MSPM in the KNOW: April 26, 2016

Top 3 for 26 Apr

1 – Resources and Student Engagement

Last four days to apply for free seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course! 

As earlier announced, the MSPM program is pleased to offer three free registrations to the Spring 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 4-5 June and 11-12 June, two consecutive weekends. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995. If interested, submit the following to aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST on 29 April 2016:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

Pentagon Federal Credit Union is hiring IT Project Manager. Check the MSPM resources page for more information.

Sign up for Barrel Oak Winery Night!  This is a great time to network and enjoy the scenery at Delaplane, VA. The event was well recommended by MSPM Capstone students from last year. This event is open to all students.

When: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 5:30PM – 9:30PM
Where: Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA
Register HERE

2- Registration and GW Billing

Questions about registration? Schedule an advising session with your adviser, Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

Reminder, the last day for summer registration is Friday, May 13. Register now for Summer 2016 to secure your seat and to fulfill your elective requirement.  You may view the full list of courses offered in the summer here.

Fall 2016 registration is ongoing. The last day to register without a penalty is August 28. View the registration schedule here for more information.

Questions about GW Billing? Contact Student Accounts Office to confirm your balance, if any. It appears that GW issued duplicate billing statements from 2015 to students on Sunday, 4/24. Please direct your questions to Student Accounts. The MSPM program does not send billing statements to students.

3 – Commencement

Reminder to graduating students, all current, 2016 on-campus students must retrieve their guest tickets in person no later than Wednesday, April 27. To view where and how to pick up your tickets,  please see details here. Graduating students must complete the mandatory online graduation survey and present a copy of your email confirmation to claim your commencement tickets.

2015 graduates and all 2016 distance students, you must request your tickets via this link no later than Wednesday, April 27th.  Any ticket requests made after this date are not guaranteed. Visit: http://business.gwu.edu/commencement/ticket-distribution/mailing-tickets/

Do you need extra tickets? Complete a request for extra tickets for the GWUSB Commencement celebration  here and for the National Mall Commencement celebration via this link.  If extra tickets are made available, you will receive an email notification from University Events after Friday, April 29, 2016.

Master’s regalia can be purchased from the GW Campus Store from Wednesday, May 11, through graduation day.

 

Pentagon Federal Credit Union Hiring IT Project Manager

Jeffrey Toppall is looking to fill IT project manager roles at various experience levels across both infrastructure and software development, full job descriptions available online.

Students or alumni who apply online through the penfed.org website should include Jeffrey Toppall’s name as part of the employee referral program. They should also email their resumes directly to Jeffrey so that he can put them in front of the management team (jeffrey.toppall@penfed.org).

MSPM in the KNOW: April 19, 2016

Top 3 for 19 Apr

1 – Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, two consecutive weekends beginning June 4, 2016!

The MSPM program is pleased to offer three free registrations to the Spring 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 4-5 June and 11-12 June, two consecutive weekends. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995. Submit the following to aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST on 29 April 2016:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

2- Registration

Reminder, the last day for summer registration is Friday, May 13. Register now for Summer 2016 to secure your seat and to fulfill your elective requirement.  You may view the full list of courses offered in the summer here.

Registration for DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) in Fall 2016  requires completion of a Registration Transaction Form (RTF). Submit your RTF to Agnes Socrates for approval. GWeb will not allow you to register for it.  Details required in the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes.

The capstone course is taken in the final semester of the program. An exception is made for fulltime students who may be required to enroll in capstone and outstanding core courses simultaneously. Additionally, students with extenuating circumstances may file a Policy Exception request. Submission of Policy Exception request does not guarantee approval. Please check the MSPM handbook for more details (see page 16).

3 – Commencement

Ticket distribution for commencement is on going. All current, 2016 On-Campus students must retrieve their guest tickets in person no later than April 27. To view where and how to pick up your tickets,  please see details here.

2015 graduates and all 2016 distance students, you must request your tickets via this link. Please complete the electronic form for ticket mail requests no later than 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. Any ticket requests made after this date are not guaranteed. For more information visit: http://business.gwu.edu/commencement/ticket-distribution/mailing-tickets/

All graduating students must complete the mandatory online graduation survey and present a copy of your email confirmation to claim your school celebration tickets. Contact information for the School of Business: 202-994-8252.

Do you need extra tickets? Complete a request for extra tickets for the GWUSB Commencement celebration  here and for the National Mall Commencement celebration via this link.  Requests for additional tickets do not operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. If extra tickets are made available, you will receive an email notification from University Events after Friday, April 29, 2016.

Master’s regalia can be purchased from the GW Campus Store from Wednesday, May 11, through graduation day.

Curious about the schedule of commencement activities? Check out the full schedule here.

MSPM: In the Know April 5, 2016

Top 3 for 5 Apr

1 – Summer and Fall Registration

Just a reminder, Registration for summer 2016 and  Fall 2016  are ongoing. Register for classes now if you haven’t done so to secure your enrollment.

If you are still looking for ways to fulfill your elective requirement in Fall 2016, you may be interested in looking at MGT 6290 Leadership Courses (Part I and Part II). Each is offered as a 1.5 credit class. For more information, see the course description, Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices announcement, 3-16. Students may register via Gweb.

2 – MSPM Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2016 MSPM Award Winners!

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award – Dr. Ed Hoffman

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Elizabeth Rouse

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Bilikisu Jadesola Ademiluyi, Wilbert Tylan Davis, Agnes Elaine Socrates and Colleen McMenamin Hoffman

The winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 12 and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 13.

3 – Resources

Last four days to apply to Lau Fellowship Fund!  As announced from last week’s MSPM in the KNOW, application period was from March 21-April 8, 2016.

Check out the MSPM resources page to find out more about financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships that may be available to you.

2016 MSPM Award Winners Announced!

Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty.  Thank you to those who voted! The MSPM Faculty selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The results are now available and the winners are as follows:

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award

Dr. Ed Hoffman, Professorial Lecturer of Decision Sciences, began teaching at GW in an adjunct capacity in 2006. Dr. Hoffman has taught several courses within the MS in Project Management program. Most notably he teaches the Organization, Management and Leadership course, a core course within the program. This course provides a unique opportunity for Dr. Hoffman to highlight his expertise in organizational psychology and to use examples from his impressive industry experience to demonstrate organizational theories and concepts. The students selected Dr. Hoffman for this award based on his enthusiasm for teaching, his engaging communication style with the students, and his expertise in the subject at hand. To quote from the student nominations, Dr. Hoffman “expertly shares his years of experience in the field to make for a dynamic learning experience.”

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award

Elizabeth Rouse demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during her time as a student in the MSPM program. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA, the highest GPA of award-eligible students. The MS in Project Management faculty and staff greatly appreciate the time and effort that she has devoted to the program.

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Bilikisu Jadesola Ademiluyi (Jade) demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her leadership and volunteerism. Jade served as the president of the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students. The organization serves as a resource for student educational endeavors and professional social events in an effort to build professional relationships and advance the project management profession. Jade was a key player in the GW PMA becoming registered as an official student organization through GW’s Center for Student Engagement. Under Jade’s leadership, the GW PMA hosted several student engagement events and partnered with both the PMI Washington DC Chapter and the AACE International National Capital Section to host professional development events on campus. In addition to her leadership within the GW PMA, Jade assisted with recruitment events within DC and throughout the U.S. She also volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

Wilbert Tylan Davis (Will), served as the PMIWDC representative for the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students. The organization serves as a resource for student educational endeavors and professional social events in an effort to build professional relationships and advance the project management profession. Will initiated and managed one of the largest events for the GW PMA during his one-year term, a PMP Exam Prep Course. In addition to his leadership within the GW PMA, Will was an active volunteer. He volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

Agnes Elaine Socrates demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her volunteerism. Agnes’ generosity to incoming students with her time and wisdom during new student orientation sessions has been invaluable to the MSPM program. She served in multiple capacities during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students. Finally, Agnes recruited coworkers to apply to the MSPM program and now serves as an adviser to current and incoming MSPM students.

Colleen Hoffman demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her leadership and volunteerism. Colleen served as the Vice President of Marketing for the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students, in 2014-2015. The organization serves as a resource for students to build professional relationships within and advance the project management profession. Colleen led and executed marketing for all PMA programming and managed all communications for the student organization. In addition to her leadership within the GW PMA, Colleen was an active volunteer. She volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

The winners will be honored at the awards ceremony, an invitation-only event on Thursday, May 12. Awardees will also be recognized at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 13.  Congratulations to the MSPM Award Winners!

MGT 6290 1.5 credit Leadership Courses for Fall 2016

Still looking for ways to fulfill your elective requirement for Fall 2016? You may want to explore the following MGT 6290 Leadership Courses, each is offered as a 1.5 credit class:
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I
MGT 6290-10, CRN 17210
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Sept 23 and Sept 30
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices II
MGT 6290-11, CRN 14518
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Nov 4 and Nov 11
Students needing 1.5 credit can take Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I. Students looking for 3 credits can take both classes. Part I is a pre-requesite to part II. For more information, see the course description, Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices announcement, 3-16. Students may register via Gweb.

MSPM: In the Know, March 29, 2016

Top 3 for 29 Mar

1 – Summer and Fall Registration

Registration for summer 2016 courses started on 1 Mar.  As a reminder, no core MSPM courses will be offered in summer semester, only electives. The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 electives in summer session I (begins 16 May):

You may view the Blackboard Collaborate Session for these two courses here.

The Decision Sciences Department also offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students. See the Feb 2 blog for more information.

Registration for the Fall 2016  opens on Thursday, 31 Mar. Review the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and register for classes following your DegreeMAP plan.

Are you are uncertain on which courses to register in for Summer and Fall 2016?  Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via  www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

2 – Academic Probation

A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any point after completing 9 credit hours will be placed on probation. A notice from the program will be sent to your GWU email when this occurs.  Students may earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or F for any course. An F grade indicates failure in the course. Students who receive a grade of F are required to present cause to the program director explaining why continued study should be permitted. Grades of F remain a part of your permanent record and are calculated into your GPA. It is recommended that you review the terms of academic probation during mid-semester as a refresher. The University Bulletin provides details on the terms of academic probation at GWSB.

3 – Resources

Now is a great time to review your funding options. Please visit the MSPM resources page, financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships.

Deadlines for PMI scholarships are fast approaching. Check out PMI Scholarships information.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF): Deadline to apply is April 1. Students with unpaid summer internships may apply to receive a $3,000 grant. Apply now.

Lau Fellowship Fund (Application Period March 21-April 8, 2016)

Blackboard Collaborate Session Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 Blackboard Collaborate Session is as follows:

Course Number Course Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Blackboard Collaborate Day of Week Time
6290 Project Mgt Methodologies Khamooshi Wednesday Monday 9 p.m. Eastern
6290 Project Governance Ghosh Monday Thursday 8:30 p.m. Eastern

An MSPM student wants your feedback in a research study

Moataz Hussein, a current MSPM student is conducting a research study as part of the requirements of his degree and he would like to invite you to participate. He is studying the integration between strategy management performance and portfolio management performance. The questions should take about 5 minutes. To complete the survey online, please go to the URL below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StrategicP2M2