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Getting to Know: Caroline Battista

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Caroline Battista

Job Title: Undergraduate student experience advisor.

Job duties:  I counsel undergraduates, specifically external transfer students; teach two sections of the Transfer Student Development Course; and aid in the co-curricular programming for the GWSB Learning Community.

How long have you worked at GW:  A little over a year; I started in November 2012.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  There’s nevera dull moment.  I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to interact with so many different students, staff, and faculty members on a regular basis.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I have written a children’s book that I hope to publish one day.

Where did you grow up:  Silver Spring, Md.

Family:  My parents, two brothers, and one sister.  All of us live around the D.C. area with the exception of my youngest brother, who’s finishing up college in Ohio.

Any hobbies?  Traveling, running marathons, and painting.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Exploring D.C., running along the Potomac, and hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite vacation spots:  Surfers Paradise, Australia; Ocean City, Maryland; and Charleston, South Carolina.

A favorite book:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

A favorite movie:  Rudy

A favorite food:  Spinach enchiladas

E-mail:  cbattista@gwu.edu

Phone:  (202) 994- 8732

 

Posted by gwsb on December 3, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Natalie McLemore

Natalie McLemore

Natalie McLemore

Job Title:  Undergraduate student experience advisor.

Job Duties:  I work with undergraduate business students on academic course selection and study-abroad experiences, and teach two sections of the School’s first-year development program.

How long have you worked at GW:  A little over two months.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  The staff, faculty and students have all been wonderfully welcoming, and it is exciting to work at an institution where students are invested in their education.

Where did you grow up:  Born and raised in Dallas, Texas.

Family:  I have two great brothers, an awesome mom and dad, and two beagles.

Any hobbies?  I love going to the movies, shopping, black-and-white film photography, and reading a good “chick” novel.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  A good weekend usually consist of DVR catch-ups, some baking and a new adventure around the District or Virginia as I continue to explore my new home.

Favorite vacation spots:  Cozumel, Mexico, has become a third home for my family over the years — can’t go wrong with sunshine and Mexican food.

A favorite book:  The books series Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin is a favorite — the book is much better than the movie.

A favorite movie:   “Wedding Crashers” never gets old!

A favorite food:  chips and queso.

E-mail:  nmclemore@gwu.edu

Phone:  202-994-7027

 

Posted by gwsb on October 29, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman

Job title:  Assistant Teaching Professor of Management.

Job duties:  Teaching in the tourism studies program, with an emphasis in sport management.

How long have you worked at GW:  I’ve been an adjunct since 2011 and joined the fulltime faculty this fall.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  The support of colleagues, notably Lisa Delpy Neirotti in sport management, and Alex Zebango in academic technologies.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I played a round of golf at Augusta National – and shot 130.

Where did you grow up:  Freehold, N.J., the birthplace of Bruce Springsteen.

Family: My wife, Peggy, and sons Ben, 25, a GW grad, and Eli, 22.

Any hobbies?  I’m a runner – 19 marathons so far with a goal to run 50 marathons in as many states.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Saturday morning runs with the Baltimore Pacemakers running club and reading Sunday’s New York Times.

Favorite vacation spots:  Barcelona and Portland, Ore.

A favorite book:  It’s a tie:  Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream by H.G. Bissinger and A Well-Paid Slave by Brad Snyder.

A favorite food:  The key lime pie at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach.

E-mail:  mhyman@gwu.edu.

Phone:  202-994-0767

 

Posted by gwsb on October 15, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Allison Hopkins

aHopkinsJob title:  Program Coordinator, GWSB Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Job duties:  Coordinate programs for GWSB undergraduate students, teach a first-year development course, and manage GWSB student mentors and ambassadors.

How long have you worked at GW:  Two months.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  Getting to know the students and the urban campus environment.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I can play the Super Mario Bros. theme on the bassoon.

Where did you grow up:  Hinckley, Ohio.

Family:  My parents, brother and sister are still living in Ohio, near Cleveland.

Any hobbies?  I enjoy playing the ukulele, photography, and day trips.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Relaxing or discovering a new part of D.C.

Favorite vacation spots:  Newport, Rhode Island, or Boston, Massachusetts.

A favorite book:  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

A favorite movie:  You’ve Got Mail.

A favorite food:  Shrimp tempura sushi roll.

E-mail:  aehopkins@gwu.edu

Phone:  (202) 994-8317

Posted by gwsb on September 10, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting To Know: Sanjay Patnaik

Sanjay Patnaik

Sanjay Patnaik

Job title:  Assistant professor of strategic management and public policy.

Job duties:  Conducting research, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

How long have you worked at GW:  About one month.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  It is such a diverse and open-minded work environment.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I am an avid ballroom dancer.

Where did you grow up:  Austria.

Any hobbies?  Traveling, swimming, ballroom dancing.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Meeting friends, taking short trips.

Favorite vacation spots:  Spain, Paris.

A favorite book:  Game of Thrones book series.

A favorite movie:  A Good Year with Russell Crowe.

A favorite food:  Wiener schnitzel (Viennese schnitzel) with potato salad.

E-mail:  spatnaik@gwu.edu

Phone:  202-994-2445

Posted by gwsb on August 27, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Esi Elliot

Job title:  Visiting assistant professor of marketing.

Esi Elliott

Esi Elliott

Job duties:  Teaching about consumer behavior, marketing management, and international business.

How long have you worked at GW:  One year.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  There are lots of learning resources, and the location provides great exposure to multilateral institutions.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I love poetry and am a stage poet and novelist.

Where did you grow up:  Ghana.

Family:  My husband and son.

Any hobbies?  Creative writing, watching movies.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Shopping and watching movies.

Favorite vacation spots:  Singapore; New York.

A favorite book:  Gone With The Wind.

A favorite movie:  The Sound of Music.

A favorite food:  Chinese noodles with tofu.

Email:  eaelliot@gwu.edu

Phone:  773-991-0160

Posted by gwsb on August 13, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Kirsten Martin

Kirsten Martin

Kirsten Martin

Job Title:  Assistant professor of strategic management and public policy.

Job Duties:  I research and teach business ethics.

How long have you worked at GW:  One year.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  The colleagues.  All are interesting, intelligent, and care about GW.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  That would ruin the surprise.

Where did you grow up:  Wyomissing, Pa.

Family:  Husband, Pat, and three children (ages 12, 10, and 8).

Any hobbies?  Reading fiction.  It started when I was young and read my dad’s series (Bourne, Bond, etc.)  He had a library of spy novels.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  At the moment, spending way too many hours officiating swim meets.

Favorite vacation spots:  Any beach.

A favorite book:  Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.

A favorite movie:  Band of Brothers (although technically that’s a miniseries.)

A favorite food:  My kids would say spinach, but I actually would say chocolate.

E-mail:  martink@gwu.edu

 

 

Posted by gwsb on July 23, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting To Know: Toni Purvis-Brown

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Toni Purvis-Brown

Job Title:  Associate Director for Student Engagement, MBA Programs.

Job Duties:  I plan events for MBA students, including multiple orientations and co-curricular activities throughout the year.  I am the adviser for MBA student clubs and organizations, and assist with their event planning and strategies for student engagement.  Lastly, I manage communication from the MBA programs office to students.

How long have you worked at GW:  Two years.  I began at the Elliott School, working in career development, and transitioned into this role about two months ago.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  I love having a direct impact on the student experience, as it is something I take very seriously.  I am also a student in the MBA program, so it helps to have a “realtime, live” view of the program.  I must confess – I love going to school and working in the same building.  My commute from work to class is an elevator ride.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I was homecoming queen at my high school, a cheerleader, and class president.

Where did you grow up:  I grew up in Houston, Texas.  I love Texas!  I’ll put to rest the rumors that we still want to be our own country, as that wouldn’t be very patriotic to say now that I live in the nation’s capital. Although I’ve moved to DC, I still have my southern roots; I still use “ya’ll,” and am a huge BBQ snob.

Family:  I have two older brothers, which makes me really spoiled as the baby and the only girl.  My parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles are the best in the world.  I got married a year ago, so now I have a larger family, for which I am very thankful.

Any hobbies?  Working full-time being a student doesn’t leave me much room for hobbies! Cleaning, maybe?  I enjoy reading, but I get enough of that with textbooks.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  I enjoy spending time with my husband.  We love going to the movies, going to church, tutoring and mentoring, going to museums, and hanging out with family and friends.

Favorite vacation spots:  Anywhere tropical!  I also like visiting friends in New York, since it is right around the corner.  I am excited to travel the world in the next few years.

A favorite book:  The Bible.

A favorite movie:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

A favorite food:  Ice Cream.

E-mail:  tpurvis@gwu.edu

Phone:  202-994-5140

 

 

Posted by gwsb on July 2, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Jennifer Windus

Jennifer Windus

Jennifer Windus

Job Title:  Graduate Career Consultant at the F. David Fowler Career Center.

Job Duties:  Providing career guidance and coaching to graduate students seeking careers in finance, energy or international development.

How long have you worked at GW:  16 months

What’s best, so far, about working here:  The collaborative environment and top-notch staff at the career center.  It is a pleasure to work with the students, each of whom has a unique and noteworthy background.  As a GWSB alum (MBA, `90), it is a pleasure to be back on campus.

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  I ski raced competitively while in undergraduate school.

Where did you grow up:   Washington, D.C., in Georgetown.

Family:  My husband, Robert, and three children, ages 15, 13 and 10.

Any hobbies?  Tennis, skiing and horseback riding.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Spending time with family and friends.

Favorite vacation spots:  Lugano, Switzerland.

A favorite book:  A Fine Balance by Rohintron Mistry, and The Great Game:  The Struggles For Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk.

A favorite movie:  Trading Places

A favorite food:  Anything Tex Mex.

E-mail:  jwindus@gwu.edu

Phone:  202-994-6704

 

 

 

 

Posted by gwsb on June 18, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,GWSB News.


Getting to Know: Mary Beth Merrin

Mary Beth Merrin

Mary Beth Merrin

Job title:  Visiting Teaching Professor, Marketing and Tourism.

Job duties:  Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in new product development and innovation; business communication; strategic planning and tourism and hospitality studies.

How long have you worked at GW:  1.5 years.

What’s best, so far, about working here:  The students – they are wonderful!

What’s something your co-workers do not know about you:  That I received my Ph.D. from GW in political science (I was a “quantitative stat type” in disguise; I used to read statistics books for fun – but I’ve changed since then).

Where did you grow up:  Washington, Penn. (outside Pittsburgh)

Family:  Just my little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sir Francis Gabriel.

Any hobbies?  Walking the trails around D.C., exploring my ancestry online.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend:  Getting together with friends for a night out on the town.

Favorite vacation spots:  London, Rome, St. Michaels, Laguna Beach in California .

A favorite book:  Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

A favorite movie:  There’s Something About Mary and Argo (what a mix!)

A favorite food:  A hot fudge sundae.

E-mail:  mbmerrin@gwu.edu

Phone:  202-255-3070

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by gwsb on June 5, 2013 | Filed under: Getting to Know,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