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GWSB Undergraduate News

October 12, 2011

Meet Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Tim Fort

When I was finishing college, a very long time ago now, I was still playing a lot of baseball and, in fact, had a tryout offer from the Milwaukee Brewers. As a 5'8" pitcher, I figured my career - if I were to receive an offer from the Brewers - would be as a set-up reliever. Both closers and starters tended to have a lot more firepower than me. But with my control and breaking pitches, I would have been a guy who could take the game over from a successful starting pitcher and get it to the closer.

I never pursued the tryout for a lot of reasons, but I now find myself in a similar role as Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. We have a very good undergraduate business program here at GW. All of the stakeholders of this program - the students, faculty, deans, and administrators - have established a strong foundation. In baseball terms, they have given us the lead. The Dean of the Business School, Doug Guthrie, has challenged us to think even more deeply about how to make our undergraduate program, not just better, but one of the very best. It would rate in that category because of the richness of educational experiences we give to our students. And to that end, this year will feature a very careful, thoughtful search for a person to become the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs: The Closer. That makes me into what I thought I might be had I pursued my baseball interests: the guy who maintains the lead and sets up the Closer to win the game. I am delighted to be in that role.

So you know a little bit about me, I hold the Lindner-Gambal Professorship in Business Ethics and am the Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility. This is my seventh year at GW; before that I taught at the University of Michigan for eleven years and before that, taught as an adjunct at Loyola University Chicago and at Monmouth College. I hold my B.A. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and my JD and my PhD from Northwestern University. My primary teaching is devoted to teaching business ethics, usually in the MBA program, and I also teach undergraduate business law, which was the first course I ever taught twenty-five years ago. I do a lot of research and have written six major books with university presses such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale. My research passion is how ethical business behavior contributes to reductions of violence and, indeed, sustainable peace. I am deeply devoted to that work and currently co-lead a Task Force on the topic for the U.S. Institute of Peace. I'm married with three kids, one adopted from China, one adopted from Ethiopia and the third of our own doing. I grew up on a farm in western Illinois, which I still own with my sister and I got my first job because I am a professionally trained singer! The chair of the nearby college's business department heard me sing a guest solo at his church and he thought I could, therefore, teach. True story. So I have always been amazed at how lucky I have been to have such a wonderful career.

The role of an Interim Dean is tricky. My first goal is to make sure the good foundation we have is maintained for the students, faculty, and administrators. So I want to support all of these stakeholders in the good work they are doing. That especially relates to our students. My second goal is to further engage the conversation as to how a new Undergraduate Dean - and that won't be me, I have plenty of other things on my plate - can hit the ground running next year and make this program even better. To that end, I plan on listening carefully to ideas and concerns, utilizing in-person fora to obtain ideas, and certainly social media.

I look forward to working with all the GWSB Undergraduate Programs stakeholders over the next few months and would ask you to be on the outlook for invitations to share the ways in which you believe we can improve.

-Tim Fort

Join the Office of Undergraduate Programs for a Welcome Reception for Interim Associate Dean Tim Fort on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:00pm - 6:00pm in Duquès 451.

GWSB Students! Gain Experience "Balancing the Budget" on a Special GWSB Project

Looking to gain real-world experience working with the financial and operational elements of a small business project? Worried that you don't have enough time? This project may be an IDEAL opportunity for you!

Working in a small group, GWSB students will develop an inventory control strategy and basic budget as amateur consultants to a special project of the GW Food Co-op. Students must be available on a volunteer basis for around 20 hours during the months of October and November to draft the budget and meet with the business project members. The group will also meet on occasion during the remainder of the school year to track the business’ success and growth.

This opportunity is available to GWSB Undergraduate students who have completed Financial and Managerial Accounting, and preferably Operations/Production Management courses.

Individuals can apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to by Friday October 28, 2011.

Challenges in Corporate Governance: Directors Responsibility for Risk Management after Dodd-Frank

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception
Location: GW Law School, Jacob Burns Law Library, Faculty Conference Center (5th Floor)

To register:

The Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) at the GW Business School is pleased to announce the next program in its ongoing series on Challenges in Corporate Governance. The program will be sponsored jointly by the ICR and C-LEAF, The Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the GW Law School. The program will focus on Corporate Directors’ Role in Risk Management post Dodd Frank, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions. The Dodd Frank Act directs the Federal Reserve Board to require certain large publicly traded financial companies to establish a Board Risk Committee.

The program will commence with welcoming remarks by Paul Schiff Berman, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, GW Law School and Doug Guthrie, Dean, Professor of International Business and Professor of Management at the GW’s School of Business. The program will include two consecutive panels, introduced by Art Wilmarth, Executive Director, Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) and John Forrer, Associate Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR), respectively. The first panel will cover the perspective from outside the boardroom, and will address the role of directors in risk management from the viewpoint of a regulator, an attorney, an industry analyst, and a researcher. The second panel will address the directors’ role from inside the boardroom, including two board directors, an auditor, and a chief risk officer.

Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF)
GW’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) is a think tank within the Law School, designed as a focal point in Washington, DC for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law confronting the United States and the global community.

Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR)
GW’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) is devoted to becoming the world's leading intellectual center for scholarship in the field of corporate responsibility and a leading resource to the business community through business associations and the policy community through federal agencies.

Scholarship Opportunities Through GWSB

The Gene R. Cohen Scholarship is a $3,000 award for a student pursuing entrepreneurial studies. Students interested in applying for this award should submit their application form along with their resume, letter of recommendation and essay to by Monday, October 31, 2011.

The Charles and Florence Diehl Student Prize is a $900 award for a senior undergraduate student concentrating in Finance. Students interested in applying for this award should submit their application form along with their resume, letter of recommendation and essay to by Monday, October 31, 2011.

Questions about either award should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Programs at

ACG National Capital 2012-2013 Scholarship Nominations

The Office of Undergraduate Programs is requesting faculty nominations for the ACG National Capital 2012-2013 Scholarship Program. Faculty are strongly encouraged to nominate students. If students are interested, they should connect with faculty to craft the nomination. Nominations should include the application form as well as a 2-3 paragraph justification as to why the student should be considered for the award. For more information on the scholarship and the application form click here. Nominations should be submitted to by November 11, 2011.

Presidential Administrative Fellow (PAF) Information Sessions

Interested in becoming a Presidential Administrative Fellow (PAF)?

Check out one of the five informational sessions offered this fall. All interested applicants must attend an information session.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM in Funger, 210
Friday, October 21, 2011 from 5:00PM - 6:30 PM in the SMPA, 309

Also, come out to the PAF Open House
Sun, 10/23/2011- 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the South Hall Lounge

Seniors, this is a great chance to get some of your last minute questions answered. Juniors, this is your chance to get information about the PAF Program!


The PAF program offers graduating GW seniors the opportunity to pursue a Master’s Degree at GW, while concurrently provides administrative experience within GW offices (Does not include Medical or Law students). In return, Fellows are asked for a two year commitment towards advancing The George Washington University community, by serving as ambassadors through academic, professional, and personal involvement.

The Fellowship provides tuition and fees covering a two year graduate program and provides housing and departmental stipends.

For more information on PAF visit our:

Website at
Facebook page at
Twitter page GWPAF

Mintz Sophomore Getaway Registration Closes Friday

Sophomores: Looking for a break? Attend the Mintz Sophomore Getaway, October 28th-29th! Get out of the city with your classmates on this FREE trip to Edgewater, Maryland to get the chance to work on your team building, network with professors and alumni, and have a great time!

Click Here to Register Now!
Signup by October 14, 2011

For more information, check out or send us an email at

*If you are participating in Battle of the Beltway, you can still attend! Check-in begins at 12PM on the 28th and we will return to campus by 5PM on the 29th!*

New York Career Trek Registration Closes Friday

The New York Career Trek is an exciting opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in Finance/Accounting, Marketing or Sports Mangement to visit companies and network with GW alumni in New York City. This year's trek will take place November 2-4, 2011.

Standard Registration: $250 by October 14, 2011

Confirmed Site Visits Include:

Finance: Allianz Global Investors, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, M&T Bank, PWC, UBS and Wells Fargo
Marketing: Draftfcb, Edelman, Gilt Group, KBS+P, Mindshare and Ogilvy & Mather
Sports Management: CAA, Deep Focus, Lead Dog, NFL and NY Yankees

Marketing sites are now closed, however a waitlist has been started incase we are able to include more students.

Follow us on Twitter @GWSBNYTrek to find out first about Trek updates.

For more information and the registration form visit:

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.

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NEW! Meet Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Tim Fort

NEW! GWSB Students! Gain Experience "Balancing the Budget" on a Special GWSB Project

NEW! Challenges in Corporate Governance: Directors Responsiblity for Risk Management after Dodd-Frank

UPDATED! Scholarship Opportunities Through GWSB

ACG National Capital 2012-2013 Scholarship Nominations

Presidential Administrative Fellow (PAF) Information Sessions

UPDATED! Mintz Sophomore Getaway Registartion Closes Friday

UPDATED! New York Career Trek Registration Closes Friday

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

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