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GWSB Undergraduate News

November 9, 2011

GWSB Students Compete in CUIBE Case Competition

On November 5, 2011, four GWSB students competed in the second year of the Northeastern University Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) International Business Case Competition. Sixteen teams competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition. GWSB representatives were Jared Eisenberg, Melanie Hoffman, Samara Pollak, and Jiayi (Daphne) Wang. At the competition with them was team faculty advisor, Jim Thurman.

GWSB Ambassador Program Accepting Applications!

Interested in advancing the GW School of Business through professionalism, dedicated service and direct partnership with GWSB Undergraduate Programs? Join the GWSB Ambassador Program and become an undergraduate student leader who represents the School of Business to prospective students, campus recruiters and alumni donors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide tours of Duques Hall to prospective students and parents
  • Attend bi-monthly training sessions to engage with the greater Ambassador community
  • Greet campus recruiters and escort them to the F. David Fowler Career Center before presentations and interviews
  • Represent the GWSB undergraduate population at various receptions and ceremonies

Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the GWSB curriculum and co-curricular programs
  • Embody a service ethic and orientation


  • Enrolled student in the GW School of Business
  • Availability to dedicate 3 hours per week to Ambassador activities
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory SJS record

Applications for the Spring 2012 semester will be accepted until Thursday, November 17, 2011. Interested students should complete the written application available HERE.

Do you have additional questions about the program? Contact

International Education Week

Save the date for International Education Week from November 14 - 18, 2011. The IBUS Society, GW-CIBER, the FDFCC, GW Toastmasters, Undergraduate Advising Center, the African Business Association, and International Education & Programs have teamed up to highlight the many internationally themed events at the GWSB throughout the week. Stay tuned for the full schedule of events the GWSB has planned to celebrate this nation-wide initiative from November 14th - 18th!

International Photo Competition

Dust off your Facebook albums and enter the International Photo Competition open now through November 14, 2011!

Students may submit 1 photo in each of the 3 categories: Urban Spaces, Rural Places , GWSB Abroad. Prizes include Gift Cards to Whole Foods or Founding Farmers, and a framed print of your winning picture. Voting will be held in conjunction with GWSB’s participation in the national-wide initiative, International Education Week (November 14-18). The IBUS Society, GW-CIBER, the FDFCC, GW Toastmasters, Undergraduate Advising Center, the African Business Association, and International Education & Programs have teamed up to highlight the many internationally themed events at the GWSB throughout the week. Visit our website for more information on the week’s events and photo contest rules:

Dinner with Alumni

What to have dinner with a successful restaurateur? Thinking about practicing law and would like a GW contact? Now sure if microbiology is the right major for you? Get connected with the alumni community through the Dinner with Alumni Program. The DWA program is a useful resource for current undergraduate students, and both a source of information and fun! Check out the upcoming dinners and apply today. Not everyone who applies for a dinner will be accepted as there are limited spots.

November 16, 6pm

Andrew Lewis, GWSB BA ‘98 & Allen Devine, GWSB ‘03
Mr. Lewis is a partner and Mr. Devine is a senior manager with KPMG LLP, one of the big four public accounting firms. Both focus on public sector clients, including financial audits of large Federal, state and local government organizations. If you have an interest in the field of public accounting—especially audit or tax, and learning about the career paths available with an accounting degree, apply for this dinner today. Register for this dinner!

November 17, 7:30pm

Gerardo Brillantes, CCAS ‘95
Mr. Brillantes has worked in various accounting firms, including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young, specializing in program management for education and training. Currently Mr. Brillantes works to serve in over a dozen countries as a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, US Department of State. If you are a senior intending to work in an international field (governmental or private), this dinner is for you. Apply today. Register for this dinner!

Dean's Distinguished Lecture - Joe Porac

We are pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Joseph (Joe) Porac on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 10:00am-11:30am in Duquès 451. Dr. Porac is the George Daly Professor in Business Leadership at NYU Stern. You can access his bio here:

Dr. Porac's talk is entitled Positive and Negative Returns to Status Among Corporate and Political Elite. An abstract of his talk is below.

Breakfast will be served in the room starting at 9:30am.

Positive and Negative Returns to Status Among Corporate and Political Elite

Theories of social status have historically emphasized the many benefits that accrue to high status actors. Following Merton's well-known account of the "Matthew Effect," a general assumption in the literature has been that status generates positive returns that are self-reinforcing, perhaps in a "winner take all" manner. However, what is sometimes overlooked in the literature is that Merton viewed this self-reinforcing process as a double injustice. High status actors sometimes get more than they deserve and low status actors often get less. This injustice sets the stage for a number of "negative returns" to high status such as the "tall poppy" effect in which high status actors are targeted for rebuke and "cut down to size." In this talk, I will explore the implications of these negative returns to status within two contexts: corporate governance and elite CEOs, and the reaction of the press and British public to the recent second home expense scandal in the UK Parliament.

Head in the Cloud: A New Playground for Entrepreneurs

Head in the Cloud: A New Playground for Entrepreneurs
November 15, 2011
11:00-1:00 pm
Duquès 254

In the past few years accessibility to technology and cloud computing has blown away many of the traditional obstacles to innovation, fundamentally changing the playing field for creative entrepreneurs and community leaders around the world. This unprecedented openness is inspiring new business models and social programs that were unfathomable just a few years ago. In developing countries, where barriers to innovation and business development can be severe, the cloud and mobile technology are paving new roads to development and prosperity.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Global Business School Network (GBSN), in association with the George Washington University School of Business, will host a panel of international entrepreneurs who will address how these advances in technology and telecommunications are changing entrepreneurship around the globe. In particular, panelists will focus on the development of mobile applications in developing countries as profit-driven, high-growth business ventures.

Mohsen Khalil
Director, Global Information and Communication Technologies, The World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation

Joel Selanikio
CEO and Founder,

Pete Erickson
Founder, Director of Innovation, Disruptathon

Naveen Jain
Founder, Moon Express, Intelius, InfoSpace

Ayman El Tarabishy
Executive Director, ICSB

Register FREE today -

Getting into GradSchool: A Current Grad Student Perspective

Getting into GradSchool: A current grad student perspective (PART 2 of a 3-Part SERIES)

Thinking about going to graduate school? Come and learn about the application process, as well as tips for success from current graduate students in a variety of programs. Topics will include, finding the right program, navigating the application process, personal statements, and advice direct from the admission committees here at GW. Please let us help you find the right fit so you get the most out of your grad school experience!

Hosted by: The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor's Society & MSSC
Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 4:00pm
MSSC Room 209

JUNIORS & SENIORS are encouraged to attend!
For more information, please contact Chanelle Case at

Study Abroad

Danish Institute for Study Abroad Info Session

Friday, November 11, 2011
2:30-3:30 pm
OSA Conference Room
812 20th St. NW

Susanne Goul Hovmand, Program Director for the International Business and Global Economics programs at DIS, will be hosting an information session on November 11th. Students interested in DIS, particularly in the business offerings, are encouraged to attend to learn more about this exciting study abroad program in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Join a group of study abroad alum for a panel discussion on race & identity abroad

The panel will start a dialogue about how race and identity are viewed in countries around the world from first hand student experiences. We also hope this conversation can help freshmen and sophomore students see study abroad as an accessible option while also considering the unique experiences of minorities abroad.

Where: MSSC: Room 209
2127 G Street, NW
When: Monday, November 14, 2011 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by OSA, MSSC, OLAS, BSU & REMix

Thinking about studying abroad next fall?
Come by to one of the following info sessions to hear about the benefits of studying abroad in the fall with the Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC):

Monday, Nov 21....................4pm
Thursday, Dec 1....................1pm
Tuesday, Dec 6.....................4pm
Friday, Dec 9.........................2 pm

All information sessions will take place at the Office for Study Abroad, 812 20th Street NW. The application is open so apply now!

For any questions, contact Anna Levinger at

Information Session by Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby’s Institute of Art invites prospective students to an information session on Monday, November 14, 2011, in Smith Hall of Art, Seminar Room.

Learn about the wide range of career options a graduate degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art will enable you to pursue and how to apply. Graduate level programs include Art Business, Contemporary Art, Photography, Fine & Decorative Art, East
Asian Art and Contemporary Design.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is among the world’s leading institutions for graduate art studies offering master’s degree programs, summer study programs and specialized short courses in art scholarship, connoisseurship and art business. Campuses are
located in London and New York.

To begin your pathway to a career in the international art world, please join us on Monday, November 14, 2011, 5pm - 6pm.
RSVP or contact Jessica Patterson at

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GW Tutoring Initiative

See the GW Tutoring Flyer or visit for more information about available tutoring services.

How Do I Become a Sports Communications Executive?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

6:30 - 8:30 p.m

Alumni House @ 1918 F Street, NW

Students and alumni are invited to an evening with GW alumnus Brian Sereno, GWSB '04, as he talks about his experience in the field of sports communications. Brian has served most recently as the Director of Media for the Washington Wizards where he acted a communications strategist and executed press conferences among other things. Brian recently came back to GW and is now the Executive Director for Athletics Communications for the Colonials. Join Brian as he speaks about his experience in sports media and communications and get a chance to speak with him about his career path. RSVP for this event.

Building an Ethical World Video Contest

The Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business recently launched a video contest for college students from around the globe. The Building an Ethical World Video Contest: Create, Share, Inspire encourages students to share their visions for improving the world.

The purpose of the contest is to:

• Discover the ethical issues today’s college students find most compelling and deserving of attention.
• Provide a public forum for teams of one to six students to share their vision for building a more ethical world.


Registration opened on October 17, 2011 and final submissions are due by April 16, 2012.

Prize Information:

Judges will award prizes as follows:

• First prize winner receives $3,000;
• Second place winner receives $2,000;
• Third place winner receives $1,000.

For more information, please see the website link:

Please feel free to email your questions to

Organizational Science Summer Institute

Organizational Science Summer Institute (OSSI)
May 13-18, 2012
Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Summer Fellows

To be considered for an Institute Fellowship you must:

* Be a rising junior or senior
* Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
* Have an interest in pursuing a Graduate degree
* Willing to commit to a week of intensive research training and preparation
* Have an interest in studying topics related to organizations
* Be a member of an underrepresented student population

Institute Fellows will receive:

*A small monetary stipend
* Travel related expenses
* Housing and food
* Intense GRE Preparation
* Hands-on research with Faculty and Doctoral Students
* Doctoral Student Mentors
* Network with National Experts on Graduate Education
***An invaluable jump start on your Graduate Education***

For more information:
Application Deadline: January 7, 2012

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NEW! GWSB Students Compete in CUIBE Case Competition

NEW! GWSB Ambassador Program Accepting Applications!

NEW! International Education Week

NEW! International Photo Competition

NEW! Dinner with Alumni

NEW! Dean's Distinguished Lecture - Joe Porac

NEW! Head in the Cloud: A New Playground for Entrepreneurs

NEW! Getting into GradSchool: A Current Grad Student Perspective

NEW! Study Abroad

NEW! Information Session by Sotheby's Institute of Art

GW Tutoring Initiative

How Do I Become a Sports Communications Executive?

Building an Ethical World Video Contest

Organizational Science Summer Institute

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