Fall 2015 Archive

FALL 2015

Weight of Human Life

Weight of Human Life

In the cold, turbulent waters off the coast of South Africa, researchers find the wreckage of a slave ship and pieces of a 220-year-old story.


Get Your Own Damn Fatal Illness: Homage to Ellie

In this excerpt from his new book, Creatures of a Day, renowned psychiatrist and best-selling author Irvin D. Yalom, BA ’52, offers the story of one patient’s struggle to reclaim her life, and impending death, from the cancer overtaking her body.

Present Company

Psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom, BA ’52, talks about life, legacy and the value of focusing on the here and now.


2015 GW Gift Guide

From traditional, hand-painted ceramic dinnerware to an electric bicycle and dresses for girls who dig dinosaurs and rockets, the wares of fellow alumni take the panic out of gifting.



Other Fall Features

5 Questions on De-emphasizing the SAT

GW announced this summer that it will no longer require SAT and ACT scores for most undergraduate admissions. Michael Feuer, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and president of the National Academy of Education, discusses this trend in higher education.

Nothin' But Nest

Men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan's office, in an old limestone townhouse across 22nd Street from the Charles E. Smith Center, is different from a lot of coach’s offices because it’s not in a gym—and that’s his favorite part.


Letter of the Law

One-hundred-fifty years ago this October, GW Law—the oldest law school in the nation's capital—opened its doors. See the flyer that started it all.


Louis Bayard, adjunct professor of fiction writing, chronicles President Theodore Roosevelt's Brazilian travels in Adrift Once More on a River of Doubt.

Toying With Reality

Wherever alumna Nancy Breslin goes, her pinhole camera follows. The little vintage box often sits inconspicuously on restaurant tables or windowsills, its aperture recording a softened version of everyday moments.

How to Wrap a Gift

Wrapping a gift can be hard, especially the part where you fold the sides into neat, tidy triangles. Celena Gill, MA '99, CERT '04, who runs the D.C. metro area-based Celena Gill Lifestyle Consulting, can help.



Alumni News

The 'What If' of Mark Holdridge

Mark Holdridge, MS '93, helped show us that Pluto looks like a frozen version of Barney Rubble's bowling ball.


Life in Stride

With more than a hundred marathons underfoot, and counting, George Banker, BBA ’84, keeps his focus on the long haul: 50-mile “ultramarathons” and a sweatshirt that money can’t buy.


An Insight Into Iran

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, BA '05, is one of the directors for Iran on the White House's National Security Council, and a few weeks before the final agreement was announced, Ms. Nowrouzzadeh chatted with GW Magazine and offered perspective on her career and the historic talks.

A 'Love Story' of Loss

For Christmas 2002, spent in an apartment on 25th Street Northwest, across the road from the Watergate Hotel, Elizabeth Howard, MA '04, gave her husband a story. Nearly 13 years later, it's being published as a children's book.

Following a Trail of Crumbs

Marcie Cohen Ferris, PhD '03, grew up in a rural, northeast Arkansas town called Blytheville, very aware that she was Jewish and everyone else wasn't.


Athletics News

Ganging Up On 2015


The GW volleyball team is coming off its best season since 2000.

Waiting Till Next Year

Water Polo

Bogdan Petkovic will redshirt this season and return as a fifth-year senior in 2016.