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GWSB Undergraduate News

November 28, 2012

NEW! Meet our New Staff!

Wilmon A. Christian III

Undergraduate Student Experience Advisor



Job duties:  Provide academic, co-curricular, and holistic advising services to undergraduate students enrolled in or interested in transferring to The George Washington University School of Business; Create academic, leadership, and service programs which logically translate to the undergraduate business student experience; Serve as instructor of the First Year Development Program required of all undergraduate students enrolled at GWSB

How long have you worked at GW: 3 weeks!

What do you like best, so far, about working here:  My colleagues have a great sense of humor and the lunch hour is filled to the brim with funny, random jokes/stories.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you: I play a couple of instruments and was trained in classical piano.

Where did you grow up:  New Kent, VA! (Home of the first 1st Lady Martha Custis Washington).

Any hobbies?  Both cooking and reading compete for dominance in my hobby category.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Things that I like about the weekend: sleeping in, not having a set agenda, the overall ease of pace. I enjoy being free on the weekend!

Favorite spot in DC: Hmmm…the jury is still out on this one. At one point it used to be Adam’s Morgan but I haven’t been there in quite some time. Since I’m new to the area it will probably take some time to come up with a favorite DC spot. Check back in 3 weeks?

Favorite vacation spots: Miami

Which superpower would you like to have: Flying. Hands down. Superheroes that fly are automatically 5 points cooler than their non-flying colleagues. There is data to support this.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what are three things you would bring and why:
1. A journal with pen to catalog my thoughts and stave off insanity.
2. A Brita water filter. Self-explanatory, right?
3. A photo album of family and friends because even though I’ll be alone, I would at least like to remember the folks who’ve treated me the best in life.

A favorite book: Souls of Black Folk-W.E.B. DuBois  

A favorite movie:  Malcolm X

A favorite food: Generally, anything my mom cooks. I love food so it’s impossible for me to choose one thing. Here are three cuisines that I can never get enough of: Spanish/Mexican, Asian (specifically Thai and sushi), and Italian. Also, does coffee count as a food? If so, that’d be my favorite food.

E-mail: Hit me up to say “What’s up?!”

NEW! Sustainability Workshop - GW Business Plan Competition

Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Duques Hall 258
2201 G Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20052

Is sustainability your thing? Do you want to be an entrepreneur with a socially-aware business in sustainability? Well, look no further! Join our team and clean technology expert, Marty Silber, CPA/MBA, for a discussion on sustainable technology and entrepreneurship. In addition, George E. Ashton III, co-founder and Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Sol Systems, LLC, a leading SREC and Solar Financing Solutions company, will be sharing his entrepreneurial experiences in building Sol Systems.

Mr. Silber will introduce you to key trends and drivers in the clean technology industry and will show you how you can navigate it with ease. He will also discuss ways to create sustainability businesses and business plans, and will introduce you to a brand new prize the 2013 GW Business Plan Competition is offering for sustainability business ideas. 

This session will also offer ample amount of time for networking with friends, experts, and like-minded entrepreneurs. FREE FOOD and REFRESHMENTS will be provided! 

See link below and RSVP today.

NEW! Financial Literacy Seminar Series

"Early Withdrawals from Retirement Accounts During the Great Recession,” presented by John Sabelhaus of the Federal Reserve Board, will be held on Thursday, November 29.  Click here to read the study.
The FLSS will be hosted at the George Washington University School of Business, Duquès Hall, Room 652, from 3:30- 5PM. A reception will follow from 5-6PM in the Dean’s reception area of Duquès Hall, 6th floor. 

 Please click here for additional information
 Please contact us at if you have questions about the FLSS.

NEW! House Staff Positions Available

For the 2013-2014 year, the Center for Student Engagement will continue to provide a premier residential experience with the support of our unique student staff positions.  These positions are class-year specific and focus on:

-Individualized Student Attention
-Academic Success and Professional Development
-Student Self-Representation and Skill Building

These in-hall positions include House Staff in first, second, and third and fourth year Residence Halls.

Click here for more information.


7-Week Workshop with Dan Simons, Developer of Founding Farmers – GWSB JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY

SIGN UP DEADLINE: Friday, December 14

DESCRIPTION: 7-Week workshop with Dan Simons, Co-founder of Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group and developer of Founding Farmers, the greenest restaurant in Washington, D.C. 

SIGN UP AND LEARN TO: • Cut through the formal business terminology and get to the heart of any matter • Interpret the actions of bosses and adjust accordingly • Self-assess & Self-correct within the parameters of the business environment • Identify and select role models and mentors • Build business relationships for the long-term


QUESTIONS: Email Irina Orlova at

NEW! Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion (OVPDI) is pleased to announce the Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion (IDI): A Grants Program.  The goal of the IDI grants program is to expand the capacity of the GW community in two ways.  First, to engage all members of the University in advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion in substantive ways; and second, to equip our community members with the necessary skills and resources to accomplish institutional goals related to diversity and inclusion. Students, faculty, staff, and units can apply for funding to support innovative ideas that advance GW's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Detailed information including the mission statement, guidelines and application can be found on the OVPDI website at

The deadline for applications for the 2012-13 IDI grants is December 21, 2012.  Applications should be submitted electronically on the OVPDI website at or via email to  A hard-copy of the application is available from, and can be submitted to:  Rice Hall, Suite 403, but electronic submissions are preferred. Applicants will be notified by January 21, 2013.

NEW! The World Travel and Tourism Council Survey

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC),  the global authority on the travel and tourism industry,, has  invited GW undergraduate Accounting, Finance, International Business and Marketing students to complete  a survey which will register their thoughts on the world of work in general and the Travel & Tourism industry in particular.

Please go to the following link to complete the survey which should take less than 10 minutes of your time- .

NEW! AARP Business Plan Competition

The AARP Foundation is offering a $5,000 prize in the Older-Adult Focused Innovation category of the 2013 GW Business Plan Competition for a winning business plan that best addresses one or more of the following challenges for low-income Americans (those earning less than $46,000 median Annual Household Income):

1. provide a home that better allows the occupant to affordably age-in-place
2. provide healthier food at affordable prices
3. provide increased income
4. reduce the negative impact of isolation on physical, mental and emotional well-being

Apply for the AARP Foundation Prize by reviewing the contest rules and registering for the 2013 GW Business Plan Competition.
Registration deadline is January 28, 2013 at 11:59PM.
Follow AARP Foundation on Twitter for updates @aarpfoundprize. 

NEW! New Course Offerings


Have you always wanted to start your own venture? Entrepreneurship course at the School of Business can help you develop your ideas or generate new ideas and turn them into viable business plans. The course addresses all the key questions you will ask in the process of setting up your venture: Is the idea feasible? Is this the best business model? How do I put together a great team to take it to market? How do I market my idea? How do I write a business plan? How do I fund my venture? The course uses methodologies (cases, interviews with entrepreneurs, interviews with investors) that encourage practical learning allowing students to develop skills that are directly applicable in real world scenario. Course No.4102/4900.

Do you have a family-owned small business or do you plan to start your own small business? Small Business Management course at the School of Business answers all the questions you might have about starting or acquiring a new business.  Focus is on effective management, including the essentials of planning, organizing, financing, marketing, and controlling the smaller enterprise.  The course allows you to learn from real world decisions that you will make by running your own firm for eight years using a simulation. The course also introduces you to several small business owners to help you learn from their experience and challenges. Course No. 4101

Fundamentals of Financial Decision-Making

Title of new course: Fundamentals of Financial Decision-Making, ACCY 4900-10, CRN 27347.

Taught by Professor Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy Academic Director, Global Center for Financial Literacy.

Description: This is a course on financial literacy that covers the basics of financial decision-making, from the power of interest compounding to the workings of risk diversification to the effects of inflation. It combines accounting principles with microeconomic and macroeconomic principles to provide a framework for saving and borrowing decisions, insuring against risks, and investing in stock and in education, among other topics. Students will be exposed to both theory and many practical applications, including applications to everyday financial management and to entrepreneurship. No prior knowledge of economics and accountancy is required and students majoring in disciplines other than Business or Economics are encouraged to enroll.

If you are interested in this course and want to know if it can be used to fulfill one of your degree requirements, please visit the Advising Center to meet with a GWSB advisor between 9:30-12:30, Monday through Friday.

Thinking of studying abroad in the Fall 2013 semester?

Then apply for the Focus on Fall Abroad Community!

Come to a FOFAC Information Session to hear more about the program!
All sessions held in the Office for Study Abroad, Marvin Center 5th Floor.

Friday, December 7th 3:00 – 3:30PM
Tuesday, December 11th 12:00 – 12:30PM

Small Steps, Big Wins - Net Impact Campus Challenge

Do you want to win prizes while doing good? Then sign up for the FREE Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge, by Net Impact. You can win both individual prizes and win as a school. Take action, such as volunteering, voting, or biking around campus. 

Hurry! The Challenge ends Mid-December

WIN some of these great prizes!

The Trail Blazer Prize: Two free passes to Coachella 2013 for the student who earns the most points during the challenge.
The Impact Prize: A free roundtrip to any US destination on Southwest airlines for the student who earns the second highest point total during the challenge.
The Challenger Prize: Free REI gift cards to winners of periodic mini challenges.
The Campus Prize: Free custom t-shirts for all student participants on the winning campus.

Interested in Joining Net Impact? Email:

Attention Sophomores and Juniors

$2,500 Scholarship Awards Available!

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of The George Washington University, is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Andrew Stergiopoulos Scholarship Award. Each year, the awards are given to students in the sophomore and junior classes of GWSB who exhibit Andrew’s outstanding qualities, including academic and athletic achievement, leadership,and vision. Traditionally, one or two awards are given each year. Each award takes the form of a cash gift in the amount of $2500. Award proceeds are 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. The award and the application process are described in greater detail in our website: For the 2013 awards, application materials must be received by the Foundation no later than February 15, 2013. Recipients of the award will be invited to attend a luncheon or dinner celebrating Fellowship Scholarships at The George Washington University.

THE ANDREW STERGIOPOULOS FOUNDATION 184 Marvin Ridge Road New Canaan, CT. 06840

GW Tutoring Initiative

GW Tutoring Initiative provides tutoring services for GW students in a variety of courses. In addition to individual sessions, we also have drop-in sessions that students can utilize throughout the semester free-of-charge, and online tutoring through Smarthinking. Please visit the GW Tutoring Initiative website for more information.

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NEW! Meet our New Staff!

NEW! Sustainability Workshop - GW Business Plan Competition

NEW! Financial Literacy Seminar Series

NEW! House Staff Positions Available


NEW! Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion

NEW! The World Travel and Tourism Council Survey

NEW! AARP Business Plan Competition

NEW! New Course Offerings

Fundamentals of Financial Decision-Making

Thinking of studying abroad in the Fall 2013 semester?

Small Steps, Big Wins - Net Impact Campus Challenge

Attention Sophomores and Juniors

GW Tutoring Initiative

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