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Alumni Milestone Gift Aids Students

A $15 million gift from the estates of Mary H. Shepard, BA ’64, and Josephine R. Shepard, BA ’65, topped the list of $22.5 million in donations toward student scholarships.

Learning & Discovery

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COVID Altering How We Grieve

From Zoom funerals to socially distanced memorials, COVID has transformed end-of-life rituals. Anthropology professors and students are examining the new ways we say goodbye.

Faculty Spotlight

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Ghosts of the Coast

Biology’s Keryn Gedan joined artists and scientists on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to draw attention to “ghost forests,” eerie indicators of climate change along the Chesapeake Bay.

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  • Alexandria Cannon, BA '20 History a young black woman with curly hair in a black shirt

    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

  • George Sangiolo BS '18 a young man wearing a gray t-shirt

    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

  • Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a women with shoulder length hair wearing a tan jacket

    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right"

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Zachary Brown PhD 2027 a white man wearing a black t-shirt

    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

  • Debbie Wheeler, MS '84, a blonde women in a white button down shirt with a black sweater

    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


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