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April 5, 2007

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Six Alumni Honored During the Distinguished Alumni Service Award Ceremony

WASHINGTON - GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and the George Washington Alumni Association announced today the recipients of the 46th annual Distinguished Alumni Service Award.  Given each spring, the award has been conferred on a broad range of alumni noted for their involvement in the improvement of the University.  The six recipients were honored at an April 12 ceremony.

"It is a source of great pride to honor six individuals who have been excellent stewards of the growth and vitality of GW during my Presidency," said Trachtenberg.  "The personal involvement that each of these recipients demonstrates is the key to our strength as a University and sets a shining example for the global GW community."

This year's recipients are:

Philip S. Amsterdam, B.A. '62, is president and CEO of the Marsellis-Warner Corporation.  Amsterdam is a member of The George Washington University Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Alumni and Development Committee, the Executive Committee, and a special committee for the Centuries Campaign.  Amsterdam has contributed philanthropically to the University in many ways throughout the years, including a substantial gift to the Department of Anthropology, from which Amsterdam received his degree, establishing the Hortense Amsterdam House on G Street.  His numerous gifts throughout the years have supported special initiatives sponsored by President Trachtenberg.  Amsterdam currently serves as co-chair of the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Legacy Campaign.

Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., B.S. '85, is the president, CEO, and founder of Snowbird Capital. A member of GW's Board of Trustees, Carbonell chairs the Advancement Committee and will be vice chairman of the board beginning July 1, 2007.  He recently led Leadership Weekend, an initiative that brought together all levels of University leadership to focus on the needs of the Division of Advancement, as well as a series of University forums seeking input from stakeholders in GW's vision and presidential search.  Carbonell works directly with the vice president of advancement to recruit new trustees, and his efforts have resulted in the creation of a sub-committee to focus on this endeavor.  In addition to his volunteer work, Carbonell has committed substantial financial support to the University and serves as a leader to his fellow board members and to alumni.

Randolph Graves, Jr., D.S. '78, is the founder of Graves Technology, Inc., where he serves as an executive consultant. Having previously served as the chairman and CEO of Eurotech, LTD, and the director of the aerodynamics division of NASA, Graves has amassed decades of experience in technology management. Graves is an active volunteer for the University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has served as a member of National Advisory Council for the school for more than six years and has generously given of his time and resources to the University. Graves works closely with the dean of the school, offering insight on strategic planning and management. He helped to establish the Council on Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization, where he continues to assist faculty, student, and alumni entrepreneurs with education and training, technology commercialization, start-up formation, and enterprise funding.

Helen S. Manning, M.A. '52, is a retired teacher and an active volunteer for the University.  Manning has dedicated more than 25 years of service to the Columbian Women, an organization devoted to providing scholarship and educational opportunities to women enrolled at GW.  As a member of the Columbian Women, Manning served for six years on the Scholarship Committee and chaired the Investment Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee.  Manning also served as vice president of the Columbian Women, a position essential to fundraising efforts.  Throughout the years since she received her degree, Manning has remained actively engaged with GW, attending her 40th and 50th reunions and making annual contributions.  Manning's husband, John Manning, a member of the George Washington Alumni Association Board of Directors, received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1975 and 1997.

Alan Nadel, B.S. '71, J.D. '76, is a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld, L.L.P. in Philadelphia. As a member of the George Washington Alumni Association Board of Directors, Nadel has actively participated in GW life for many years. A participant in the Alumni Admissions Program since its inception, Nadel helps to interview potential incoming students. He is actively engaged with alumni in the Philadelphia region, having chaired the Philadelphia Regional Alumni Chapter, and he has served on the National Council for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences since its inception.  Nadel partnered with the dean of the Columbian College to strengthen GW's efforts in intellectual property, leading to the formation of the GW Intellectual Property Review Committee.  As an avid supporter of GW athletic programs, Nadel sits on the Rowing Crew Alumni Board and is an annual contributor to both the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Athletics.

Robert J. Pelosky, Jr., M.A. '83, is an independent consultant in New York City.  An active contributor to the Elliott School of International Affairs and the University, Pelosky aided former Dean Harry Harding in the formation of the Elliott School International Council, an advisory board. He chaired the International Council from 2000-2004 and remains an active member today.  Pelosky enjoys interacting with alumni and speaks to alumni groups in Washington and New York, as well as to undergraduate students on campus.  In 2001, Pelosky worked closely with the Elliott School to launch the Robert J. Pelosky, Jr. Distinguished Speaker Series, which enables the school to serve as a venue for the discussion of major international issues by some of the world's leading thinkers.  He served as an alumni representative to the Elliott School's dean search committee in 2004-2005.  Pelosky is active in fundraising efforts on behalf of the Elliott School, and through his own philanthropy, he has become a member of the George Washington Society.

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