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Aaron Moffett, BA ’99, head coach of the U.S. Invictus team, trains wounded, ill and injured veteran athletes.

Coaching Wounded Warriors Across the Finish Line

November 08, 2017

As head coach of Team USA at the Invictus Games, Aaron Moffett, BA ’99, combines his psychology training and his love of sports to help veterans overcome physical and emotional wounds.

Associate Professor of Physics Evangeline J. Downie (Photo: Long Nguyen)

Solving the Proton Puzzle

September 13, 2017

A riddle at the heart of the atom is confounding scientists and suggesting a new model of physics. Evangeline Downie and an international research team are searching for a subatomic solution.

Isaiah Pickens

Guiding Troubled Teens

August 09, 2017

In a career that has taken him from counseling inside prisons to appearing in front of TV cameras, clinical psychologist Isaiah Pickens, BA ’05, has learned how to listen to young people.

GW Making History Campaign Logo

Columbian College Propels ‘Making History’ Over $1 Billion Goal

August 09, 2017

Among schools, Columbian College led “Making History,” the university’s largest-ever fundraising initiative, with more than $185 million raised.

Erika Di Palma, MFS ’07, is a forensic identification specialist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

For Alumna, Forensics Meets Fashion

April 12, 2017

When real-life CSI sleuth Erika Di Palma, MFS ’07, isn't tracking criminals in Los Angeles, she spends her off-hours designing a breakout new fashion line: Clothes and apparel personalized with unique fingerprints.

Zach Borichevsky as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata

A Night at the Opera: Alumnus Tenor Hits High Note

January 12, 2017

From arias to curtain calls, Zach Borichevsky, BA ’06, is a rising star in the opera world. But the road to international acclaim took more than just practice.

Daniel H. Weiss

Alumnus Dan Weiss Honored for 'Towering' Achievements

November 07, 2016

Among the alumni honored at the 80th annual Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony was Daniel H. Weiss, BA ’79, president and COO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As curators and historians in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a handful of Columbia

Alumni Bring African American History to Life

November 07, 2016

As curators and historians in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Columbian College alumni have scoured the country to tell the story of black life in America.

For Interior Design Alumni, Homee Is Where the Heart Is

For Interior Design Alumni, Homee Is Where the Heart Is

November 01, 2016

For three Interior Architecture & Design alumni, a chance meeting in a GW drafting class led to an enduring friendship and a business venture. The trio make up the sharp minds behind Homee, an app that makes interior design easy and fun.

Char Beales and Howard Beales

$3.2 Million Bequest Represents Largest-Ever Gift to SMPA

October 03, 2016

Cable television pioneer Char Beales, BA ’73, and her husband, GW School of Business Professor Howard Beales, pledged $3.2 million to fund an endowed professorship of accountability and journalism at SMPA. The bequest represents the largest single gift in the school’s history.

Lisa Sugar

Sugar & Spice: Alumna’s Pop Culture Lifestyle Brand Soars

September 22, 2016

With a passion for celebrity, fashion and beauty, psychology major Lisa Sugar, BA ’98, grew her pop culture blog from a handful of online followers to an enthusiastic fan base of one million readers. Now she has launched POPSUGAR, a well-known lifestyle media brand for women, and published a new book on the secrets of her success.

Fearless Flying!

Alumna Soars With ‘Fearless Flying’ Mixed-Media Exhibit

August 29, 2016

For years after her flight was detoured on 9/11, Marian Osher, MFA ’72, was terrified to step on a plane. But the mixed-media artist crafted abstract paintings and wall hangings to help her overcome her fear of flying. Her exhibition Fearless Flying in 2016! is on display at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

Students and alumni meet at GW Career Center networking events such as the New York City Career Quest Spring 2016 Alumni Breakfa

Making Career Connections

August 10, 2016

From White House internships to dream jobs in the private sector, Columbian College students and recent graduates are taking advantage of their GW connections to advance their career aspirations.

Sara Pool and Jane Lambert

Making Dreams Come True: Donors and Recipients Stories

August 08, 2016

Sara Pool’s, MA ’16, dream of studying to be a speech pathologist were nearly derailed by financial woes. Then she met Janet Lambert, who, with her late husband Eugene Lambert, BA ’57, funded a stipend for graduate students in danger of dropping out. The pair and other scholarship recipients tell their inspiring stories.

Elizabeth Vaquera and Louis Caldera

GW’s Cisneros Institute Appoints New Leadership

July 13, 2016

The GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute announced two new appointees. Elizabeth Vaquera was named the institute’s director and Louis Caldera will serve as the institute’s senior fellow.