October 22nd, 2010
Last weekend, the campus was bursting with students and their parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends. Colonials Weekend is a time for families to visit, spend some time with their Colonial, and learn more about GW. This year’s festivities included live music and performances, pumpkin carving at the annual Octoberfest on the Mount Vernon Campus, and two performances by comedian Jimmy Fallon.
At the Parent’s Association Advisory Council meeting, I chatted with parents about our academics and the improvements we’ve made to our advising system. They were pleased to hear that we’ve doubled the number of professional advisors now available to undergraduates. On Saturday morning, nearly 500 parents and students stopped by the Dean’s Breakfast to socialize with members of our faculty and administration. I spoke to them about the special academic opportunities we offer our students, such as the Dean’s Seminars for freshmen.
It was an all-around great weekend, and I appreciate the efforts families made to join us and their students on campus for the festivities.
April 15th, 2010
Dean Barratt meets with a student during office hours.
Last week, I opened my office doors to meet one-on-one with students to discuss whatever was on their mind.
I was pleasantly surprised by the few students who came in simply to introduce themselves and tell me about their experiences at GW. As a Dean, it’s always wonderful to hear that students are excelling academically and enjoying their time here.
Students also came in to discuss topics and issues that were challenging to them. These discussions ranged from concerns about changing their majors to questions abou the special opportunities at Columbian College.
Iraq war veteran Brian Hawthorne, a senior studying Geography and International Affairs, spoke about education today and the need for a global, cross-cultural prospective among students. Brian, who received tuition assistance at GW through the Yellow Ribbon Program, sparked constructive discussion about the ways we support and teach our veterans.
These young people were impressive, thoughtful, and motivated. I look forward to continuing to help them prepare for and achieve their ambitious goals!