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Issue 4 - August 2011
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Seoul to Host 2012 GW Global Forum

GW recently announced Korea will play host to the university’s third Global Forum, held March 16-17 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

The theme for Global Forum-Seoul with be Global Growth and Innovation. It will bring together expert faculty, alumni and renowned international leaders to discuss timely global issues. Join prominent GW graduates, parents, students and friends to network and share insights with members of the university’s worldwide community.

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A Colonial Commencement

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from the university before an estimated 25,000 graduates, friends and family members. He told graduates to continue their dedication to making the world a better place, to advocate for those in need and to take chances.

» Read the GW Today story and view multimedia

Work Begins on "Transformational" Science and Engineering Hall

In June, GW students joined university administrators, trustees and faculty members to take the first step toward construction of GW’s planned state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Hall by kicking off demolition of the University Parking Garage. GW President Steven Knapp referred to the Science and Engineering Hall as a “transformational project that will... move the university into a new era.”

» Read the GW Today story

Hundreds Attend International Summer Send-offs

GW alumni around the globe graciously hosted nine international Summer Send-offs during the past three months which attracted more than 300 GW community members. The Send-offs gave new students and their families a chance to get to know members of GW’s diverse and vibrant community before students depart for campus in the fall. Programs were hosted in Beijing, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei.

"I very much enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Summer Send-offs in Beijing and Shanghai. Getting the chance to meet such an enthusiastic group of undergraduate and graduate students and engage with alumni living abroad was one of the high points of my trip."
- Peg Barratt, dean of the Columbian College

» Read the GW Today story

» For more information on Summer Send-offs, please contact the Office of International Alumni Programs at

Upcoming Events

Asia Program Series

Singapore, Singapore
Friday, September 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Standing Sushi Bar
Join fellow GW alumni, parents and friends for dinner and discussion with Alumni Ambassador Steven Keating, GWSB BBA '06, MBA '08, investment officer at the George Washington University. (Read more and register...)

Seoul, South Korea

March 16-17, 2012
Grand Hyatt Seoul
The GW Global Forum: Global Growth and Innovation will bring together expert faculty, alumni and renowned international leaders to discuss timely global issues. Join prominent GW graduates, parents, students and friends to network and share insights with members of the University’s worldwide community. (Read more...)

Middle East Program Series

Jerusalem, Israel
Tuesday, November 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Join fellow GW alumni, parents and friends for a discussion and reception with GW Provost Steven Lerman, Vice President for research Leo Chalupa and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development Adrienne Rulnick. (Read more and register...)

North America Program Series

Washington DC, USA
September 15-16
George Washington University

Receive substantive leadership training and tools to help you advance the university, GW Alumni Association, your professional life. (Read more and register...)

Washington DC, USA
September 15-18
George Washington University

During the four days of activities, alumni can choose 60+ events, including the President’s Open House, Breakfast with the Deans, Athletics Reunion, a Multicultural Alumni Happy Hour, Back to Thurston tours, Taste of GW and more. (Read more and register...)

New York City, USA
Wednesday, October 5 | 6:00 p.m.

Join fellow GW alumni, parents and friends in New York City for a reception with GW President Steven Knapp, featuring faculty and an alumni panel discussion.

Help choose a future GWebinar topic!

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to host a GWebinar in late October or early November specifically for our international alumni focused on alumni career and volunteer services. We would greatly appreciate your feedback regarding which of the following subjects would be of most value to you:

1. Building business partnerships with the GW international community
2. How to find advisors and mentors within the GW international community
3. Relocating to a new city - ways to connect with GW alumni around the world
4. Job search resources for international positions

Complete the Survey Now!

The Year in Review

The Office of International Alumni Relations had a very successful fiscal year of programming (July 1 - June 30) hosting over 50 international alumni programs in 30 countries and engaging more than 1,600 international alumni and guests. Throughout the year, 36 deans and faculty were featured, representing 8 schools. We hope to continue this momentum in the coming year. Below we have highlighted one of these successful programs.

For more information on past events, please contact the Office of International Alumni Relations at Please visit our Flickr page to see pictures from past international alumni events.

GW School of Business Residency Program

In mid-May, students in the School of Business Global MBA program traveled to Brazil, Ghana, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey and Vietnam to complete consulting projects for organizations abroad through the GWSB Residency Program. Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of Tourism and Sport Management, and Abdullah Akyuz, the US representative for Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, hosted events in Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul, respectively.

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What in the World Are You Doing?

Foscolo Liano, SEAS MS ’88, started his own construction business in Guatemala focusing on post-tensioned concrete and began to promote the MK4 patent from Spain as a local representative. Using this technology, they have built bridges all over the country with simple supported beams, and are planning to start building long span bridges with construction methods available and suitable for each case. He has also been involved with the National Chamber of Construction and with local universities trying to achieve an environment of constant improvement of new technologies by organizing seminars and continuing educational programs.

Benjamin Pfleger, ESIA MS ’09, became a summer fellow at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, before moving to Mannheim, Germany. Since September 2009, he is the manager of the FDP parliamentary group in the city council of Mannheim. He also founded the regional chapter of the German Fulbright alumni association in Mannheim-Heidelberg in March 2010. In this capacity, he organized the general annual meeting of the German Fulbright alumni association in Heidelberg in February 2011.

Mark SooHoo, CCAS BA ’02, moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE in July 2010, and currently works as the Director of Digital, Middle East for Edelman, a global public relations firm. He is currently working on digital strategies for a number of UAE organizations including Mubadala, Yas Marina Circuit, Yahsat, and the Abu Dhabi Festival, as well as international brands including BlackBerry and Xbox. Mark and his wife have enjoyed taking advantage of their location to do some travel and have recently visited Egypt, Israel, France and Spain, with summer trips planned for Kenya, Tanzania and China.

» Read more "What in the World are You Doing" submissions

GW Impact

"Leaving for GW as an international student was a time of mixed feelings. I was excited that I was going to a great institution, but I was also worried about adjusting to a foreign country. Within a few weeks, I made GW my new home. Studying at GW was an extraordinary experience. Professors were amazing and they not only helped me understand the core concepts of my subject, but also their applications in real life scenarios. I made friends from around the globe and networked with people who influenced the globe from the nation’s capital. For me, GW is not just a school; it’s a name for lifelong experiences of success. Thank you GW."
- Amir Zeb, SEAS MS '11

Online Giving Accepted Worldwide

The George Washington University's online giving site accepts international donations. Please visit: to support the university. You may direct your gift to a school, the President's Fund for Excellence, the "Power & Promise" scholarship fund, or any area meaningful to you.

If you have questions, we are happy to provide more information confidentially. For additional information, please contact: Dr. Lea Kenig, associate vice president for international development at, tel: +1.202.994.6418, fax: +1.202.994.1890 or Ms. Nicole Eliopoulos, international development executive associate at, tel: +1.202.994.9442, fax: +1.202.994.1890.

GW News

Steven Knapp Elected to Council on Foreign Relations
George Washington University president recently named to the independent organization, think tank and publisher.

New Dean of Law School Named

Paul Schiff Berman will assume leadership role on July 1.

GW School of Business Named Top 10 International Program
Undergraduate business program among best in Bloomberg Businessweek specialty ranking.

Coaching Across Borders
GW women's soccer staff hosts coaches from Swaziland.

Scholarship in Spanish
Latin American professionals participate in GW's first graduate program taught in a language other than English.

US Department of State Sends George Washington University Dance Faculty to Mongolia
As cultural ambassadors, GW's Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Professors to choreograph, perform and teach Western dance repertoire to locals.

E. Coli Epidemic
GW epidemiologists discuss the public health significance of the outbreak in Europe.

A Question of Faith: New Books Examine the World's Major Religions
Five faculty members from Columbian College's Department of Religion make important contributions to our understanding of world religions.

» Read more news in GW Today: The World
» Read more alumni news in the Colonial Cable

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Videos: Discover GW | GW Alumni

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