September/October 2013

Update from Dean Sharpe


Norean Sharpe, Ph.D.Students, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2017 to Georgetown McDonough! We were energized by the arrival of both new 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 for "Bagels" with the undergraduate staff each week.

The Undergraduate Program Office has 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, we hosted a group of 40 students from Università Bocconi in Milano here at Georgetown, while our students traveled abroad to study at the University of Oxford, Fudan University in Shanghai, and ESADE Business School in Barcelona. I encourage you to read about the students' experiences in their own words.

The First Year Seminar is now in its fourth year with expanded offerings in response to increased demand, and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program has accepted its third cohort of 30 future entrepreneurs. Our Alumni Mentor Program hosted more than 150 junior interns and alumni in New York City in June, and we recently welcomed 17 new alumni coaches to the program in Washington, D.C., for a total of 50 program coaches.

Finally, we supported nearly 20 undergraduate research projects this past summer and entered into a new global social entrepreneurship alliance with the Fabretto Children's Foundation. I invite you to read about the experience of our Fabretto Fellows in Nicaragua below.

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. Specifically, I would like to thank the parents who hosted our alumni and parent receptions this past year (see below). If you would like to become involved in our Parents Advisory Council, please contact Senior Director of Development for McDonough School of Business Matilda Carpenter.

Warm Regards,

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

We extend a special thanks to all those who hosted parent/alumni events for us this year:

Miami, FL
Rufolfo and Josephine Beeck (P'13, P'16)

Los Angeles, CA
J.P. and Alice Wang (P'06, P'15)

New York, NY
Charles and Joan Lohrfink (C'75, P'12, P'14)
Alison Lohrfink Blood (B'81, P'12)
Jill Lohrfink (B'82)

Washington, D.C.
Jorge Heria Sierra, Emgajador Observador Permanente, Organization of American States

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Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

Going Global: Women's Leadership in the 21st Century - An Undergraduate Women in Business Conference

Georgetown University UG Women in Business Conference

Going Global: Women's Leadership in the 21st Century - Undergraduate Women in Business (UGWiB) Conference provides a platform for students, alumni, entrepreneurs, and professionals from a variety of industries to share knowledge about current events and trends that influence the global economy and impact professional decisions.  All women students and undergraduate administrators (deans/directors) are invited, along with Georgetown faculty and staff.


Georgetown McDonough Establishes Non-Profit PartnershipFabretto Fellows

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business has established a partnership with Fabretto Children's Foundation that enables undergraduate business school students to intern in the summer with Fabretto in Nicaragua. "We engaged in this new partnership with Fabretto to provide opportunities for students to contribute their business skills to a nonprofit that was having an impact - and to gain a global perspective on the needs for social enterprise," said Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs Norean Sharpe, Ph.D. [Read More]


Georgetown McDonough Moves Up in U.S. NewsUS News

The Undergraduate Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business advanced to No. 16 in the annual “Best in Undergraduate Business” ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The program also tied for 5th among schools that specialize in international business. [Read More]


Georgetown McDoough Undergraduate Business Program Ranks #11 on Highest Return on Investment
AC Online This August, Georgetown McDonough placed 11th on the (AC Online) list of 20 undergraduate business programs in the United States with the highest return on investment (ROI). Students who graduate from these programs earn more money over their lifetimes, on average, than business graduates from other institutions, after subtracting tuition and fees. You can view the data and rankings, as well as the full list of programs and colleges here.


Georgetown McDonough Sets New Records in Admissions
Georgetown McDonough Sets Records in Admissioins

On August 27, classes began for the approximately 1,300 students, including 306 first year students and 46 transfer students, in the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program.   According to Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Norean Sharpe, "We are excited that our admissions profile continues to be strong and this is indicative of our talented faculty and team of staff." [Read More]


Launching Leadership Programs to Help First-Years

BUILD Fall 2013

Georgetown McDonough has started two new programs to support students from diverse populations as they pursue their bachelor’s degree: the Smart Start Program and BUILD (Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development).  Smart Start provides workshops and tutorials right from the start of a student's experience, while BUILD is a new pre-orientation program that runs the week before the classes begin in August.. [Read More]

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Student Highlights

Getting to Graduation - Important Information for Seniors


Senior year is an exciting time in an undergraduate’s life.  Students are focusing on classes within their major, engaging in internships, and planning for life after college.  However, there are several steps that must be taken before a senior can graduate. [Read More]


Georgetown McDonough Hosts Senior Welcome Back BBQ

Senior BBQ

On September 5, the Academic Council, along with the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office, welcomed seniors back to the Hilltop with a barbeque on the PwC Plaza.  Seniors had the chance to eat dinner from Rockland’s Barbeque, relax with friends, and mingle with faculty and staff from the Undergraduate Program Office.   

The staff of the Undergraduate Program Office looks forward to working with our seniors to help make their senior year an enjoyable and memorable one.

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Brooks Holtom Recognized by the Academy of Management

Brooks Holtom Recognized by the Academy of ManagementBrooks Holtom, associate professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, was recently awarded the 2013 Scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, on August 12.
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Jason Schloetzer Appointed to The Accounting Review Editorial Board

Professor SchloetzerThe Accounting Review has appointed Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Assistant Professor Jason Schloetzer to its Editorial Advisory and Review Board. The Accounting Review, which is published six times a year, is the premier journal sponsored by the American Accounting Association and is among the top three academic accounting journals in the world. The journal publishes articles that report the results of accounting research and explains and illustrates related research methodology.

The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, it has a rich history built on leading-edge research and publications.

Faculty Publications

Michael O'Leary's study "Beyond Being There: The Symbolic Role of Communication and Identification in Perceptions of Proximity to Geographically Dispersed Colleagues" has been accepted for publication in MIS Quarterly.

Christopher Long's study "Managing Authority: Drivers of Managerial Action to Promote Trust, Fairness, and Control in Organizations," has been selected as the Best Paper at the 2013 Management Theory Conference.

Prashant Malaviya and C. Miguel Brendl's (Kellogg School of Management) study "Do Hedonic Motives Moderate Regulatory Focus Motives? Evidence from the Framing of Persuasive Messages," has been accepted by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Turan Bali, Stephen Brown (Stern School of Business), and Ozgur Demirtas'(CUNY Baruch College) study "Do Hedge Funds Outperform Stocks and Bonds?" will appear in Management Science.

Turan Bali and Scott Murray's study "Does Risk-Neutral Skewness Predict the Cross-Section of Equity Option Portfolio Returns?" has been accepted by the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Jess Cornaggia's study "Does Banking Competition Affect Innovation?" (with Yifei Mao, Xuan Tian, and Brian Wolfe) is forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Vishal Agrawal and Victor Jose received a Management Science Meritorious Service Awards for their reviewer service to the journal.

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Parents Weekend 2013

Georgetown McDonough Parents Weekend 2013

Parents of students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Georgetown McDonough Parents' Weekend. Parents will have the opportunity to attend classes with their child(ren), view theatrical performances, participate in religious ceremonies, and cheer for the Hoyas at various athletic events. This also is a great time to explore Washington, D.C., with your family.

To learn more about this year’s Parents’ Weekend Festivities, please click here.

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Upcoming Events

Georgetown McDonough Embassy Series, Featuring the Spanish Ambassador from Organization of American States, His Excellency Jorge Hevia Sierra
October 16, 5:00 p.m

Undergraduate Research Symposium
October 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Parents Weekend
For First Year and Sophomore Parents REGISTER TODAY!
October 18 - 20

Going Global: Women's Leadership in the 21st Century - Women in Business Conference
Click Here for More Information
October 25, 2013

Undergraduate Alumni and Parent Reception in Washington D.C.
November 6, 2013

Career Development

Bank Of America Information Session and Speed Networking, Sponsored by GAMBLE
October 16, 5:30 p.m.

Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance Alumni Career Panel
October 16, 6:00 p.m.

L'Oreal Information Session and D.C. Dinner
October 15 & 17

Marketing & PR Week
Sponsored by the Cawley Career Education Center
October 21 - 24

Did You Know?

Georgetown adopted its official colors of blue and gray in 1876, symbolizing the union of the North and South following the Civil War.
(Source: Georgetown University)

D.C. Fun Fact

D.C.'s daytime population is estimated at 982,853 -- an influx of over 410,000 workers into the city on a normal business day comprises a 72% increase of the capital's normal population.

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This is a transmission from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program Office.