2016 Alumni Valentines!

It’s that time of year again—as Feb. 14 approaches, we’re excited to share our ninth annual “GW Alumni Valentines” feature!

Each of these couples has one thing in common: GW. Find out how they met, how their lives have changed, and why they still love being Colonials!

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Lauren and Cory

Lauren and Cory


Elly and Kumar

Heather and Avi

Heather and Avi

share your love story

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Do you have a GW love story? Email us at cable@gwu.edu, or simply tell us your love story in the comments below! We’ll be sharing more alumni valentine stories later this month.

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  1. Jay Umansky said:

    It was early in September, 1972. GW was venturing into the grand experiment of college residential life, co-ed dormitories. Thurston Hall, which had to that point been an all women facility, was now open to men. I moved in with my two roommates. While showering one day I heard the phone ring. I quickly wrapped myself in a towel and answered the call. It was for my roommate and I needed to write down a message. Unfortunately I had nothing to write with. Thankfully, the cord on the phone was long and I went out into the hall to knock on my neighbor’s door. Imagine the surprise when my neighbor’s first encounter was to see me dripping wet, wearing nothing but a towel. I invited that neighbor to a poker game down the hall later that weekend. I told Peggy at the poker game that one day she would be my wife. We were wed late in 1974, and forty one years later are still happily married.

  2. Melvin R. Bielawski said:

    “A German American Love Story” by Melvin R. Bielawski. A WW II story of one of the first American/German nationals marriage in Germany after the Americans lifted the non-fraternization and wedding bans between American military and German nationals imposed by the U.S. Army in May, 1945.

  3. Beth Triester said:

    Jeff Triester (’90) and I, Beth Triester(’90) met as freshmen in Thurston Hall in 1986 and consider our first date to be on December 5, 1987 at an SAE-DPHiE off campus “Crush” party at Blossoms at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington. D.C. We have been together ever since. We have been happily married since 1993, and live in Villanova, Pennsylvania. We have a 17 year old son named Alex and a 14 year old daughter named Hannah. Many of our current best friends are the same friends we’ve had since college.

  4. Jon Gottlieb said:

    I first met my beau, Joanna (MPA ’10), in November of 2006 at the AEPI house on GW’s campus. Although we and talked, it is safe to say there were no sparks that night. At that time, I wouldn’t have described myself as mentally prepared for a relationship. Throughout the next few years we became friends, but the timing was never right for a full-fledged relationship.

    Despite this, we had amazing experiences at GW. One of our fondest memories is celebrating the election of Barack Obama in 2008. It was truly an inspiring night for both of us and we were so excited about the new president and the change he would bring to America. We also enjoyed many shows at the Kennedy Center and as opera aficionados, particularly loved Verdi’s La Traviata in 2009. However, despite all these amazing experiences, we remained just friends. At graduation, I had no definite plans and Joanna was heading to NYC. We said goodbye for what I thought was the last time.

    Two years later, I finally found myself living on the Upper East Side in New York City. Having spent the previous two years working on a sod farm in West Virginia and then on a bison ranch in Saskatchewan, I found New York to be a welcome change from the monotony of farming life.

    In February 2014, I left my apartment to take the Metro-North train to White Plains (Harlem Line) with plans of exploring the Music Conservatory of Westchester. As I board, I noticed a familiar face sitting in a backward facing two seater, Joanna. Elated, I joined her and we instantly reconnected. Though it wasn’t our official first date (despite me paying her off-peak fare), those 45 minutes was pure ecstasy. The next week, we had our first official date – watching the Colonials at the A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn. Although GW lost the game, two Colonials in the crowd won and found love.

    Today, you can find us splitting our time between White Plains and the Upper East Side and still enjoying opera and GW basketball. Also, if you take the right Metro-North train, you may find us sitting in a backward facing two-seater just enjoying the ride.

    Jon Gottlieb (CCAS ’10)

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