Winter ’15 Impact Events Roundup

Each semester, philanthropic support from members of the GW community help sponsor special academic and experiential events for GW students, alumni, faculty, and friends. Here are just a few from the fall 2015 semester:

Summer Send-Offs

Chinese students and parents gather at one of the dozens of the send-offs held for new students this summer.

Chinese students and parents gather at one of the dozens of the send-offs held for new students this summer.

Each year, GW alumni and parents host (and help sponsor) GW Summer Send-Offs for new Colonials in cities across the U.S. and around the world.  This year, one set of Send-Offs in Beijing and Shanghai held special parent receptions for the first time, allowing the families of matriculating Chinese students to get a glimpse of what it would be like to have a child study at GW.

“It gave us a better understanding of the school, with valuable firsthand experience from some students,” said Yuhua “Alison” Wang, whose son Jeff Tian was an incoming freshman this fall. “The parent meeting also gave the parents an opportunity to know each other and to set up a chat group to share the experience of helping students adapt to their new environment.”

Read more about the Send-Offs in China here.


Jenny McKean Moore Series

Kseniya Melnik

For nearly 40 years, the Jenny McKean Moore Fund—named in honor of the late Jenny Moore, a playwrighting student at GW—has brought a poet, novelist, playwright, or creative non-fiction writer to campus each year to serve as a writer-in-residence. While in residence, the writer brings a unique experience to the GW community, teaching a free community workshop for adults along with Creative Writing classes for GW students.

Russian-born author Kseniya Melnik, this year’s Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington, read and discussed material from her short story collection Snow in May on Sept. 24 to kick off this year’s Jenny McKean Moore reading series. Read an interview with Professor Melnik and check the Department of English’s schedule for the authors participating in the series this spring here.


Rodham Institute Summit

Chelsea Clinton (center) participates in a panel during this year's Rodham Institute Summit.

Chelsea Clinton (center) participates in a panel during this year’s Rodham Institute Summit.

Health care and health policy experts discussed childhood obesity, access to mental health care, and the importance of community health partnerships during the third annual Rodham Institute Summit on Oct. 10. Established in 2013 in honor of the late Mrs. Dorothy Rodham, the Rodham Institute uses education to achieve health equity in Washington, D.C., and partners with the community to cultivate the next generation of health care providers.

Read more about this year’s event, which included panelist Chelsea Clinton and first-person narratives from those dealing with the challenges addressed at the summit, here.


Leadership & Loyal Reception

A special reception was held for GW's leadership and loyal donors during Alumni Weekend 2015.

A special reception was held for GW’s leadership and loyal donors during Alumni Weekend 2015.

Thousands of alumni returned to campus this September for GW Alumni Weekend 2015. Weekend events included class reunions, a performance by six-time Grammy Award nominee Janelle Monáe, and a special Leadership and Loyal Donor Reception for members of GW’s Luther Rice and GW Loyal donor societies.

In response to an anonymous reunion donor’s challenge, the Class of 1965 (celebrating it’s 50th reunion year) outpaced 11 other classes celebrating milestone reunions at this year’s Alumni Weekend. By doing so, they unlocked a $25,000 gift in honor of their class.

View more highlights from the 2015 GW Alumni Weekend.


100 Years of Remembrance

Shant Mardirossian, P '17

Shant Mardirossian, P ’17

The mass displacement, forced assimilation, and slayings of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 and 1916 resulted in more than 1.5 million deaths. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American response to the Armenian genocide, GW parent Shant Mardirossian, P ’17, underwrote a special event that featured scholars Hope M. Harrison, associate dean for research at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the former director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, and Ronald Grigor Suny, the William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan, who spoke on the matter. A portion of Mr. Mardirossian’s gift also went to support the GW Armenian Students Association.

Learn more about the Armenian genocide, its historical context, and the discussions still surrounding it today by reading about the special event here.


First Night at Mount Vernon

The Class of 2019 enjoyed a special day at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

The Class of 2019 enjoyed a special day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

For the second consecutive year, GW’s incoming freshman kicked off their collegiate careers with a special evening at President George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Organized by the Division of Student Affairs and funded by alumni, parents, and friends of the university, First Night is the first event of the 2015 Welcome Week, a 13-day series of events designed to introduce students to the GW community.

Get the full story from this year’s special Class of 2019 kickoff event.


Stay tuned to for recent and upcoming events made possible by the power of philanthropy.


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