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June 14, 2004



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Four Alumni Honored for their Dedicated Volunteer Efforts in Support of

GW Programs During GW Alumni Association's Annual Meeting


WASHINGTON -- GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and The George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) have announced the recipients of the GW Alumni Service Awards for 2004. The four awardees were honored for advancing the mission of the University at a reception on June 9 on the 7th Floor of 1957 E Street, NW.


"We are very proud of this year's award recipients as they continue to represent GW in their professional endeavors as well as through continued contributions to the University," said Trachtenberg.  "They have given their time and energy back to GW in an immeasurable way over the years and are an inspiration to all of us."


This year's recipients are:


Marilyn K. Gowing, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), Ph.D.'81

Gowing has been an active CCAS alumna since receiving her doctorate in psychology. In her former position as director of personnel resources and development center at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, she arranged for GW graduate students to access research data they were able to use for theses and dissertations.  Gowing also founded service learning and internship positions for GW undergraduates. Additionally, she endowed the Gowing Travel Award, providing travel grants to doctoral students in industrial and organization psychology to present papers at professional conferences.


Robert E. Kemelhor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, B.S.M.E.'49

Kemelhor has been a board member of GW's Engineering Alumni Association since 1995. After retiring from The Johns Hopkins University, Kemelhor organized and created the mission of the Senior Scientists and Engineers (SSE), an organization of scientists, engineers, educators, physicians and other professionals who volunteer their services to support the needs of government, education and the community. Today, he serves as the SSE vice-chairman for grant programs.


Joseph A. Kiehl, Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), B.A.'72, M.A.'86

Kiehl has been an active member of the Elliott School Alumni Association (ESAA) for several years. His interest in Africa led him to organize an event in 2000 for ESIA with the National Security Advisor and head of intelligence of Rwanda to discuss key issues with faculty and students.  He organized ESAA events in January 2002 with Kofer Black, head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Division, and in April 2003 at the Ethiopian Embassy. In the 1990s, he hosted the GW baseball team in his Florida home, was a mentor to an Elliott School graduate student and served as the ESAA representative to the GWAA.


William V. Quinn, School of Business, M.B.A.'92

Quinn is president of the School of Business Alumni Association and a member of the school's Board of Advisors. He advises several students and regularly participates on career center panels. Under his leadership, the School of Business Alumni Association has begun an aggressive recruiting effort and has created an ambitious event schedule. The events will allow for broader networking possibilities between alumni and current students, as well as provide alumni with opportunities to become more involved with the University and support the business leaders of the future.


The Alumni Service Award is given to alumni who advance the mission of the University through dedicated volunteer efforts in support of GW programs, thereby ensuring the University's impact on the community and future generations of students. Their service has extended over several years and impacted many students, alumni and friends of the University.


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