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Alumni Knock ’em Out of the Park
Sam Perlozzo, BS ’73, Randy Levine, BA ’77, Ted Lerner, AA ’48, BL ’50

Alumni Sam Perlozzo, Randy Levine, and Ted Lerner enjoy friendly banter while gathered at GW to discuss the future of baseball.

Jessica McConnell

On the baseball diamond they are fierce rivals, but off the field, GW alumni Sam Perlozzo, Randy Levine, and Ted Lerner teamed up for a historic first.

Baltimore Orioles Manager Perlozzo, New York Yankees President Levine, and Washington Nationals owner Lerner were inducted as the first members of the GW School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame builds on the University’s highly regarded sports management program, which has trained scores of men and women in professional sports, at athletic companies, and in the media.

In January, the trio came together before a standing-room-only crowd in the Jack Morton Auditorium, and Major League Baseball’s crisis in escalating free-agent salaries dominated the discussion.

Lerner, owner of the Nationals, says he must stay in the black while building a stronger team. In 2008, the Nationals will open the season in a deluxe new stadium. Still, Lerner said, he aims to keep ticket prices affordable.

Perlozzo—a 23-year veteran of MLB as both player and coach—says he wouldn’t mind spending more money to boost the O’s lineup.

Even for Levine, president of the well-heeled Yankees, the bottom line matters: “Every night… as I put my head on the pillow, I say, ‘How can I come up with a way to limit the amount of money Major League Baseball takes from the New York Yankees?’” But he also agreed that the sky is not the limit when it comes to players’ salaries.

Lerner, a World War II veteran who attended GW on the GI bill and went on to build a real estate empire, praised GW—where he earned both an undergraduate and a law degree—for providing “a great background for whatever I might want to do.”

Lerner also had the last word after Levine noted, “We’re about winning every year. If we didn’t win the World Series, it wasn’t a good year.”

Perlozzo interjected, “I’m beginning to dislike this guy.”

“I might add,” the National’s owner noted wryly, “we’re not really concerned with the World Series this year.”

Despite their differences, all three agreed that one thing brings them together. They share the experience of a GW education, which all believe has been instrumental in their careers.

Education for Life
It’s never too early—or too late —to build your personal profile

Remember the excitement of poring over the course catalogs before a new semester? Alumni can continue to take GW courses without the stress of a degree program or the full cost of tuition, thanks to the Alumni Course Audit Program.

“Starting out my career in public service, I’m looking for tools and resources to help me build on my professional skills,” says Mahak Nayyar, MPA ’04, who has enrolled in “Executive Decision Making” and “Managing Catastrophe.”

David Adam, MBA ’78, currently auditing intermediate macroeconomics and econometrics, says, “I’m retired, so I do it purely for the pleasure and joy I get from understanding a subject better. You have all of the fun of learning and none of the pressure!”

The price is right, too: $125 per class and even less for seniors. Visit for more details.

You Had to Be There
The GW experience never ends for those who stay connected through alumni activities.

In the past year, GW alumni across the nation have had the opportunity to tailgate at men’s basketball games with fellow Colonials fans and visit with President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg at receptions held in his honor in 10 different cities, including London and San Francisco.

The Office of Alumni Programs hosted more than 200 events throughout the United States and internationally for alumni and friends of the University, including a chance to view King Tut’s mummy up close while enjoying Eric Cline, associate professor of classics and anthropology, lecture on the Golden Age of Pharaohs. In Boston, Michael Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, offered an engrossing perspective on Peace and Security in the 21st Century: A Grave New World—the title of his recent book. To learn about events in your area, visit and click on Calendar of Events. We’ll see you there.

Ready to Roll: Crespin Brings New Energy to Alumni Association

Richard Crespin, BA ’93

When Richard Crespin, BA ’93, moved to New York City in 2001, he recalled, “I did not have many connections there, but I found my way to the Alumni Association chapter—and found an instant home.”

Crespin, CEO and co-founder of the Delve Group Inc., and chairman of Shared Xpertise LLC, began making friends for life through the GW Alumni Association. As Crespin prepares to assume the presidency of the association on June 6, he hopes to ensure all graduates have the same chance to forge deep relationships with each other.

“9/11 made for a tough intro to the city, and it made the GW connections all the more precious,” he says. “We shared everything, from happy hours to community service cleaning up a local playground.”

Crespin has served as Alumni Association treasurer and last semester presented a talk for students and alumni on how to become a CEO before the age of 40. His co-presenter was entrepreneur Jon Klonsky, MPA ’99, one of the friends he made through the New York chapter.

“If you ever need help connecting and don’t know where to turn, think of the GWAA as an extension of your family,” he says. “We welcome all alumni to come get involved in everything that’s going on.”

Reunions—Preview 2007
Get Back to GW: Don’t Miss Our Best Year Yet

Alumni reconnect with former classmates at their reunion celebrations in 2006.

The class of 2001.

The class of 1956, joined by alumni emeriti—those who have already celebrated their 50th class reunion.

Alumni Reunion Weekend in September, open to all GW alumni and friends, will appeal to alumni of all ages—to those with either party-hearty or more refined ideas of what makes for a fun gathering.

The weekend , Sept. 28-30, will be launched with a festive kick-off party featuring live music, food, and spirits. This event will be followed by a concert featuring renowned jazz guitarist John McLaughlin in Lisner Auditorium.

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2007 will also include the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards, an author series, a film viewing, Classes Without Quizzes lectures, tours of campus and Washington, D.C., landmarks, and athletic activities.

The heart of Saturday’s lineup will be the 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, and 50th reunion parties. The Black Alumni Association, LGBT, and other shared interest groups will enjoy their own reunion celebrations, and the business, law, and medical schools will hold reunions as well.

The weekend will culminate with a Yankees v. Orioles game and tailgater at Camden Yards. For details, please visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend Web site at or call Andrew Kaufteil, director of reunions, at 202-994-6596. Get back to where you still belong!

New Network Keeps Young Alumni Connection Alive

More than 200 GW grads packed the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant on F Street on a blustery day in December. But it was more than the hot appetizers that drew them in. They were there for a chance to mingle with other alumni who graduated within the past five years and hadn’t been back in touch with GW.

The event was a kick-off for GW’s new Young Alumni Network, which offers recent graduates social, education, and networking events, targeted by age group, that offer a fun way to stay connected to the University.

“This new program was created to be a bridge between graduation and the five-year reunion,” said Scott Mory, assistant vice president for alumni relations and annual giving. “And more important, to keep the GW ember burning in their hearts.”

To learn more about upcoming events, please visit the alumni Web site at, and click on Calendar of Events.

GW Alumni Live And In Person

Two programs provide GW students with direct access to generous alumni eager to share inside views of their careers.

Last semester, the popular “How Do I Become A …?” lecture series partnered students with a Drug Enforcement Agency crime scene investigator, one of D.C.’s top lobbyists, and two young CEOs who offered career-building tips. The crime investigator especially impressed senior Priya Ramanathan: “She actually showed us equipment she uses and slides of what she does on the job.”

Sometimes the way to students’ minds is through their stomachs. In the “Dinner with Alumni” program, small groups of students join an alumnus or alumna off campus for fine cuisine and stimulating conversation.

Senior Kirsten Vernegaard attended a dinner hosted at the City Club by Barry Strauss, executive director of the law firm Wiley, Rein, & Fielding. Shaking out his napkin, Strauss said, “What do you all want to know? I am here for you.” A business major, Vernegaard chose to tap into Strauss’s perspective on managing a law office. “Other students were more interested in summer internships and interview and resume advice,” she said. “He was amazingly helpful. And he was laughing because we all ordered meals like steak and lobster—I needed to go to the gym after that meal!”

Out in Front

GW Alumni Leading the Pack

# of GW alums in U.S. Congress—14

# of GW alums on the cover of Time magazine—20, at last count

# of GW alums who are Hollywood film producers of a 2006 Oscar-winning best picture title—one (Roy Lee for The Departed)

GWAA Annual Meeting

All GW alumni are invited to attend the annual meeting of the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) on Wednesday, June 6. In advance of the meeting, nominations are being accepted for members at-large of the Association’s Board of Directors. RSVP’s are required. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-6435 or

Alumni Can Now Access Online Library Resources

Searching for an article from the 1980s about Microsoft? Need a pithy quote about Hamlet? Now, thanks to GW’s Gelman Library and the George Washington Alumni Association, this information is at your fingertips. With support from GWAA, Gelman now offers GW alumni access to premium electronic databases such as ProQuest (alumni edition), ABI/Inform (alumni edition), and Project Muse.

To use the Alumni Resources Gateway, all you need to do is register with the Alumni Online Community at Then visit the Alumni Resources Gateway at—knowledge awaits you.

Friend Finder

No, it’s not the latest online social networking site. It’s the 2008 GW Alumni Directory, a listing of some 170,000 individuals, published by the George Washington Alumni Association. In this directory, you will find:

• Names and addresses of long-lost classmates

• Listings of GW alumni who live in your city or state

• Listing of GW alumni by profession

The Directory is a terrific resource—and it is published only every five years. Please help us in our quest to make next year’s volume as accurate as possible by responding to the George Washington Alumni Association survey.

The survey will arrive via e-mail this spring, with a mailed copy to follow. The directory hits the stands early in 2008.