Cristine Starke is a junior in the School of Foreign Service where she transferred directly after leaving the military in the summer of 2015. Cristine was Corporal in the United States Marine Corps where she worked as an Arabic Cryptologic Linguist for five years. She served one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Horn of Africa. Cristine is currently engaged to an active duty soldier and considers her pug, Elliot, her only child. Outside of school, she enjoys backpacking and traveling with her fiance. (Contact Cristine: cms385@georgetown.edu)




Vice President


Vivian Cochran is a graduate student in the School of Foreign Service’s Security Studies Program. Originally from San Francisco, she received her B.S. from West Point and M.A. from Norwich University. She is currently a Major in the Army Reserves. Vivian departed active duty in 2012 after serving in Korea, North Carolina, Iraq, and Afghanistan; she is also a Purple Heart recipient. Vivian is also an Army spouse married to an active duty Infantry officer. (Contact Vivian: vc373@georgetown.edu)



McCourt School of Public Policy Liaison

Kalish.jpgManning Kalish is in his third year of a joint J.D./M.P.P. program.  Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a 2005 graduate of the University of Washington.  Manning separated from the Army as a Captain in 2012 after six years on active duty, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and four years in the Army Reserves as a medic before that.  Prior to attending Georgetown he was a substitute teacher in Austin, TX.  He and his lovely wife have twin boys and two dogs. (Contact Manning: mwk29@georgetown.edu)


Tianni Craig- Secretary

Toni Rico - Communications


Antonieta Rico is a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program. She served in the U.S. Army for more than six years as a military journalist and public affairs noncommissioned officer and was stationed in New York, Washington state and Iraq. She has embedded with infantry troops and other Army units during combat operations, helping to tell the stories of soldiers serving their country in war. She also volunteers with American Women Veterans and Antonieta and her husband have two wonderful daughters and a black lab. (Contact Antonieta: ar1221@georgetown.edu).


Chris Blair - School of Continuing Studies Liaison

Tom Sullivan - School of Continuing Studies Liaison

Kevin Kleber - Security Studies Program Liaison

Marc Hagan - Undergrad Liaison

Nick Broussard - Undergrad Liaison




Faculty Adviser


Dr. Barbara Mujica is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and critic, director, and a Professor of Spanish at Georgetown University. Since her son returned from Iraq, Dr. Mujica has become active in veterans issues. She is faculty adviser of the Georgetown University chapter of Student Veterans of America and Associate Facilitator of the Veterans Support Team, a group of administrators, faculty, and students interested in veterans issues. She works closely with the administration to make Georgetown a veteran-friendly campus and frequently speaks and publishes on veteran-related topics. (Contact Dr. Mujica: mujica@georgetown.edu)





REV._G._RONALD_MURPHY__S.J..JPGFr. G. Ronald Murphy was born in Trenton, New Jersey, which, as he explains, is widely known to all Trenton scholars as the first American city ever occupied by a German Army -- the Hessians, in 1776. Whether or not that constitutes probable cause, he has always nurtured great interest in and affection for everything German. This culminated in doctoral studies at Harvard and abiding interests in literature. Father Murphy has published numerous works and his most recent, Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North, (Oxford) was published in October 2013. It is an examination of the influence of Germanic myth’s great tree, Yggdrasil, in the design of the stave churches of Norway, the Dream of the Rude, Bornholm’s round churches, and other religious artifacts. The book ends with the Christmas tree. He truly enjoys literature and language, teaching German and sharing the great works of German literature with his students. In his opinion, the whole world turns around God, people, stories, and realization. 




It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Father Rick Curry, S.J., passed away on December 19th, 2015. Father Curry was a beloved professor of Catholic studies and theater at Georgetown, in addition to his advocacy for military students and families in Washington D.C. Father Curry founded Dog Tag Bakery to support disabled veterans' transition to a new normal and civilian employment. He will truly be missed on campus, but his spirit and mission will continue to thrive in the Georgetown community.  

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