In This Issue:
Announcements from Dean Sharpe
Undergraduate Program Announcements
Student Highlights
Employment/Internship Opportunities
Staff Spotlight

Announcements from Dean Sharpe

Students, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

Happy New Year!  The campus is alive again as we welcome back students for the spring semester.  Courses are now in full swing and deadlines for internships, jobs, and study abroad programs are fast approaching. Please take note of the following critical deadlines:

- February 6, 2012, is the deadline for applying to our summer programs in Oxford, Barcelona, and Shanghai.  For more information on these programs, please click here. If students have any questions about these applications, they should speak with Associate Director, Monija Amani.

- March 1, 2012, is the deadline for students to apply to be a part of the second cohort of the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Students also may meet with Senior Assistant Dean Patricia Louison or Jeff Reid to find out more about the program or to review their application.

- Please join us on January 27th, 2012 for our second annual Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day. Highlights will include a keynote talk by Larry Robertson, the six-time award-winning author of A Deliberate Pause followed by an entrepreneurial career panel and the Hoya Challenge Rocket Pitch Competition.

- Finally, on February 1, 2012, we are pleased to host Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies.  Prior to joining Estée Lauder in 2008, Mr. Freda had a proven track record as an executive for 20 years at Procter & Gamble, where he was responsible for major operating, marketing, and strategic efforts.  Mr. Freda is known as a strategic, results-oriented change-agent who has elevated Estée Lauder to the second-largest cosmetics company in the world. 

As always, I’m grateful for your ongoing input and suggestions, as we continue to broaden and deepen our curricular and co-curricular opportunities for our undergraduates.  Hoya Saxa!

Best Regards,

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

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Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

Early Action Admissions Update

Admissions to the McDonough School of Business for the 2012 - 2013 school year is off to an amazing start. The program has thus far admitted 152 of 1107 McDonough School Early Action applicants for an acceptance rate of 13.7 percent. This is the lowest admission rate at Georgetown University and rivals our peer institutions. As we look to encourage these stellar students to choose McDonough, we will showcase the curriculum, faculty, and unparalleled student body that makes our school so unique and attractive for studying business.

Study Abroad

Please keep in mind that the deadline to apply for study abroad during the Fall 2012 semester or the full 2012 - 2013 academic year is Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

More than 50 percent of business students study abroad at some point during their time at McDonough. While many take business classes abroad, some prefer to spend a semester meeting their liberal arts requirements. McDonough has many options around the world to accommodate student preferences. For more information, students may visit the Undergraduate Program Office or go to the Office of International Program's website.
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Student Highlights

Students Place First

Congratulations to Javier Martin Arguello (MSB ’14), Alexander Martino (MSB ’15) and Dimitrie Brailoiu (MSB ’13) for placing first in the Financial Games’ Traders Trophy Worldwide trading qualifying rounds at Georgetown University during the month of October.

Traders Trophy Worldwide, sponsored by NYSE Euronext, Barclays and RBS, among others, is a financial trading competition in which students from universities around the world compete to become the best student trader of their country.  After placing first in the qualifying round at Georgetown, Javier, Alex, and Dimitrie moved on to nationals to compete against other undergraduate and graduate students from around the U.S.

After competing, all participants were taken to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange where they were allowed to roam around and explore the many intricacies of a trading floor.

To find out more about the competition, click here to watch the video about the event.

Business Students Launch Net Impact Chapter

The Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office is pleased to announce a new student organization, McDonough's Undergraduate Net Impact chapter. The mission of this student chapter is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. 

Becoming a part of Net Impact is a great opportunity to learn more about social entrepreneurship, network with other Net Impact members, use the central Net Impact's career/job database and to make an overall positive impact in the business world.

For additional questions, contact Joan Grubb at

McDonough Students Present at Sustainability Conference
Congratulations to Nehal Shukla (MSB '12), Javier Arguello (MSB '14), Joan Grubb (MSB '14), Colleen Gibson (MSB '12) and Kelsey Zehentbauer (MSB '14) who presented at The Corporate & College Collaborative for Sustainability’s (3CS) second annual conference entitled Change Leadership: Strategies & Skills for Transforming Organizations.  Held at the College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business, the conference aimed to connect students and faculty from various campuses with leaders in business and sustainability.

Using the Georgetown University’s initiatives targeted to sustainability, McDonough’s students’ presentation, Profitability with Sustainability: The Georgetown Experience, analyzed how profitability and sustainability can be mutually achieved.  Other presentations at the conference touched on topics such as social media, social entrepreneurship and sustainability leadership.

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Employment Opportunities

Thinking about post-graduation jobs and summer internships? Students can find job and internship opportunities in both the Career Education Center and the Undergraduate Program Office. Companies currently looking for McDonough undergraduate students for either internships or jobs include Capital One, CRCC Asia, Estée Lauder, Hilltop Consultants, Hilton Worldwide, LIME Connect, RBS, SEO, Teach for America and Year Up, among others.

Be sure to stop by the Undergraduate Program Office to browse the internship guide.

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  • Staff Spotlight

    Maria Modugno - Executive Assistant/Office Manager

    The Undergraduate Program Office would like to welcome its newest team member, Maria Modugno.

    Over the past 15 years, Maria has worked overseas in corporate marketing and finance. She gained extensive experience in event planning for The Economist Group and in advisory roles to senior management at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London, and later at SACE, Italy’s Export Credit Agency. She earned her degree in political science from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

    Having spent most of her childhood living in Singapore, Iran and Austria, Maria speaks five languages and enjoys being exposed to multicultural settings.

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    Important Dates

    Monday, February 6, 2012
    - Deadline to apply for summer study abroad programs in Oxford, Shanghai and Barcelona (ESADE).

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012
    - Deadline to apply for fall 2012 semester, and full year study abroad programs.

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6:15 p.m. McShain Lounge: Student Debt Management Workshop, hosted by Common Sense.
    - This is the first of several workshops this spring on the topic of a student debt management. Additionally, March 19 to March 23 is tax week, where students can bring in their tax forms and schedule free 20 minute consultations with local CPAs and IRS representatives. Our workshops are open to all students. For more information, please go to

    January 27th, 2012, 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fisher Colloquium: Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day.  
    - Come and hear keynote speaker Larry Robertson, a six-time award-winning author of A Deliberate Pause, beginning at 1:30pm, followed by a career panel from 2:15 – 3:45pm.  The day will conclude with the Hoya Challenge Rocket Pitch Competition from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.

    Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC: Association of Government Accountants Educational Seminar.
    - This free educational session will provide give early and mid-career accounting professionals, including those new to government and directly out of college, the opportunity to hear from established leaders about career choices, career progression, etc. The event will feature keynote speaker Tom Fox, “The Fed Coach” of the Washington Post, and include networking opportunities with top government and private sector leaders. For more information please visit

    Did you know?

    Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907; the team played its first game February 9, 1907, defeating the University of Virginia by a score of 22-11.

    Fun Fact:

    DC averages 39 inches of rainfall a year—more than Seattle. (source:


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