October/November, 2012

Update from Dean Sharpe


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

We recently welcomed more than 300 McDonough parents of first and second-year students to our campus October 12-14 for Parents' Weekend. The many activities for parents included faculty panels about our international summer programs and academic majors. Thank you to the many faculty who shared their time and expertise with our students: Charles Skuba (international business and Barcelona Program), Patricia Fairfield (accounting and Shanghai Program), Kirsten Anderson (accounting and Oxford Program), Marlene Towns (marketing), Lynne Doran (finance), Vishal Agrawal (operations), and Brooks Holtom (management). We invite feedback on all of our sessions via email.

In addition, I would like to extend a special thank you to Robin Dillon-Merrill, associate professor of operations, who presented her recent work on "How Near-Miss Events Increase Risky Decision Making: Lessons learned from NASA." Her research examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes (i.e., hurricane evacuation, terrorism, NASA mission management, etc.). Her talk was based on her recent article in Harvard Business Review, which she co-authored with Professor of Management Catherine H. Tinsley and Peter M. Madsen of Brigham Young University.

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 are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please email Elizabeth Harless, associate director of development.

Most recently, both Professor Ricardo Ernst and I spoke to more than 100 Latin American alumni at a leadership summit in Bogota, Columbia. Please see below to see below to read more.

It takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, so as always, we thank the faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students who continue to support all of our programs.

Warm Regards,

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

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Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

Communications Update

The Undergraduate Program Office is pleased to announce the launch of the official Georgetown McDonough Facebook group, as well as the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office Twitter feed.

Parents, students and faculty members now have additional ways to keep up with events, news, and happenings at Georgetown McDonough. To connect, please:

"Join Us" on Facebook
"Follow Us" on Twitter @MSBGU_Undergrad

Students also can check out the Current Student page, which provides a wealth of information including forms, events, links to other Georgetown University resources, and links to our student-only Facebook page and LinkedIn group.

IBM and Georgetown McDonough Host Women in Consulting Event

IBMOn October 3, nearly 40 undergraduate women from Georgetown McDonough attended a
networking event titled, Women in Consulting, presented by IBM. The event featured six women panelists, all senior-level consultants with IBM, who discussed their careers in consulting, their work, and how women can take charge of their careers. [Read More]

Deloitte, SIPS, and Georgetown McDonough Host Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

On October 19th, Deloitte, the Georgetown Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund, and the Georgetown Center for Social Justice hosted the first Social Enterprise Workshop at the McDonough School of Business. The workshop featured roundtable discussions led by undergraduate entrepreneurs, each trying to solve a social issue through business. [Read More]

Latin American Alumni Leadership Summit
Latin American BoardGeorgetown University's 2nd Latin American Alumni Leadership Summit
welcomed over 100 alumni from Central and South America on October 18th and 19th in Bogota, Columbia. The Summit was dedicated to strengthening the Georgetown community in Latin American, engaging alumni leadership, mobilizing young social entrepreneurs, and developing innovative opportunities for collaboration among the University's networks throughout the region.

Speakers at the Summit included Professor Ricardo Ernst (Director of Global Business Initiative), Dean Norean Sharpe (Director of Undergraduate Programs), Fr. Kevin O'Brien S.J. (Vice President of Mission and Ministry), R. Bartley Moore (Vice President of Advancement), and Alberto Beeck (P'15 and Chairman, Latin American Board). [Read More]

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Student Highlights

Georgetown University Consulting Case Competition Seeks Student Participants
Interested in the world of consulting? Seeking for a platform to gain useful business skills? Wanting to gain experience in competitions and solving cases? The Georgetown Consulting Case Competition, sponsored by Hilltop Consultants, offers all that and more! GC3 is an all-inclusive case competition that will provide a platform for students from all different majors and schools who have an interest in consulting to participate in a professional environment, solve cases, receive feedback from judges, and gain real business skills.

If interested, please apply by Nov 8th, 11:59 p.m.
Competition will be held on November 30th on the Georgetown University main campus.


Students Win at ESADE

Congratulations to Georgetown McDonough seniors James Li, Caroline Busby, Lauren Grzybowski and Quintin Eusebio,, for bringing home three first place wins from Innovation Quest, a business case competition held at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, September 25th through October 1st, 2012. [Read More]


Student Company Focus: Career Couture
Georgetown McDonough students are entrepreneurial, and Christina Hu is no exception. The senior is double majoring in finance and management, a member of several student organizations, and in her spare time, also has started her own company called Career Couture.

"During my sophomore summer of college, I interned in Shanghai with a group of Georgetown students. We frequently went shopping together, and I noticed that they all purchased large amounts of tailored suits, shirts, gowns, etc. When asked why, they said it was because the workmanship and price of the tailors just couldn't be beat." [Read More]

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Summer Study Abroad Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. RSVP
During the fall, many students begin planning for study abroad trips as application deadlines approach. The Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program hosts three summer study abroad programs, while the university hosts nearly 70 exchange programs worldwide during the academic year.

Georgetown McDonough's study abroad programs include:

Summer at ESADE
Summer at Shanghai
Summer at Oxford

In addition, Georgetown University offers nearly 70 programs around the world at which students can study during the academic year. Many offer business courses which students can take.


Doing Business in China: Featuring John Kuhns
Monday, November 5, 12-2 p.m., Fisher Colloquium
John D. Kuhns, a graduate of Georgetown University, is the Chairman and CEO of Kuhns Brothers, an investment banking boutique, and of the China Hand Fund, a private equity organization with investments in Chinese companies. Kuhns was one of the first Western businessmen active in China after the economic reforms of the late 1970s. [Read More]

Entrepreneurship Day
Friday, November 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. RSVP
Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, held on Friday, November 9, 2012, is one of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative's signature events. At this event, members of the Georgetown and D.C. communities interact with world-class entrepreneurs, pitch business ideas, and celebrate entrepreneurial successes. Event highlights include a career panel series, keynote speakers, break-out sessions, and a rocket pitch competition. [Read More]


Careers in Wealth Management
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. RSVP
Current students, particularly those interested in finance, are invited to join Will Finnerty, Georgetown McDonough adjunct professor and senior vice president and private wealth advisor for Suisse Bank, for a discussion on career opportunities in wealth management on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Finnerty will lead a discussion about what to consider when entering the field, how to enter the field, and what wealth management can lead to.

The event is open to current undergraduate students of all majors interested.


Xerox to Speak at Georgetown McDonough
Wednesday, November 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
Georgetown McDonough is pleased to announce that Al Leary, senior vice president, MPS Acceleration, Xerox, will speak to students on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series. The presentation in Fisher Colloquium will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 6 p.m. Both undergraduate and MBA students are welcome to attend.

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Brad JensenBrad Jensen
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, J. Bradford Jensen, professor of international business and economics, delivered testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Trade, Committee on Ways and Means, on the topic of “Opportunities for U.S. Exports of Business Services.” (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Tripp.)  Click here to read the full article.


Chris LongChris Long
Chris Long, assistant professor of management, was honored with the "Best Paper - Conflict in Context" award for his research on “How Managers’ Trust and Control Activities Influence Subordinates’ Perceptions” by the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. This award is given to an outstanding field-based paper studying organizational, political, or social conflict.
In the paper, Long and his co-author, Timothy Carroll from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, demonstrate how managers combine efforts to apply controls and influence the trust that subordinates have in their managers, and the extent to which subordinates perceive they are controlled by them. The research also discusses how this perspective advances research on organizational control, organizational trust, and trust-control relationships. [Read More]


Betsy SigmanBetsy Sigman
Betsy Sigman, distinguished teaching professor, recently was awarded a 2012 Faculty Award by IBM. 

The Faculty Award is an annual worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at universities and those in IBM research, development, and services organizations. This year, 90 professors from around the world were chosen to receive the award, which also includes a grant to promote courseware and curriculum innovation in strategic disciplines and geographies, encourage industry adoption of emerging technologies, and create continuous opportunity to attract and hire exceptional technical and business talent. [Read More]

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Important Dates

Spring 2013 Pre-Registration Begins
Monday, November 5

Fall 2012 Withdraw Deadline
Tuesday, November 6

Upcoming Events for Students

Summer Study Abroad Information Session
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.

Doing Business in China: Featuring John Kuhns
Monday, November 5, 12-2 p.m.
Fisher Colloquium

Entrepreneurship Day
Friday, November 9
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Careers in Wealth Management
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Xerox to Speak at Georgetown McDonough
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 p.m.

Did you know?

"During World War II, the U.S. War Department designated Georgetown as one of a select number of universities to house the Army Specialized Training Program. More than 75 percent of students enrolled in the 1943-44 academic year were military service men."

D.C. Fun Fact

"Greater Washington has the best educated workforce in the U.S. with 49% of DC residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher (compared to 28% of the general U.S. population) and 22% possessing a graduate or professional degree."  (Source: )

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