Spring 2015 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2015 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.

Prerequisites: None

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.

SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions TBD.

Prerequisites: None

Brailsford & Dunlavey, On Campus Recruitment, October 27, 2014

Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey will be on campus Monday, October 27, 5-8 p.m., to recruit from GW School of Business. Brailsford & Dunlavey is a program management firm with comprehensive in-house facility planning capabilities. Shilpa Khatri, LEED AP, PMP, an MSPM alum, serves as a project manager with the firm. Meet her and others to learn how you may fit into their firm, which boasts offices in 9 cities across the United States. Brailsford & Dunlavey was named one of DC’s “50 Great Places to Work” and a “Top Workplace.”

See Brailsford & Dunlavey Flyer 20141027 for details.

MSPM: In the Know, October 1, 2014

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G&EE Workshops and Events
Struggling Writing and Editing Your Research Papers?
Free Membership for car2go

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Global & Experiential Education Workshops and Events

The GWSB Global & Experiential Education team hosts a variety of workshops and events throughout the semester. Events range from CPT/OPT workshops, briefings by the IMF and World Bank, and networking events. Review the list of upcoming events and register to attend.

Struggling Writing and Editing Your Research Papers?

The GW Writing Center offers free services to help students with their writing projects. Services are available on the Foggy Bottom campus and online for all GW students. For hours and availability, visit http://www.gwu.edu/~gwriter/.

Free Membership for car2go

GW students, faculty, and staff receive free membership and 30 minutes of free driving at dc.car2go.com with promo code: GWU0030. car2go provides free metered parking, on-way rentals, fuel and insurance are included, and reservations are not required.

MSPM: In the Know, September 24, 2014

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Free Registration to PMI Global Congress 2014-North America
Fall Graduation Application Deadline, 1 Oct
Upcoming Events

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Free Registration to PMI Global Congress 2014-North America

The MSPM program is offering one free registration to an MSPM student who is interested in attending the PMI Global Congress 2014-North America in Phoenix, AZ 26-28 Oct. The event provides attendees the opportunity to gain fresh ideas, learn new skills, advance their careers, and build a professional network. Contact Cambria Happ, program director, for details at chapp@gwu.edu. Offer is restricted to registration for the event, a $1,750 value. Travel, lodging, meals, and all other associated expenses are the responsibility of the individual.

Student registration rates are available for the event. Copy of your student ID and proof of enrollment is required. Visit http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2014/Registration/ to learn more.

Fall Graduation Application Deadline, 1 Oct

All degree-seeking students who will complete their degree requirements in the fall 2014 semester must apply for graduation via the online graduation application in GWeb by 1 Oct. Students who miss the published deadline must use the late paper application and will be assess a $35 late application fee.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 25 Sep: Short-term Global & Experiential Information Session: 6-7 pm in Washington, DC

Friday, 26 Sep: What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment: 12 pm in Washington, DC

Friday, 26 Sep: PMI Washington DC Chapter PM Symposium: 8 am-5 pm in Washington, DC

Wednesday, 8 Oct: Women’s MBA Association and GW CIBER Professional Women’s Roundtable Dinner: 5:45-9:30 pm in Washington, DC

Wednesday, 22 Oct: PMI WDC Chapter Washington Circle Luncheon: 12-1 pm in Washington, DC

Thursday, 6 Nov: PMI Otowi Bridge and Rio Grande Chapters 2nd Annual NM International Project Management Day 2014: 7:30 am-5 pm in Albuquerque, NM

Friday, 7 Nov: PMI Otowi Bridge and Rio Grande Chapters Half-day Risk Management Training: 7:30 am-12 pm in Albuquerque, NM

MSPM: In the Know, September 17, 2014

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Last Day to Add Class for Fall 2014, 19 Sep
HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Deadline, 10 Oct
GWebinar: Current Trends & Opps in Government Contracting, 1 Oct

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Last Day to Add Class for Fall 2014, 19 Sep

Friday, 19 Sep, is the last day to add a course using a Registration Transaction Form (RTF). Students who are not registered for a Fall 2014 class by this date, or who have not been granted a Leave of Absence, are in violation of the continuous enrollment policy. Students in violation of the continuous enrollment policy must apply for readmission and, if granted, be subject to the requirements and regulations then in force. Contact me immediately if you find yourself in this situation.

HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Deadline, 10 Oct

The HIMSS Foundation annually awards scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry. Twelve scholarships will be awarded this year. Deadline to apply is Friday, 10 Oct. Winners will be notified by January 2015.

GWebinar: Current Trends & Opps in Government Contracting, 1 Oct

Learn about the current issues and opportunities in Federal Government Contracting. This online event scheduled for Wednesday, 1 Oct, 12-1 p.m. EDT. Webinar limited to 300 participants, register now to secure a space. Presenters Neal J. Couture and Jennifer Schaus will discuss trends facing contractors, pricing, and opportunities for small businesses.

HIMSS Foundation Scholarships, Oct 10, 2014 Deadline

The HIMSS Foundation annually awards scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry.

Twelve scholarships will be awarded this year to the student(s) deemed most deserving as determined by the HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Review Board.

The call for applications is now open and will close on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm Central (late applications will not be accepted). Winners will be notified by January 2015.

http://www.himss.org/health-it-education/scholarships

MSPM: In the KNow, September 9, 2014

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GW Alumni Weekend 2014, Registration Ends Tomorrow
Winter and Spring Short-Term Abroad Programs Announced
Student Discounts

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

GW Alumni Weekend 2014, Registration Ends Tomorrow

Register by Wednesday, 10 Sep, for GW Alumni Weekend 2014. Alumni Weekend is scheduled for 18-21 Sep. Students are encouraged to attend and actively participate. Activities range from special lectures to sporting events to concerts. Don’t miss out!

Winter and Spring Short-Term Abroad Programs Announced

The short-term study abroad programs (STAP) were announced last night for winter 2015 and spring 2015. A variety of countries are represented including Mexico, Singapore, Israel, and France. Applications for the winter 2015 programs are due by 1 Oct. The application deadline for spring programs is 2 Nov. Pay careful attention to the deadlines for each program as some are earlier than the dates listed above. Also, some programs are offering information sessions in the next few weeks so that you may learn more about each course before applying. This is a great way to earn elective credit and the programs are open to both on-campus and online students. Contact Lisa Brancheau to learn more about the study abroad courses at sbintl@gwu.edu.

Student Discounts

Put that student ID to work! A variety of retail stores, sports teams, restaurants, and other businesses offer discounts for flashing your student ID. Visit the following websites for listings of these discounts:

MSPM: In the Know, September 4, 2014

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Meetings & Advisement Sessions
Meet Richard Whittle, 20 Oct
F. David Fowler Career Center Employer Events

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Meetings & Advisement Sessions

Should any MSPM student need to meet with me to discuss the program, their schedule, or any other item as it pertains to the MSPM program, you are best served by scheduling a meeting via www.meetme.so/gwmspm. This tool syncs to my calendar and will show you my availability to best locate a meeting time that works for all parties involved. Be sure to select if we will meet in my office, via phone (student calls me), or via Skype (student calls me). It is also helpful if you provide your GWid when setting up the meeting.

Meet Richard Whittle, 20 Oct

The GW Law School Government Procurement Law Program is pleased to host Richard Whittle, author of The Dream Machine and Predator, Global Fellow in International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and recently a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, on Monday, 20 Oct, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner 101 at the GW Law School. Registration and coffee begins at 8:30 a.m. with a book signing at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, RSVP with Jessica Pierce at 202-994-7171 or jppierce@law.gwu.edu.

F. David Fowler Career Center Employer Events

The following employer events are scheduled at GWSB in the coming weeks:

9 Sep, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lobby Greeting by Deloitte, representation by Consulting and AERS Divisions

12 Sep, 3-5 p.m., Graduate International Job Search Round Table

15 Sep, 6-7:30 p.m., PwC Info Session

16 Sep, 5-6:30 p.m., Deloitte Federal Consulting

17 Sep, 5:30-7:30 p.m., IBM, seeking to fill public sector, business analytics, and consultant roles

Contact the F. David Fowler Career Center for full details or visit GWorkSB.

MSPM: In the Know, August 27, 2014

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Career Week 2014
Alumni Weekend 2014
Last Day to Add/Drop via GWeb

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Career Week 2014

Presented by the F. David Fowler Career Center, Career Week 2014 is scheduled for 8-12 Sep. Events during the week include professional head shots, panel discussions, aptitude tests, and more. The schedule of events is available online with registration through GWorkSB.

Alumni Weekend 2014

Every year during Alumni Weekend, campus comes alive as thousands of alumni, friends and families return to GW. During the four days of activities, 18-21 Sep, all Colonials and their families are invited to choose from 60+ events. Students are invited to participate. Review the schedule of events and register online.

Last Day to Add/Drop via GWeb

Sunday, 7 Sep, is the last day to add or drop classes via GWeb. Refer to the refund schedule for dropped courses and possible refunds. As a reminder, you must be registered for a class every fall and spring semester or apply to take a Leave of Absence to maintain continuous enrollment at GW. Failure to do so puts your enrollment into jeopardy.