hill, at the White House, in the best PR firms in the country, at the World Bank, and the IMF and so many other prominent places.

Following Dean Guthrie’s vision, I wish to contribute by building undergraduate programs that integrate the best undergraduate business training with the classical liberal arts foundation. I strongly believe that our GWSB undergraduates should learn analytical skills, critical thinking, questioning and creativity – skills that are becoming critical to success in an ever more complex, ever changing and diverse business environment and world. I stand ready for a revolution in business education.

Meet the Dean Reception on Tuesday May 1st, 2012

Dean Bajeux would like to invite students from the undergraduate business community to join her for a reception on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the 4th floor lobby of Duquès Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. Do not miss this unique opportunity to network with our new Associate Dean and the Undergraduate Programs team. Please click below to RSVP.


FYDP Case Study Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following student groups on their winning FYDP case study presentations.

  • Case: EnViroCab
    Winners: Ashley Alonso, Amna Bibi, John Kinde (Sections 29);
    Chan Suh, Caroline Walsh, Stephanie Rosenblum, Asad Jalal, Hannah Opatowsky(Section16)
  • Case: KCRC
    Winner: Matt Lipson, Ridvan Pehlivan, Torey Shepardson, Reid von Gunten (Section 23)
  • Case: Children's Sleepwear
    Winner: Brian McGann, Yangyu (Sandra) Yu, Brianna Peralto, Ross Cavanaugh (Section 17)
  • Case: Drug Testing
    Winner: Adam Wolken, Zachary Herman, Abigail Howard, Lauren Wiegand (Section 11)
  • Case: Polaroid
    WInner: Megan Chismar, Scott Lauermann, Sarah Toussaint, Yunzhi Zhu (Section 14)

The FYDP Case Study Assignment is an intensive part of the course. First year GWSB students are given a case based upon accounting, finance, international business, marketing or public policy principles and required to write a group analysis paper and prepare a professional presentation. Those groups who advanced from their respective FYDP sections presented an additional time in front of panels of professional judges consisting of GWSB alumni and corporate leaders. These students did an outstanding job on their presentations and demonstrated the high quality professionalism and intellectual prowess we expect in our students.

GWSB Program Coordinator Interviews begin on April 30th

The Office of Undergraduate Programs would like to invite GWSB undergraduates to be a part of a very important hiring process within the department. From April 30th-the end of May, we will begin interviewing select professionals for the position of GWSB Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator position is responsible for several aspects of the co-curricular and experiential programs that our office provides for more than 1500 undergraduates in GWSB.

You are invited to meet the candidates and view presentations during each scheduled on-campus interview. The first on-campus interview will be with Mykel J. Estes on Monday, April 30, 2012. Mykel's presentation to the GWSB community will begin at 1pm in Duquès Hall, Rm 453 and is open to students, faculty and staff. His presentation topic will be "Effective Strategies to Increase Student Engagement in Undergraduate Business Education". This will be great opportunity to hear and learn more about how faculty and higher education practitioners can partner in order to enhance the undergraduate experience for business students. Mykel is currently completing his graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in college and university student personnel administration. He has experience in program development to increase student involvement, and academic advising. Be sure to come out and be a part of this important process.

GWSB Program Coordinator Search
Candidate: Mr. Mykel J. Estes
Interview Presentation: Monday, April 30, 2012/1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m./Duquès Hall, Rm 453

Questions? Please email Dr. Joelle Davis Carter (

4th Annual Graduation Gala


Call for Participants: Advising Center to Hold Focus Groups

The George Washington School of Business Advising Center is currently putting together focus groups in order to learn more about what our students want. It is our goal to help our students with any issues or concerns they have pertaining to their college career. We would like to know where you think we can improve and how you believe we can do that. We invite you to participate in these focus groups in order to help us get a better understanding of what we can do to better help you.

These sessions will be held at 1:00pm in Duquès Hall, room 454, on the following dates:

  • Friday April 27, 2012
  • Thursday May 3, 2012

These focus groups will last approximately one hour. We will provide pizza and soda for all the participants. Along with food, one participant will be randomly selected to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card! We are looking for 15 students for each session. Please RSVP for one session using the link below. Once each time has reached 15 students it will be closed. Please RSVP for the desired date using the Doodle scheduler:

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.

Information about the Lead Now Initiative

The Lead Now Initiative is a leadership development webinar series and social network for the top emerging underclassmen leaders across the country. Last year, more than 1,500 undergraduates attended and heard from a variety of leadership experts including Teach For America’s CEO and Founder Wendy Kopp and presenters from Google. Students also had the opportunity to complete Gallup’s StrengthsQuest program.

Please take one minute to:

Click here to learn more about the Lead Now Initiative.

Summer School in Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations at the University of Montreal's School of Industrial Relations

16 July - 16 August, 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
We are pleased to announce the second annual Summer School in Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations at the University of Montreal's School of Industrial Relations (ERIUM).

The Summer School will start on Monday July 16th, 2012 and end on Thursday August 16th, 2012. The three seminars in international aspects of health and safety at work, international human resource management and labour relations strategies will each be taught twice a week.

This is an opportunity for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and practitioners to embark on an intense and stimulating intellectual adventure in a vibrant urban setting. Students from partner and exchange programs are especially welcome.
Full details, including course descriptions, at :'eteinternationale2012.pdf

For more information contact :

Jean Charest (
ERIUM Director
École de relations industrielles
Université de Montréal
514 343-7743


Julie Leblanc (
Administrative Assistant
ERIUM - École de relations industrielles
Université de Montréal
514 343-6681

Spring 2012 Commencement Website Available!

Thank you for your patience but the GWSB 2012 Commencement website is finally up and available! The website includes information for students regarding the week's events, when and where to pick-up tickets, ceremony details, and links to the GWU Celebration website (purchasing regalia, commencement fair, etc.).

  • This year all graduates will receive four GWSB Commencement tickets and six GWU Ceremony tickets for the mall
  • The graduation survey will be available March 19th
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NEW! Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Announced, Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou!

NEW! Meet the Dean Reception on Tuesday May 1st, 2012

NEW! FYDP Case Study Competition Winners

NEW! GWSB Program Coordinator Interviews begin on April 30th

4th Annual Graduation Gala

Call for Participants: Advising Center to Hold Focus Groups

GW Tutoring Initiative

Information about the Lead Now Initiative

Summer School in Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations at the University of Montreal's School of Industrial Relations

Spring 2012 Commencement Website Available

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