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GWSB Undergraduate News

September 7, 2011

Taste of Undergraduate Programs

It’s never to early to take a bite out of that big to do list of yours for the semester. Hopefully, somewhere on there you’ve planned to find a way to bolster your work in the classroom with some co-curricular activities. The Taste of Undergraduate Programs is a chance for you to mingle with those involved in all of the co-curricular programming that GWSB has to offer.

Join us for an assortment of delectable desserts and networking!

Sign Up for Deloitte's Battle of the Beltway Case Competition

Deloitte’s Battle of the Beltway Case Competition

Sophomores and Juniors Register to Participate Today!

Battle of the Beltway Overview
Deloitte’s Battle of the Beltway Case Competition is back!
Sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to participate in a real world Federal government business case competition. Up to nine teams will compete in the preliminary round at your university. The top team will advance to the final round and compete against other regional universities.

Preliminary Round: Friday, October 28th, 2011 at The George Washington University in Duquès Hall
Final Round: November 14th and 15th at The George Washington University in Duquès Hall

Why You Should Participate
Valuable experience with case studies

Exposure to the consulting industry and Deloitte’s Federal practice

80% of students who participated last year said they would do it again

How To Participate
Student teams must be finalized by Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Individual students or teams who are interested in participating should
contact Michelle Wheeler (

Student teams must consist of four sophomores and/or juniors.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Wheeler ( or visit the GW Battle of the Beltway Website.

Financial Accounting Tutoring

Walk in tutoring for financial accounting is now available in the Department of Accountancy, Funger 601:

Mondays from 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:00pm

If you need help on the subject, just drop by the office during these hours.

L2 China Clinic with Dean Guthrie

Dean Guthrie will be presenting and moderating at the L2 China Clinic in NYC this Friday, September 9, 2011. The event is scheduled to run from 9am-3pm and will be an executive education session on luxury brand marketing in China's evolving social media landscape.

The event will be streamed live, and we invite you to stop in to Funger 420 on Friday where we will be showing it. The GWSB community will also have access to the event for free for 30 days, following the steps below:

1. Visit
2. Click on the "BUY NOW" button under the red offer box
3. Join (FREE) or login if already a member
4. At checkout, click "Have a coupon code? CLICK HERE"
5. Enter coupon code: L2GWSB and click "Apply" Enjoy the program!

Why So Much Turmoil in Markets for Currencies and Assets?

The Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER) invites you to:

Why So Much Turmoil in Markets for Currencies and Assets?
Guest Lecturer Dr. Robert Z. Aliber

Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, University of Chicago

Monday, September 12, 2011; 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Duquès Hall, Room 651, 2201 G Street, NW
To RSVP, please email

The turmoil in the markets for currencies and assets in the last forty years is unprecedented. There have been four waves of financial crisis, the first occurred in 1982 and involved Mexico and ten other developing countries. The second wave took place in the early 1990s and engulfed Japan and three of the Nordic countries; most of the banks and many other financial firms in these countries failed. The Asian Financial Crisis was the third in the series, there were only a few countries in which the banks did not fail. And the most recent wave has involved the collapse of real estate markets in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Spain, and Iceland. The turbulence in Greece, Portugal, and other members of the Euro zone is part of the fourth wave.

Each of these waves of crisis was preceded by a period of three, four, or more years when the indebtedness of various borrowers increased by twenty to thirty percent a years for three, four, or more years. The growth rates of indebtedness were too high to be sustained. The revenues of the investment banks have surged in the last thirty years, and these firms have largely evolved from underwriting and advisory activities into trading firms. The revenues of the commercial banks from trading have soared. What is the source of the shocks that have led to the volatility of prices of assets and currencies? Are Citibank and Goldman the cause, the beneficiaries, or both the cause and the beneficiaries?

About the Lecturer
Dr. Aliber received his Ph.D. degree from Yale University, a B.A. and an M.A from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from Williams College. He has written extensively about international financial issues, including changes in cross-border capital flows, changes in currency values, and the efficiency of the currency market. Among his many publications are “The New International Money Game,” “The Multinational Paradigm,” “Manias, Panics, and Crashes,” and “Your Money and Your Life.”

Beyond Aid

Robert B. Zoellick
President, The World Bank

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Jack Morton Auditorium
Media and Public Affairs Building
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

In the run-up to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, Mr. Zoellick will discuss recent developments and the changing world economy in a speech entitled "Beyond Aid."

The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick has been the president of The World Bank Group since July 1, 2007. He served in President George W. Bush's cabinet as U.S. trade representative from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy secretary of state from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities for Secretary James A. Baker, III, as well as briefly in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2006 and 2007, he served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International. Mr. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.


**Please note that registration is limited and seats will be granted
on a first-come, first-served basis.**

This event is co-sponsored with the Institute for International Economic Policy.

Picture Success: GWSB Welcome Week!

As the 2011-2012 academic year begins, what better way to get back in the swing of things than to be a part of GWSB's first annual Welcome Week. The week starts of with our annual Back to Business celebration in Kogan Plaza - where you can come out and get to know about all of the student orgs housed within the business school, on September 2nd. The week of events continues until September 9th, and the events are as follows:

September 2, 2011: Back to Business
September 7, 2011: Senior Welcome Back Breakfast
September 7, 2011: Success and Leadership with Dean Guthrie
September 7, 2011: Movie Night with AKPsi, DSP, FIC, and GWWIB!
September 8, 2011: Taste of Undergraduate Programs
September 9, 2011: FYDP Colloquium

You can find all of the event details under the events section at, as well as on the flyer! We can't wait to see you, starting of the school year, picturing success with GWSB!

Case Competition Opportunity for GWSB Juniors and Seniors

Attention Juniors and Seniors! GWSB Undergraduate Programs is looking for students to be part of a team we will be sending to the Northeastern University – Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education International Business Case Competition that will take place in Boston on November 3-5, 2011. Teams representing fifteen other universities will also participate in this competition.

If you are interested in being considered for the team please submit a statement of purpose as to why you should be chosen for the team (no more than 250 words) and a copy of your resume to by 5:00pm on Friday, September 9th. Selected students will be scheduled to interview with Professor Thurman on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Additional information about the competition can be found at:

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 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 four opportunities available.

The Chevrolet Volt Automobile: Student Perception and Potential Purchase

Faculty Members: Robert Dyer and Marilyn Liebrenz-Himes

Executives in Foreign-owned Banks, Strategy and Institutions

Faculty Member: Hein Bogaard

Global Perspectives on Project, Program, and Portfolio Management in Government

Faculty Member: Young Hoon Kwak

Major League Baseball Player Representatives: Exploring the Consequences of Union Participation on Employment Outcomes

Faculty Member: Patrick McHugh

For full descriptions of the projects click here. Interested students must submit an REU application to the Office of Undergraduate Programs in Duquès 455.

Real Estate / Finance Alliance Mentorship Program - DEADLINE SEPT 9th! [JUNIORS ONLY]

Are you a full-time GW junior who is passionate about pursuing a career on Wall Street or in the real estate industry? Then consider applying for the Real Estate and Finance Alliance Mentorship Program! The Real Estate and Finance Alliance is a network of GW Alumni with high profile careers on Wall Street and in real estate. As a mentee, you will be matched with leading alumni from several hedge funds, top banking and commercial real estate firms, and provided career advice and industry connections.

See the GWorkSB homepage Announcements section for application instructions.

APPLICATIONS DUE - September 9th!

Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? Attend a Regional Information Session or a Study Abroad 101 Session at the Office for Study Abroad! All sessions are hosted in the OSA conference room at 812 20th St. NW. We hope to see you there!

Study Abroad Fair!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Come to the Fall 2011 Study Abroad Fair to learn about the 300+ programs available to you each semester! Learn more about the Focus on Fall Abroad Community, scholarships, and speak with representatives from many of our approved programs. This is an excellent opportunity to get information for those studying abroad next semester and even for those just starting to look at options for study abroad in the future.

GW Food Co-op Initiative

The GW Food Co-op Initiative is dedicated to facilitating the creation of a non-profit community-run cooperative café. It will serve GW students, faculty, staff, and community members. The sourcing and operations of the café will be as sustainable and ethical as possible. The café will develop relationships with and source directly from local farmers and businesses. Additionally, the project will serve as a cooperative learning and leadership platform for the GW and DC community. The wide range of members involved can learn the dynamics of running a social- enterprise in addition to exposing themselves to the world of nutrition and food preparation, with which they can take anywhere. The café will incentivize an active engagement with the food system by offering food credit to volunteers.

The mission of this intiative is to localize, contextualize, and democratize the campus food system, enabling students to control the choices, practices, and policies relating to our food. We will serve healthy, organic, ethically-produced, and high-quality food to the campus community and raise awareness about our globalized system as it pertains to food and social justice. In the process of operating the Co-op, students will acquire experience managing a social enterprise and developing an active community space. By incentivizing engagement with the campus food system, the GW Student Food Cooperative (GWSFC) will turn passive consumers into active participants of that system.

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NEW! Taste of Undergraduate Programs

NEW! Sign Up for Deloitte's Battle of the Beltway Case Competition

NEW! Financial Accounting Tutoring

NEW! L2 China Clinic with Dean Guthrie

NEW! Why So Much Turmoil in Markets for Currencies and Assets?

NEW! Beyond Aid

Picture Success: GWSB Welcome Week!

Case Competition Opportunity for GWSB Juniors and Seniors

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Real Estate / Financial Services Alliance Mentorship Program - DEADLINE SEPT 9th! [JUNIORS ONLY]

Study Abroad

GW Food Co-op Initiative

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