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.

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 […]

Trustees outline goals for next year

Despite news that the University’s endowment dipped below $1 billion this year, GW’s Board of Trustees optimistically charted goals for next year in their final meeting of the academic year on Friday. The Board enthusiastically discussed expanding the University’s research opportunities, improving GW’s Virginia campus and soliciting additional donations for projects like the Smith Center […]

New Hall renamed Philip Amsterdam Hall

The Board of Trustees approved a measure Friday morning to rename New Hall as Philip Amsterdam Hall in honor of a prominent GW trustee who passed away last year. The renaming request was made by Amsterdam’s son and approved by the Board of Trustees Friday at the governing body’s spring meeting. Amsterdam, who died in […]

Medical school graduates become doctors

Web Extra More than 160 students became doctors on Sunday afternoon after graduating from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Lisner Auditorium. The graduates were instructed to put an M.D. at the end of their names and value every patient. Keynote speaker Dr. William DeVries, a professor and the chief of cardiothoracic surgery […]

NROTC students graduate, become military officers

Saluting with one hand and holding a diploma in the other, 17 GW Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps students became military officers Friday morning at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Navy commanders commissioned a total of 29 students from GW, Georgetown University, Howard University and the University of Maryland. The weather, despite […]

Former solicitor general addresses law students

Web Extra Friends and family packed the Smith Center Sunday afternoon to watch about 700 law students receive their degrees during the GW Law School’s diploma ceremony. The school awarded 540 Juris Doctorate degrees and 166 advanced law degrees while more than 3,000 guests filled the gymnasium, said Trent Wilee, a Smith Center event manager. […]

D.C. councilmember addresses professional studies graduates

Web Extra Students of all ages were given a message of strength Saturday night at their graduation from the College of Professional Studies and Graduate School of Political Management. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, served as the keynote speaker, telling nearly 150 graduates in Lisner Auditorium to make the best of every situation. “You […]

Students inducted into highest honor society

Web Extra Proud parents crowded the stage at Lisner Auditorium Saturday for the induction ceremony for Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society that inducts only 1 percent of college graduates nationwide. The new members of Phi Beta Kappa joined the ranks of leaders in what Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Lehman said is […]

Josh Hock: Average Joes or Average Einsteins?

In the long-standing tradition of modern academics, the letters “A, B, C, D and F” have seemed to hold greater meaning alone than composing words. Yet, the phenomenon of “grade inflation” has forced some to question the value of letter grades and thus the merit of students’ academic records. Consistent and widespread reports featured in […]