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Seminar to explore diseases in travel

The GW Center for International Health will sponsor a seminar Nov. 14 called “Breakthroughs in the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in travel.”

The session, co-sponsored by GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences and several national and international organizations, will examine the effects of infectious diseases on travel. It also will explore diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases among travelers, according to a Center for International Health press release.

Discussions, case studies, exercises, video presentations and lectures will be used to examine topics that include HIV and AIDS in the tourist community, the prevention and control of TB in travelers, diarrhea diseases, and dengue fever and malaria.

Pre-registration is required for the seminar, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marriott at Metro Center. To register, contact Danielle Darrow in the GW Center for International Health at 994-0900.

-Becky Neilson

Career fair brings job opportunities

The GW Career Center hosted its annual Business and Technical Career Fair Oct. 8.

The fair featured 62 engineering and business organizations ranging from finance and marketing firms to computer programming and graphic design companies. Companies such as Andersen Consulting, Citibank, IBM, Troy Systems, Peace Corps and Pal-Tech Inc. sent representatives.

“There is a student population ready to graduate,” said Jonathan Klonsky, Career Center public relations coordinator. “(The fair) provides opportunities for companies to advertise and for students to find a match.”

Klonsky said another Career Fair will be held in the spring for students interested in political organizations.

The center held only one fair in the past, but a greater demand for a larger variety of organizations has arisen in recent years, Klonsky said.

“It is a good opportunity for interaction and networking,” said junior Rohit Srivastava, a marketing and information systems major.

“There are a lot of opportunities for engineers,” said junior Nobel Phillip, an engineering major. “It is extremely helpful.”

“We are always looking for graduates,” said Lisa Peldo of the Netrix Corporation. “GW has some of the best engineering students, so we always come back.”

Klonsky said the turnout at the fair was better than expected, and most of the companies attended despite the rain.

-Preethy Kolinjivadi

Commencement to remain on the Ellipse spring 1999

A repeat of last year’s debate over the site of Commencement appears unlikely as the 1999 ceremony is scheduled to be held on the Ellipse, administrators said.

“The University is planning to hold Commencement on the Ellipse, and we have filed the application (to reserve the location),” said University Marshal Jill Kasle.

“People responded quite passionately to keeping it on the Ellipse,” said Lynn Shipway, director of University Special Events.

The idea of an alternative location for Commencement was triggered when the MCI Center opened last year. GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg formed a committee to study the possibility of moving Commencement, but it eventually concluded that the ceremony should remain on the Ellipse.

Before the MCI Center opened, no indoor facility in Washington D.C. was large enough to hold the event was available.

The Smith Center serves as a backup for the Ellipse ceremony but only accommodates the graduates and two guests per student.

Shipway said the ceremony on the Ellipse is a gamble but students seem willing to risk inclement weather. The 1995 Commencement was canceled because of a lightening storm.

The University will look at other options for future years, Shipway said.

“We are proceeding as we always proceeded before there was an MCI Center,” Kasle said. “There is no study group pondering the use of the MCI Center (this year).”

-Emily Coghlan

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