May 18, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 2

Stories from the May 18, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Elliott School: NATO ambassador headlines ceremony

The U.S. Ambassador to NATO advised graduating students in the Elliott School of International Affairs to treat others well, examine the political process, and exercise regularly in a wide-ranging keynote address at the school’s graduation ceremony in the Smith Center on Friday. Ambassador Kurt Volker, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service and a […]

Smith Center gets $2 million donation

The University has received a $2 million donation toward the ongoing Smith Center renovations from a donor who chose to remain anonymous, University President Steven Knapp announced at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Laurel Price Jones, vice president for advancement, said Friday that the anonymous gift puts fundraising efforts at $6.6 million, past the University’s […]

Columbian College: Popular professors deliver keynote speeches

Thousands of students from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences celebrated their graduation in a two-part ceremony stretched over most of Saturday afternoon in the Smith Center. The event was split into two events to accommodate graduates from the University’s largest school. Though no outside speaker addressed the graduating class, Steven Kelts, a popular […]

Baseball ends season with pair of late rallies

The GW baseball team ended its season by taking the final two contests of a three-game series at Saint Joseph’s, both by 4-2 scores. Friday’s win, the first of the pair, came in dramatic fashion for the Colonials (22-33, 11-15 Atlantic 10). Senior Andrew Haberern hit a pinch-hit, ninth-inning grand slam to provide all of […]

Emanuel: All hands on deck for America

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel urged more than 4,000 GW graduates to serve a cause bigger than themselves, but made room for plenty of self-deprecating jokes in his keynote address at the University-wide Commencement ceremony Sunday morning on the National Mall. In a speech that echoed President Barack Obama’s message of practical optimism, […]

Campus Calendar

May 20 Toastmasters Bolster your public speaking skills with GW Toastmasters, an organization that focuses on improving public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings last for one hour and participants can learn from examples of prepared and on-the-spot speeches. 7 p.m. Marvin Center 310 May 21 “Street Fight” Movie Join the School of Political Management Alumni […]

Weather holds for celebration

Thousands of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students celebrated their collegiate careers on an overcast, windy morning in front of the Capitol and an audience of 19,000 friends and family. The two-hour ceremony took place on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets and included speeches from University officials, students and honorary degree recipients like […]

SEAS alum urges grads to follow dreams

An Academy Award winner may seem like an unusual guest for a crowd of engineers, but alumnus Bill Westenhofer, who addressed the graduating class of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was a tangible example of the wide variety of careers an engineering degree can lead to. SEAS, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, […]

Obama aide tapes NPR show in Lisner

A close advisor to President Barack Obama joked along with hosts of the popular radio show “Wait Wait . Don’t Tell Me!” at the show’s taping Thursday evening in Lisner Auditorium. The show, which is produced by National Public Radio and distributed to stations across the country, hosted campaign strategist David Axelrod and raised money […]