Archive | October, 2009

What’s the Deal with Holds?

23 Oct

Hopefully you’ve all checked to see whether or not you’ve got holds on your accounts.  There are several kinds of holds: immunization holds, academic holds, financial holds, etc.

If you’re a CCAS student, you can expect to have an advising hold on your account every semester.  That’s where the Honors Office can help!

I’ve received a few calls from Freshmen students confused about having an advising hold even after they did their 4-yr plan.  Here’s why: they’re two completely different things. The 4-yr plan is an exercise that helps you see what it takes to earn a degree, and how you can fit together a schedule to work for you.  But your ability to see into the future is probably not much better than mine, and you’ll find that not every course you want will be offered each semester, sometimes they may be full, sometimes their times will conflict, and sometimes you’ll just change your mind about what you want to do or what classes look interesting to you.  It’s not very likely that what you put on your 4-yr plan is going to be exactly what your 4-years at GW are going to look like.

That’s why there’s an advising hold. You’ll need to assess your progress and plan for each individual semester once you have real information about what you can take.  An advising hold makes sure you’re doing just that — it helps to make sure you stay on the track you want, and it ensures you’re staying in communication with an advisor who can sometimes spot something you might have missed.  Like that time I signed up for Calc as a Freshman because I thought I needed to, when I didn’t really.  Or that time I found out I could take a way more exciting class in place of a dull, intro-level Psych course (no offense, Psych majors.  Just not my bag.) Or that time I found out I was so close to a minor in Poli-Sci that I only had to take a couple more courses (that the Honors Program offered.)

Now you still have to be responsible for your own registration decisions — the advisors aren’t going to think of everything, of course.  They’re not robots after all.  At least, I think not.  Or, I’m pretty sure…. anyway… You can see that meeting with them, robots or not, before you register has huge advantages even if you don’t need an advising hold removed — so we encourage all Honors students to come and meet with them.  And in true UHP style, we’re even giving away free food too.  Here’s the deets:

1.  Attend a hold removal party:
Monday, November 2nd from 2 – 4 p.m. – drop-in pizza in the Club Room!
Wednesday, November 4th from 1 – 3 p.m. – pizza in Lafayette!
Thursday, November 5th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – bagels in the Club Room!

2.  Attend walk-in hours from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.:
Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 6th and
Monday, November 9th through Friday, November 13th

3.  Make an appointment with an advisor – (202) 994-6816 or
Remember to bring your planned schedule for the next semester (with complete information, including CRNs), and a backup schedule too.

**Please note that Columbian College students who have declared a major should see their faculty advisors regarding course selection, but may have their hold removed by the honors advisors.  Elliott, Business, and Engineering School students must meet with their school advisors for hold removal but are encouraged to speak to an honors advisor about their course selection!

By the way, before you come to one of these events to get your hold removed, fill out an Advisor Approval Form, and check out the Registration Newsletter to see what the UHP is offering next semester!

Pooches and Kittehs?!?

23 Oct

From the Mount Vernon Campus life weekly email updates, we’ve caught wind of probably the most completely adorable event of the semester!  I know, I know, it’s not exactly the kind of intellectually stimulating event we’ve been posting about so far, but let’s face it: you’re dealing with midterms, planning out next semester’s schedule, and all you really want to do is go roll around in some leaves with something furry and cute.

Now, the event is titled “Four-Footed Friends,” so I’d expect there to be dogs and cats, but I guess it’s open for any kind of pet.  Let me know if you see anything exotic.

Four-Footed Friends
Mon Oct 26 // 4:30-6pm // Behind Merriweather Hall
Play away those mid-term blues with GW faculty and staff’s own four-footed friends. Ask members of the GW faculty any questions you might have about mid-terms as you play with their beloved pets. They might not be yours, but they’re still just as cuddly! For more information, contact MVCL at 2-6673 or

MAD-RUSH Call for Papers…

20 Oct

First Annual MAD-RUSH
Undergraduate Research Conference
Saturday, 27 March 2010
James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
This coming spring, the School of Liberal Arts at James Madison University will host its first annual undergraduate research conference. The Madison Research by Undergraduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities MAD-RUSH Conference seeks outstanding undergraduate research or writing (both critical and creative) in any Humanities or Social Science discipline. Information on submissions and the abstract format may be found at the MAD-RUSH website–

Interested students should submit abstracts by email to

How to Apply—Students should submit a 100-150 word abstract of their research papers or creative writing to Dr. J. Chris Arndt at Only one entry per student will be accepted.

Format–Students selected for the conference will be notified by email by 25 January 2010. Each student who participates will be one of three or four students who present in a session on a related topic. Each student presentation should be 10-15 minutes in length; there will be time for audience questions at the end of each presentation. Presentations may include PowerPoint slides for visual support.

Conference fees—Student presenters–$15 if paid before the conference; $20 if paid the day of the conference (We will begin the fee collecting process on February 1, 2010 after we have identified conference participants.) Fees include continental breakfast and lunch.

Do you want $1000?

20 Oct

The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is seeking essay submissions that answer the following question in 500-800 words by midnight, November 20th 2009:

“What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?”

We are looking for fresh, innovative approaches to global health problems. The author of the winning essay will receive a $1,000 scholarship with a chance to be published in the Commission’s final report. Complete details can be found at:

The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy focuses on practical solutions that maximize efficiency, produce measurable results, and engage the American public. This essay contest is one way we’re expanding the conversation to include the ideas and opinions of people who are passionate about global health issues.

Reel Affirmations…

20 Oct

For any of you out there interested in Film, Documentaries, Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, or just Drag Kings — here’s an event for you.

On Wed. Oct. 21st from 4PM-7PM AQWA (Association of  Queer Women and Allies) will be going to the LGBT Film Festival Reel Affirmations to see the film “Drag King Extravaganza”. It is a great documentary on Drag Kings. They will meet in Kogan Plaza and metro to Chinatown to go to the Harmon Arts Center.