Summer 2020
Issue 35
CPS Leads - A Quarterly Digest
One-of-a Kind 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebration 
Celebration 2020 GW Commencement program
Our 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebration will be remembered as one of a kind.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration took on a new format, but the pride and joy we feel for our students is unparalleled.

The College celebrated the student’s achievements and hard work through a newly unveiled Commencement website.

Congratulations to Our Graduates
Mallaly Shpoon with kids
We asked the GW Class of 2020 to share messages with their graduating class—a person they'd like to thank, a memory they'll take with them or advice for each other as they navigate their futures.

Browse through the submitted entries to read or listen to what they said.

CPS Announces Appointment of New Associate Dean
Melissa Feuer
The College of Professional Studies announced the appointment of Melissa Feuer as Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2020.

She previously held the title of Assistant Dean for Students.

CPS Team Expands Online Learning & Faculty Support during COVID-19
When it comes to the unprecedented move universities and schools around the country made to transition the remainder of the spring 2020 semester to virtual learning, CPS was well-positioned to make the jump with expertise in online learning and a dedicated instructional design team.

While the team has increased faculty support in the current environment, they continue to look to the future.

Anne Nelson
GW Paralegal Studies Student Wins National Scholarship 

Congratulations to GW Paralegal Studies master’s candidate, Anne Nelson, for winning the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) national scholarship.

Nelson, a member of LEX, the national honor society founded by AAfPE, won the annual scholarship through an essay competition. 

Best Online Colleges for Value, Guide to Online Schools
Homeland Security Masters Program Ranked #3 for by 2020 Best Online Colleges for Best Value 

The College of Professional Studies Master’s in Homeland Security is featured on the 2020 Best Online Colleges for Best Value ranking by the Guide to Online Schools. The program ranked #3 for value and quality. 

The program has received consistently high rankings for its online program over the past three years.

New Director Named for GW’s AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy
The George Washington University has named Elizabeth Rule, Ph.D., as the new director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP), which is a unit of CPS.

Dr. Rule, who previously served as the center’s assistant director, started in the new job on May 1. 

CO-VITA19 Social Medicine: GW CEPL Mobilizes Community Wellbeing
CO-VITA19 Social medicine-mobilzing community wellbeing through leadership conversations
GW’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL) organized a virtual Co-VITA19 Social Medicine initiative to support the communities they serve in the nation’s capital and the many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Co-VITA initiative includes a series of virtual meet-ups, a new CO-VITA19 Social Medicine Facebook group and daily resources to support each other, and anyone who wishes to participate.

Cherry blossoms
Call for Papers: New Journal of Ethics
in Publishing
The George Washington University Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program is soliciting papers for the Journal of Ethics in Publishing , a new, open access journal to be managed by students in GW’s publishing program. 

CPS Bids Associate Dean Jack Prostko A Fond Farewell
Jack Prostko
Dr. Jack Prostko, Associate Dean for Learning and Faculty Affairs, retired from CPS on March 31 after 12 years of service.

Dr. Prostko joined the College in 2008 as the Director of Faculty Personnel. He served in his most recent position as Associate Dean since his 2012 promotion. 

CPS In the Media
GW to distribute $9.1 million in federal CARES Act funds to students
GW leadership reported the university has been allocated approximately $9.1 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

GW Today (May 27, 2020)

GW and Trilogy Education Launch New FinTech Boot Camp 

The New FinTech Boot Camp will meet the financial sector's growing demand for a digitally skilled workforce.

The Boot Camp's announcement received numerous media mentions, including the GW Hatchet (April 24, 2020).

Publishing Students Share Five Career Development Lessons

Susan Chavez and Chloe Fells, graduate students in the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing Program, have published an article “5 Things Learned from The SSP DC Career Development Lab.”
Scholarly Kitchen (March 24, 2020)

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