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GW graduate competes in Miss America pageant

A GW degree was not enough for Miss America contestant Therese Lizardo, who failed to win the national competition Saturday night.

Lizardo, representing D.C., competed against 51 other hopefuls representing the 50 states, D.C. and the Virgin Islands in Atlantic City, N.J. She won the title of Miss D.C. on July 10.

A graduate of the class of 2002, Lizardo majored in psychology, biology and women’s studies. She was a member of the GW dance team, spirit team, freshman advising workshop and the Philippino Cultural Society.

Lizardo deferred her acceptance to the GW Medical School to compete in the pageant. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, the triple major worked in the GW pharmacology department, conducting cancer research throughout her college career.

Earlier this month, Lizardo and her fellow contestants visited D.C. and met with congressmen. She sported GW apparel given to her by the University.

–Bryn Lansdowne

Tourism professor to lecture in Ireland

Tourism studies professor Douglas Frechtling will teach at Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality Management and Tourism in Ireland.

Frechtling is one of nearly 800 scholars the Fulbright Scholar Program sent abroad this year to almost 140 different countries. Another business professor was awarded with a Fulbright scholarship earlier this year to teach in the Sichuan Province of China.

Frechtling will conduct research seminars for faculty and graduate students. The program was founded to build academic relationships with other countries.

GW to hold conference on school violence

The University will sponsor a conference on preventing school violence this fall.

GW’s Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence will host the conference, “Persistently Safe Schools,” Oct. 27-29 at the Wyndham Hotel.

Parents, researchers and public officials will come together at the event to discuss the latest findings on school violence prevention.

The conference involves special interest sessions and a main conference. It is open to the public at a total cost of $450, or $50 per special interest session.

-Caitlin Carroll

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