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Alumni Lend a Hand

Cameron MacKenzie, MA ’03, is the quintessential volunteer, active in multiple areas of the University. He served on the GW Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in 2004 and recently became vice president for student alumni initiatives. He also participates in the “Dinner with Alumni” program, which matches alumni hosts with student guests for dinner and conversation.

John Moran, co-founder of the GWAA South Florida Regional Alumni Chapter, spends time with incoming freshmen at the Florida Send-Off Reception.

Courtesy of John Moran

Along with Nicole Speulda, BA ’99, and Sarah Ladislaw, BA ’01, MA ’03, MacKenzie hosted 15 students at an Italian restaurant in Washington, sharing GW experiences and discussing current occupations. “I was really impressed with the students and I hope they found it beneficial—at the very least, they got a free dinner out of it,” MacKenzie smiles.

He also remains active with the Elliott School of International Affairs as a career mentor and a panelist, sharing knowledge gained on the job as a consultant for The Cohen Group as well as memories of international travels. Interested in helping students answer the sometimes difficult questions about life after college, MacKenzie also serves as an informal mentor, meeting students for a cup of coffee to discuss concerns. “I try to offer sound advice based on my own experiences and help connect them to other alumni who are working in fields in which they are interested,” he says. “Volunteering is a way for me to say ‘thank you’ to the University.”

Volunteering on campus is just one way to stay in touch with GW: Volunteers around the world in cities such as Paris and San Francisco recently sponsored networking happy hours and other events through regional alumni chapters. For example, Jennifer Aronson, BA ’02, wanted a more close-knit relationship with fellow alumni in California, so she co-founded the GWAA San Francisco Regional Alumni Chapter. “I have made some great contacts and enjoy helping others in the same way,” she says. This summer, Aronson planned an outing to a San Francisco Giants game. About 20 alumni participated and had a lot of fun, she reports.

In South Florida, Bryan Miller, BA ’97, JD ’00, and John Moran, JD ’01, both attorneys with Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach, contacted the Office of Alumni Programs in 2003 to begin a regional chapter. “With GW’s help, we did some research, and it turns out that there are about 3,000 GW alumni here,” Moran says. “We thought it was time that we all benefit from a ready-made community.” GWAA’s South Florida Regional Alumni Chapter was born, and a reception attended by GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and more than 100 alumni kicked off its activities.

“I feel a commitment to GW because of the educational foundation it provided me,” Miller says. “I benefit from volunteering at GW by staying connected with the University and fellow alumni, and by guiding current students; both are great sources of knowledge and friendship.”

Getting Involved

GW Alumni Association: Want to participate on the board or become a member of a committee? To learn more, please contact Jason Miller, director of benefits and outreach, at

Regional Alumni Programs: Find out how you can get involved in your area—for more information, please contact Stacey Martin, senior director of alumni programs, at

Student-Alumni Initiatives: Help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions conduct interviews with prospective students through the Alumni Admissions Program. Host a “Dinner with Alumni” event or lecture about your career expertise. To learn more, please contact Joe Bondi, director of alumni constituency initiatives, at

School-Based Volunteer Opportunities: Find out how you can get involved with your school. For more information, visit the GW Alumni Online Community at and click on the link for School Alumni Programs.

David Bruce Smith Named Chairman of GW Annual Fund

Julie Woodford

David Bruce Smith, BA ’79, a long-time GW supporter, was named chairman of the GW Annual Fund. Smith is a member of the GW Board of Trustees and also serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. In his new role, he assists the Division of Advancement in developing strategies to promote the GW Annual Fund to alumni, parents, and friends.

In 2002, Smith pledged to establish the David Bruce Smith Scholarship Fund, which awards tuition each year to an undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need. “GW has long been important to my family, and we are proud of its rise to prominence,” Smith says. “The annual support of alumni, parents, and friends makes all of GW’s many achievements possible.”

See the World with GW

Last year the Office of Alumni Programs re-introduced the Alumni Travel Program with great success. Alumni took advantage of exciting and educational trips featuring a cruise of the Panama Canal, the Tuscan region of Chianti, a cruise through the British Isles, and a campus abroad program to the sunflower-carpeted region of Provence.

We are again offering travel and education programs at competitive rates. This year’s calendar includes:

May 2006—9 days
Sicily is renowned for its natural beauty, marvelous architecture, Greek and Roman influences, delicious cuisine, and friendly people.

June 2006—12 days
Experience the hospitality and traditions of Ireland while enjoying sightseeing opportunities in two distinct regions of the country, Ennis and Kilkenny.

July 2006—9 days
Experience one of the oldest nations in Europe through an Alumni Campus Abroad trip to Sintra, Portugal.

Russian River Cruise
August 2006—13 days
Cruise the Volga, Svir, and Neva rivers, follow in the footsteps of Peter the Great, and spend two full days in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

September 2006—9 days
Hear the echoes of great battles, marvel at historic landmarks, and absorb the tranquility of beautiful villages and landscape. Visit Omaha Beach, Monet’s home in Giverny, and Rouen, city of a hundred spires.

Passage of Lewis and Clark
October 2006—9 days
Cruise in luxury and leisure through the scenic grandeur of Oregon and Washington on three historic rivers: the Willamette, Columbia, and Snake. Follow the path of explorers Lewis and Clark on their 1805 expedition to reach the Pacific.

For more information and pricing of the GW Alumni Abroad Excursions, please visit or call 1-800-ALUMNI-7.

Active Alumni

In 2005, the University and the GW Alumni Association connected with thousands of alumni across the country and around the globe at a variety of events, from celebrations of philanthropy to presentations of alumni honors. Take a look on these pages and see the ways alumni have reconnected with the GW community.

A good time was had by all who attended the July 4th Celebration on campus for 1821 Benefactors and GW Society members. Pictured on the rooftop terrace of 1957 E Street (from left) are: Camille Kendall, Norma Lee Funger, Lydia Funger McLain, Bill McLain, and trustees Mort Funger, BA ’63, and Cliff Kendall, MBA ’65.

At the spring luncheon at the Cosmos Club, new Heritage Society members were recognized for their planned gifts to the University. From left to right: Charles A. Moore Jr.; Dr. Dorothy Moore, professor emeritus; Edward Felegy, BA ’58; Ruth Perlin; and Dr. Seymour Perlin, professor emeritus.

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards gather at The Madison Hotel: (left to right) Former GWAA President Kristen Betts, EdD ’98; Diana B. Henriques, BA ’69; Floyd D. Loop, MD ’62, GME ’64; Robert Ames Alden, BA ’65, MA ’68; Charles Manatt, JD ’62, chairman board of trustees; GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg; George W. Wellde Jr., MBA ’76; James F. Humphreys, JD ’78; Pradman Kaul, BS ’67; Walter M. Bortz III, EdD ’98; and Christine E. Seidman, MD ’78.

Members of the Class of 1955 pose for a group photo during their 50th Reunion luncheon in May at the Madison Hotel in Washington.

Photos by Dave Scavone

Arthur Mintz, BBA ’66; Bruce J. Ammerman, MD ’72; Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81; and Gary Granoff, BBA ’70, JD ’73, receive 2005 Alumni Service Awards for outstanding contributions to the the University.

Passing the Gavel

At the GW Alumni Association annual meeting in June, Kristen Betts, EdD ’98, passed the gavel to Chris Young, BBA ’80, MA ’83, marking the end of her year of service as GWAA president and welcoming Young to the office. One of Betts’ proudest accomplishments during her tenure was achieving 100 percent annual fund participation by the Board of Directors. Young (left) and Betts celebrated the event with Executive Director of Alumni Programs Scott Mory (center).

Dave Scavone