May 21, 2012

Volume 109, Issue 2

Stories from the May 21, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Retiring naval officer bikes cross-country

After 27 years as a commander in the navy, Joseph Arleth will serve the armed forces by putting his feet to the pedals. Arleth, executive officer at the University’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, embarked May 6 on a 45-day bike ride from San Diego to Saint Augustine, Fla., to raise funds for Fisher House […]

Hatchet Expat: Saying ‘adios’ to life abroad

I never understood why people refer to cities as if they were human until I left Sevilla, Spain. My feelings toward leaving my newfound home are so complex, it’s as if I am leaving the love of my life. Saying goodbye to my beautiful, comforting and lively city seems more personal than I ever expected. […]

$12.6 million added to financial aid

The University’s highest governing body approved increases in undergraduate and graduate student financial aid for the upcoming fiscal year at a meeting Friday. The Board of Trustees ratified a $4 million increase in undergraduate aid and an $8.6 million increase for graduate aid, out of the University’s $829.3 million capital budget for fiscal year 2013. […]

Science halls to see upgrades

Three of GW’s academic buildings devoted to science and engineering will see $13.2 million worth of upgrades over the next several years, the University announced Friday. The Board of Trustees approved the funding total for Corcoran, Bell and Tompkins halls at its meeting Friday. Corcoran Hall will see upgrades over the next year, with funds […]

Business leader challenges graduates to take risks

To make it big in business, learn from failure, the leader of the second-largest female-owned construction firm in the country told School of Business graduates Friday. Failure is a part of figuring out how to succeed, said Linda Rabbitt, the founder and chief executive officer of Rand Construction Corporation. “If you spend your efforts trying […]

Multicultural Student Services Center applauds strong ties

The director of the Multicultural Student Services Center led graduates in one last community-building activity Thursday. Look at someone sitting nearby, Michael Tapscott instructed the audience, and ask each other, “What’s cookin’, good lookin’?” The exercise elicited some laughs and cheers from graduating students, but its purpose fell in line with a message Tapscott underlined […]

Trustee shares life lessons

Nursing is about the people, School of Nursing Dean Jean Johnson told the graduates sitting before her Saturday morning. It is about the people you care for and whose bedsides you sit by, she said. And graduation day, she pointed out, is also about the people who supported you through your scholastic careers and made […]

Congressman to graduates: ask questions, compromise

The scientific method should be the guiding framework for decision making, Congress’ only physicist said at a joint ceremony of two GW graduate programs Saturday. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., urged graduating students from the College of Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Political Management to think critically and evaluate all potential outcomes when crafting […]

University sees more engineer deposits

The School of Engineering and Applied Science will see its largest-ever freshman class this fall – the first crop of students to study in the Science and Engineering Hall for a full year. The school yielded 223 deposits from incoming freshmen this year, a projected 43 percent bump from last year, even after factoring in […]