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Farewell and Hello

This issue marks a major milestone in GW Magazine history. Sandy Holland, founder of the magazine, retired from GW in November after 23 years in order to enjoy life with her husband, Josh, her children and grandchildren, and newest child, her beagle named Brutus.

Having begun her GW career as a publications specialist, Sandy rose to assistant vice president for University Relations, overseeing publications and media activities for the bustling urban campus. Her first love, though, always was this magazine, which she founded in 1990 and returned to as its editor in 2001.

You will still see Sandy’s writing occasionally if we are lucky enough to steal some time away from her favorite activities of visiting grandchildren, catching up on reading, and lounging at the beach. You also will begin to see some new contributors in the coming issues.

Going forward, the important point to remember about GW Magazine is that it is your magazine. As a GW alumna and a native Washingtonian, I know the diverse nature of our alumni. I want every one of you to feel this publication is yours. Please contact me with story ideas, letters, and comments. In large measure, this magazine can only be as good as you help us make it.

Much is happening on the GW campuses, and we plan to keep you informed. Washington remains an exciting place to study and to visit after graduation. In October, our first Colonials Weekend, a combined alumni reunion weekend for all GW schools, was a smashing success. Aside from being just pure fun, our nightly airings of CNN’s “Crossfire” keep GW in the middle of the political fray. And our stunning new hospital is the talk of the town.

That’s just at Foggy Bottom. More is happening at our picturesque Mount Vernon campus in northwest D.C., where an expanded honors program has been implemented and new science labs, athletic fields, and a campus pub and market provide new options for students. And our Virginia Campus, with specialists in transportation, security, information technology, and health sciences, is gearing up to create the region’s first Response to Emergencies and Disaster Institute, following a congressional appropriation of $5 million to train firefighters, EMS personnel, law enforcement, and other health-care providers.

With all that goes on here, there are many opportunities to return to campus for events, seminars, free lectures, and other services. When you’re online, visit www.gwnewscenter.org to check out the latest activities. And keep in touch with your GW friends. Visit www.gwmagazine.com and give us a class note update. Send your photos, too. You’ll see from our Alumni Newsmakers section that we actually do run them.

As a GW graduate, you are part of a special community. Don’t lose touch with that connection.

Heather O. Milke, MBA '02