Winter 2019
Issue 33
CPS Leads - A Quarterly Digest
GW Welcomes New Provost
GW Provost
Students, faculty and staff of the George Washington University gathered to welcome new Provost M. Brian Blake with a reception in mid-November, enjoying snacks and brief remarks from Dr. Blake and from GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Blake joining our community,” Dr. LeBlanc said. “He has a record of transformative academic leadership, and I have no doubt he will also be a tireless advocate for our undergraduate and graduate students and our faculty across all disciplines.”

Celebrating Dr. Hooshangi's Decade of Service as IIST Program Director
Sara Hooshangi
Dr. Sara Hooshangi has proven herself a rising star and valuable leader since joining the College in 2010 as the inaugural director of the Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST) bachelor’s degree completion program. Many milestones later the fledgling program has grown and morphed into a unique, well-established program, producing graduates who are prepared for a variety of careers in the rapidly changing technology world.

“All of us at CPS extend our heartfelt thanks to Sara for her extraordinary decade of service to the College. She grew a successful interdisciplinary program while showing a deep dedication to teaching excellence and student support,” said Christopher J. Deering, interim dean for the College of Professional Studies. “She will be nearly impossible to replace and we all wish her the very best of luck as she embarks on this next stage in her career.”

GSPM Celebrates Alumni Achievements, Hosts Election Integrity Lecture
GSPM 2020 election discusion panel
An expert panel discussed how the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election challenges our ideas around national security, campaign management, and personal data, as part of the annual Frank J. Fahrenkopf & and Charles T. Manatt Lecture series.

The election integrity discussion was part of an evening of celebration hosted by the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), which also honored alumni awardees.

Dean Deering
Raise High! CPS Alumni Meet Dean at GW Colonials Weekend

Alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered at the Dean’s Community Reception during Colonials Weekend this fall to hear an update on the College of Professional Studies (CPS), which includes the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), from Interim Dean Christopher J. Deering. He shared highlights on student and alumni achievements, as well as news about faculty and academic programs.

Jane Thorpe
Program Director Jane Thorpe Named Milken Institute School of Public Health's Senior Associate Dean

Jane Hyatt Thorpe, JD, program director of the Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program (HCC), has been named senior associate dean for academic, student and faculty affairs in GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). In her new role, Thorpe will oversee the school’s educational mission, and provide leadership and support to all faculty and students.

GW Supports Our Veterans and Military Students
(On Veteran's Day and all year long...)
GW is a strong supporter of veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Program. With more than 1,800 student veterans, dependents and military personnel attending GW, our Office of Military & Veteran Student Services is committed to providing all of them with excellence in service.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, learn more about how GW supports the military community.

Staff Member Awarded Knapp Fellowship: Project 'Familia United' Aims to Reunite Families
Yesenia Yepez
Yesenia Grajeda Yepez was inspired to develop a research project to assist Central American immigrant families in Yuma County, Arizona with family tracing and reunification.

Yepez, a staff member working in the CPS Dean’s Office, combined her graduate studies in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies with knowledge of migration to develop a private app to assist families in finding each other. She was awarded the 2019-2020 Knapp Fellowship to implement her project.

Toni Marsh
Program Director Toni Marsh Elected President of American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)

Toni Marsh, J.D., associate professor and program director, GW Paralegal Studies, has been elected President of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), a national organization of paralegal educators. 

Best Homeland Security Degree 2020 Intelligent Approved
Homeland Security Ranked #17

The Homeland Security master’s degree program has been ranked #17 by They evaluated 291 educational programs at 116 universities and colleges before publishing this ranking. Our program received a calculated Intelligent Score of 72.22/100, which ranked it #17 out of the top 52 homeland security degree programs. 

Alumna Named "30 Under 30 Trendsetter in Healthcare"
Congratulations to Margarita Derelanko for being named the 2019 “30 under 30 Trendsetter in Healthcare” by SNJ Millennials for “outstanding service to our community” in New Jersey. Derelanko, a 2016 alumna of our Healthcare Corporate Compliance Graduate Certificate Program, is a Certified Healthcare Compliance practitioner, with 7+ years of compliance experience.

CPS In the Media

Scott White, program director of the cybersecurity bachelor's program, was interviewed by Christine Preusler about the next generation of IT experts.

The Hosting Blog, Hosting (November 7).

Elizabeth Rule, assistant director, AT&T CIPP, interviewed about the D.C. City Council's legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day this year, vs. Columbus Day.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 (October 14).

Sandra Whitehead, program director of the sustainable urban planning, interviewed as an expert on the pros and cons of small-city life and related topics. (October 28).

The podcast, "Mastering the Room," features interviews with former GSPM students who have pursued careers in fields like political management or strategic public relations. Hosted by prominent alumnus Steve Piece.

The GW Hatchet (September 9).
Michael Cornfield

Michael Cornfield, the founder of the PEORIA Project and an associate professor of political management, commented on GSPM's newly formed "Weekly Tweeterboard" to track mentions of 2020 presidential candidates.

The GW Hatchet (September 16).
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