Archive | August, 2009

Congratuations from All of Us in the Honors Program

31 Aug

There were 28 winners of the freshmen reading essay contest.  Five of them are in the Honors Program.  Congratulations to all of you who won, and a special congratulations to the students in our program.  You represent us well!

Congratulations to:

Katie Giordano

Haley Hakimian

Elyssa Kaplan

Alissa Orlando

Dena Sholk

Welcome Freshmen!

31 Aug

Welcome to your first week of classes at GW! And for all of our other students who are returning for the second, third, or fourth year, welcome back! We hope you’re all getting to know each other and are excited for classes.

If you’re a Freshman, this information should have already arrived in your inbox (if it hasn’t, let us know), but we thought it might be helpful for you to find it here as well:

Small Group Meetings Mandatory for all Honors Freshmen.  CCAS students, this is one of the main components of your CCA 010 class grade.
The sessions are:

  • Friday, September 4 at 9:30-10:30am
  • Friday, September 4 at 3:30-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 8 at 2:30-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 9 at 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, September 10 at 11:00am-12:00pm

Call, email, or come to our office to sign up.

Walk-in Hours — If you need help with something, feel free to come in and speak with Catherine or Jordana.
Walk-in hours will be:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm, from now through Friday, September 11.

Honors Hike — Join fellow Honors students for a hike with Professor George Stephens.  Transportation there and back, and lunch are included.

  • Costs $5 (Cash)
  • Saturday, September 12th, 9am-6pm (leaving form the University Honors Program Office)
  • DEADLINE to sign up: Thursday, September 10th

Stop by the office to sign up and leave $5 to reserve your spot.

Freshman Day of Service — All freshmen are encouraged to join together for structured volunteering in the DC community.

  • Friday, September 11th, 11:30am-5pm
  • More info, and sign up at
  • Have class that day?  Check with your professors, who may have canceled class that day for this special event.

UHP Online — Did you know all the places you can find us online?

Help a DC School (and a UHP alum)

19 Aug

Here’s your chance to make a difference.  A UHP alum will be teaching in a school that could use use some help from the community.  They need books, games, supplies, and more.  Read Naama Wrightman’s message below for the full story.

As many of you know I will be teaching in a high-need school in Washington DC this year. I have found a placement teaching 4th grade at Browne Education Campus in Northeast DC.

Browne serves grades Pre-K-8 in a low-income community. Its student body is 100% black. This past spring the incoming 4th grade scored 18% proficient in reading and 13% proficient in math, compared to DC Public Schools averages of 47% and 44% respectively, on the DC CAS (standardized test used in grades 3-8,10).

This year Browne will have a new principal and many new teachers and staff members. The first day of school for students is August 24th. I am expecting to have between 20-24 students. I am very much looking forward to joining the Browne community and having a meaningful and productive school year! Here’s what you can do to help:

1.    As a Title I school funding for supplies is extremely limited. Any donations are welcome. Suggestions for things to send include (but are not limited to): pencils, markers, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, compasses, folders, binders, notebooks, index cards, sheet protectors, sentence strips, printer paper, scrap paper, colored paper, and calculators.
2.    Age appropriate educational games or activities. We will gladly use these at our centers.
3.    Any used or new books for grades 2-6. This is very important. The library at Browne is very limited and the classrooms are the major sources of books for the students to read. Books that have been sitting in your garage/basement are welcome additions to our classroom library! Series are especially welcome.
4.    Sponsorship for a special project like a class subscription to Time or National Geographic for Kids, a class set of novels, or a new series for our classroom library. Please contact me if you are interested in something like this!
5.    Your good thoughts and well-wishes for me and my students!

Any one of the things listed above would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance for your support! Please feel free to pass along this information to your friends or family who might be interested in helping.

To find out where to send any materials, or just for more information, email Naama.

UHP Freshmen Art Exhibition in Arlington

19 Aug

Incoming Honors freshman Montana Debor has a solo water color art exhibition in the Arlington Central Library second floor, running until the end of August.  You can see some images of her work in the library’s Flickr Pool, but nothing beats seeing the real thing in person.  The library is at 1015 N. Quincy St. Arlington, VA, so there’s no excuse not to hop on the metro and see some of the talent we’ve got in the program!

Congrats, Montana!

UHP Newsflash!: Program Changes and Internship Opportunities

18 Aug


The George Washington University Honors Program

Issue 32: August 17, 2009


Program Credit Requirement Change

Please note that there has been a change to the semesterly credit requirement for all members of the Honors Program.  Beginning in the fall 2009 semester, honors students will be required to take 12 academic credits per semester to remain in good standing in the program (the policy was previously 15 academic credits per semester).  Additionally, students in their final semester of undergraduate study are exempt from this requirement, but should check on the policies of their financial aid and/or merit aid packages before dropping to part-time status.  Any other student who needs to enroll part-time due to medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances must speak with an Honors Academic Advisor at the start of the semester in question to receive written approval for a reduced courseload.

As a reminder, exercise and sport activities courses do not count as academic credit.  If you have any questions about this or any other Honors Program policy, please contact Catherine or Jordana.


Out for Undergraduate Business Conference in New York

The sixth annual Out for Undergraduate Business Conference in New York will help GLBT undergraduate students learn how other “out” professionals have dealt with issues like the environment in the business world for GLBT people and being “out” in the hiring process and in these work environments. Panelists will share insider knowledge about if, when, and how to come out in different professional situations, as well as strategies they’ve used to investigate companies’ GLBT policies before joining a new organization. The conference will also serve as a high-impact recruiting pipeline into investment banking and management consulting. The program will help participants:

  • Build fundamental business knowledge crucial to the interview process
  • Polish resume and interview skills
  • Network with “out” professionals and students from other schools

The Conference will be held on October 2-3 in New York City. Scholarships to cover travel expenses and lodging are available for exceptional applicants. There will be opportunities to socialize with students from other schools and professionals from sponsoring companies at receptions, evening events, and a career fair. The $40 conference registration fee includes all conference meals, event memorabilia, and all panels / modules.

Previous conference participants and sponsors include Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, McKinsey & Company, and many more.

Keep Busy – Join. Intern. Work. Volunteer.

Fall Internship – Environmental Policy and Advocacy

Apply to be a member of the Alliance for Climate Protection (Al Gore’s nonprofit). Be an intern for the ever-growing hands on organization that emphasizes both the grassroots and lobbyist sides of environmental policy and advocacy. Learn more about the internship by looking on the website, checking out the posting on gwork, or e-mailing

Fall Internship – Upcoming progressive blog

The Torchlight Group ( is seeking unpaid part-time fall interns in the Washington D.C. metro area to assist with policy/campaign research and political networking.  Torchlight is an up-and-coming blog/fledging non-profit organization aiming to raise awareness of and advocate for socially progressive policy on the state, national, and local level.  We’re starting to reach out to people in all areas of the political arena, from elected officials and 2010 candidates to non-profit leaders and passionate advocates, and are striving to be a leader in reporting the most up to date news on the status of socially progressive policy.

Since this is a brand new online organization we require very little for our internship program and are very flexible as well.  Interns can work anywhere from 5 to 40 hours a week, and are given deadlines well enough in advance.  Because of this interns will be able to hold another internship while still working for Torchlight and determine on their own how much they want to put into the website.

As this is a start-up organization, intern duties can vary based on the individual applicant’s interests.  We’re looking for assistance with researching the current status of socially progressive bills, compiling contact information for major progressive leaders and organizations, and helping us develop a sustainable infrastructure.  Interns can choose to devote their time solely to researching a single issue important to them, or even propose their own ideas for ways to advance the group and suggest a title for themselves within the organization; again, it’s a very flexible program.

Interns should be able to work efficiently on their own, preferably have prior political experience, and have a good sense of humor!  If interested, please send an e-mail to with a cover letter and resume.

Fall Internship – GlobeWomen

GlobeWomen, Inc. is seeking undergraduate student to grow with us! Our organization manages several initiatives from our Washington, DC, office.  Each year, we bring together leaders working towards women’s economic empowerment at the Global Summit of Women.  Interns support this event and smaller events throughout the year.  Interns perform standard admin work, and also will be assigned research , marketing, or other projects depending on their abilities and interests. A well-qualified intern should have excellent communication and organizational skills as well as solid computer skills, including MS Office and, preferably, websites. Foreign language speakers/students-especially those that speak Mandarin-are encouraged to apply.  Applicants can send their resume and a cover letter to  by September 30th.

Upperclass leaders needed for the Freshman Day of Service!

Interested in being a part of this new tradition?  Upperclassmen are needed to help organize and run this huge event through the Office of Community Service!  You should be available for training on Saturday, September 5 and have no class obligations on Friday, September 11.  Email with interest or inquiries to Shannon Donahue at


The Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes is looking for tutors to work with student-athletes in a variety of courses this Fall 09 semester. The time commitment will be approximately 2-6 hours per week and the student and tutor will choose times that work for both of them.  $10-15/hour, based on experience and prep time is also paid!

Interested tutors should contact Dr. Maya Glover (, 994-6585) and complete an application at
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