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50th Annual Alumni Service Awards Honors Five

The 2011 Annual Alumni Outstanding Service Awards recipients (from left): Gary J. Gabel, EdD '94; Sean P. Walsh, BS '76; Diana B. Henriques, BA '69; Howard B. Rubin, BBA '81; and Jack Summer, GME '81

Julie Woodford

The George Washington Alumni Association honored five graduates at the 50th Annual Alumni Outstanding Service Awards on April 28. The award recognizes those whose volunteer efforts support and ensure the university's impact on the community and future generations of GW students. The 2011 award recipients are:

Gary J. Gabel, EdD '94, founder of Great Lakes Strategies, Infinite Learning and Human Strategies, is the former chair of GW's National Council for Education and Human Development;

Diana B. Henriques, BA '69, a senior financial writer for The New York Times, is a member and former chairwoman of the Elliott School's International Advisory Council and serves on the university's Board of Trustees;

• Howard B. Rubin, BBA '81, co-founder and managing partner of Tara Hill Capital Management, serves on the Executive Committee of the GWSB Board of Advisors (where he co-chairs the Development/Nominating Committee and previously chaired the Career Services Committee) and is a member of the Parent's Philanthropy Board;

• Sean P. Walsh, BS '76, a senior principal naval architect with Gibbs & Cox Inc., is a past president of the GW Engineer Alumni Association and has volunteered with student networking events and as an adviser to Gamma Beta Chapter of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity;

The Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who is also an alumnus/a of the university. The award commemorates the service of Jane Lingo, BA '46, an alumna, staff member, and friend, who was a lifelong participant in the GW family. The 2011 awardee is:

Jack Summer, GME '81, a private medical practitioner in Washington, D.C., is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at GW and the lead physician for GW Medical Center sponsored missions to Haiti since 1991.

For more information on the Alumni Service Awards, visit

Third Annual Women and Philanthropy Forum

Nearly 100 women gathered May 4 to share their thoughts and ideas on women's giving at GW's third annual Women and Philanthropy Forum. Ellen Malcolm, MBA '84, founder and chair of the board of EMILY'S List, was a featured speaker.

Other speakers, panelists, and committee leaders included (from left): Norma Ramsey, co-chair, Women and Philanthropy Host Committee, and director, The Ramsey Family Foundation; Michael Worth, GW professor of nonprofit management; GW parent Susan Rose, playwright, "Motherhood Out Loud"; Stacy Palmer, editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy; Julianne Malveaux, president, Bennett College for Women; GW President Steven Knapp; GW parent Rebecca Powers, founder, Impact Austin; H.R.H. Princess Fay Jahan Ara, president, RACH Charity Foundation; and Cynthia Steele Vance, MVC BA '79, co-chair, Women and Philanthropy Host Committee and member, GW Board of Trustees.

From The GWAA President

Jim Core, MA '96

Dear Fellow Colonials,

I was installed as president of the GW Alumni Association at the association's annual meeting on June 16. I owe a lot to GW, both professionally and personally: The Elliott School prepared me well for an exciting career and helped me navigate the D.C. job market; I also met my wife at GW and many dear friends are GW alums.

It has been an honor to serve on the GWAA Board during the last four years. Laura Taddeucci Downs, our immediate past president, deserves special recognition for her outstanding leadership. All the board members deserve our collective thanks for their diligent work in support of GW alumni and students.

The GW Alumni Association is stronger than ever. The efforts of our volunteer leadership and the strategic investments made by the university have resulted in us engaging record numbers of alumni. We continue to pursue the association's three strategic goals: Enabling Lifetime Engagement, Gathering a Voice for Alumni, and Building a Culture of Philanthropy.

Our association is in a position to set big goals with a realistic expectation that they will be attained. That said, here are my priorities for the next two years:

1. Enhancing graduate alumni engagement
2. Strengthening the volunteer network at GW
3. Deepening connections with our "alums to be" (students)

Alumni programming and communication at universities are traditionally centered on the undergraduate experience. At GW, more than half of our alumni received degrees from graduate and professional programs. To address this, we have created a Task Force on Engaging Graduate Alumni to assess engagement from admission to graduation and develop strategies for engaging new students and current alumni.

The GW alumni community is part of an exciting national surge in volunteer activity focused around specific activities and interests. Volunteers in multicultural and affinity groups, such as the Black Alumni Association, LGBT Alumni Association, Alumni Veterans, and Entrepreneurs Roundtable, are doing great things for fellow alums, GW students, and the university. Our opportunity as an association is to serve existing volunteers more effectively and to identify new avenues to involve alumni.

The university is doing great work to better meet the needs of our "alums to be." I see parallels between GW's efforts to strengthen the student community and our work to enhance the alumni community. Moving forward, we will have an increased emphasis on collaborating with GW Student and Academic Support Services and the individual student groups.

Programming evolves, but fundamentally the association is a vehicle to make a difference in people's lives. Whether it's helping an alum find a job, opening doors for a student, or just having a built-in social network when you move to a new city, the GW Alumni Association is a force for good.

Each of you has the opportunity to get involved based on your individual interests, needs, and availability. There are many opportunities to serve, learn, and play as a member of the global GW alumni community!

I look forward to meeting many of you in the months to come and hearing your ideas on how we can serve you. We are all in this together; it is the collective influence of the 225,000 alumni around the globe that makes the GW network so powerful. Thank you for your continued support.


Jim Core, MA '96
President, GW Alumni Association, 2011-13

Alumni Represent GW at Capital Pride Parade

About 25 alumni marched with the GW LGBT Alumni Association and George in the Capital Pride 2011 parade and festival June 11 and 12. A number of them sang the GW fight song through the parade route. During the festival, both alumni and current students stopped by the association's table to take pictures with George.

Seoul Hosts 2012 GW Global Forum

The university's premier international event will take place in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, GW announced recently.

The GW Global Forum: Global Growth and Innovation will bring together expert alumni, faculty members, and renowned international leaders to discuss timely global issues. The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on March 16-17.

More than 250 members of the GW community are expected to attend.

This is the third GW Global Forum, coming on the heels of the 2010 GW Global Forum-NYC and 2009 GW Global Forum-Hong Kong.

Visit for program updates and multimedia from previous Global Forums.