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.

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 […]

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 […]