Tag Archives: service

Meet UHP Alums from Teach for America and AmeriCorps

19 Oct

Service!

Thinking about service after graduation? Like Americorps, Peace Corps, Teach For America, DC/NYC Teaching Fellows, etc.

Join Victoria Roman and Paula Katrina Drago, UHP alumnae, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24 in the UHP Townhouse to discuss Teach for America, Americorp, and the joy/struggles of post-graduate service.

Representatives from Teach for America will also join us for this casual and informal info session. Dessert will be served. Please RSVP on Facebook or email Liz at lsutton@gwu.edu if you have any questions.

For more information on Americorps and Teach for America, visit http://www.americorps.gov/ and http://www.teachforamerica.org/.

Meet UHP Alums from Teach for America and AmeriCorps

16 Oct

Awesome ladies doin’ service.

UHP’ers have lofty post-graduate plans: become the next Nobel laureate, write the next great American novel, invent the social network that overtakes Facebook, found a school for high-achieving cats, etc.

One of the most common post-grad pursuits is venturing out for a year (or more) of service, i.e. Americorps, Peace Corps, Teach For America, DC/NYC Teaching Fellows, etc.

Join Victoria Roman and Paula Katrina Drago, UHP alumnae, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24 in the UHP Townhouse to discuss Teach for America, Americorp, and the joy/struggles of post-graduate service. Representatives from Teach for America will also join us for this casual and informal info session. Dessert will be served. Please RSVP on Facebook or email Liz at lsutton@gwu.edu if you have any questions. Treats and chatting, chatting and treats – does it get any better?

For more information on Americorps and Teach for America, visit http://www.americorps.gov/ and http://www.teachforamerica.org/.

Women’s History Month Events Next Week

25 Feb

Monday, March 1
“Crossing Lines” Documentary Screening with Filmmaker Q & A

7pm
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

This film follows filmmaker and Professor Indira Somani as she strives to connect the two worlds in which she exists – Indian and American – and the challenge of preserving her cultural identity following her father’s death.  Ms. Somani and her co-producer, Leena Jayaswal, will be on hand for a question and answer session following the film.

Tuesday, March 2
Women’s History Month Leadership Reception

7pm
Strong Hall Piano Lounge

GW is proud to honor our female student leaders during Women’s History Month 2010 with a reception to kick off the month’s events.  The event will feature a guest speaker and networking opportunities among students, faculty and staff.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact jamie@gwhillel.org.

Wednesday, March 3
Challah for Hunger!

6:30pm
GW Hillel

The GW Hillel Sistahood invites all students to share in the ancient tradition of weekly challah bread baking in the GW Hillel kitchen (23rd & H Street).  Baking will take place Wednesday night and the bread will be sold on campus on Thursday to raise money for a local women’s charity.  No prior baking experience needed.  Please contact jamie@gwhillel.org for more information.

Throughout March

Women’s History Month Service Challenge

Let’s honor our Foremothers through service and follow in the steps of women volunteers throughout history! We’re challenging GW women to complete 10,000 hours of service during Women’s History Month. Be sure your VolunteerMatch account is active and to log all service hours completed during the month of March.  Visit www.serve.gwu.edu for available opportunities.

All events are FREE! For more information, contact the Multicultural Student Services Center at (202)994-6772, gwwomenshistory@gmail.com, or visit website.

Sponsors: MSSC, MVCL, CADE SAC, GWHP Eckles Library, LGBT Resource Center, University Honors Program, Office of Academic Affairs at Mount Vernon, Women’s Studies Program, Career Center, Colonial Community, GW Hillel

Honors Leadership Opportunities – Director’s Message

14 Jan

Dear Honors Program Students,

I hope your semester is off to a good start. I’m writing now to follow up on the point I concluded with when I sent my letter announcing some changes to our program. I’m eager to revitalize opportunities within the program for student involvement and leadership. As I mentioned, I met last semester with a variety of students, some specific to their majors (i.e., business and engineering students), some who responded to our invitation to join the Student Advisory Board, and some who just dropped by my office to talk. I’ve decided that rather than try to mount a “one size fits all” student advisory board, it makes better sense to have an array of more specific opportunities and to let students self-select which ones most interest them. Here are the some options that I’ve come up with, and as always I welcome expressions of interest as well as ideas about what I might be leaving out!

*UHP Student Ambassadors : we are interested in identifying a group of students who can serve as ambassadors to the program. These students would help represent the program during recruiting events over the course of the year; at Colonial Inauguration activities; and on other occasions when the program is asked to give presentations to various university constituences. On occasion, prospective students contact us and ask to be put in touch with an honors program student to get “the student’s persective” on the program. Ideally our base of “student ambassadors” would feel good about the program and have some experience with various opportunities here at GW, such as those promoted through our research and fellowships office, with internships and study abroad, etc. We’d also like the student ambassadors to represent a cross-section of freshmen, sophmores, juniors, and seniors and to represent all of the schools or colleges at GW. If you’re a freshmen and haven’t yet had the chan ce to apply for a fellowship or study abroad, please don’t think your help is not needed!

*UHP Student Advisory Board: As director of the program, I rely on input from students about what is or isn’t working with the curriculum, what ways we might make our curriculum work more fluidly with requirements in your majors, ways we might better facilitate conversation with other units at GW to make accommodations on their end that would make your lives as Honors Students more enriching. I rely equally on your input for ideas about co-curricular activities we could develop for you. So if you are interested in serving on a committee that meets with me once a month or so (preferably over breakfast or lunch!) to talk about the Honors Program in all of its aspects, gives me feedback on my ideas and brings new ideas to the table, please consider signing up as a student advisory board member.

UHP Service Opportunities: Several of you have mentioned to me an interest in getting the honors program even more invested in service opportunities at GW and in the DC area than we already are. One student mentioned the idea of having a different service opportunity each month; others I know have taken advantage of the various opportunities we already have going. If you already are active in a UHP service opportunity, or would like to play a greater role in helping the honors program develop enriching opportunities for service, please consider this option.

UHP Communication Consultants: Not sure if this is the best “title” for the role I’m imagining, but I’d really like to have a cohort of UHP students with good communication skills to help us contribute to our blog and facebook presence.  We are looking for students who might want to regularly produce blog entries on GW or DC activities of interest; students who might want to produce short reviews of local exhibits, events, things-to-do, or places to eat’ students who want to write about what they are reading in class or a class trip or activity. Our blog is read not just by the UHP community but by many others around GW and by prospective students.  If you have some talent to help us out with this, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Please give some time to these opportunities. I think they’d be wonderful ways for you to interact with other UHP students outside of specific classrooms and for me to have more opportunity to work closely with you as I try to strengthen our program. Each provides a valuable opportunity to contribute, to make a real difference to the Honors Program. Leadership experience is always good for one’s resume, but I hope you’ll think of these as good also for our community.

If you’re interested in one or more of the opportunities I described above, please send your name and an expression of interest to Jared Meyer (jtmeyer@gwu.edu) as soon as possible but no later than the end of January. A brief paragraph indicating what particular contribution you hope to make will help me get a better sense of how to proceed after we have gathered names. Thanks in advance for thinking about these opportunities! All the best, Maria Frawley

Maria Frawley
Professor of English
Director, University Honors Program
The George Washington University
714 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052