Top Five Stories of 2013

2013 was a big year for the GW community—from entertainment to politics to business to community service, alumni around the world made a difference, and we were lucky enough to catch up with many of them. Check out which stories were most popular last year:

(Hannah Hayworth Photography)
(Courtesy Hannah Hayworth Photography)

Double Alumna Conquers Crossfit
Christy Phillips Adkins, SPHHS BS ’07, SON BSN ’11, a successful nurse in Washington, DC, has made a name for herself in the CrossFit community. We caught up with this powerhouse alumna to hear all about her training regime—and how her GW experience helped paved the way to CrossFit stardom.


(GW University Photography)
(Courtesy GW University Photography)

Alumna Nominated for Deputy Secretary of State
Many of you were excited and inspired when Heather Higginbottom, CCAS MA ’99, was nominated for Deputy Secretary of State—so you helped spread the word, both when she was nominated and when she was confirmed for the position in Dec. 2013.


(Courtesy Ketan Patel)
(Courtesy Ketan Patel)

Class of ’08 Spotlight: Ketan Patel, Non-profit Founder
As we geared up for Alumni Weekend 2013, we profiled alums from various reunion classes—including Ketan Patel, SEAS BS ’08, GWSB MBA ’10, who founded a non-profit to aid health care issues in developing countries. Written by fellow Colonial and 5 Year Reunion Committee member Molly Nelson, CCAS BA ’08, this profile took us from Patel’s Thurston days to his current position as founder and chairman of Dr. Interns.


(Courtesy Amber Gress Photography)
(Courtesy Amber Gress Photography)

Alumnae Trio Find Success with Tinsel & Twine
In November, we met the Brooklyn-based trio behind event design shop Tinsel & Twine, who were brought together as students by the GW Vibes. Liz Castelli, CCAS BS ’05, Adette Contreras, GWSB BBA ’06 and Erica Taylor, CCAS BA ’06 are making a big splash in the event industry—and their entrepreneurial journey caught your attention.


(Courtesy holychild)
(Courtesy holychild)

Alumni Duo Dubbed “New Indie-Pop Obsession”
Our story about Liz Nistico, ESIA BA ’11 and Louie Diller, ESIA BA ’12—otherwise known as the “new Indie-pop obsession” holychild—was a big hit. We found out how holychild came to be and what advice Diller and Nistico have for aspiring musicians.

–Thanks to all of the alumni who shared their stories with us in 2013! Do you have a story to tell? Submit to:

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