GW Honors Six With Alumni Achievement Award

The George Washington University and George Washington Alumni Association honored six graduates Thursday night at the 78th annual Alumni Achievement Awards, including an acclaimed political analyst and the CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Mark Plotkin, B.A. ’69, former political analyst for WTOP Radio, and Neil Portnow, B.A. ’71, who oversees operations for the


Julia Whitehead

Alumna Creates Memorial Library Dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut

Situated in the heart of Indianapolis, Kurt Vonnegut’s life and memory lives on as though he never left. Founded in January 2011 by GW Alumna Julia Whitehead, CERT ’98, The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a nonprofit museum and art gallery with educational outreach that commemorates and teaches Vonnegut’s literary and artistic style. “There was


Classical Acting Alum Appears on Stage, Screen & More

At age nineteen, Thomas Keegan, CCAS MFA ’10, first read the play Fool for Love by Sam Shepard and thought, “Someday, I’d love to perform this story.” This September, he’ll be doing just that at Maryland’s Roundhouse Theatre—and Keegan says GW’s Academy of Classical Acting (ACA) program helped him get there. An intensive, one-year master


Double Alumnus Runs for Seat in MN House

Making a difference in the world is common goal for many in the GW community—including Jon Tollefson, ESIA BA ’05, MA ’08, who recently announced that he is running for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Tollefson is running to succeed retiring State Representative John Benson in Minnesota House District 44B, which represents


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From Numbers to Watercolors, an Alumna’s Story

As an undergraduate student at GW in the 1960s, Alexandra Tolstoy, CCAS BA ’68, CCAS MA ’72 remembers taking a class in matrix theory. Although she worked really hard to understand the subject, she bombed the first exam. Confused, she approached the professor and explained how hard she had worked. “I am sure he had


SEAS Alum: ‘Predictive Analytics is the Future’

Anasse Bari, SEAS MS ’10, CERT ’12, PhD ’12, a visiting professor in GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), is making a name for himself in the field of predictive analytics (PA); he recently co-authored the book Predictive Analytics for Dummies. Bari’s research focuses on predictive analytics with applications on social networks analytics,