Issue Number 5
December 2014
A Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

In this last 2014 edition of e-newsletter for the College of Professional Studies, CPS Leads, you will be able to catch up with the adventures and accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff across the globe, as well as some exciting events that marked the end of year activities for us. From our award-winning Professor Ethel Badawi whose excellence in teaching was recognized at a national teaching competition at the annual meeting of the American Association for Paralegal Education to the global adventures of our GSPM Alum, Kip Patrick and his wife Liz Zipse, you will learn of the breadth and depth 
of the activities of your GW family members at CPS.  Indeed, we are proud to be in the forefront of learning that leads to applied knowledge and carrying the time-honored GW tradition of education that leads to service.  


CPS Leads was just one of our new initiatives in the College of Professional Studies this past year. We have also launched a new Master's degree in Advocacy in the Global Environment, cross-disciplinary agreements on certificates and dual degrees both within GW and with external partners, a graduate certificate in Organization Performance Improvement through our Center for Excellence in Public leadership, and the GW Cyber Academy at our Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Our distinguished faculty, accomplished students, and dedicated staff, working together, have organized highly acclaimed events and seminars bringing the very best in their professional fields to GW, often on cutting edge topics requiring cross-disciplinary approaches for understanding the issues and developing thoughtful solutions. One such event on the necessity of a multi-pronged approach to Cybersecurity solicited wide spread interest with audiences at our Virginia Science and Technology Campus that houses the laboratories for the Cyber Academy and at our Hampton Roads Center. The event was simultaneously streamed for the viewing of an audience at the Hampton Roads Center.

As we approach the holiday break and the coming New Year, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a great holiday season and a very happy new year.


With Best Wishes,
Ali Eskandarian


An Apple for the Best Teacher 
Professor Badawi (second from right) and other contestants standing with competition organizer Mary Kubichek (far right) | Photo: Chris Harman

"What? I Won?" This was the immediate reaction of Paralegal Studies professor and assistant director Ethel Hong Badawi when she won a national teaching competition at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education in Las Vegas last month.


AAfPE is the premier professional organization for paralegal educators and it is a tremendous accomplishment to receive such an honor from experienced educators and administrators who are the foremost experts in the field.


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Talks on Cyber Threat at the Cyber Academy Opening

Gabi Siboni of Tel Aviv University's 
Institute for National Security Studies
Photo: William Atkins

Despite cold rain on the evening of November 9, about 100 cyber security, military and international affairs professionals joined Dean Ali Eskandarian and other GW faculty and staff for the opening of the GW Cyber Academy at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn. Three security experts explained how ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has taken old propaganda tactics and combined them with new technology to become a threat in cyberspace.


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Traveling Volunteer of the Year
Liz and Kip in the Serengeti

GSPM alum Kip Patrick and his wife Liz Zipse counted whale sharks in the Philippines, picked up trash in Borneo, practiced English with monks in Laos, painted schools in Uganda, and distributed shoes in El Salvador as they spent 16 months traveling 30,000 miles in 24 countries and three continents volunteering at least one day each week.


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Red Carpet Treatment for 
GSPM Students
Hon. Mark Kennedy Leading a Tour of His Old Haunts

The Graduate School of Political Management held its Spring 2015 admitted students reception at the United States Capitol, giving its newest students a backstage pass to the biggest stage in American politics.


The extensive tour led by GSPM Director and former U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy took the group to the House Chamber to see the close of the day's session and hear an explanation of the Congressional voting process and the politics that occurs before any bill makes it to the floor. 


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In This Issue
Show Me the Way!


Under watchful eyes of Chris Deering, CPS Senior Associate Dean and Associate Provost, new signs have been rapidly sprouting up around The George Washington University's Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in recent weeks. As the Campus has grown from the original first building opened in 1991 to six buildings and 122 acres today, the need for more extensive signage has become clear. The new signs are helping the university community and campus visitors identify each of the buildings on campus by name, as well as guide pedestrian and vehicular traffic to their destinations.


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Pursuit of Happiness...for Online Students
Michelle Cole, Daniel Shelley and Louis Swartz of Robert Morris University


"Online Instruction, E-Learning, and Student Satisfaction: A Three Year Study" is the title of a research study by three professors from Robert Morris University published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.  The article presents the results of a three-year study of graduate and undergraduate students' level of satisfaction with online instruction at RMU.


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