15 Reasons Not to Miss GW Alumni Weekend 2015!

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monáe’s headlining performance Saturday night is one of the top reasons to come back for Alumni Weekend this year.

Alumni Weekend 2015 is only two weeks away! There are countless reasons to return to Foggy Bottom from Sept. 24-27, but we’ve narrowed it down to our 15 favorite:

1. Janelle Monáe.

Award-winning songwriter, performer, and producer. CoverGirl. Avant-garde funkstress. Just try not to dance when Billboard magazine’s 2013 Rising Star of the Year Janelle Monáe takes the stage on Saturday night.

2. Class Reunions! Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up, network, and have fun! This year, we are celebrating reunions for classes that end in 5 and 0: 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, and 1965. The class of 2014 is also celebrating a special 1-year reunion.

3. Live La “PURA VIDA”.

Join the GW Latino Alumni Association (GWLAA) for a Tasty Tequila Tasting of “Pura Vida Tequila,” distilled in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

4. Go global from the comforts of Foggy Bottom.

Explore current GW-linked activities taking place across Africa and discover opportunities for future activities there. Session includes a screening and discussion of the GW alumna-produced and directed film, Her Story, which examines issues of girls’ education in Ghana.

5. #onlyatGW isn’t just for students.

Attend the Sunday Political Brunch with panelists CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, and former George W. Bush Communications Director Tony Fratto.

6. Taste of GW

Food by and for Colonials—brings a whole new meaning to “eating local.”

7. Breaking a sweat at the Alumni Fun Run on the National Mall.

Work up an appetite for Taste of GW with this fun run around the monuments led by the current men’s and women’s cross country team—all skill levels welcome!

8. Take a tour of District House.

Sure, you’ve still got a soft spot for Thurston, HOVA (RIP), and JBKO, but don’t pass up this opportunity to get in before the students do and view GW’s soon-to-be newest residence hall.

9. See how Foggy Bottom is transforming into a defining corner of Washington, D.C.

GW opened new hubs of innovation and culture last year when the ribbons were cut on the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) and the new George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Marvel at the university’s new teaching and research cathedral during an SEH tour, or take in a little culture (and travel back in time) at one of the museum’s exhibits.

10. It’s the only place where the networking line “What floor did you live on in Thurston?” actually works.

Third floor? Me too! Are you on LinkedIn?

11. Student-Alumni Networking Reception.

Connect with current GW students, lend them your expertise, show them the ropes—embody the mantra “Colonials helping Colonials.”

12. #RaiseHigh the Buff & Blue.

Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men’s Water Polo, and Softball are all in action, including Softball’s showdown with crosstown rival Georgetown (yes, we still dislike them).

13. Enjoy the sweeter things in life.

View GW’s honeybee observation hive, learn from honeybee expert Professor Harmut Doebel, hear from students about their honeybee research, and enjoy honey-themed treats. (Sponsored by the Green Alumni Network.)

14. Buff up (get it?) your career management skills.

Are you in a career transition or looking to advance? Learn tips and find answers to your career management questions. Whether you are new to the workforce or in a career transition, this is a great opportunity to take the next step with the help of Alumni Career Services.

15. Babysitters who can actually keep up with your kids for the weekend.

Drop your kids off at the Marvin Center where GW student-athletes will be providing childcare Friday and Saturday night.


View the full schedule of events here. Online registration is now closed, but GW Alumni and their guests can register on-site beginning Friday, September 25 at 10am. Walk-ins are welcome!

For more info on Alumni Weekend, visit our website, and find us on Facebook and Twitter! Share your memories with us during Alumni Weekend using the hashtag #GWAW15!


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