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At a Glance

GW is a Kiplinger “Best Value”

GW is ranked No. 47 on Kiplinger Personal Finance’s 2008 Best Values in Private Colleges list. Selected from a pool of more than 1,000 private institutions, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality and affordability—with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. The editors noted GW’s unique fixed tuition/guaranteed financial aid program, which will provide $118 million in institutional financial assistance for undergraduates in 2008-09.

A Top Teacher

Geology professor Richard P. Tollo was named the District’s professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Tollo has been a member of the GW faculty for nearly 25 years and currently teaches undergraduate geology courses. The honor marks the third consecutive year and seventh time overall that a GW faculty member has won the award.

GW Home to Warhol Photos

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery received a gift of about 150 original Andy Warhol photographs to add to its permanent collection. The donation is part of a compilation of 28,543 Warhol photos worth more than $28 million that is being divided among various college and university art galleries by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary.

New Residence Hall

President Steven Knapp took up a shovel Nov. 2 for his first groundbreaking at GW. The ceremony celebrated the construction of a residence hall at 2135 F Street, N.W., which will include living space for 474 upperclassmen. The building is made possible through GW’s public-private development partnership with the D.C. Public Schools, which also will include the modernization of and addition to the School Without Walls’ current building at 2130 G Street, N.W., as well as an expansion of the existing programmatic partnership between GW and the school.

Hospital Site Plans

GW and Boston Properties have executed a 60-year ground lease for the redevelopment of Square 54, the former site of GW Hospital. The parcel of land, located in the heart of Foggy Bottom at the convergence of Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington Circle, and I and 23rd streets, N.W., provides the opportunity for a vibrant mix of retail, residential, and office uses, including a grocery store, immediately adjacent to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail station. The University’s integrated development strategy includes the Square 54 project as well as the University’s 20-year Foggy Bottom Campus Plan and involved more than three years of engagement with members of the community and District of Columbia zoning and planning agencies. The finalization of the ground lease marks the commencement of ground rent payments to the University that will be used to fund GW’s core educational and research missions.

Women’s Leadership Conference

GW’s Mount Vernon Campus brought together an audience of professionals, alumni, and students to discuss the challenges facing women in the 21st century with its annual Women’s Leadership Conference on April 4. Keynote speaker Diane Groomes discussed her ever-changing role as assistant police chief of Washington, D.C.’s, Metropolitan Police Department. Attendees got a chance to sit in on a writing or financial leadership workshop and then listen to luncheon speaker Barbara Hillary describe her epic voyage as one of the oldest people, and possibly the first African American woman, to reach the North Pole in April 2007. A panel session of women leaders ended the conference, wrapping up the theme of Challenging Limits, Reaching New Frontiers.

Faculty Fulbrights

Three GW professors were named Fulbright Scholars for the 2007-08 academic year. Daina Eglitis, assistant professor of sociology and international affairs, is studying cultural sociology in Latvia; Henry Hale, assistant professor of political science, is studying politics in Russia; and Dona Infeld, professor of public policy and public administration, is studying public administration and public policy in Beijing, China.

MBA Program Accolades

The Financial Times rated the GW MBA fifth in the world for its international programs. The MBA program ranks 40th in the United States and 71st in the world in the newest Top 100 Global MBA report. GW’s U.S. rank continues to improve—it is up from 43rd last year and 97th in 2005.

A Taste of the Tech Life

Loudoun County (Va.) Public High School students visited GW’s Virginia Campus in February.

Julie Woodford

More than 140 Loudoun County Public High School students descended on GW’s Virginia Campus in February for the second annual Science, Technology, & Engineering Day. Students, celebrating National Engineering Month, experienced how science, technology, and engineering intersect by choosing from a dozen activities and workshops designed to illustrate the different kinds of engineering careers. From building robots and constructing bridges, to analyzing crash dummies and learning how to protect computers from hackers, students got an up close look at the field. A variety of engineering representatives also were present, allowing students to chat with possible future employers from global companies such as Lockheed Martin, Rehau, and Oracle.