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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the John Carroll Weekend?
Each year, Georgetown University's alumni, parents and friends travel to a different city to celebrate the Georgetown community and the leaders it creates. The weekend is packed with social and cultural events that give participants the chance to engage with one another and with Georgetown's outstanding faculty and university leaders, and to experience the host city in a way you have never before.

What is the Georgetown Global Forum?
Occurring during John Carroll Weekend, the Georgetown Global Forum gathers some of the world's brightest minds to address some of the most challenging issues currently facing the world. In 2009, renowned philanthropists and leaders from academia, NGOs and the public and private sectors will explore the topic “Profit, Policy and Philanthropy – The Keys to Global Development” and discuss whether scalable and effective global development depends on a coordinated response from all sectors of society.

What are the John Carroll and Patrick Healy Awards?
Five graduates and one friend of the university are honored each year for lifetime achievement and service to Georgetown. The awards are presented at a special banquet during John Carroll Weekend.

The John Carroll Award was established in 1951 to honor alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of the university and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll.

The Patrick Healy Award is named in honor of Patrick Healy, the first African-American president of a major university, who transformed Georgetown from a small college into a modern university. The award honors a person who is not an alumnus or alumna, but who carries on Healy's tradition of service to Georgetown.

How is the location of the host city determined?
Georgetown alumni clubs from around the world compete to have their city host John Carroll Weekend. The clubs present their city to a selection committee of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors and the final decision is approved by the full board. The selection process begins two years before the potential host date.

Who may attend the 2009 John Carroll Weekend in New York?
Georgetown alumni, friends, parents, students and faculty, as well as industry and political leaders, are invited to participate in the four-day 2009 John Carroll Weekend, April 16-19, and the Georgetown Global Forum.

Who qualifies for discounted pricing?
Current students and undergraduate, graduate and professional school alumni from 1999 to 2008 will receive a 20 percent discount on all weekend events.

What kind of attire is required for the tours, lectures and receptions?
Casual attire is recommended for most tours. Cocktail wear is recommended for the receptions. The John Carroll Awards Banquet is black tie. April weather in New York can be rainy and temperate, averaging about 60°F.

Will transportation to the tours be provided?
Transportation will be provided for some of the tours. For most tours, we encourage walking or using public transportation. At check-in, please pick up a pocket program, which will provide details on the tours and modes of transportation for each.

Will transportation be provided from airports, train or bus stations to the host hotel?
Georgetown does not provide transportation to or from the host hotel.

Where will events take place?
Although some events will take place in the host hotel, InterContinental The Barclay, most events will occur at venues throughout New York, as noted under each program description. Not all tours will depart from the hotel. Please refer to your pocket program for tour information and meeting locations. If you have questions during the weekend, please visit the weekend hospitality suite in the InterContinental The Barclay.

How do I register to attend the John Carroll Weekend?
Online registration for weekend events is available at jcw.georgetown.edu. If you prefer to send in your registration by fax or mail, you may download a pdf of the registration form.

Will any new events be added?

Events may be added at any time and will be listed prominently on the John Carroll Weekend Web site. Please check jcw.georgetown.edu frequently for the most up-to-date information.

What if I want to add or cancel an event, but I’ve already registered?
Once you submit your registration, you will not be able to make changes online. To add guests, cancel an event or sign up for a new one, you must submit your request via e-mail to advancementevents@georgetown.edu​. E-mails will be time-stamped to ensure that requests are processed in the order they are received.

How does the waitlist work for sold out events?
A waitlist will be kept for events with a limited capacity. The waitlist does not guarantee that guests will receive a spot at a sold out event. If spots do open, guests will be automatically e-mailed about the change. You must respond within three business days, confirming your attendance at the event and your method of payment, or your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist.

Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?
General Information: Special Events (202) 687-2064
Board of Regents: Nancy Noad: (202) 687-4427
Board of Governors: Joannah Pickett (202) 687-6696

What about next year?
Stay tuned for details about the 2010 John Carroll Weekend in Washington, D.C., at jcw.georgetown.edu.
Save the Date
John Carroll Weekend 2010 will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 29 - May 2, 2010.

John Carroll Awards
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