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August 2005

 
Message from Mory

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI PROGRAMS

Greetings fellow alumni—

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One of the most rewarding aspects of Alumni Programs at GW is our constant work with committed, loyal, and energetic volunteers who share our passion for all things GW. We hope that those of you who receive the Colonial Cable share our commitment to this University, and that you will consider joining our ever-growing legion of volunteers. There are many ways to participate. READ FULL STORY

 

Alumni Profiles

3 … 2 … 1 … LIFTOFF!

On Tuesday, July 26, at 10:39 a.m., Discovery soared into the skies over Florida as NASA returned a shuttle to space for the first time since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Among the seven astronauts traveling on this 12-day mission is Charlie Camarda, an alumnus of the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science, and he is taking with him a GW banner. READ FULL ARTICLE

Charlie Camarda, MS ’80, mission specialist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, prepares for liftoff.
Photo courtesy of NASA.

General Alton Slay, who graduated from GW in 1965, recently won four gold medals in cycling at the National Senior Games. Slay retired from the Air Force in 1981 as a four-star general after a distinguished flying career.

Andrew Dudek, BA ’87, was elected chairman of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association’s Board of Directors in April 2005. Dudek has more than 15 years of trade show and event experience and is currently the trade show manager for Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway, N.J.

If you would like to read more class notes, or if you would like to enter one of your own, visit the class notes section of the GW Alumni Online Community. (If you have not already registered, the site will guide you through the process.)

Alumni News

COLONIALS WEEKEND 2005 - OCTOBER 21 - 23
Colonials Weekend will be here sooner than you think, and we’ve got several events planned just for you. The weekend gets a jump-start Friday night with the annual Kick-off Party at Alumni House from 7:30 - 10 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday from 12 - 4 p.m. with Colonials Village, an all-day festival on H Street and Kogan Plaza featuring food and entertainment. For those of you who would like some food for thought, there is a lecture series including the Elmer L. Kayser lecture, in the Media and Public Affairs Building from 12:30 - 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Colonials Weekend website.

Colonials Weekend 2005 will also feature a night of hilarious comedy with the host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, on Friday from 10 - 11:30 p.m. at the Smith Center. On Saturday, from 9:30 - 11 p.m. the Boston Pops will perform at the Smith Center.


To buy tickets to the Boston Pops, please visit http://gwired.gwu.edu/tickets or call 202-994-7411. Stay tuned to future Colonial Cable for more details, or visit the Colonials Weekend website for more information.

REUNITE WITH FORMER CLASSMATES
During Colonials Weekend 2005, October 21 - 23, class reunions for the classes of 1980, 1995, and 2000 will be held. Keep an eye out for communications via mail and e-mail about your class’s special event. For more information, visit the Colonials Weekend website.

We need your current mail and e-mail addresses to insure that you receive all of the latest news about your class event. If you would like to update your contact information, please e-mail cable@gwu.edu with your name and current information.

GW MEDICAL SCHOOL REUNION 2005

GW Medical Center invites alumni to come back to campus during Colonials Weekend to celebrate your medical class reunion. This year’s reunion classes are: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, and 1995. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and classmates! Highlights of the weekend include individual class parties, a cocktail party with current and former professors, tours of the new hospital, CME opportunities, and much more. For more information, please contact Rebecca Leonard at rleonard@gwu.edu or 202-994-7511.

DINE FOR GW
Interested in taking a small group of current GW undergraduate students out to dinner? The GW Alumni Association is seeking alumni dinner hosts for the 2005-2006 academic year. This great opportunity is a way to meet and mentor GW students with similar professional interests while reconnecting with your alma mater in a meaningful way. The cost of the dinner is a tax-deductible gift to GW. To learn more about our Dinner with Alumni program and how you can host a dinner, please click here.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE FALL 2005 COURSE AUDIT PROGRAM

The Office of Alumni Programs invites you to participate in the Alumni Course Audit Program. Offered through a partnership with GW’s academic departments, this program enables alumni to attend many University courses for a modest registration fee. Registration for the Fall 2005 semester begins on Wednesday, August 24. For more information, please visit the educational programs section of the Alumni Online Community.

ATTENTION ALUMNI…
We wish to honor our alumni serving in military zones. If you know of any GW alumni who are currently serving, have already served, are working as contractors, or have lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan, please e-mail the information to Heather Milke at magazine@gwu.edu.

GW ALUMNI INTRAMURAL SOCCER TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE



Coaches Aaron Brachman, BBA ’02, and Lisa Pagano, BA ’03, led the 2005 Capital Alumni Network (CAN) soccer team to victory in the first annual CAN soccer tournament.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH IS HERE TO STAY!
GW women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown will stay with the Colonials through 2011 after signing a contract extension. McKeown is the all-time victory leader in GW basketball history, leading the team to 12 NCAA tournaments in 16 seasons. He is also the all-time career victory leader in the Atlantic 10 conference. For more news about GW women’s basketball, please click here.

MEN’S BASKETBALL MAKING THE GRADE
GW men’s basketball is making news on the national stage. The team was ranked 11th in the nation according to a pre-season prediction made by CBS SportsLine.com. The team was noted for returning players Pops Mensha-Bonsu and Mike Hall, who decided to return to the Colonials after withdrawing from the NBA draft. The team will also welcome Regis Koundija, a transfer player from Louisiana State University. For more news about GW men’s basketball, please click here.

CNN’S ON THE STORY ARRIVES AT GW
On Friday, July 8, CNN’s On the Story arrived at GW. The one-hour show features CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and a rotating cast of CNN correspondents. The show, taped in front of a live studio audience on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., airs Saturdays from 7-8 p.m. and then replays on Sundays from 10-11 a.m.

“GW is pleased and proud to continue our partnership with CNN,” said Michael Freedman, vice president of communications and professional lecturer in journalism at GW. “This presents a unique opportunity for our students to participate in one of the premier weekend programs on television - one that helps us gain perspective on the top stories affecting our world.” For more news about On the Story or to reserve free tickets, please click here.

REPRESENTING GW ON REALITY TV
Olivier Taillieu, JD ’99, was recently cast on the new NBC reality show The Law Firm, premiering July 28. Each week, one contestant will be eliminated and the top attorney will receive a prize of $250,000. Roy Black, a trial attorney and legal analyst, will manage the 12 lawyers who compete against each other in real court cases. The cases range from First Amendment issues to wrongful death suits. READ FULL ARTICLE

Olivier Taillieu, JD ’99, appears on the new NBC reality show The Law Firm.
Photo courtesy of NBC.

GW ESTABLISHES THE “KUWAIT CHAIR”
GW received more than $3.3 million (1 million Kuwaiti dinar) from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences to fund the Kuwait Chair for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs. This endowment provides the Elliott School with a faculty member to focus on one of the most vital regions of the world. Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, BA ’66, MA ’68, is the first individual appointed to the chair. Gnehm joined the Elliott School in September 2004 as the J.B and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs.

GSPM ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
Sherry Sylvester, who attended the Graduate School of Political Management when it was located in New York, was recently announced as this year’s GSPM Alumna of the Year. Sylvester is currently the communications director for Doug Forrester who is running in the 2006 New Jersey gubernatorial election. She received her award at the GSPM Commencement ceremony on July 30, 2005. For more news from GSPM, please click here.

JOIN THE ALUMNI ONLINE COMMUNITY AT WWW.ALUMNI.GWU.EDU
To learn more about what’s happening at GW, or for information about alumni benefits and services, regional clubs, or your alumni association, visit the GW Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.gwu.edu.

STAY CONNECTED TO GW WITH GW NEWS CENTER UPDATES

Stay connected to your alma mater with weekly e-news messages from the GW News Center. Learn about what’s happening on campus with your former professors, fellow alumni, and students. Weekly GW News sent via e-mail includes the latest news, events, and guest columnists who answer readers’ questions. This week’s updates include all of the latest information about Colonials Weekend 2005, which is taking place October 21-23. To view the GW News Center, click here.

Join the scores of subscribers already receiving GW’s online news source on a weekly basis. Simply click here and complete the form. It’s that simple to become more connected to The George Washington University!

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About the GW Colonial Cable
The Colonial Cable is published by the Office of Alumni Programs and the George Washington Alumni Association and is produced by the Division of Advancement’s Office of Communications.
Chris Young, (BBA ’80, MA ’83) President, George Washington Alumni Association
Scott M. Mory (BA ’96, JD ’99) Executive Director of Alumni Programs
Valoree Vargo Executive Director of Advancement Communications and Events
Amy G. Aldrich Director of Advancement Communications
Raina S. Lenney (MA ’02) Associate Director of Advancement Communications
Jennifer Rosenthal (BA ’04) Editor, Colonial Cable
Ryan Hoy Web Developer
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