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The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program publishes newsletters three to four times per semester. Each newsletter features programmatic announcements from the Undergraduate Program Office, student highlights, faculty achievements, event information, and more.  


Below is the current newsletter. For archived newsletters, please click here. To sign up to receive our newsletter, please email the Undergraduate Program Office and include the email address to which you would like the newsletter sent.  


September/October, 2013

Dean Sharpe's Welcome

Undergraduate Program Announcements

- Georgetown McDonough Establishes Nonprofit Partnership

- Undergraduate Program Moves Up in U.S. News

- Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Business Program Ranks No. 11 on Highest Return on Investment

- Georgetown McDonough Sets New Records on Admissions

- Georgetown McDonough Launches Leadership Programs for First Years

Student Highlights

- Getting to Graduation

- Senior Welcome Back Barbeque

Faculty Notes

- Brooks Holtom Recognized by the Academy of Management

- Georgetown McDonough Professor Joins Global Business School Network Advisory Board


- Going Global: Women's Leadership in the 21st Century - An Undergraduate Women in Business Conference

- 2013 Parents’ Weekend


Dean Sharpe's Welcome

Students, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2017 to Georgetown McDonough! We were energized by the arrival of both new and returning students to the Hilltop in August. Our campus is once again full of life as students begin classes, polish resumes, and prepare to join us for bagels with the undergraduate staff each week.

The Undergraduate Program Office has been working to enhance existing programs and explore new initiatives. Because we firmly believe that to become future leaders, our students must have a global perspective, global programming represents a large part of our efforts. In July, we hosted a group of 40 students from Università Bocconi in Milano, while our students traveled abroad to study at the University of Oxford, Fudan University in Shanghai, and ESADE Business School in Barcelona. I encourage you to read about the students experiences in their own words.

The First Year Seminar is now in its fourth year with expanded offerings in response to increased demand, and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program has accepted its third cohort of 30 future entrepreneurs. Our Alumni Mentor Program hosted more than 150 junior interns and alumni in New York City in June, and we recently welcomed 17 new alumni coaches to the program in Washington, D.C., for a total of 50 program coaches.

Finally, we supported nearly 20 undergraduate research projects this past summer and entered into a new global social entrepreneurship alliance with the Fabretto Children's Foundation. I invite you to read about the experience of our Fabretto Fellows in Nicaragua below.

It takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, so we thank the faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students who continue to support all of our programs. Specifically, I would like to thank the parents who hosted our alumni and parent receptions this past year (see below). If you would like to become involved in our Parents Advisory Council, please contact Senior Director of Development for McDonough School of Business Matilda Carpenter.



Norean Sharpe, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Program Announcements

Georgetown McDonough Establishes Nonprofit Partnership

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has established a partnership with Fabretto Children’s Foundation that enables undergraduate business school students with a commitment to service to intern in the summer with Fabretto in Nicaragua. “We engaged in this new partnership with Fabretto to provide opportunities for students to contribute their business skills to a nonprofit that was having an impact and providing service to others — and to gain a global perspective on the needs for social enterprise,” said Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs Norean Sharpe, Ph.D.

The 2013 Fabretto Fellows were Courtlyn Cook B ‘15, Stephanie Messenger B’14, and Chris Onorato B’15, who spent five weeks this summer working on a range of projects including cost analysis and modeling for current and future programs, as well as investment opportunities and a comprehensive volunteer handbook. The fellows traveled to multiple Fabretto Education Centers for research and integrated well with coworkers in Nicaragua. They also enjoyed visiting several regions of beautiful Nicaragua from coastline to volcanoes and historic Granada.

Onorato reflected, "Fabretto offered us the incredible opportunity to apply business skills to a great cause, while going out of their way to ensure that we were integrated into and enjoyed the Nicaraguan culture while traveling throughout the country both for work and pleasure. We are all excited to remain involved upon our return to the Hilltop. Thanks Fabretto!"


Undergraduate Program Moves Up in U.S. News

The Undergraduate Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is one of the best undergraduate business schools. It advanced to No. 16 in the annual “Best in Undergraduate Business” ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The program also tied for fifth among schools that specialize in global business.

U.S. News arrives at the ranking by surveying deans and senior faculty at all undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Participants rate the quality of programs on a scale of one to five and also nominate their list of 10 best programs in each of the subject rankings.


Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Business Program Ranks No. 11 on Highest Return on Investment

This August, Georgetown McDonough placed 11th on the (AC Online) list of 20 undergraduate business programs in the United States with the highest return on investment. Students who graduate from these programs earn more money over their lifetimes, on average, than business graduates from other institutions, after subtracting tuition and fees. View the data and rankings, as well as the full list of programs and colleges.


Georgetown McDonough Sets New Records on Admissions

On August 27, classes began for the approximately 1,300 students, including 306 first-year students and 46 transfer students, in the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program. According to Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Norean Sharpe, "We are excited to see that our admissions profile continues to be strong. I am proud of the caliber of students that the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program attracts, as well as the quality of their work as students and their accomplishments as alumni."

Since 2010, applications to the undergraduate program have increased 35 percent and early action applications are up 47 percent. The program accepted approximately 16 percent of all applicants to the McDonough School of Business this year – putting the program in the elite top tier of undergraduate business schools for selectivity.

Approximately 88 percent of first-year students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and many ranked first, second, or third in their class  Freshmen represent 32 states and 22 nations, including Canada, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.


Georgetown McDonough Launches Leadership Programs to Help First-Years

Georgetown McDonough has started two new programs to support students from diverse populations as they pursue their undergraduate business school degree: the Smart Start Program and BUILD (Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development). Smart Start provides workshops and tutorials right from the start of a student's experience, while BUILD is a new pre-orientation program that runs the week before classes begin in August.

The campus at large has conducted the Community Scholars Program for several years, where students from diverse populations are invited to spend the summer at Georgetown taking courses for credit. However, according to Norean Sharpe, senior associate dean and director of undergraduate programs at McDonough, “What we were finding was, once the CSP ended in August, there was a lack of support as students progressed through their academic program.”

"We hope that throughout this weeklong intensive program we are providing students with building blocks for success as they become leaders,” said Senior Assistant Dean Patricia Grant, who spearheads the BUILD program.



Launched in August 2013, the McDonough School of Business’ Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership and Development (BUILD) program offers an intensive academic and leadership development opportunity for incoming business students who have not previously studied calculus, statistics or economics. Before classes formally begin, BUILD participants engage in interactive instructional experiences in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing and international business. Students also meet executives and alumni leaders in local, top-tier corporations and engage in meaningful interactions with Georgetown McDonough faculty. Alumni and upperclassmen mentor BUILD students in order to provide an important, accessible source of support during their first year of business school and beyond.

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Student Highlights

Getting to Graduation

Senior year is an exciting time in an undergraduate’s life. Students are focusing on classes within their major, engaging in internships, and planning for life after college. However, there are several steps that must be taken before a senior can graduate.

First, all seniors must meet with their academic dean to complete their senior clearance. At the senior clearance, students will ensure that the classes they are taking this fall and those they plan to take in the spring will keep them on the path to graduation. After senior clearance is completed, students must apply to graduate. This step prompts the registrar to order the student’s diploma and to enter the student’s name into the commencement program.


Deadlines for applying to graduate are:

• October 15, 2013 for December 2013 graduation

• March 15, 2014 for May 2014 graduation

• June 15, 2014 for August 2014 graduation

Students can contact their academic counselor with any questions about the graduation process or about setting up appointments to complete the senior clearance.


Senior Welcome Back Barbeque

On September 5, the Academic Council, along with the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office, welcomed seniors back to the Hilltop with a barbeque on the PwC Plaza. Seniors had the chance to eat dinner from Rockland’s Barbeque, relax with friends, and mingle with faculty and staff from the Undergraduate Program Office.   

The staff of the Undergraduate Program Office looks forward to working with our seniors to help make their senior year an enjoyable and memorable one.

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Faculty Notes

Brooks Holtom Recognized by the Academy of Management

Brooks Holtom, associate professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, was awarded the 2013 Scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management on August 12. The award was given in recognition of his article, “When Employees Are Out of Step with Coworkers: How Job Satisfaction Trajectory and Dispersion Influence Individual- and Unit-Level Voluntary Turnover.”

The study takes a dynamic multi-level approach to examine how the relationship between an employee’s job satisfaction trajectory and subsequent turnover may change depending on the employee’s unit’s job satisfaction trajectory and its dispersion.


Georgetown McDonough Professor Joins Global Business School Network Advisory Board

Richard America, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business specializing in doing business in Africa, has been appointed to the advisory bBoard for the Global Business School Network (GSBN). GSBN works to strengthen the network of business schools in the developing world. It designs and implements capacity-building programs that advance management education, creating a long-term impact on development.

America has been working to improve business programs in Africa through the Africa Business School Initiative, a network of business programs that he established with colleagues at the University of Botswana and the University of Pretoria. The initiative conducts annual workshops for business school faculty and deans on how to improve teaching, research, executive education, small enterprise assistance, and internal operations. America also pioneered the donation and shipping of large quantities of business school textbooks, case books, and journals to universities in Tanzania, Mozambique, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, and Liberia.

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Going Global: Women's Leadership in the 21st Century - An Undergraduate Women in Business Conference

Women continue to increase their influence in social, political, and economic organizations at the local, national, and global levels in all industries. The Undergraduate Women in Business (UGWiB) Conference provides a platform for students, alumni, entrepreneurs, and professionals from a variety of industries to share knowledge about current events and trends that influence the global economy and impact professional decisions. All women students and undergraduate administrators (deans and directors) are invited, along with Georgetown faculty and staff.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Program Office and Women’s Leadership Initiative at Georgetown McDonough. To learn more about the conference and to register, please click here.


2013 Parents Weekend

Parents of students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Georgetown McDonough Parents' Weekend. Parents will have the opportunity to attend classes with their child(ren), view theatrical performances, participate in religious ceremonies, and cheer for the Hoyas at various athletic events. This also is a great time to explore Washington, D.C., with your family.


To learn more about this year’s Parents’ Weekend Festivities, please click here.

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