Alumni Answer the Call

Approximately 2,000 GW alumni returned to campus September 18-21 to reconnect with former classmates and celebrate their alma mater. Alumni Weekend 2014 offered more than 60 events for alumni, friends, and families, ranging from reunion celebrations and academic gatherings to networking receptions and tours of campus.

Members of the Class of 2009 celebrate winning the Reunion Challenge.

Members of the Class of 2009 celebrate winning the Reunion Challenge.

Part of the excitement leading up to this year’s Alumni Weekend was the Reunion Challenge—an anonymous reunion donor pledged $25,000 to GW in honor of the reunion class that beat its donor goal by the highest percentage. The Class of 2009 won the reunion fundraising challenge, topping its participation goal by 28 percent.

“Young alumni can absolutely make an impact, and we came out in full force to demonstrate that we are invested in the future of this university,” said Julie Silverbrook, BA ’09, chair of the class of 2009 reunion committee. “It is clear to me that alumni are committed to ensuring that GW continues to serve as an incubator of great ideas and a hub for educating future generations of national and global leaders.”

In all, 1,662 donations were made as part of the challenge—with 320 of them exceeding $1,000—totaling $2,172,477.

Among the events for GW alumni during the weekend was a reception to honor and thank members of the Luther Rice Society and the new GW Loyal society, which was attended by dozens of alumni donors and their families.

The weekend also saw the official renaming of the Ivory Tower dorm as Shenkman Hall in recognition of GW Board of Trustees member Mark R. Shenkman, MBA ’67, and his wife, Rosalind, who donated $5 million last May to support the GW Career Services Enhancement Initiative and the F. David Fowler Career Center at the School of Business. A generous supporter of GW, Mr. Shenkman funded the move and expansion of Veterans Memorial Park in 2013.


Visit to view highlights from the 2014 GW Alumni Weekend, including reunion and affinity events, the 78th annual Alumni Achievement Awards, and a performance by 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates.

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