In This Issue:
Announcements from Dean Sharpe
Dean Thomas Discusses Occupy Wall St. Movement
Student Highlights

Service Learning Initiative

Until Next Semester!

Announcements from Dean Sharpe

Students, Parents, and Members of the McDonough Community,

It was a pleasure to observe the finals of our First Year Seminar (FYS) case competition a few weeks ago. This competition is a required segment of our new First Year Seminar, titled International Business, Public Policy, and Society, in which students investigate and propose a solution to a challenge question from an area non-profit organization. This year our partner organization was One Global Economy, which provides technical and informational assistance and access through social network and media sites worldwide -- particularly in emerging markets.

I congratulate all of the team finalists who competed (listed below). I also thank all of our McDonough colleagues who donated their time and energy to these students this fall: Professors Angel, Dong, Mayo, Quinn, and Skuba. These faculty members exemplify the qualities of devotion and hard work that we have come to regard as part of the fabric of Georgetown University, and their contributions continue to support our strong reputation for dedicated faculty. I also am grateful to the leadership of the co-directors of FYS: Professor Robin Dillon-Merrill and Senior Assistant Dean Patricia Louison.

Each of the young men and women below demonstrated an intellectual curiosity and commitment to rising to their academic challenge and their innovative ideas and recommendations were impressive. Congratulations to all!

Team 1: Leonor Dominguez, Jenn Ferrigno, Shivam Patel, Robert Shepherd, Luke Young
Team 2: Derek Armstrong, Austin Gregor, Michael Le, Brenda Li, Hannah Neczypor, Katherine Sisemore
Team 3: Allison Latham, Rebecca Aklilu, Joseph Gowen, Matt Reichman, Michael Dulfer (Second Place)
Team 4: Evan Fierstein, Stephanie Cai, George Laskaridis, Apple Li, Matt Brehm
Team 5: Shilpa Chandran, Matt Paras, Michael Umbrecht, Rachel Schappacher, Sean Sullivan (First Place)
Team 6: Daniella Hubert, Sumeet Singh, Jill Weakland, Tim Dooley, Michael Saba, Luis Gonzalez

Best Regards,

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

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Dean Thomas Discusses the Occupy Movement

On Tuesday, November 28, Dean David Thomas hosted a panel of students to discuss the Occupy Movement. With 56 percent of Americans unsure about whether to support or oppose the Occupy Movement, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business hosted a discussion surrounding the movement’s issues and goals and the implications for business.

“Where’s the ‘I’ in Occupy?” provided a platform for Georgetown University students to engage in issues of financial, political, and social inequality raised by the Occupy Movement, explore the challenges faced by industry and government related to those issues, and contemplate future solutions. Undergraduate finance and international business major Michael Kochevar ('12), served on the panel and shared his insights on the relevance of the Occupy Movement for business students.

This event was sponsored by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and its Center for Business and Public Policy and Global Social Enterprise Initiative. 
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Student Highlights

Case Competitions

The McDonough School of Business has sent teams to compete at two case competitions thus far this academic year. In October, Sam Kurtz ('12) and Quintin Eusebio ('13) competed at The University of Arizona Eller College of Management Collegiate Ethics Competition, and in November, Joyce Chung ('12), Marcy Humphrey ('13), James Li ('13), and Tyler Zanini ('12) competed at the Northeastern University CUIBE Case Competition (shown in photo above with case competition advisor Lisa Scheeler).

Thank you to all of the students who have spent their time and energy preparing and competing this semester. We look forward to what these and our other case teams will do at the competitions in the spring semester.

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Students Launch McDonough Global Student Association

The Undergraduate Program Office is proud to introduce the newest student group, the McDonough Global Student Association. The mission of the group is to bring resources together that will assist international students in career searches and preparation by developing interviewing skills, providing assistance for freshman, and engage with alumni.

The group held its inaugural event on November 28, which featured remarks from Dean Sharpe and Ricardo Ernst, professor of operations and information management and McDonough's former deputy dean.

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Service Learning Initiative

In support of Georgetown University’s Ward 7 Initiative, the Undergraduate Program at the McDonough School of Business has created the McDonough/HD Woodson Mentoring Program. The program is designed to give McDonough students the opportunity to provide educational support to Woodson students interested in business and entrepreneurship through a mentor/mentee relationship.

As part of the program, McDonough students traveled to HD Woodson High School on November 4, to educate students about the significance of networking in business.

"While the HD Woodson students learned the importance of developing and maintaining successful businesses and business relationships through networking, the McDonough students learned even more about the importance of community outreach and social justice," said Monija Amani, Associate Director, who accompanied the group. 

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Congratulations To . . .

Max Gaby ('10) and Professor David A. Walker on the publication of their article, "Impacts of TARP on Financial Institutions," which examines the data to test the vulnerability of the country's four largest banks shortly after each received capital through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The article appears in Volume 21, No. 2, 2011 of the Journal of Applied Finance.

Professor J. Bradford Jensen on the recent publication of his book Global Trade in Services: Fear, Facts, and Offshoring. Jensen discussed his book on November 17 at a breakfast hosted by the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. The event also included remarks from Christine Bliss, assistant U.S. trade representative for services and investment. Jensen’s research outlined in Global Trade in Services urges the United States to embrace trade in services and push aggressively for services trade liberalization. The book was published in September 2011 by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, where Jensen also is a senior fellow.

Dean Norean Sharpe, who gave the keynote address at the October meeting of Women in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. Her remarks on “Leading Substantial Change on Campus -- on a Budget” can be found in the November issue of Women in Higher Education at

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Until Next Semester!

Good luck to everyone finishing up the semester, and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to seeing our students again in January when classes and Bagels with the Dean resume.
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Upcoming Events

  • December 7, 2011 – Entrepreneurs Roundtable Hariri Conference Room, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Monthly gathering of student entrepreneurs  and alumni entrepreneurs. 

  • December 7, 2011 – Last day of classes

  • December 12, 2011 – Final exams Begin

  • December 20, 2011 – Make-up day for final exams

Did you know?

Georgetown University's Mask and Bauble Society is the oldest continuously running collegiate theater group in the country. Early performances included both students and non-students, including John Wilkes Booth. (source: Wikipedia)

Fun Fact

The word “lobbyist” became popular with President Ulysses S. Grant’s disdain for the interest groups who bothered him while he relaxed in the Willard Hotel's lobby. (source:

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