Economics Alumni Advisory Committee

In 2010, the Department of Economics created an Economics Department Alumni Advisory Committee to improve communications among alumni and between the alumni and faculty. The Alumni Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the department regarding ways in which to achieve that goal. One initial effort was to establish a tradition of holding one event designed for alumni each semester. In the Fall of 2010, this was done through a reception announcing the committee and its new role. The event in the spring semester of 2011 was a Public Lecture by Prakash Louingani of the IMF who asked the question "Do you want some jobs with that recovery?" Plans are underway for events in the fall and spring semesters of academic 2011-2012. Look for announcements on this page.

Also in response to the Alumni Advisory Committee, the Department of Economics has established two endowment funds to meet urgent needs of the department. One fund is named for the Committee and the other for Robert M. Dunn Jr., Professor of International Economics, who passed away in January of 2010. The funds are described below.


Economics Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund is established to provide annual scholarship support for graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in economics. The scholarship recipients will be selected from a pool of graduate students enrolled in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing an advanced degree in economics.   

The fund’s annual income, in accordance with the University’s endowment policy and purpose outlined above, will be spent at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Student Assistants and Fellowships, the Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the Chair of the Department of Economics, in consultation with the Provost. Donate to the Economics Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.


Professor Robert M. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund

This fund is established to provide annual discretionary income to the Chairman of the Department of Economics. It memorializes Professor Robert M. Dunn, Jr., who retired from GW in 2009 after having taught for more than forty years in the Department of Economics. An expert in international trade and finance, Dr. Dunn wrote a widely-used textbook entitled “International Economics” and authored or co-authored many articles and monographs. He was a graduate of Williams College and held an MA and PhD from Stanford University.

Income from the endowment will be used for a $1,000 prize for an undergraduate student studying international economics, as well as other purposes determined by the Chairman of the Department of Economics to honor Professor Dunn: faculty or student research, curricular enrichment, travel, and other needs.

The fund’s annual income, in accordance with the University’s endowment policy and purpose outlined above, will be spent at the discretion of the Chairman of the Department of Economics, in consultation with the Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost. Donate to the Professor Robert M. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund.       

Economics Alumni Advisory Committee Spring 2011 Public Lecture

"Did You Want Some Jobs with Your Recovery?"
Prakash Longani
International Monetary Fund
 
Photo caption: Carmel Chiswick, John  Kendrick, and Tom Curtis (Alumni Advisory Committee Member) Discuss Jobs and Recovery
 
Economics Alumni Advisory Committee Forthcoming Events
Careers in Economics:
 
Meeting between undergraduate economics majors and alumni to discuss careers in economics, from how to apply to how to succeed.
 
Where: Funger Hall Rooms 222 and 223, When, September 23, 2011
 
Save the Date
Economics Alumni Committee Public Lecture
 
Vito Tanzi, “Government versus Markets: The Changing Economic Role of the State
 
When: Evening of November 7, 2011