Archive | December, 2009

UHP Goes Hockey

10 Dec

(This post is written by Christine Foltz, Honors Student Extraordinaire)

Last Thursday, the GW Honors program attended the Caps game against the Florida Panthers.  I’ve always loved hockey (ever since watching the Mighty Ducks), but never had a chance to watch or head to a game.  So I decided that attending a game with the GW UHP would be ideal.  I feel the only word to describe the evening is awesome.  It was the perfect sports experience.  It was dollar dog night, so of course I bought two in anticipation of the exciting game.  The UHP even procured hats for everyone who went, which I and the rest of the students proudly wore for the rest of the night.  As the lights dimmed before the game my excitement peaked, and with help from veteran Caps fan, Jordana, I was able to catch onto the ins and outs of the game in no time.  Although I usually find getting into the emotion of a sports game difficult, standing and cheering for the Caps after every score (all six of them) and groaning or shouting at every missed shot and squabble came easily.  I was especially entertained by the many fan traditions – the famous fan who made and plays his own horn at every game stands out in my mind.  The JumboTrons supplied endless entertainment (as if the game wasn’t enough) and the many mini-competitions held for fans were hilarious.  Our own Jordana won the dance competition…again.  The sheer energy and enthusiasm of the fans was enough to make a new viewer like me feel involved and welcome.  That’s not to mention the huge scrolling banner welcoming the GW UHP.  I think I can speak for all the Honors students who attended when I say “C-A-P-S, Let’s Go Caps!!”

NewsFlash!: Study in the UHP Office, Intern for North Carolina or on the Hill

10 Dec

NewsFlash! The George Washington University Honors Program
Issue 14: December 10, 2009

Announcements
Study Hours in the UHP Office
Because Gelman can get hot and crowded, and your dorm room just doesn’t scream “study” to you: Honors students are welcome in the office for open study hours from now through Thursday, 12/17 (We’re open 9-5 regularly.)  Additionally, we’ll keep our doors open longer than normal for studying – find the schedule below.

Extended Office Hours for Open Study
Thurs 12/10: 5-10pm
Fri 12/11: 5-10pm
Sat 12/12: 1:30-6:30pm
Mon 12/14: 5-10pm
Tues 12/15: 5-10pm
Wed 12/16: 5-10pm

Seniors!
Graduating this December?
We need a graduation form to know! Come by the Honors office at your earliest convenience and take two minutes to fill one out. And as a reminder to all seniors taking courses in pursuit of special honors this fall, you must submit a special honors verification form by the end of the semester.

Events
None this week – You’re too busy studying for finals anyway!
Join. Intern. Work. Volunteer.
Great Government Intern Opportunity for NC Students
The prestigious and competitive North Carolina State Government Internship Program is offering up to 65 paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies, for undergraduate and graduate students of many disciplines. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2010 North Carolina State Government Internship Program, the 40th Anniversary year of the program.  See the attached PDF flier for more info, but note that applications must be postmarked byJanuary 20th, 2010.

Intern on the Hill!
Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-CO)
is currently seeking interns for the spring of 2010. Interns will be responsible for general front office duties including, but not limited to, answering phones, logging office correspondence and working with constituents.  Interns will also have the opportunity to attend briefings and assist with legislative research.  Colorado ties are preferable but not necessary.  Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter and short writing sample tojeff.jay@mail.house.gov

Intern for Discovery, Get Credit!

Are you ready to gain hands-on experience with the leading global real-world media entertainment company? If the answer is yes, consider Discovery Communications Spring 2010 Campus Connections Internship Program! Discovery Communications is proud to offer a program that provides interns with a solid foundation of learning through training and work experience. Opportunities are available at Discovery’s Silver Spring, MD corporate headquarters in a variety of fields including:Accounting/Finance, Advertising Sales, Communications, Information Technology, Legal, Marketing, Production, and Talent Relations. Interested? Visit http://www.discovery.com/corporate to view position descriptions and submit an application. Please note: the program is unpaid and open to juniorsseniors, and graduate students with aminimum 3.0 GPA who are able to receive credit for their internship.

Learning Enterprises: Expanding Horizons through global volunteerism
Looking for a meaningful adventure? Consider volunteering with Learning Enterprises (LE), an organization that sends college-aged volunteers abroad to teach English during the summer. LE has programs in PolandSlovakiaHungaryRomania,CroatiaRussiaChinaThailandEthiopiaMauritius Island, Mexico, and Panama. In each of these countries volunteers make a real difference in students’ lives every summer. If you’re interested in experiencing a challenge, participating in cultural exchange, or just making an impact in kids’ lives, LE is looking for you. Contact Yan Slavinskiy at george.washington@learningenterprises.org with any questions or check out our website www.learningenterprises.orgApplications open December 15th and close at the end of January.

Alliance for Climate Protection Internship
Founded by former Vice President Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed for the charitable and educational purpose of educating the public about the causes and solutions to climate change, in the United States and throughout the world.   Contact aleza.remis@climateprotect.org for more information and application materials.

Comments or questions about the NewsFlash?  Need something posted?  If so, contact Jared at uhpnews@gwu.edu.  All submissions due Tuesday by 5:00 PM. Please include Newsflash in the subject line.
DO NOT HIT REPLY, your message will not be read.  Email uhp@gwu.edu to contact the Honors Program.

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Did you get tagged on Facebook?

7 Dec

There are a fair amount of fan photos posted on our Facebook Fan Page (are you a fan yet?) — maybe you should go see if you’re in one of them!  (And tag your friends, while you’re there.)

A “Lost” European Culture

4 Dec

This article in the NYTimes is absolutely fascinating.  UHP students who have taken an Arts & World Culture course should be particularly able to appreciate this story about a culture flirting with civilization over 7,000 years ago in Europe.  You can read the full article here and make sure to see the slide show here. From the article:

The 'Thinker' and Female Figurine From Cernavodă

Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade.  For 1,500 years, starting earlier than 5000 B.C., they farmed and built sizable towns, a few with as many as 2,000 dwellings. They mastered large-scale copper smelting, the new technology of the age. Their graves held an impressive array of exquisite headdresses and necklaces and, in one cemetery, the earliest major assemblage of gold artifacts to be found anywhere in the world.

Some of the artifacts found are truly stunning and beautiful remnants of a long-past society that existed when civilization was just a twinkle in human history’s eye.  Anthropology, art, culture, sociology, history, archeology, sex and gender, and even politics all come together to tell this truly remarkable story — a testament to the interdisciplinary approach needed to decipher not only our modern world, but our collective history as well.

Student-Faculty Dinner/Holiday Party @ Charlie Chiang’s!

4 Dec

This is one of my all-time favorite UHP events.  I haven’t missed one yet since my Freshman year!  Our tradition of food, fun, and conversation at Charlie Chiang’s each winter is not something you want to miss.  The place gets packed with faculty and friends for an all-you-care-to-eat buffet.   All UHP students are invited to attend (you should have seen our email invite and a mention in our most recent NewsFlash!), as well as UHP Faculty.  In addition, if students would like to invite their favorite professors from across the university, all they need to do is come by our office to pick up an invite to distribute.

All we need from you is 2 things:

1) Students must pay $5 cash at our office anytime before the event (Faculty eat for free!)
2) RSVP if you’re coming to uhp@gwu.edu

Additionally, I’d really appreciate it if you’d respond to our Facebook event (and share it with your other UHP friends!)