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November 13, 2009

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The GWSB Undergraduate Newsletter is back and will be coming to you weekly. If you have an event or story to be added to the newsletter please e-mail it to by noon Monday to have it included in that week's newsletter. Just text is fine, however pictures are greatly encouraged.

Dean Phillips Announces Retirement

Susan M. Phillips, dean of The George Washington University School of Business since 1998, announced that she is retiring.

In an announcement marked with “very mixed emotions,” Phillips revealed that she plans to retire as dean at the end of the 2009-10 academic year, but will remain on the faculty – on administrative leave – through the end of 2010-11 academic year. GW will launch a national search for a successor, with the aim of naming a new dean by June 30, 2010.

Phillips said when she joined GWSB, the school was not ranked. “Being in the Top 50 was in the mission statement,” she recalled. Now, in her 12th year as dean, Phillips can point to a number of accolades.

Beyond the outside recognition, Phillips has noticed a sea change within the ranks of the School’s faculty. “I’m particularly proud that people are now willing to serve in leadership positions in the School – as department chairs and associate deans,” she said, explaining that when she first looked for associate deans no one would take the job. The last few times the slots positions opened, several candidates came forward.

Describing her GWSB position as “the longest contiguous job I’ve ever had,” Phillips said she will remain in the Washington area but will also be shopping for a home in Florida in order to spend a few months of the year closer to her family.

Agnes Scott College, where Phillips received a B.A. in mathematics, has asked her to serve on its board. She also plans to remain active on several corporate boards and to continue her work with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The dean currently sits on the board of directors of AACSB International, serving as secretary-treasurer.

Phillips, a professor of finance with a career trajectory that includes nearly seven years as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has led the School of Business through a number of sweeping changes. The most recent was the highly touted revision of the curriculum to include a Global MBA program that emphasizes ethics, leadership and international business.

“We have built more rigor into our academic programs via curriculum revisions at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, as well as an infusion of ethics and globalization throughout,” Phillips acknowledged.

It was under the dean’s leadership that the School in 2008 expanded into Duquès Hall, a $56 million state-of-the-art building with such prized features as the Capital Markets Trading Room, high-tech classrooms, a computer lab and the F. David Fowler Career Center. During Phillip’s tenure, new research centers were added to School, bringing the total to 12.

“On top of an impressive resume and stature within the financial world, Dean Phillips has brought fiscal discipline and financial strength to the School of Business, as well as made significant progress in encouraging and fostering research at the school through internal investment in the faculty,” said Don Lehman, the University’s executive vice president for academic affairs.

“Dean Phillips helped GW earn a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grant – the most prestigious award for international business in the United States,” he noted. “In addition, Dean Phillips has attracted top notch faculty and led the school’s graduate-level programs to a national ranking for environmental stewardship and social impact.”

Phillips’ areas of expertise include monetary policy, regulation and supervision of financial institutions, derivatives, financial management and economic theory of regulation. Prior to her Federal Reserve appointment in 1991, she served as vice president for finance and university services and as a professor of finance in The College of Business Administration at the University of Iowa.

In 1981, Phillips was appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She became its chair in 1983 and was reappointed in 1985, serving two more years. She currently sits on the boards of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the National Futures Association and is a member of the Financial Accounting Foundation Board of Trustees.

Phillips holds an MS in finance and insurance and a PhD in finance and economics from Louisiana State University.

FYDP Help the Homeless Walkathon

In their first month as business students, the Class of 2013 received an assignment in their First Year Development (FYDP) course—complete readings on the basics of corporate social responsibility, raise at least $10 in donations from at least 5 separate donors, and participate in the annual FYDP Walkathon to benefit Habitat for Humanity. This year's GWSB freshmen successfully raised $6,577.32.

Students who raised the most money and those who had the highest number of donors were recognized following the walk. These students included Taylor Coughlin ($200), William Fenstermaker ($165), Mark Silverberg ($150), Hunter Thomas ($125), Spencer Matthews ($116), Nicholas Parks ($112) and Samantha McGowan ($105) as well as Tyler House (20 donors), Tan Albayrak (16 donors), Qiongning Yang (15 donors). Honorable mentions go to Russell Berger, Ryan Brenner, Mark Buente, Michael Camhi, Randi Darden, Nicole Frattura, Nyla Hashim, Allison Latham, Joshua Majewski, William Richardson, Marina Soffer, Yekaterina Weitzman, and Collin White.

F. David Fowler Career Center Gives Students a FREE Career Boost

The School of Business' F. David Fowler Career Center has arranged a FREE 30-day trial to Career Accelerator for undergraduate students. This is an exclusive online job search service, which provides announcements of job postings for positions in the following areas:

· Asset Management and Hedge Funds
· Corporate Finance/Marketing/Strategy
· Investment/Universal Banking
· Law
· Management Consulting
· Private Equity and Venture Capital

The job board features both internship and full time positions, additionally, the positions are geographically diverse (across the U.S. and international locations).

To take advantage of the FREE trial, please visit and enter Discount Code GWSB1928. Once the 30-day trial is completed, (which begins from the day that you sign up), you will have the opportunity sign up on your own and receive a 25% discount to the Premium service. (Note: the 30 day trial cannot be applied to existing memberships).

For more information or to learn more about the F. David Fowler Career Center, visit

Investment Banking Boot Camp

Please join the Finance and Investments Club to help prepare you for getting hired on Wall Street. To help you prepare for potential internships/jobs we have organized a great event. Please view the below information and RSVP if you are interested.

Investment Banking Boot Camp
Learn: Financial Modeling in Excel; Valuation and DCF Modeling
When: 11/14-11/15, 2009, 9am-5pm
Where: Room 251/ Duquès Hall / School of Business
Cost: $199
Register: Click Here to Sign Up or Email for more information


Study Abroad

Regional Information Sessions

Region Date Time Location
GW Madrid Tuesday, November 17 11:00a.m-12:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Sub-Saharan Africa Tuesday, November 17 12:00-1:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Australia & New Zealand Tuesday, November 17 1:00-2:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Asia Tuesday, November 17 2:00-3:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
UK & Ireland Tuesday, November 17 3:00-4:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
GW Latin America Tuesday, November 17 4:00-5:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
French-speaking Europe Wednesday, November 18 11:00a.m-12:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Russia Wednesday, November 18 12:00-1:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Spain Wednesday, November 18 1:00-2:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Latin America Wednesday, November 18 2:00-3:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
GW England Wednesday, November 18 3:00-4:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Middle East & North Africa Thursday, November 19 12:00-1:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
Italy & Greece Thursday, November 19 1:00-2:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
GW Latin America Thursday, November 19 2:00-3:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
GW Madrid Thursday, November 19 3:30-4:30 p.m. OSA Conference Room
GW Paris Friday, November 20 1:00-2:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room

Other Information Sessions

Session Date Time Location
General Information Monday, November 16 9:35-10:35 a.m. Marvin Center 402
Top Tips for Female Travelers Wednesday, November 18 1:00-2:00 p.m. Strong Hall Piano Lounge
Alliance for Global Education: China, India Wednesday, November 18 4:00-5:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
You Are Ready to Go Abroad but Is Your Facebook Page? Wednesday, November 18 7:30-8:30 p.m. Ivory Tower Commons
Waseda University Friday, November 20 11:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. OSA Conference Room
International Research Symposium Friday, November 20 12:00-4:00 p.m. Elliott School 5th Floor Conference Room

Strategies for Marketing your Education Abroad to Employers Workshop

Learn how to leverage your education abroad experience. Attend a workshop to learn how to market your abroad experience to future employers. Allow us to aid you in presenting your skills through your resume, cover letter, and in interviews.

Strategies for Marketing your Education Abroad to Employers
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Duquès Hall, Suite 453

Event sponsored by the F. David Fowler Career Ctr. And the GWSB Undergraduate Advising Center

Deloitte Consulting Battle of the Beltway Federal Consulting Case Competition

CASE COMPETITION OVERVIEW: Student teams from local universities will compete in a 2-day Federal Case Competition on January 21-22, 2010.

PRELIMINARY ROUND: Up to 10 teams from The George Washington University will compete at GWSB on Friday, November 20, 2009.

FINAL ROUNDS: The top 3 teams from GW will compete against the top teams from American, Georgetown and Howard at The George Washington University School of Business on January 21-22, 2010.

Author Talk with Dr. Tom Lee

Are you interested in the current healthcare reform debate? Attend a free presentation by Author Tom Lee! Please see details and RSVP link below.

Event: Author Talk with Dr. Tom Lee, author of Chaos and Organization in Health Care
Date: December 8th, 2009
Time: 8:30am-11:00am (networking from 8:30am-9, presentation starts at 9 with book signing to follow)
Location: GWU Ross Hall 227, 2300 Eye ST NW (Must have ID for entry)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Please RSVP at

About the Book:

One of the most daunting challenges facing the new U.S. administration is health care reform. The size of the system, the number of stakeholders, and ever-rising costs make the problem seem almost intractable. But in Chaos and Organization in Health Care, two leading physicians offer an optimistic prognosis. In their frontline work as providers, Thomas Lee and James Mongan see the inefficiency, the missed opportunities, and the occasional harm that can result from the current system. The root cause of these problems, they argue, is chaos in the delivery of care. If the problem is chaos, the solution is organization, and in this timely and outspoken book, they offer a plan.

In many ways, this chaos is caused by something good: the dramatic progress in medical science-the explosion of medical knowledge and the exponential increase in treatment options. Imposed on a fragmented system of small practices and individual patients with multiple providers, progress results in chaos. Lee and Mongan argue that attacking this chaos is even more important than whether health care is managed by government or controlled by market forces.

Some providers are already tightly organized, adapting management principles from business and offering care that is by many measures safer, better, and less costly. Lee and Mongan propose multiple strategies that can be adopted nationwide, including electronic medical records and information systems for sharing knowledge; team-based care, with doctors and other providers working together; and disease management programs to coordinate care for the sickest patients.

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

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of The George Washington University, is currently accepting applications for the 2010 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 $2,500, 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. For the 2010 Awards, application materials must be received by the Foundation not later than February 15, 2010. Recipients of the award will be invited to attend a luncheon or dinner celebrating Fellowship Scholarships at The George Washington University.

Andrew Stergiopoulos graduated from the School of Business at GWU in May 2000, and perished on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City.

For more information about Andrew, the Award and the application process and the Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, please visit our website at

Sports Industry Networking and Career (SINC) Conference Announces New 2010 Date

Washington, DC (November 4, 2009)...The 2010 Sports Industry Networking and Career (SINC) Conference will be held March 5-6, 2010 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The leading sports career conference once again invites students, recent graduates and career changers to join the top decision makers in the sports industry for a unique conference experience. Over the two-day period, these sports business executives participate as keynotes, panelists, and take part in roundtable networking lunches, giving attendees a VIP pass into the world of sports.

In 2009, the SINC Conference welcomed over 200 attendees and 100 executives for the event emphasizing education, job placement and networking. Keynote speakers included Tom Wade, CMO of the PGA Tour, and David Haggerty, President of Head Tennis and a USTA Board Member. Highlights of the event also included on-site interviews with over a dozen organizations such as Octagon, Washington Redskins, DC United, Tiger Woods Foundation and Sports Fan Live, and a Friday evening networking reception held on Capitol Hill.

"The 2009 SINC Conference once again provided attendees with incredible access to the leaders in the sports business world," said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, SINC Conference Co-Founder and Director of the Sports Management Program at The George Washington University. "To be able to learn from and network one-on-one with executives of this caliber over a two-day period is extremely valuable."

"This event is all about education and networking. Our goal is to connect those who are passionate about pursuing jobs within the sports industry, with the executives who are in a position to give them that opportunity," said Jeremy Silkowitz, SINC Conference Co-Founder, and Public Relations & Marketing Director at Swanson Communications. "Every year we work to build upon the previous year's success, and over the next few months we will be announcing new aspects of the 2010 conference which will enhance the experience for both our attendees and speakers."

For details on the 2010 SINC Conference scheduled for March 5-6, 2010 at The George Washington University visit For additional information please contact Jeremy Silkowitz at 202-783-5500 or via email at

Free Housing Information

Looking for a new apartment? Need help getting to know the city? Check out YourNewCity is a free one-stop site for information for those moving to or already living in Washington DC. Co-founded by GWU alumnus Austin Henderson, it not only includes information on apartments, but also neighborhood descriptions, transportation, utilities and more.