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GWSB Undergraduate News

October 13, 2010

Sophomore Reflection on the Mintz Sophomore Getaway: Victoria Rivers

Last weekend I attended the overnight Mintz Sophomore Getaway where I learned more regarding majors, studying abroad and team building. Going into the weekend, I didn’t know what to expect and was confident in the four year plan and dual concentrations that I had put together for myself. What I didn’t know was that by the end of the weekend, I would be changing one of my concentrations and solidifying my decision to go abroad. The trip allowed me to meet with student leaders, successful GW alum and professors to find the best path for myself and to learn more about my fellow business school peers. Together we learned the significance of doing what you love, team building and the value that we, the business school community, bring to one another. It wasn’t till after hearing one of the student leader’s personal experiences that I realized I could have a future in “doing what I love.” She was informative and easy to talk to as I asked questions about her current job, past internships, Barcelona and her decision to be a sports management major. By the end of the trip, I felt equipped to return to campus with a new outlook on the next three years here at GW and confident in my decision to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I would highly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go on this trip to take full advantage. The setting was a great change of pace from city life, the connections you make are invaluable, and you discover a lot about opportunities, students and faculty, the business world and yourself. Attending the getaway was one of the best decisions I made during my first two years here at GW.

Recap from the Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability: Ryan Gever

From left to right: Ryan Gever BBA '11, Bijal Makadia BBA '11, Allison Latham BBA '13 and Nick Dutton BBA '13

This past weekend five members of the GWSB community, myself included, were lucky enough to attend the inaugural Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability (CCCS) hosted by the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon arrival, we were anticipating another ordinary conference but by the time we left, we were all ecstatic about this very unique experience.

CCCS maintained the integrity of its name and truly focused on collaboration. In every session at least part of the time was set aside for roundtable discussion, benchmarking, and idea generation among the combination of students, faculty, and business professionals within each group. Plus, there was an extreme spectrum of diverse experience and perspective which ranged from undergraduate freshmen to senior level managers at multinationals such as IBM. I even got to discuss career opportunities and gain some contact information with deans of some of the top business schools in the country and pioneering professionals such as social entrepreneur Greg van Kirk.

But what was most inspiring about this event was the amount of sincere and genuine passion for sustainability shared among the participants. Business historically has been viewed as only profit-driven but CCCS proved not only do we need to change this point of view, but that we can as well. Sustainability spans across environmental, social, and economic fields and businesses have both the knowledge and means to address them. The businesses and schools in attendance shared many of the unique ways they are addressing these responsibilities and everyone left feeling empowered with new knowledge and networks to further pursue doing so. For the five of us, it starts here at GW.

Research Experience for Undergraduates 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. Interested students should fill out the REU application. More information is available here.

Come Learn About the GWSB Paris Program!

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Paris? The Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame. . .
Do you want to go abroad but worry about finding classes that will fit into your BBA or BACCY program?
Are you looking for a program where you will develop strong relationships with GWSB faculty and other GWSB students?

The GWSB Paris Business Program may be for you!

This unique GWSB study abroad program provides an opportunity for business students to take core and elective courses while studying in Paris. This fall semester program lets students earn 15 credit hours while studying with GWSB and Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) faculty. All classes are in English so students do not need to speak French to participate. You will also have the opportunity to visit exciting, multi-national companies like Moet et Chandon and Pfizer.

Come learn more about this exciting program. There will be an information session on:

Wednesday, October 20th
5:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Suite 453

Career Networkig Reception

Career Networking Reception
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Networking Prep Session
3:00 - 3:50pm
Marvin Center 310

Networking Reception
4:00 - 5:00pm
Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

For more information click here.

Consulting Career Panel

Join the F. David Fowler Career Center and the GW Consulting Club for the Consulting Career Panel
October 21, 2010
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duques, 652

Click here for more information

Are You Ready for Some Football? An Inside Look at the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Date: Oct 25, 2010
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Location: Funger Hall Room 108
Description: Please join George Atallah, MBA '09, the Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFL Players Association as he provides an inside look at the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the contract negotiations.

In his role, Atallah manages the NFLPA’s media relations, strategic partnerships and fan outreach. Atallah’s extensive professional experience constitutes financial services, non-profit organizations, international affairs, government and politics. Through his career, Atallah has developed media relations and crisis communications strategies, and implemented corporate communications plans across various sectors.

This event is open to Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff of GW.

Register here:

Global Climate Solutions Luncheon Panel

On October 21, 2010, the George Washington University Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy will present a complimentary luncheon panel on Global Climate Solutions. Climate change experts familiar with this issue in one or more countries around the world will describe the climate change challenges and opportunities faced by individuals, organizations, and societies in and beyond their respective country contexts.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Mark Starik, Director of the Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy and Department Chair of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the GW School of Business. Featured speakers include:

Neville Williams, Founder, Standard Solar (and formerly of Solar Electric Light Fund - SELF)

Linda Yarr, Director of Partnerships for Intl. Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Taryn Sullivan, Energy Auditing Specialist, Efficiency Exchange (China)

Friedo Sielemann, Counselor on Environment and Energy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Please print your Eventbrite ticket for admission to the luncheon and panel from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on October 21, 2010 in the City View Room at 1957 E St., 7th floor. For registration, click here:

Any questions may be directed at Mariya Isayeva at

Pitch George!

"Great businesses start with great business ideas"


Enter your business idea, new product or service concept into the Pitch George Competition (Go to sign up TODAY)

Pitch George is an opportunity to present your idea, and get important feedback on the viability of your business concept and win start-up capital. First place winners at the graduate and undergraduate level receive $2,000 (See Awards section for full details).

High school students receive $750 first place prize.

Even better, the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) will help those individuals with strong proposals expand and refine their ideas into solid business plans to compete in the GW Business Plan Competition in the spring of 2011 where the first place winner receives $20,000.

An added feature to Pitch George will be the involvement of, and participation by, members of both the GWSB DC Metro area alumni and the Colonial Entrepreneurs, an alumni group of young entrepreneurs who will serve as judges, and/or mentors.

How it Works:

- Teams and individuals who are part of the GW community at large including graduate and undergraduate and local high school students can participate.
- The judges will evaluate how clearly each presentation communicates the idea, and how viable is the business idea.
- The three best entries in each tier—graduate, undergraduate, and high school—will proceed to the final round of judging, which will take place in a Duques Hall elevator. Finalists will have 3 minutes to make their pitch. Judges will determine the ranking of finalists in each tier: first, second and third place winners.
- The three winners in each tier will receive seed funding from CFEE to start up their businesses.

Important Dates:

October 23, 2010 - Boot Camp Learn what it takes to write an award winning executive summary and “killer” elevator pitch

October 31, 2010 Executive Summaries are due

November 13, 2010 Entrants compete in the Semi-Finals and Finals for major cash awards

GWWIB General Body Meeting

GW Women in Business invites you to our 2nd General Body Meeting!
Where: Duques 453
When: Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 7-8pm

* The corporate site visits and schedule for The 6th Annual New York Trip will be presented and released!*

New members are always welcome. Head to for information on how to join!
We hope to see you there!

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: Two $2,500 Scholarships Available

184 Marvin Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of George Washington University, is currently accepting application for the 2011 Andrew Stergiopoulos Scholarship Awards. Each year, the Awards are given to students in the sophomore and junior classes of the GW Undergraduate business school who exhibit Andrew’s outstanding qualities, including academic and athletic achievement, leadership and vision. Traditionally, two Awards are given each year, and each Award takes the form of a cash gift in the amount of $2500. To be used to defray tuition or work-study expenses, for a special research project, or to fund study abroad.

Winners of the Award are selected based on a short application, an essay and a faculty recommendation. Please visit our web site at for further information. For the 2011 Awards, application materials must be received by the Foundation not later than February 15, 2011. Recipients of the Award will be invited to attend a luncheon or dinner celebrating Fellowship Scholarships at The George Washington University.

GW Law Open House

Next Friday, October 22, 2010, GW Law will be hosting an open house and information session exclusively for GW undergraduates and alum interested in applying to law school. The open house will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Room 101 of Stuart Hall, which is located at 2013 G Street, NW. You will be able to hear about the law school admissions process and the GW Law experience from admissions officers and current GW Law students who also earned their undergraduate degrees from GW. You also will have the opportunity to ask any questions you'd like. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Admissions Counselor Matthew Dillard at or (202) 994-7231.

SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar: “Student Startups: From the Dorm Room to the Board Room”

SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar: “Student Startups: From the Dorm Room to the Board Room”

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

6:00: Reception; 7:00: Panel Discussion

103 Funger Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. This seminar series is sponsored by GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the GW Office of Entrepreneurship.

NY Career Trek Registration Deadline Approaching!

The GWSB Undergraduate New York Career Trek is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the School of Business interested in pursuing careers in Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Sports Management. Students from all concentrations interested in theses fields are invited to attend. However, the Sports Management sites are limited to students with a concentration in Sports Management.

The Trek includes transportation to and from NYC, overnight accommodations for two nights, alumni breakfasts, alumni networking reception and corporate site visits.

Confirmed sites include...

Finance/Accounting: Barclays, Ironshore, Jeffries, M&T Bank and PWC
Marketing: BBDO, Chandler Chicco and Ogilvy
Sports Management: The Mets, MKTG Partners and NHL

Registration form posted at:

Early Registration: $225 by October 1st
Standard Registration: $250 by October 18th

Questions? E-mail us at:

Links for Life

The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations is hosting Links for Life: the GWSB Student/Alumni Luncheon Series in order to provide GWSB students and alumni with an opportunity to connect.

This program is designed to:

- Create "links" between members of the GWSB student and alumni population by offering a forum for them to connect
- Give students access to alumni in an informal setting. Students can gain professional insight and ask questions that they may not ask in an interview situation
- Have students advise the alumni on current happenings and activities at GWSB

Undergraduate Links for Life Luncheon
October 19th, 2010
Duques Hall Room 650

Lunches are limited to five to seven students per alum and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
All lunches are free.

To register please go to

Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at for more information.

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NEW! Sophomore Reflection on the Mintz Sophomore Getaway: Victoria Rivers

NEW! Recap from the Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability: Ryan Gever

NEW! Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunities

NEW! Come Learn About the GWSB Paris Program!

NEW! Career Networking Reception

NEW! Consulting Career Panel

NEW! Are You Ready for Some Football? An Inside Look at the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

NEW! Global Climate Solutions Luncheon Panel

NEW! Pitch George!

NEW! GWWIB General Body Meeting

NEW! Attention Sophomores and Juniors: Two $2,500 Scholarships Available

NEW! GW Law Open House

NEW! SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar: “Student Startups: From the Dorm Room to the Board Room”

NY Career Trek Registration Deadline Approaching!

Links for Life

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