MSPM: in the Know, May 24, 2016

Top 3 for 24 May

1 – Registration

Friday, 27 May, is the last day to drop a course in Summer Session 1. The last day to withdraw from a Summer Session 1 class with a grade of W is Friday, 10 Jun. Each student is responsible for reviewing the registration schedule and for managing themselves accordingly.

Summer II Elective offered beginning 5 July – 8 August 2016: PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues (1 credit). 

This class is ideal for anyone seeking a job at the Veterans Administration (VA) or with Tricare, or who seeks a research or policy position that addresses the health of active duty military or veterans. For more information,  please email or call Dr. Goldsmith (dgoldsmi@gwu.edu, or call 202.549.1019) or view full description here.

2 – Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Seeking Graduate Ambassadors for 2016-2017. Graduate Ambassadors Program is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017. Launched Fall 2014, the program provides opportunities for graduate students to be actively involved in building and promoting a graduate community to create a network for communication and assistance among prospective, current and former graduate students. Ambassadors plan events for the graduate community; answer questions for prospective students about the university, various curriculum, clubs and activities; and most importantly, share their personal experiences as graduate students at GW. If interested, Apply to be a Graduate Ambassador here!

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is hiring! These positions will be in Chantilly VA and students can apply directly at careers.penfed.org or GWork as the positions are posted on both sites. See full job description below:

Project Coordinator IT Documentation Specialist

IT Project Manager I

3 – Events Roundup

How to Train Your Sponsor

featuring Laura Barnard, PMP

FREE Event!  REGISTER HERE.
Date: Wednesday,  25 May 2016

11:30am – Networking | 12:00 through 1:00pm – Presentation

Location: The George Washington University School of Business                                   2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453 | Washington, District Of Columbia 20052         See map: Google Maps

PMIWDC’s PMP certification prep course is one of the most comprehensive and best priced PMP review courses in the area. Spring Prep Course in Fairfax is just around the corner. Read More and Register at www.pmiwdc.org/PMPprep

Dates:  4 & 5 June and 11 & 12 June (Weekends)
Location: Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
2677 Prosperity Ave, Suite 600, Fairfax, VA
Cost: $975 PMIWDC Members; $995 Non-Members
Course Length: 26 contact hours, 4 days, 8:30am – 4pm

Graduate Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications for 2016-2017

Seeking Graduate Ambassadors for 2016-2017

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Graduate Ambassador Program. Launched Fall 2014, the program provides opportunities for graduate students to be actively involved in building and promoting a graduate community to create a network for communication and assistance among prospective, current and former graduate students.

Graduate Ambassadors are a group of current graduate students who have volunteered to serve as representatives of the George Washington University graduate student experience. Ambassadors plan events for the graduate community; answer questions for prospective students about the university, various curriculum, clubs and activities; and most importantly, share their personal experiences as graduate students at GW.

Interested students should submit this application by June 15, 2016. After a short review period, you will be notified if you are offered a phone interview.

 Apply to be a Graduate Ambassador here!

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Tripsas, Program Coordinator at mtripsas@gwu.edu

PMIWDC Circle Luncheon Event: How to Train Your Sponsor, May 25, 2016

How to Train Your Sponsor

 featuring Laura Barnard, PMPFounder, PMO Strategies

FREE Event! REGISTER HERE.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

11:30am – Networking

12:00 through 1:00pm – Presentation

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453 | Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

About the Event

Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter? If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this presentation was built for you.

Unfortunately, most sponsors don’t understand what is expected of them. Why would they? We haven’t told them, yet! We start with a sponsor assessment to help you evaluate the kind of sponsor you have for your project. That is key to understanding what comes next. Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project.

Happy and engaged sponsor = happy project manager! Join us if you want to learn the secrets to sponsor engagement and how to master the most critical component of any change success.

PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

Full Event Details.

 

Summer II Elective: PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues 1 Credit

Summer II 2016 – PubH 6199.11  Veterans, Deployment & Environmental Issues – 1 credit – Dr. David Goldsmith (Mondays, 6:10pm – 8:40pm from July 5 (Tues as Mon is a holiday) –Aug 8, 2016)


For more information, please email or call Dr. Goldsmith (dgoldsmi@gwu.edu, or call 202.549.1019)

This course examines the historical and current policy concerns about environmental exposures and the risks of illness among deployed troops and military veterans. The class will emphasize troops’ exposure during Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.  It will examine the roles of DOD, the Veterans Administration, and the Institute of Medicine in health protection, exposure monitoring, health research, and policies regarding service-connected disabilities. Current topics such as sexual assault, the increase of women vets, and delays in VA disability benefits, burn pits, and PTSD/traumatic brain injuries will be included.  Students will write a paper and make a short presentation on a topic of interest.  Both written and oral communication will be emphasized throughout the course. There is *no* exam.

This class is a must for anyone seeking a job at the Veterans Administration (VA) or with Tricare, or who seeks a research or policy position that addresses the health of active duty military or veterans.

Examples of current news stories that will be covered in the course:

Dr. David Goldsmith is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist, and was a Fulbright academic fellow in 2014 at the University of Manitoba.  In addition to his long-time affiliation with the George Washington University, he has also worked at the Veteran’s Administration (VA).

MSPM: In the KNOW, May 17, 2016

Top 3 for 17 May

1 – Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

It was a successful commencement week, yet bittersweet end-of-a-beginning last week as the 2016 graduates embark on a new journey. Sixty-five MSPM students (including author of this blog) joined the ranks of General Colin Powell, M.B.A. (Former US Secretary of State); Jacqueline Kennedy, B.A. (Former First Lady of the United States) and Baroness Joanna Shields, M.B.A. (Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Internet Safety & Security in the United Kingdom), to name a few, as graduates of the George Washington University on May 15, 2016. We celebrated in multiple ways between the residency week for the capstone students, the GWSB Gala, GWSB Commencement Celebration and the GW Commencement at the National Mall. Congratulations fellow 2016 graduates and thank you for providing feedback to the MSPM program!

Check out the GW Commencement highlights via:  Senator Booker’s Commencement speech, GW Media Relations, GWSB Alumni Twitter, GW Commencement

2 – Summer classes began on Monday,  May 16. If you have not registered on time for Session I courses, Late fees will be assessed. The last day to add a class via GWeb or to drop a class via any means for Session I is on Sunday, May 22. Visit the Registrar’s website for more information on Summer Sessions.

3 – PMIWDC Roundup of Events

“Successful Product Ownership without A Product Owner,”                             featuring Darren Hoevel, MBA, SPC CSP, ICP-ACC, ICP-ATF

Event Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – 7:30am9:00am
Event Location: ASAE Conference Facilities
1575 I Street NW Washington, DC 20005

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Product Owner
  • Define a persona for Product Owner
  • Explore different ways of applying Product Ownership in the government space
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs

“Risk Management – Tools for the Journey,” featuring Tom Erickson

Event Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – 8:00am4:30pm
Event Location: Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Road McLean, Virginia 22102

About the Seminar

Uncertainties are everywhere and they are unavoidable. Learning to “look around corners” is a critical PM skill, but it is a journey not a destination. Fortunately there are many tools and techniques to help you on your way.

This interactive, participatory seminar will help you build a risk management toolbox for your journey. In one day you will be introduced to common, standards-based risk management process frameworks and techniques, you will practice what you have learned using small group case studies and you will leave armed with a practical collection of broadly applicable risk management tips, tricks, and techniques.

PDUs Available:
7 PDUs for Certified PMs

 

 

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

GWUSB GraduationIt was a successful commencement week, yet bittersweet end-of-a-beginning last week as the 2016 graduates embark on a new journey. Sixty-five MSPM students (including author of this blog) joined the ranks of General Colin Powell, M.B.A. (Former US Secretary of State); Jacqueline Kennedy, B.A. (Former First Lady of the United States) and Baroness Joanna Shields, M.B.A. (Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Internet Safety & Security in the United Kingdom), to name a few, as graduates of the George Washington University on May 15, 2016. We celebrated in multiple ways between the residency week for the capstone students, the GWSB Gala, GWSB Commencement Celebration and the GW Commencement at the National Mall. Congratulations fellow 2016 graduates!

US Senator Cory Booker brought enthusiasm during his Commencement address at the National Mall. His words were moving:

“Stay faithful because you have come this far by faith—faith in each other, faith in yourselves, faith in our country. And understand that you may not be called to change the whole world, but to one person, you could make a world of difference.”

  

Cory Booker GWU Commencement

Photo credit: GW Media

To piggyback on Sen. Booker’s speech, here are some words of wisdom to my fellow graduates:

Sometimes our worst enemy is being afraid of taking risks. We often discount the cost of inaction, and we tend to focus too much on the likelihood of risks occurring when the truth is, the odds of them not happening are higher. So fellow graduates, soar high and welcome all the new challenges ahead of you!

Check out the GW Commencement highlights via:

MSPM in the KNOW: May 10, 2016

Top 3 for 10 May

1 – Summer classes begin on Monday,  May 16. Confirm your course selection for summer this week to avoid late registration fees.  Late fees will be assessed starting Monday, May 16, for Session I courses. The last day to add a class via GWeb or to drop a class via any means for Session I is on Sunday, May 22. Register now to secure a spot in your desired course. Elective courses offered:

To view full list of course offering, visit this link.

2 – Academic Policies

The George Washington University is committed to uphold academic honesty and moral integrity that our community values. Please review the University Code of Academic Integrity for your reference. Students should make it a habit to go over the policy each semester.  As a reminder, all students are responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures, including those published in the University Bulletin, the School of Business Bulletin, and the MSPM Student Handbook.

The MPSM Administrative Director is your academic adviser. If you need clarification on the policies or if you have questions about administrative processes, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu or schedule an advisement session www. meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWid).

3 –  Residency Week and Commencement

The MSPM Spring 2016 DNSC 6269 residency week is ongoing and will run through Thursday, May 12.  All the best to Spring 2016 Capstone students as they present their final projects!

Commencement events:

Tuesday, May 10 – GWSB Graduation Gala (Invitation only)

  • 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
    Capital Hilton
    1001 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036 | (Directions)

Friday, May 13 – GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration

  • 2:15 pm – Student lineup
    Funger Hall Lobby
    2201 G Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 | (Directions)
  • 3:30 pm – Celebration Ceremony
    Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 | (Directions)
  • Following the Ceremony – Graduate/Family Reception
    (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)

Sunday, May 15 – University Commencement.  More information is posted on GWU Commencement website.