September 2011

In This Issue:

Welcome Back To The Hilltop!
McDonough Welcomes Dean Thomas
New Students Arrive
Case Competitions
Entrepreneurship Fellows Program
Undergraduate Program Office Staff Highlight

Welcome Back To The Hilltop!

A few weeks ago, we welcomed 322 new first-years from nearly every state in the union and 25 nations. Along with our traditions (Bagels with the Dean!) and familiar faces, you will notice that we have two new staff members. Deborah Coburn comes to us from The George Washington School of Business and will advise the Class of 2015. Rebecca Cassidy joins us from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and will advise the Class of 2014. They both bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm - please join me in welcoming both Deb and Rebecca!

We are proud to begin our second year of the First Year Seminar and inaugurate our first class of Entrepreneurship Fellows (see below). We also are pleased to announce the solidification of our partnership with the ESADE Business School – a top-tier school in Barcelona – with a new exchange program and summer program called Global Entrepreneurship and Marketing to begin in 2012. Both will help expand international opportunities and complement our existing exchange programs for business credit at nearly 40 institutions world-wide.

Throughout the academic year, our Undergraduate Program Office will stay connected with you through this periodic newsletter by providing information on events, scholarships, internships, jobs, case competitions and activities. I look forward to welcoming students back to campus and sharing bagels on Thursdays!


Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
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Georgetown's McDonough Business School Welcomes Dean Thomas

"We are in the business of educating principled leaders to serve both business and society." – Dr. David Thomas, Dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

Each fall, a new class of business students begins at McDonough. This year, however is marked with one important distinction – the arrival of Dr. David Thomas, the new dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Dean Thomas came to McDonough from the faculty of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where he was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration. He also directed the school's Organizational Behavior Unit and served as senior associate dean and director of faculty recruitment at Harvard, among many other duties. A recognized thought leader in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management, Dean Thomas' research focuses on issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and organizational change.

"We have all of the ingredients to pursue a position of preeminence including a top ranking, outstanding faculty and amazing facilities. [I feel that] our purpose is to develop and educate principled leaders with a global mindset to be in service to business and society," says Dean Thomas.

Please click here to watch a video introducing Dean Thomas, his background, goals for the school, and reasons he was drawn to his new position at Georgetown.
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New Students Arrive

On August 27, the Undergraduate Program Office welcomed 344 incoming first-year and transfer students to Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. Parents and students alike braved Hurricane Irene to sneak a peek at the students' new academic home, as well as to meet fellow students and staff of the Undergraduate Program Office.

Dean Sharpe welcomed the Class of 2015 at the Dean's Assembly. She discussed the global opportunities that Georgetown provides and reminded students of the high expectations Georgetown has for the class. Students also were then greeted by Senior Assistant Dean Patricia Louison, who reviewed the scope of the Undergraduate Program Office and professor Jackie Hoell who discussed integrity and honesty and Georgetown.

To learn more about study abroad opportunties at Georgetown, click here.
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Case Competitions

We would like to congratulate The Georgetown University team of Darshana Prakasam (MSB '14), Danielle Dhillon (MSB '14) and Haley Hirzel (COL '14) that won The Pitney Bowes QR Code Marketing Competition this summer. The team created marketing campaigns for 3 separate businesses using QR codes and won the grand prize of $4000. Congratulations!!

Additionally, we already have committed to send student teams to six case competitions this year:  

  • Deloitte Battle of the Beltway Competition
    (first round, Washington, D.C. - October 20, 2011)
  • University of Arizona Eller College of Management Ethics Case Competition
    (Tucson, Ariz. - October 20-22, 2011)
  • Northeastern University CUIBE Case Competition
    (Boston, Mass. - November 3-5, 2011) 
  • NYU Stern Case Competition
    (New York City - February 11, 2012)
  • McDonough-Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge
    (Washington, D.C. - February 15-19, 2012) 
  • Copenhagen Business School Case Competition
    (Copenhagen, Denmark - February 26-March 3, 2012 

Please contact either Professor Tom Hajduk or Associate Director Lisa Scheeler for information on participating in any of these case competitions.
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Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

Congratulations to the rising McDonough juniors listed below who were selected into the first class of Entrepreneurship Fellows. During the next two years, these Entrepreneurial Fellows will have the opportunity to complete a combination of course work and extracurricular activities to pursue their entrepreneurial interests.

For more information on the innovative and experiential Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, click here.

Class of 2013 Entrepreneurship Fellows: Joseph Byrne, Erin Kay Cawley, Caitlin Donahue, Andrew Fraser, Herbie Goldstein, Chris Griffin, Kimly Hoang, Christina Hu, Kevin Hubschmann, Nadia Ibrahim, Tony Imbesi, Shana Jordan, James Li, Kevin Miller, Jeremy Moore, Paul Raskin, Ken Ryan, Mar Snider, Jeff Stefanis, Bryant Wolf, and Tom Zorc.
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Undergraduate Program Office
Staff Spotlight

The Undergraduate Pogram Office is pleased to introduce one of its newest team members, Deborah Coburn.  Deb earned a B.A. in history and public relations from Syracuse University, as well as an M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs from University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the McDonough School, Deb worked in financial aid, admissions, and academic advising at The George Washington University for seven years. She is a huge sports fan, especially college basketball, and also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  Welcome, Deb!
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Upcoming Events

  • Majors Panel: Wednesday, October 12, 6 p.m., Shea Commons
    Faculty will be onhand to discuss the requirements of each of the six majors in the business school.

  • How to Be Successful in Business School: Time Management/Study Skills Workshop
    - Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m.
    , Hariri Room 155
    - Monday, October 17, 6:30 p.m., in Hariri Room 140

  • Study Abroad Information Session:
    Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m. in Hariri Room 155
    Representatives from the Office of International Programs and the Undergraduate Program Office will be onhand to discuss study abroad options.

  • Pre-Law Panel: Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., Fisher Colloquium
    If you are thinking about law school, faculty and alumni will be available to share recommendations.

Did you know?

Over 50% of McDonough students study abroad. Spain is the most popular destination.

Fun Fact

Georgetown's mascot, Jack the Bulldog, ranks eighth among the 125 most famous dogs in pop culture.

Contact Us

McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 120
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057


Appointments: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Walk-ins: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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