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GWSB Undergraduate News

August 25, 2010

How I Spent My Summer: Julia Shursky

Julia Shursky in The Gambia where she volunteered this summer.

From the end of May to the middle of June (for a month), I went to Africa to volunteer with a group of four other George Washington students. Specifically, we went to The Gambia, which is a small country on the west coast of Africa. We went through a program called Mondo Challenge and our plan was to be teaching assistants to children from first to sixth grade. I decided that I wanted to tag team with my friend, Matt Francolino, to teach second grade. The class size was about forty to fifty kids and on some days when the other second grade teachers didn’t show up the class size would increase. The second grade teacher pretty much stepped aside and let us takes over the class for the entire month that we were there. I absolutely loved the whole experience, specifically teaching. I ended up learning what works with the children and what doesn’t. It was definitely a challenge to teach subjects like Mathematics, English and Integrated Studies when you have a language barrier between you and the pupils. However, Matt and I both managed to get the material across to the students through a variety of ways such as singing, dancing, and working one on one with some of the kids. The second grade teacher asked us to create an exam for the kids to test them on the material we covered during our stay. The kids showed improvement in their writing, reading and math skills. Overall the class did well on the exam, which was great feedback for us.

During our stay in The Gambia, we lived with a host family. The family built a space for the five of us to live in together, so that we would not have to separate. There was no running water, air conditioning or electricity in our compound or our village (the majority of The Gambia lives in such conditions). Each of us was introduced to a family friend, which was part of the program. The family friends acted as our guides when we wanted to go explore the country or village. We all became really close friends and spent most of our leisure time together. Our favorite activity to do together with our new friends and family was to play cards, specifically a game called Crazy Eights. However, this was not a regular American version, this was much better.

This experience taught me about how much I did not appreciate what I had and how absorbed I was in my own little world. Even today, I still keep in touch with the family I stayed with and my family friend, Sukai, calls me every week to see how I am doing.

Congratulations GWSB -- U.S. News & World Report Issues New Rankings

The George Washington University School of Business undergraduate program is ranked 34th, up from 38th and the international business program ranked 7th, up from 16th in 2010.

For more information click here.

Capitol Advertising Looking to Fill Executive Board Positions

Capitol Advertising is a nationally-recognized advertising club that gives real world experience in the advertising industry. Members participate in a major competition called the National Student Advertising Competition, where students create an entire advertising campaign from start to finish. Capitol Advertising regularly places 1st in District Competitions in New York and goes on to Nationals to compete against schools from around the country.

There are several Executive Board openings for the 2010-2011 school year. Please visit Capitol Advertising's website (link to: for position descriptions and details on how to apply. All years and majors are invited to apply!

George Washington University School of Business Blood Drive

Tuesday September 21, 2010
10AM – 4PM
Duques Hall - Business School, Room 453

Please see the attached link to schedule your LIFE SAVING appointment.

Or Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to schedule your LIFE SAVING appointment!!!

If you have questions regarding donor eligibility, please call 866-236-3276 or go to If you have questions regarding the blood drive or location, please contact Allison Latham ( For more information regarding what to expect at a blood drive click here.

Dining Etiquette 101: Put Your Best Fork Forward

Monday, September 13, 2010 at 6:30pm
The Caucus Room at 401 9th Street, NW
$125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Price also includes class fees, three-course dinner and pre-selected wines
~Call (202) 393-1300 for reservations~
For more information click here.

MGT 190: Entrepreneurship

Course: MGT 190

Instructor: J. Mark Phillips

Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of starting a business of any type, including nonprofits, technology firms, service businesses, and business with a social focus. Students will learn and utilize techniques for developing, refining, and eventually implementing a sustainable business idea. Students will have the opportunity to show entrepreneurial initiative through the completion of a variety of projects.

MGT 117: Managerial Negotiations

MGT 117 will be taught in the Fall 2010 by Professor James Bailey with the following new course title and desctiption.

Managerial Negotiations

Negotiation theories, strategies, and tactics as applied to genuine managerial situations. Includes exposure to the nature of interdependencies, as well as practice in competitive, collaborative, and mediation dynamics. Considerable focus on employee relations, including employee rights, and the impact of unions on human resource practices. Makes extensive use of self-assessments, exercises, role plays, and cases.

BADM 122: Career Management Strategy

48 Hour Resume Review


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NEW! How I Spent My Summer: Julia Shursky

NEW! Congratulations GWSB! -- U.S. News & World Report Issues New Rankings

NEW! Capitol Advertising Looking to Fill Executive Board Positions

George Washington University School of Business Blood Drive

Dining Etiquette 101: Put Your Best Fork Forward

MGT 190: Entrepreneurship

MGT 117: Managerial Negotiations

BADM 122: Career Management Strategy

48 Hour Resume Review

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