Update from Dean Sharpe


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

Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2016 to Georgetown McDonough!

We were energized by the arrival of new students – and returning students – to the Hilltop in August. Our campus is once again full of life as students begin classes, polish resumes, and prepare to join us again for "Bagels with the UG Dean" each week.

Here in the Undergraduate Program Office, summer is a time for reflection and growth. In the interest of continuous improvement, we have been working to enhance existing programs and explore new initiatives. Because we firmly believe that to become future leaders, our students must have a global perspective, global programming represents a large part of our efforts. In July, while we were hosting a group of 40 students from Università Bocconi in Milano here at Georgetown, we were traveling with our own McDonough students to the University of Oxford, Fudan University in Shanghai, and ESADE in Barcelona. I encourage you to read about the students' experiences in their own words in their blogs.

The First Year Seminar is now in its third year with expanded offerings in response to increased demand, and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program has accepted its second cohort of 22 future entrepreneurs. Our Alumni Mentor Program hosted more than 100 junior interns in New York City in June, and we recently welcomed 20 new alumni coaches to the program.

Finally, we inaugurated a new Undergraduate Research Initiative this past summer and were able to financially support 10 undergraduates on campus to conduct research. Students investigated a range of topics, including renewable energy, the Homeland Investment Act, the World Trade Organization, and social entrepreneurship.

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

Thank you – and welcome back!

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

Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

Dean Thomas Moderates Roundtable Discussion on
Health Care

David Thomas, dean of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, moderated a discussion among Massachusetts business leaders about their role in shaping, implementing, and sustaining health reform in their home state. [Read More]

New Program at Georgetown McDonough: Smart Start
Smart Start
This fall marks the inauguration of the Georgetown McDonough's new Smart Start program, thanks to a generous grant from PwC. Smart Start supports the retention and success of underrepresented minority students via workshopsworkshops, panels, and events designed to equip a diverse pool of leaders with the tools for academic, personal, and professional success. [Read More]

Georgetown McDonough Fall 2012 Parents Weekend

Parents of students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 are cordially invited to attend the 2012 Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Parents' Weekend. During the weekend, parents have the opportunity to attend classes with their child(ren), view theatrical performances, participate in religiousceremonies, and cheer for the Hoyas at various athletic events. [Read More]


"Careers in Capital Markets" Event A Big Success

On August 30, more than 250 undergraduate students participated in the annual “Careers in Capital Markets” event at the McDonough School of Business.  Students from all years and all majors were invited to learn about careers in the financial services industry. [Read More]

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows Program
This summer, 14 undergraduate students completed research projects with faculty guidance as part of the first annual Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program.
Each student was granted either $2,500 for a five-week research project or $5,000 for a 10-week research project to be completed during the summer of 2012. [Read More]

Students Study Abroad in Record Numbers

Shanghai Study Abroad

A record number of undergraduate students participated in Georgetown McDonough's study abroad programs this summer. More than 70 students participated in one of three programs: Intercultural Communication at Fudan University in Shanghai, China; Comparative Strategic Management in Trinity College in Oxford, England; and Global Entrepreneurship and Marketing at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. [Read More]

Alumni Mentor Program Kicks Off

The Alumni Mentor Program's kick-off event in August brought new and current alumni together who pledged their energy, time, and resources to assist undergraduate mentees during the upcoming academic year. [Read More]


Peer Ambassador Leadership Program Welcomes the Class of 2016

Fall 2012 ushered in the newest Georgetown McDonough Peer Ambassador and Leadership Program members. Each incoming student, either first-year or transfer, is assigned to one of 48 Peer Ambassadors who help with registration and answer questions about life on the Hilltop. [Read More]


CEO & Chairman of Deloitte Consulting Jim Moffatt Speaks to Georgetown McDonough Students

On September 12, approximately 250 undergraduate and MBA students attended, "A Conversation with Jim Moffatt, CEO & Chairman of Deloitte Consulting" as part of McDonough's Distinguished Leaders Series. Moffatt shared his perspectives on leadership and the principles that have guided him throughout his 25 year career with Deloitte. [Read More]

Social Business Plan Competition Begins in D.C.

On September 28, 2012, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) will present the "Social Business & Microcredit Forum" with Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the founder of the microcredit concept. This event launches the first annual Social Business Plan Competition to be held at UDC in the Spring 2013. [Read More]

Faculty & Staff Highlights

Dr. Lynn Doran Voted One of Nation's Favorite Professors

Congratulations to Lynn Doran, rated in Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine as one of the nation's favorite undergraduate business professors. According to her students, Doran has high standards and pushes students to do their best. As a result, students leave her classes well prepared for the rest of their major and careers in finance.

Doran teaches various Finance classes including Business Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management, Global Financial Markets and Institutions, and Corporate Governance and Valuation. [Read More]

September, 2012

Important Dates

September 18: Study Abroad Application Deadline for Spring 2013

Upcoming Events for Students

Prezi Workshop
Friday, September 21, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Hariri 150

Marketing Using Social Media - It's More Than Clever Tweets
Friday, September 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Hariri 130

Cawley Career Education Center Career Fair
Friday, September 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom
RSVP Required

Did you know?

"The first female students attended Georgetown University in 1880-1881 in the Medical Department, as our Medical School was then called. "(Source:

D.C. Fun Fact

"Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed the city as a bold new capital with sweeping boulevards and ceremonial spaces reminiscent of Paris of his native France. Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African-American mathematical genius, provided the astronomical calculations for surveying and laying out the city."  (Source: )

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