News briefs sponsors Student Association

Internet company became an official corporate sponsor of the Student Association this summer, allowing students to drop off movies ordered through company’s Web site,, at the SA’s Marvin Center office.

According to the agreement, will give away free Kozmo points, which are used as cash on the Web site and other gifts to students throughout the year. Incoming freshmen have already received coupons for two free movie rentals, SA President David Burt said.

The SA offered the company advertising space on its Web site and other publicity, Burt said.I just really want to make sure students know (the company is) there, Burt said.

The Web site, which promises free delivery of videos, music, food and other items in less than an hour, was founded in 1997 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. now calls itself the fastest e-commerce delivery system to date, according to advertisements.

It’s to everyone’s benefit to have a drop-off box in the SA office, said SA vice-president Cathy Resler. It brings people into the office, and when they come to drop off their movies they look around and learn more about SA-sponsored events and services.

Burt also said the SA would receive publicity from the agreement with

When you rent movies from Kozmo, you get a slip with the three nearest drop-off places, he said. We decided to get our name out more.

A drop-off for items was removed from Columbia Plaza in May, which will increase the use of the Marvin Center site, Burt said.

It’s sort of contributing to laziness, but it also contributes to the convenient lifestyle lots of us prefer, Burt said.

Burt said representatives consider GW and the Washington area some of the site’s most faithful customers.
Heat specialist named dean of SEAS

Dr. Timothy Tong, former director of the National Science Foundation’s Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing program, will join GW as dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Sept. 5.

Tong will replace Thomas Mazzuchi, who served as the interim dean.

A specialist in heat transfer, Tong has spent more than 20 years teaching and researching in the field of engineering. He comes to GW from Colorado State University, where he has been since 1996. He also taught at Arizona State University for ten years.

While at ASU Tong served as the director for the school’s Center for Systems Research for three years and spent a year with the National Science Foundation. He also received three consecutive Teacher of the Year awards from the university’s chapter of the Pi Tau Sigma honor society.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tong received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in 1976. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and 1980.

A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tong has served as president of the Chinese-American Professionals Association of Arizona and on the board of the Arizona Asian-American Association.

In 1991, Tong was appointed to serve on the board of trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Recognizing the growing importance of technology in our society, I am especially pleased that Dr. Tong is joining GW just as we begin the 21st Century, GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said, according to a press release. I am confident his leadership will help the school make significant strides in contributing to the educational needs of the technology community, with special emphasis on the technologies and industries that are flourishing here in the Washington Metropolitan region.
Students participate in Welcome Week

Beginning with ice cream at Mount Vernon on Wacky Wednesday, GW students were on a mission to have fun during Welcome Week.

I thought it was very successful, said Seth Weinert, executive chair of the Program Board, which sponsored several events throughout the week.

About eight other departments and student groups, including the Student Association, Panhellenic Association and Mount Vernon Campus Student Development Center, also sponsored events. The week was organized primarily by the Student Activities Center.

The Jazz `N Java event Thursday evening in the newly renovated Hippodrome served as a taste of future events sponsored by Program Board, members said.

That gave us a chance to introduce freshmen to the Hippodrome, Weinert said. We need to make sure it’s well known for the University that the Hippodrome is going to be the place for a lot of PB events.

Community Living and Learning Center meetings, a student organization fair and George Washington’s Welcome all get students acquainted with GW.

The PB plays an important role on campus, Weinert said of his organization’s involvement. It’s our job not only to provide programs on campus but to get students involved in creating that programming. Literally within the first 96 hours that students are here we let them know what we’re all about.
-Kate Stepan

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