The John Carroll award is conferred upon Georgetown alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. This year, esteemed SFS professor and alumnus Anthony Clark Arend (SFS’80), was one of the recipients of the John Carroll award, given out at John Carroll Weekend in Austin, Texas.
Harry Sandager (SFS’21) graduated in the inaugural class of the School of Foreign Service while working in Washington, D.C., as secretary to Rhode Island Congressman Walter Stiness. In addition to a career in soccer and cars, Sandager served as the Rhode Island Representative in Congress.
Georgetown University hosted a book event in honor and memory of Carol Lancaster, Ph.D. (SFS’64), the late author of A Song to My City: Washington, D.C. Lancaster was the Dean of the School of Foreign Service from 2010 until her passing in 2014, the first woman and the first SFS graduate to serve in this position.
For one SFS alumnus, the late Ambassador Harold B. Minor (SFS’1927), an impending crisis during the Hajj in 1952 presented the opportunity to help mend relations with the Arab world.
Last December, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan named Jonathan Burks (SFS’99) his new Chief of Staff. Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service invited Burks back to campus as part of their “HIPPSter” (Hoyas In Politics and Public Service) series to discuss his journey from Georgetown to Capitol Hill.
Rui Matsukawa (MSFS’97) was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 2016. A Liberal Democrat Party member, she represents the Osaka prefecture in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan.
MAAS Alum Will Todman explains how the Assad Regime has benefited from bringing back siege warfare. This article was originally published in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Newsmagazine, Fall/Winter 2017.
Sultan Mahmoud Amerie, of modern-day Iran, was the first international student to receive a scholarship from the School of Foreign Service.
The Georgetown University Lecture Fund welcomed alumnus Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04) back to campus on February 13 to speak about the evolving world of journalism and his personal experience in Syria as a foreign correspondent for ABC News.
The film, which tells the story of the first conscientious objector to earn the Medal of Honor, is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), and Best Director (Mel Gibson).
Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted a screening of “Thank You For Your Service,” a documentary produced by Ilan Arboleda (SFS’97) and directed by Tom Donahue, that calls attention to the failed mental health policies in the U.S. military and the consequences of those failures.
Ambassador Michael Hammer, a 1985 graduate of the School of Foreign Service, returned to campus on Thursday, January 26 to reflect on the U.S. foreign policy interests and issues in the Western Hemisphere and his personal experiences as a career foreign service officer.
SFS Board of Visitors member Philip Bilden (SFS’86) has been nominated to the Secretary of Navy position in the Trump administration.
Nursultan Eldosov (SFS’14) began his pathway to becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with his own personal experience in international relations. “I am a direct beneficiary of diplomacy,” Eldosov says. “My family and I immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan to seek a better life.”
SFS alumnus Stanley Weiss (SFS’51) was interviewed by the Smithsonian magazine about his unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, the infamous British double-agent.
A total of 28 Georgetown graduates will be sworn in as part of the 115th U.S. Congress on Jan. 3, continuing the university’s long history of alumni serving the country.
Stephen Carpenter (MSFS’01), Senior Principal, Global Practice Leader at Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) spoke to MSFS on the relevance of his time at Georgetown to his career in international development.
Benan Grams, originally from Damascus, graduated from the MAAS program in 2014 and is a now a PhD candidate in Georgetown’s Department of History. She reflected on “the new normal” in Damascus, after five years of conflict.
Chanan Weissman (MSFS’11) laid out the career path that lead him to his White House associate director of public engagement and liaison to the American Jewish community position in a Hillel International feature.
Tessa Pope (SSP’17) detailed her relationship with religion during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the larger issue of spiritual struggles for combat veterans in an op-ed for Foreign Policy
Debora L. Spar (SFS’84) recently announced she would be leaving her position as President of Barnard College to serve as President and CEO of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She will be the first woman to hold the title of president at the Center.
Leon Dostert, one of Georgetown’s most influential alumni, not only left his legacy on the University with the creation of the Institute of Languages and Linguistics, but also left his mark on the world in the field of translation and interpretation. He is best known for his role as Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, and for introducing an interpreting system for simultaneous translation for the United Nations, which the U.N. has utilized ever since.
Barnard College President Debora L. Spar (SFS’84) has been selected to become Lincoln Center’s 10th president in March. Spar will be the first woman to lead Lincoln Center, the nation’s largest performing arts center.
In an op ed for Womanthology.com, Dr. Yeo stated that waiting 121 years for gender parity in the field of surgery is too long. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Yeo is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology.
Inspired by her roots and sparked by her experiences at SFS, Jescinta Izevbigie (SFS’14) has set herself on a path of research and service in Africa. Her focus on gender issues in post-conflict African countries has taken her around the African continent, from Liberia and Nigeria to Rwanda and South Africa.
Willard Leon Beaulac (SFS’21) was the first person ever to receive a diploma from the School of Foreign Service. He then went on to serve a distinguished career as the Ambassador to Paraguay, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, and Argentina.
The School of Foreign Service and the Global Human Development Program hosted “What’s It Take to Be a Hoya Entrepreneur?,” featuring a panel of Georgetown alumni reflecting on their experience with startup companies.
On Thursday, October 6, the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) hosted an event showcasing Dante Paradiso’s new book The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy, which chronicles how the United States helped bring an end to the Liberian Civil War in 2003. The event featured the book’s author Dante Paradiso, an active Foreign Service Officer who served in Liberia during the time the book covers, and Ambassador John Blaney (MSFS’76) who figures centrally in the story.
The co-founders of Misfit Juicery, a start-up that turns deformed, bruised or ugly fruits and vegetables into juice—in an effort to combat food-waste—were one of five groups selected from more than 400 applicants.
Sarah Heck (MSFS’10), currently working for the White House as the Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council, recently shared her reflections about the impact her MSFS degree had on her career path.