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December 2, 2009

Deloitte Battle of the Beltway Case Competition Preliminary Round

On Friday, November 20, 2009 three teams competed in The George Washington University's preliminary round of the Battle of the Beltway case competition. It was the first year for this annual competition. Teams comprised of 4 students each included Michael Barnett, Andrew Mencher, Chen Su and Xing Tang; Erik Haug, Sarina Rubin, Khadija Shaikh and Steve Wujek; and Richard Alexander, Kyle Dattola-Harris, Preeti Parulehar and Aaron Ruby. Teams made a 15-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer section to a panel of three judges including a GW professor, GW alumnus and Deloitte representative.

All three teams will continue on to the final rounds of competition, where they will compete against the top teams from American, Georgetown and Howard Universities. The final rounds will be hosted by The George Washington University on January 21-22, 2010.

GW Business Plan Competition

The George Washington University
Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Test your entrepreneurial spirit and business
savvy in the GW Business Plan Competition!

Finalists will compete for
$30,000 in total prize money for their ventures.

Visit us online for more information and to submit your entry.
Materials must be submitted by February 1, 2010.

- $20,000 first-place prize to launch your business
- Gain real-world experience
- Learn from senior-level business leaders how
to write and present your business ideas

Visit www.gwbizplan.com for more information

Sponsored by Annette and Richard Scott

Gene R. Cohen Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

Dean Lawrence G. Singleton is currently taking nominations for the Gene R. Cohen Scholarship in Entrepreneurship. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who meets the below criteria. Faculty and students are able to nominate those students who they feel meet the criteria. Nominations will be accepted through December 4, 2009 and can be e-mailed to Dean Singleton at ugradbus@gwu.edu.

  • Demonstrated academic achievement in entrepreneurship classes
  • Creative, collaborative teamwork with other students
  • Demonstration of entrepreneurial promise through extracurricular activities such as: internships, jobs, business planning, participation in activities such as Pitch George or Business Plan Competition, Business plan writing, consulting, etc.
  • Participation in local GW or hometown Entrepreneurship community (may include CFEE sponsored activities, student clubs or other entrepreneurial activities in DC or hometown).

FINA 190: Personal Finance

Build Your Financial Literacy


FINA 190: Personal Finance

Spring 2010




Professor Cohen has many years of experience teaching in this field and advising clients. This course emphasizes what matters most to people in their 20’s and 30’s, giving you an effective way to think about any personal finance issue.

  • How do I borrow to pay for tuition? When do I pay it back? Should I consolidate my loans?
  • When do I start saving and how do I do it? How much should I save? How do I invest?
  • How do I get a good credit rating?
  • Should I buy or lease a car, apartment?
  • How much money must I make to have a good life?
  • How much money must I accumulate to have a good life when I retire?
  • How much life insurance and disability insurance do I need now? Later?

FINA 190-12
Personal Finance
Wednesday and Friday 3:45 - 5:00 PM
Professor Neil G. Cohen

Ask Professor Cohen

Robert Herz and Sir David Tweedie Announced as the 2009-2010 Robert P. Maxon Lecturers

They will discuss “Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors”


Mr. Robert Herz, Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), will deliver the 2009-2010 George Washington University School of Business Robert P. Maxon Lecture. They will discuss “Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors.”


Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 6:00-7:30pm


The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building First Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)


This event is free and open to the public.


Robert H. Herz was appointed Chairman of the FASB, effective July 1, 2002, and was reappointed to a second term effective July 1, 2007. Prior to joining the FASB, Mr. Herz was PricewaterhouseCoopers North America Theater Leader of Professional, Technical, Risk & Quality and a member of the firm’s Global and U.S. Boards. He has also served as a part-time member of the IASB and is both a certified public accountant and a chartered accountant. Mr. Herz joined Price Waterhouse in 1974. He later joined Coopers & Lybrand, becoming its senior technical partner in 1996, and assumed a similar position with the merged firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998. During his distinguished career, Mr. Herz has authored numerous publications in the areas of accounting, auditing, and business. Included among those contributions is the recent book, The Value Reporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game, which he co-authored. Among Mr. Herz’s other activities, he chaired the AICPA SEC Regulations Committee and the Transnational Auditors Committee of the International Federation of Accountants, and served as a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF), the FASB Financial Instruments Task Force, the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee, the SEC Practice Section Executive Committee of the AICPA, and the International Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Herz holds a B.A. in economics (1974) from the University of Manchester.

Sir David Tweedie has served as Chairman of the IASB since 2001. He was appointed Technical Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1978 and moved in 1982 to the position of national technical partner of the then Thomson McLintock & Co. In 1987 his firm merged with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co and he was appointed national technical partner of KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock. In 1990 he was appointed the first full-time Chairman of the (then) newly created Accounting Standards Board, the committee charged with the responsibility of producing the UK's accounting standards. He is a visiting Professor of Accounting in the Management School at Edinburgh University. He has been awarded honorary degrees by eight British universities, the ICAEW's Founding Societies Centenary Award for 1997 and the CIMA Award 1998 for services to the accounting profession. Sir David was educated at Edinburgh University (BCom 1966, PhD 1969) and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant.

The Robert P. Maxon Lectureship was established through Dorothy Maxon's generous endowment gift to the School of Business in honor of her husband, Robert P. Maxon, B.A. '48. A distinguished GW alumnus, Robert P. Maxon valiantly served his country in WWII and went on to serve in several executive positions for Mobil, retiring as general manager of worldwide corporate public relations. The annual lecture features prominent executives and academics making presentations on contemporary global management issues. The lectureship is designed to add depth to the understanding of the next generation of global business leaders.


John Forrer, Associate Director, Institute of Corporate Responsibility

202-994-5248 or jforrer@gwu.edu

Marriott Scholars Program for 2010-2011

The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) and UNCF - the United Negro College Fund are accepting applications through February 16, 2010 for the Marriott Scholars Program for the 2010-2011 school year. Eligible students can apply for renewable scholarships of up to $9,000 annually in tuition support for up to four years.

Applicants interested in applying for the Marriott Scholars program must meet the following eligibility requirements. Candidates must be:

  • Hispanic or African American;
  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States;
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university with a hospitality management program as an incoming college freshman, first year freshman or community college transfer;
  • Pursuing or planning to pursue a degree within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary or food and beverage field; and
  • Possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Eligible students can apply for renewable scholarships of up to $9,000 annually in tuition support for up to four years.

Those interested can apply online at www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp or www.hispanicfund.org.

Applications are due February 16th.