First Night 2015

‘First Night’ at Mount Vernon Is a Celebratory Start to Welcome Week

Class of 2019 gets acquainted at university namesake’s historic Virginia estate.


GW Undergrad Missing in South Africa

August 31, 2015

Dean of Student Affairs says junior Nicholas Upton last seen Aug. 30.

Alumnus Who Was the First Black General in the Marine Corps Dies

August 31, 2015

Frank E. Petersen graduated in 1967 and earned a master’s degree in 1973.

Presidential Pollster Mark Penn Will Teach at GSPM This Fall

August 31, 2015

Polling expert will instruct special topics course open to GSPM students, political science undergraduates.

Provost Lerman to Step Down

August 30, 2015

Dr. Lerman to serve on GW faculty following sabbatical.

News in Brief

Paralegal Studies Professor Named Commissioner of Patents

Drew Hirshfeld, professor of intellectual property in the paralegal studies program of GW's College of Professional Studies, has been named overseer of all patent organization for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Read the full release at the Patent and Trademark Office Website

When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthrough

Megan Leftwich, a George Washington University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lions.

Read the full article at

University Is a Finalist in 2015 Greenbuild Leadership Awards

GW is among the 12 four-year colleges in the running for the sustainable building award from nonprofit organization Second Nature and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

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GW Division of IT Business Intelligence Services Honored

The division garnered the Technology Innovators Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) for its Principal Investigator's Dashboard.

Read the full release from the NACUBO Website

Editor's Picks

Alexa Dectis

Alumna Becomes Advocate, Inspiration For Those With Disabilities

Columbian College graduate Alexa Dectis will pursue law degree on West Coast.


Tips for Parents: How to Stay in Tune with Your Student’s Wellness

GW Mental Health Services Director Silvio Weisner offers advice on supporting your student’s transition to college life.

Sanjit Sethi

Sanjit Sethi Named Inaugural Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Mr. Sethi brings more than 15 years of experience in arts administration and higher education to GW.

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II will serve as the new dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II Named Elliott School Dean

Dr. Brigety currently represents the United States to the African Union and to the UN Economic Commission of Africa.

Janelle Monae

GW Will Honor Six, Musician Janelle Monae Will Perform Live at Alumni Weekend

Annual event welcoming GW graduates back to campus set for Sept. 24-27.


Standardized Test Scores Will Be Optional for GW Applicants

Beginning in August, submitting SAT or ACT scores will no longer be required for most students applying for undergraduate admission.