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Tom McDougall, BBA 2007

Tom McDougall, BBA 2007 has recently launched 4PFoods, the newest farm-fresh food delivery company serving the Washington DC Metro Area. All of the food delivered comes from environmentally responsible family farmers in the Washington D.C. foodshed and much of the produce comes from farms in Virgina that are part of the Blue Ridge Produce food hub. In addition, 1 box of food will be donated to Martha’s Table for every 10 boxes sold.

To learn more about 4PFoods and to “Get a Box” visit the 4PFoods website. 

Posted by gwsb on March 26, 2014 | Filed under: Alumni News,Classnotes.

Sergio Donofrio Marks 35 Years at GWSB


GWSB Director of Scheduling Sergio Donofrio marked 35 years at the School.

For the past two years, Sergio Donofrio has spent much of his GWSB workday on a computer, configuring the School’s schedule for all graduate and undergraduate courses.

It’s his most recent job at the School, which recently honored him for 35 years of service and where he’s been a fixture since Erik Winslow, professor of management, hired him as an administrator in the former Department of Management Science.

Back then, Donofrio was a recent GW graduate, having earned his master’s in German language and literature while working as a teaching assistant to help pay tuition.

Before taking over as director of scheduling, Donofrio spent 32 years with Management Science, a huge department that at its height had 52 fulltime and 46 part-time faculty. It has since been split into the departments of Decision Sciences, Information Systems and Technology Management, and Management.

During that phase of his career, he traveled to conferences in Australia, Europe, Korea and South Africa and was instrumental in negotiating for the International Council for Small Business to be housed at GWSB.  He also helped the department’s promising students secure financial aid, an aspect of the job he found particularly rewarding.

“That’s been the joy of it, to help students come here,” he said. “Many of them are very appreciative, and I’m still good friends with many.”

Today, his challenges are more technical in nature, as he pieces together a complex schedule that meets the demands of myriad academic programs and departments. They tell him what they need to offer, and his job is to make it happen.

The job’s drawback is that it’s solitary work requiring little interaction with colleagues. On the plus side, Donofrio can work anywhere; when GW closed in anticipation of a recent snowstorm, “Everything was rescheduled before the snow even started,” he said.

When he’s not working, Donofrio, who is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, reads French poetry and German literature. He has no plans to retire.

“I’ll get bored if I retire,” he said.  “I enjoy working. I’ve worked since high school non-stop.”


Posted by gwsb on March 20, 2014 | Filed under: GWSB News.

The traveling roll of TP

One of the consistencies of Russia is the TP. It has a sandpaper like quality but comes in a variety of pastel colors, that I suppose are meant to distract from the rough texture. About halfway through the week we spent a morning at the Proctor & Gamble house. It was, of course, filled with the P&G products we have become familiar with over the years, many imported from the US as they are not currently available in Russia. One of these products was Charmin TP. It was a nice surprise to use and it wasn’t really until that visit that I realized what I’d become used to having available. A funny thing started to happen throughout the second half of our visit. The Charmin TP started appearing in odd locations. The first place I noticed it was the restrooms at USA house. It was there inconsistently but still there. The second was a restroom in the Olympic Park, portable but it had Charmin. I asked others who hadn’t seen it, but I definitely had. I also saw it in a restroom at the Luge venue in the Mountain cluster. I wondered if it was the athletes spreading it around, as they were the primary visitors of the P&G house, but other options include that it could have been the P&G strategy to initiate some small product demand, but it seems very haphazard for that to be the case. Something more integrated like providing all the TP for both clusters, is more likely to be an implementation the would be selected by an multinational company. I like to think it was the athletes or individuals spreading some softness.

Fiona Saunders

Posted by gwsb on March 9, 2014 | Filed under: Olympics.

Russian taxis, the Extreme Park and venue food

Arrived in Sochi, February 6, 2014 After 30 hours of travel I’m shattered. Getting a taxi was easy in Sochi. It was amazing that at 1 am the line of taxi drivers at arrivals was three deep. Found a driver and negotiated a price. We even determined that he knew where our guest house was. Unfortunately, the drivers work in pairs. Though the first driver said he knew where I was going, either his explanation to the second driver was flawed, or some other reason, but I ended up driving around the area where my guest house is for more than an hour. After finally arriving and having to climb a fence to get into my guest house due to a locked gate, I climber into bed at 2am. The alarm went off at 7:30 and Professor Nierotti took us up to the Extreme Park in the mountain cluster for the Snowboard Slopestyle event. It was a great day watching the first round of this event. There had been stories in the news about the quality of the course and where there was a risk to the athletes. In the end Shawn White pulled out but it was still a great event. It is funny how the organizers have chose to make the mountain cluster feel like a winter event location. There has not been snow since early January, but the walking paths all have snow on them! clearly from the snow making equipment. The other spectators all seem very happy. They are happy to cue up to wait for busses or food. We waited an hour to get lunch from the food vendors. Very American hot dogs or pancakes and coffee, but not with milk. Wo also accomplished a bunch of logistics including getting spectator passes and other Olympic accreditations.

Posted by gwsb on March 9, 2014 | Filed under: Olympics.

In Memoriam: Colonel Gerald Russell, MBA ’62

This is the obituary for Colonel Gerald Russell who passed away at Mount Nittany Medical Center on February 24, 2014 . He was 97 years old.

Colonel Gerald Russell, MBA’62, was a true American Hero who devoted his life to his family, his country and to his community.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was one of five sons and one daughter of the late Ellen and Thomas Russell. His sister Eileen survives in Massachusetts.

The Colonel grew up in a family surrounded by love and encouragement, the seeds planted for a life spent giving and serving others. He graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence, excelling in both academics and athletics. He was the National Schoolboy Miler winner in his senior year and was awarded a Track scholarship to attend Boston College.

A graduate of Boston College with a degree in history, the Colonel was the first alternate for the 1940 US Olympic Team in the 800 meters. Athletics and track were a lifelong passion and he later served as Military representative to the 1968 (Mexico) US Olympic team and on the US Olympic site selection committee. He was the United States representative to the Conseil International du Sports Militaire in 1967. As a USA Track and Field Master level certified Finish Judge, he officiated at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden and at the Penn Relays, Colonel Russell remained connected to the track community well into his retirement. The Colonel was instrumental in starting and eventually coaching the United States Marine Corps (USMC) track team.

Immediately upon graduation from Boston College, the Colonel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was commissioned 2nd Lt. as a member of the first Officer Candidate Course offered by the USMC. His remarkable and unparalleled military career included deployments on Guadalcanal where he was wounded and contracted malaria and at Iwo Jima, where he fought for all 36 days in one of the most horrific battles in American history.

As Battalion Commander, the Colonel was responsible for leading 1,000 troops and was one of the youngest Battalion Commanders in World War II at age 27 at Guadalcanal and age 29 on Iwo Jima. He was wounded on Iwo Jima and witnessed the historical raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi.

He commanded one of the first units to land in Japan and provided protection for the U.S. technical teams covering the atomic bomb site in Nagasaki. He accepted surrender of the Tushima Islands off the coast of Japan. A career Marine with promotions and assignments taking him to, among other places, Quantico, Camp LeJeune and to the U.S. European Command in Paris, the Colonel served in the Korean War where he was once again wounded.

He served as Commander of the U. S. Ground Level Defense Forces at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile crisis. Throughout his military career, he served in a variety of leadership roles with diversity in service including instructor for Officers Basic School in Quantico; NROTC staff at the University of Oklahoma; Marine Corps Research and Development Staff; Director of Amphibious Warfare School and as Commanding Officer 8th Marine Infantry Regiment – Camp LeJeune.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 1968 during the Viet Nam conflict. In addition to being promoted to the rank of Colonel, he was one of the highest decorated Marines in World War II. Colonel Russell was awarded the Republic of Korea Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with ”V” for Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart Medal with two gold stars, U.S. Presidential Citation with four stars, Korean Presidential Unit Citation with three stars, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, the Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with three stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, World War II Japan Occupation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, among others.

At the time of his death, he was one of only two surviving Battalion Commanders from Iwo Jima.

The complete obituary can be found here. 


Posted by gwsb on March 7, 2014 | Filed under: Alumni News,Classnotes.

Free transportation during Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games come with free of charge transportation services for holders of spectator pass, tickets, volunteers and other accredited individuals. Free commuter train services along the Sochi Airport – Sochi – Adler- Krasnaya Polyana -Olympic Park routes were provided between February 6-February 23 and free transportation services were extended until the end of Paralympic Games.

In addition to high-speed trains, holders of the passes can use accredited busses with the logo. Buss routes include not only services along Sochi Airport – Sochi – Adler- Krasnaya Polyana -Olympic Park but also stop near Live Sites and other hotel zones.

Handicapped individuals, families with kids less than three years of age and pregnant women can use additional services that include transportation to the sport venues by using golf carts (Coastal Cluster) and vans (Mountain Cluster).

By Kristina Kaminskaya






Posted by gwsb on March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Olympics.

Russian Culture All the Way to Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony In Sochi Winter Olympic Games was amazing. It was a grand finale after more than 2-weeks of tough competitions. Russians took an opportunity to present its rich culture and history to about 40,000 people inside the Fisht stadium. The closing ceremony included Russian writers and painters from 18th to 19th century, a famous conductor Valery Gergiev with children’s choir hailing from 83 different Russian regions, and a piano player Denis Matsuev with 62 musicians manning pianos to play a tribute of Sergey Rachmaninov. During the fantastic dance to the Rachmaninov music 62 pianos were circling in various positions (as you can see on the photos). During presentation of Russian writers pages of the books were changing along with Russian portraits. Stadium background was also changing with famous paintings. It was more than just a presentation of the rich history and culture; it was a story with a happy celebration!

by Kristina Kaminskaya

Posted by gwsb on March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Olympics.

What a nice gift for hard work!

The government supported each athlete not only financially prior to the games but also after the games were over. At Sochi Winter Olympics Russia had its biggest medal count, 33 total medals out of which 13 golds. Each medal came with a cash prize where gold medalists received $120,000, silver $76,000 and bronze medalists got $52,000.

In addition, Russian athletes who won gold at Sochi Winter Olympics have each been rewarded with a Mercedes Benz GL class. Silver medalists took home a Mercedes GLK class and bronze medalists were given the keys to Mercedes ML class. The white Mercedes Benz cars were decorated with the Russian team logo. A driver was given, with all services paid, to an athlete that was under 18 years of age. The cars were provided by a not-for profit organization that was set up by a group of businessman prior to London Olympic Games.


By Kristina Kaminskaya

Posted by gwsb on March 4, 2014 | Filed under: Olympics.

Award-winning documentary about Mexico screened 2/28

GWSB’s Center for Latin American Issues will present a screening of the award-winning documentary:

Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain)

An intimate and discerning depiction of nine Mexican families who cross the border in search of a better life and those they leave behind, “Los Que Se Quedan” won Best Documentary at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film will be presented in Spanish and English with subtitles, followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Carlos Hagerman.  Coffee will be served.

What:  Screening of the award-winning documentary, “Los Que Se Quedan.”

When:  10 a.m., February 28

Where:  GW, Duques Hall, 451
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20052


Posted by gwsb on February 27, 2014 | Filed under: Events,GWSB News.

MBA Admissions and Experience Blog

The members of the MBA Admissions team contribute to the blog with postings about recruitment tours, events, interviews with current students, and insights about the admissions process. The team is composed of:

Christopher Storer, Executive Director
Jason Garner, Associate Director
Patsy Torres, Assistant Director
Jason Smith, Assistant Director
Shelly Heinrich, Admissions Consultant
Jessica Page, Coordinator