Charity basketball game benefits Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

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On March 26 Georgetown University Law Center hosted Home Court 2014, an annual charity basketball game to support the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and raised over $600,000 to support the clinic.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless provides comprehensive legal services to homeless individuals in the District of Columbia and advocates on their behalf.  The clinic’s goal is to bring an end to homelessness by improving the programs, benefits, resources and opportunities available to people challenged by the effects of poverty.

Home Court 2014 was the 27th annual matchup between Hoya Lawyas, a team of Law Center faculty and staff, and Hill’s Angels, a team of U.S. senators and representatives and their staffs.

The first Home Court game, in 1988, raised over $40,000 for the legal clinic and the game has raised more than $5 million since then. Home Court 2014 was played at the Trinity Center at Trinity Washington University. Hill’s Angels beat Hoya Lawyas 46-40.

Help Georgetown collect books for children in the District


Georgetown University is collecting gently used children’s and young adult books through April 25 as part of our Bring on the Books Drive. We are accepting gently used or new children’s books, ages 0-15 and in any language. Donated books will benefit the DC Reads literacy tutoring program at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service and the D.C. Family Court system.

You can drop off books at the following collection bins on campus:

In the Leavey Center:

  • Uncommon Grounds coffee shop
  • Vital Vittles convenience store
  • Georgetown University Bookstore

In the Intercultural Center:

  • MUG coffee shop

In Lauinger Library:

  • Midnight Mug coffee shop

In Healy Hall:

  • Campus Ministry office

You can also purchase and donate children’s books at the Georgetown University Bookstore and receive a 20% discount on purchases throughout the drive.

The book drive is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Office of President, the Office of the Provost, and The Corp.

McDonough School of Business Dean recognized as Minority Business Leader

Dean Thomas WBJ Awards

Photo courtesy McDonough School of Business

David Thomas, Dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, received recognition as a 2014 Minority Business Leader of the Year by the Washington Business Journal at a ceremony on March 20th.

Thomas has served as dean of the McDonough School of Business since 2011. He has been an active member of the D.C. community, serving as a trustee to the Federal City Council, an non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the District of Columbia.

He also co-chaired the executive committee of local business school deans partnering with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on the city’s five-year economic development strategy.

This is the seventh year the Washington Business Journal has been presenting this award to the region’s top 25 minority business leaders for their professional accomplishment, community leadership, philanthropy, as well as awards and milestones. Georgetown alumnus Ted Leonsis nominated Thomas for the award.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated and selected to receive this award,” said Thomas. “My parents instilled in me very early the importance of education, and the opportunities from that education transformed my life. That’s why I’m so passionate today about creating transformational experiences for our students to enable them to change the world.”

Read more about Dean Thomas and see a video presented at the awards ceremony.

Professor serves as expert on food justice at Capital City Public Charter School


Professor Tom Sherman, Ph.D. recently served as a guest expert for 11th grade students at Capital City Public Charter School working on their research project “Food Justice for All.” Sherman advised eight groups of students on issues of food justice, including hunger, obesity, the meat industry, and genetically modified and processed foods.

“The students had really good, very appropriate topics on contemporary issues within food justice,” says Sherman. “Hopefully I was a good introduction for them to college faculty and will help them realize that professors are approachable just like high school teachers.”

Sherman is associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center. His research interests include the biochemistry of metabolism, the science of nutrition and food as medicine, and the control of body weight, exercise and appetite.

The interview sessions with Sherman are one component of a long-term ongoing learning expedition program at the school. Students learn pieces of the topic in each of their different classes. They also do field work and talk with experts in the community and around the country.

“Capital City is an expeditionary learning school,” says Jill Weiler, an English teacher at Capital City who coordinated the visit. “Expeditionary learning means students learn one topic or one theme with an integrated approach.”

After talking with Sherman and other experts, the students will present their final research papers during a Food Justice Teach In at a March 19 event at the school. “The students will use their persuasive writing to try to make the visitors change an attitude or belief or make a commitment to take action that will move them towards a healthier life style and ultimately a healthier planet,” Weiler says.

Capital City Public Charter School is located in Manor Park in D.C.’s Ward 4 and serves students in pre-K through 12th grade. Read the full story here.

Georgetown participating in “Live Near Your Work” pilot program

Georgetown University is partnering with the District of Columbia Office of Planning in the Live Near Your Work pilot program, a homeownership grant program that encourages employees to live close their work.

The Live Near Your Work pilot program provides $16,000 toward a down payment and closing costs for faculty and staff who purchase a new home in the District within 2.4 miles of their primary work location. Employees who purchase a new home near particular Metro stations and bus routes can receive $8,000 toward the cost of the home. Georgetown University and the Office of Planning each provide half of the grant.

In addition to providing financial support for homeownership in the city, the program encourages sustainable transportation by reducing commuting distances between home and work. Employees who live near their work can better take advantage of walking, bicycling, or public transportation as an alternative to driving. Georgetown University is committed to sustainable leadership in the District.

Grants are available to 10 faculty and staff on a first come, first served basis. Employees who qualify for the program will have 4 months to  find a close on a home.

Georgetown joins American University and Gallaudet University as the third partner to participate in the program. More information about the pilot program is available on the University Benefits website.