December, 2012

Update from Dean Sharpe

Norean SharpeStudents, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

As I reflect on the activity at McDonough over the past several months, I am amazed at the level of energy and enthusiasm among both our students and faculty. I hope that you all share in our excitement and have found ways to engage in our educational events.

During 2012, we were fortunate to host such speakers as the CEO of Estée Lauder Companies; CEO of Deloitte, USA; former CEO of Circuit City; president of U.S. Client Operations for Xerox; and most recently, the Ambassador from Mexico, His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan. To read more about the Ambassador's talk, click here.

This semester, our faculty have enjoyed working with our third cohort of First Year Seminar students. With seven sections, we now have nearly 130 students in this program. I congratulate the student winners of the annual non-profit case competition and thank the faculty who taught in the program. To read more about this year's case competition results, see case competitions below.

Our second cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program are completing their practicum and are off and running with their new ventures. To learn about one of the student start-ups, see student company highlight below.

As global education has become increasingly important, we have witnessed a rise in the number of our students studying abroad. Whether it is participation in our summer business programs or in our nearly 70 exchange programs during the semester, our students are showing an increased interest in having a global experience. Read more about our study abroad programs to learn where our students are going.

During this season of giving thanks, I realize that the astounding renewal of our undergraduate program during the past four years is largely due to collaboration among the talented staff in our undergraduate program office, dedicated faculty at McDonough, and strong senior leadership. Thanks to all!

Finally, I would like to thank those parents who give so generously of their time to provide support as we continue to improve our undergraduate programming and create transformational experiences for our students. If you are a parent and you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please email Elizabeth Harless, associate director of development.

It takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, so as always, I am enormously grateful to be a member of such a team.
Warm wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!


Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Program News

Mexican Ambassador to United States Visits Georgetown McDonough

Georgetown McDonough's Undergraduate Program, in collaboration with the McDonough Global Student Association and Office of Marketing and Communications, has launched a new speaker series: the Global Embassy Series. This new program's inaugural speaker was the Mexican Ambassador, His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan, who spoke to undergraduate and graduate students on November 19. [Read More]


Fall 2012 Study Abroad Semester Wraps Up

This fall, the Georgetown McDonough School of Business sent 71 juniors around the world to study at partner institutions. Of those, 53 students studied in Europe, nine in Asia, four in Australia/New Zealand, three in Africa, and two in Central and South America.

This spring, the three students who have elected to spend their entire junior year abroad will be joined by 20 more students who will be studying abroad for their spring semester: 16 in Europe, four in Asia, one in New Zealand, and one in South America.
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President of Xerox Hosts Lunch with McDonough Students

On December 5, Kevin M. Warren, president of United States Client Operations for Xerox Technology, met with undergraduate and graduate students from Georgetown McDonough. Warren had lunch with the students, discussed career opportunities after graduation and reflected on his time on the Hilltop.

Warren began his Xerox career in 1984 as a sales trainee in Washington, D.C. and assumed increasingly responsible sales and sales management positions. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in finance, in 1984. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having grduated from their Advanced Management Program (AMP).

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Student Highlights

Undergrads Share What College Is Really Like

On Friday, November 2, five undergraduate students from Georgetown McDonough served on a panel at Little Lights, a non-profit Christian urban ministry organization dedicated to the inner city community of Southeast Washington, D.C., to speak to middle school students about college life. [Read More]

Aramide Alaka wrote a blog about her experience – click here to read it.


Leadership Students Help D.C. Homeless

Doug Badini and Erin Cawley, seniors at Georgetown McDonough School of Business, recently combined a class project for Professor Brooks Holtom's Leadership class with a desire to give back to the community. As a result they secured a donation of 350 phone cards from AT&T and raised $1,500 for the Georgetown Ministry Center. Read more about this project at the GMC blog.


Case Competition Summary

2012 First Year Seminar Results
The First Year Seminar is an opportunity for students to learn more about a particular topic in global business. This year's seven seminars covered such topics as the ethics of entrepreneurship, global logistics, and global commerce.
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Georgetown University Office of Community Outreach
First Place: Stephan Kim, Charles Lee, Kelsey Perselay, Matthew Smith, Nicholas Maffei 

Bipartisan Policy Center
First Place: Matthew Bell, Jenika Newsum, Katie Poorten, Chris Tesoriero, Gillis Baxter


Georgetown Case Consulting Competition (GC3)

Congratulations to Kevin Tian, Marshall Lifton, and Sarah Long (not pictured) for winning Hilltop Consulting’s Georgetown Case Consulting Competition (GC3).  GC3 is a newly launched case competition exclusively for Georgetown students seeking to gain more knowledge and experience in consulting. Tian and Lifton are pictured above with Assistant Professor Jie Yang, Professor Alan Andreason, and Teaching Professor Rebecca Heino.

In addition, John Banks, Christina Hu, and Marcy Humphrey participated in the 6th annual International Leadership Association’s Student Case Competition in Denver, Colorado.  

Kane (Robert) Ossorio, Ambika Kumar, Quintin Eusebio, and Germán Ramírez de Arellano (pictured left), participated in the CUIBE at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. 

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Student Company Spotlight: Encore

Encore, a marketing company founded by Georgetown University McDonough School of Business seniors James Li, Michael Hauser, and Michael Dee, and freshman Tammy Cho, along with Cheng Gong of Harvard University, was voted “D.C.’s Hottest Start-up” among 25 competitors at the DCWEEK Mixer & Startup Showcase organized by tech media company Tech Cocktail. Li and Hauser were featured in the Washington Post for Encore. [Read More]

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Professors Conduct A Debate Sweatshops: The Ethical Obligations of Multnationals.

On December 4, The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics at the McDonough School of Business hosted a debate on the question: What ethical obligations do multinational enterprises have to the workers at the base of their supply chains?

Edward Soule, associate professor of ethics at Georgetown McDonough, and Benjamin Powell, assistant professor of economics at Suffolk University, discussed the impact of corporations outsourcing manufacturing of goods in Southeast Asia on local and American economies. The professors presented their views on this timely question and invited questions from the audience.

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Happy Holidays!

Members of the Peer Ambassador and Leadership Program took time out of their busy study schedules to create cards for National Children's Hospital. While decorating the cards, students also decorated cookies and enjoyed hot chocolate.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

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Important Dates

December 21, 2012
Registration Re-opens for Spring 2013

January 9, 2013
First day of classes for the spring 2013 semester.

Did you know?

"The Civil War (1861-1865) nearly closed Georgetown, as the student body dropped from 313 to 17 between 1859 and 1861. A total of 1,141 students and alumni enlisted in the war, serving in both the Union and Confederate forces."

D.C. Fun Fact

"In Washington D.C. there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents in DC and 74 lobbyists for each United States Senator.

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