MSPM: In the Know, April 14, 2015

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Seats Still Available for PMP Prep Course
The GW Project Management Association (PMA), in collaboration with the PMIWDC Chapter, is hosting a PMP Prep Course for the GW community. Register today before it sells out. Four-day course, May 2-3 and May 9-10, at $575 per person. This is a discount of over 40% off the standard PMIWDC rate.

• Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice, Registration Opening Soon, 4-5 Jun
The latest agenda is posted for the “Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice, 3rd International Workshop.” Registration is opening soon online. Spread the word about the event to your fellow project managers. For more details, contact Prof Kwak or the MSPM program.

Is your organization interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Contact Cambria Happ to discuss further.

Colonial Cup’s Day of Service, 26 Apr
MSPM students are invited to participate in Colonial Cup’s Day of Service on Sunday, 26 Apr, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers will work with Loaves and Fishes, a meals ministry that serves the hungry, to set the dining room and serve each seated guest. If you are interested, sign up by Thursday, 23 Apr.

Loaves and Fishes is located at 1525 Newton St, NW in Washington, DC. Closest Metro station is Columbia Heights.

ACT-IAC is Seeking an Associate Director, Programs and Special Projects

The American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is seeking an Associate Director, Programs and Special Projects for providing program, analytical, and administrative support to the Institute for Innovation, as well as other assigned programs and special projects and activities as related to the effective and efficient operation of this function. The Institute for Innovation provides an objective and non-partisan forum for strategic thought leadership to advance government mission through the innovative application and management of information technology. Other assigned

Programs and Special Projects are events and activities that are established to accomplish strategic mission objectives in alignment with the organizational top priorities. These activities are based on outcome driven results from the Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), conferences, forums, the Institute and designated requests from federal agency engagements. This position reports to the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives.

Review the job description for full details – ACTIAC Assoc Dir Programs and Special Projects Position Description.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to recruiting@actiac.org and through GWork, #ID Number: 818339. Compensation needs are required for consideration. Further information about ACT-IAC is available on the website at www.actiac.org.

EY is Seeking Consultants

Anna Matsiras, a MSPM alum, reached out to the program to share that the EY is seeking highligh motivated consultants (senior-, manager-, senior manager-levels) to support client engagement teams, work with a wide variety of clients to deliver professional services, and participate in business development activities on strategic and global priority accounts. We have PM teams that support Government (DC metro area), Financial Services, and our Performance Improvement practice area. We also have offices around the globe so do not hesitate to reach out for one of those opportunities as well.

Our focus areas within program management provide comprehensive services to design, build and operate large complex transformational programs. A person who performed well in Directed Comp and PPM will excel in this role. Please see the role description for further detail – Program Management – EY Advisory.

Learn more about our Advisory Performance Improvement practice at: http://www.ey.com/US/en/Services/Advisory/Performance-Improvement.

Please email me, Anna Matsiras, directly if you are interested in pursuing one of these exciting opportunities at EY. My email is Anna.Matsiras@ey.com.

AACEI National Capital Section Meeting featuring Bill J. Hombach, “Implementing a Comprehensive Estimating Solution for NASA”

Title: AACEI National Capital Section Meeting featuring Bill J. Hombach, “Implementing a Comprehensive Estimating Solution for NASA”
Location: The GW School of Business, 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453, Washington, DC 20052
Link out: Click here
Description: Title: “Implementing a Comprehensive Estimating Solution for NASA”
Presented By: Bill J. Hombach
Time: 5:00 PM GWU and AACE-NCS Mixer, Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: $25.00
Additional Info:
In the mid 1990’s NASA fulfilled their liability recordation requirements by hiring contractors to perform an assessment of their environmental cleanup projects at NASA centers throughout the country. At the time, this same contractor would conduct annual financial assessments to update and document the previous year’s liability estimates. Though these reports passed initial audits for their intended purpose, an internal review of the data later suggested the annual estimates were inaccurate and misleading. As such, in 2003, NASA began to address the issue by shifting the responsibility for estimating environmental liabilities to its Restoration Program Managers (RPMs) at all NASA centers.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2015-05-21
End Time: 20:00

MSPM: In the Know, April 7, 2015

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PMIEF Scholarships and More
The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) offers over 30 scholarships for graduate students. Review the full list of scholarships online and apply before the May 1, 2015 deadline. Take advantage of this opportunity and apply for all scholarships that you qualify to receive.

Have you won a scholarship for the upcoming academic year? We’d love to hear about it! Please provide your name, the scholarship name, and the source of the funding. We want to congratulate you on earning the award. You also have the option to share the news with us via social media using #GWSBProud.

• RRMC Seeking a Project Manager (Washington, DC)
The Research & Regulatory Management Council (RRMC) is seeking a project manager to provide comprehensive oversight by planning, directing, and coordinating activities to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished for multiple joint venture and task force programs. RRMC designs and develops required health and safety data for raw chemical manufacturers and companies that market end-use products.

The position was shared by a current MSPM student. To apply, email your resume and cover letter, summarizing your qualifications and salary expectations, to Holly Schroeder at hschroeder@cspa.org. More details and a full job description are available on the blog.

GW PMA-Sponsored PMP Prep Course, May 2015
The GW PMA is proud to sponsor a PMP prep course organized by the PMI Washington DC Chapter. The event is open to all GW students interested in pursuing the PMP certification. Event will be held on two consecutive weekends, 2-3 May and 9-10 May. Register now, space is limited!

Event Roundup

RRMC Seeking a Project Manager (Washington, DC)

The Research & Regulatory Management Council (RRMC) designs and develops required health and safety data for raw chemical manufacturers and companies that market end-use products. RRMC is a Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) affiliate program headquartered in Washington, DC.

RRMC is seeking a Project Manager to provide comprehensive project management by planning, directing, and coordinating activities to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished for multiple joint venture and task force programs. Full details on the position are available in the job description – Project Manager, RRMC.

To apply for this full-time position based in Washington, DC, please email your resume and cover letter, summarizing your qualifications and salary expectations, to Holly Schroeder at hschroeder@cspa.org. No phone calls, please. This position was shared by a current MSPM student. Applicants must be eligible to work within the U.S.

Supplemental Edition of MSPM: In the Know, April 2, 2015

Bonus Two

VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant, Applications Now Being Accepted
VALOR and the Office of Military Affairs in conjunction with GW Career Services is proud to announce the VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be used toward a number of professional certification exams, the PMP included. Applications due no later than 20 Apr. Review the program and application details online. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the PMA-organized PMP prep course in May and to earn a grant for the PMP exam fees.

• Free Registration to PMI Global Congress 2015 – EMEA Exhibit Hall, 11-13 May
The MSPM program is pleased to offer one student a free registration to the exhibit hall at the PMI Global Congress 2015 – EMEA in London, United Kingdom this May. If you are interested and able to attend the event 11-13 May, you’ll have full access to the exhibit hall to learn, network, and find solutions to business challenges. Contact mspminfo@gwu.edu if you are interested in the event. Deadline to indicate interest is 9 Apr.

Please note that the free registration is for the exhibit hall only. Registration does not include access to the full conference program. The individual is responsible for all associated costs, including, but not limited to, travel, lodging, meals, etc. If you are interested in attending the full conference, PMI is offering a student rate at  275 euros. Visit the EMEA website for full details.

MSPM: In the Know, March 31, 2015

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Summer 2015: Core and Elective Courses
The MSPM program is offering 3 core courses this summer: DNSC 6258, DNSC 6259, and DNSC 6262. Online sections for DNSC 6258 and DNSC 6259 have fewer than 18 seats remaining. Register ASAP to ensure a seat in your planned courses.

We have several DNSC electives available for on campus students and we just confirmed 2 online electives. Full details on the blog.
A new general elective offering in summer for on campus students was recently announced. IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy (3 credits). Course is taught by Dr. Eugene Gholz, a visiting faculty member from UT Austin. Course offered during the first 6 week session of the summer, meets twice a week.

• #GWSBProud
Help the GW School of Business increase awareness around the success of the GWSB community! Use #GWSBProud when posting to Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn to share stories about your accomplishments, career news, and other stories. Did you recently win a scholarship? Did you earn a promotion or take a new job? Did you speak at a conference? Share the news and add #GWSBProud to the announcement.

Interested in helping other GWSB students or alumni with career questions or guidance? Add #GWSBProud to your LinkedIn profile summary to denote your willingness to help out a fellow Colonial. Looking for another student or alum to engage on LinkedIn regarding your career? Search for #GWSBProud to find those willing to help out.

Sponsorships Available for the Megaprojects Workshop, 4-5 Jun
Sponsorships now available for the Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice, 3rd International Workshop on 4-5 Jun. The event focuses on a variety of topics surrounding megaprojects and features speakers from academia, industry, and government. Three sponsorship levels available, including opportunities to present at the workshop. The latest agenda and program information is listed online. Is your company interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Cambria Happ at chapp@gwu.edu to learn more.

IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy

A new summer general elective is available for on campus students: IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting: Political Economy and Foreign Policy (3 credits). The course is taught by Dr. Eugene Gholz, a visiting faculty member from the University of Texas, Austin.

This course examines business-government relations and the defense acquisition process in the context of the broader political economy of defense. It emphasizes organizational interests and the full array of pressures on government contracting in defense, including interest groups, bureaucratic politics, presidential leadership, Constitutional structure, and even a hint of international strategy. The course will primarily focus on the United States, but students will also learn from comparisons to European and Asian countries as they discuss how countries convert latent power (wealth) into realized power (especially military forces); the challenges that limit efficient management of defense effort; the importance of developing new technologies and the role of government and especially militaries in promoting innovation; and the effects of peacetime defense investment on the strength of the national economy.

201502 IBUS 6290.80 Defense Contracting Syllabus (Gholz)

MSPM: In the Know, March 24, 2015

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Summer and Fall 2015 Classes
Registration is now open for both the summer and fall 2015 semesters. Review your plans in DegreeMAP, schedule an advisement session with me, and register for classes to ensure you earn the seat in the course/section you want/need.

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for summer 2015 is now available on the blog.
As a reminder, all general elective courses must be approved by your advisor to apply to the degree requirements. Failure to receive approval for your general elective may result in you having to take additional courses. Schedule an advisement session, plan ahead, and never make assumptions. Please also remember that you have both a general elective requirement to fulfill and a DNSC elective requirement. A DNSC elective is one that is offered by the Decision Sciences Department. Consult DegreeMAP to confirm your individual program requirements.

• VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant
The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and GW Career Services are proud to announce a new initiative aimed to support our VALOR students in their efforts towards professional development. The VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant allows for eligible VALOR students to apply for reimbursement grants towards a number of professional certification exams. 10 exams are included on the list, the PMP being of most relevance to MSPM students. Application period is 1-20 Apr. Visit http://services.military.gwu.edu/valor-professional-credentialing-grant for details.

GW Women in Business Sixth Annual Spring Conference, 28 Mar
The GW Women in Business Association is hosting their sixth annual spring conference on Saturday, 28 Mar. This year’s conference, “Be Bold, Be You,” will feature business leaders from Lucky Group, Donna Karen, Under Armour Women, and Chobani. Purchase tickets before they sell out at gwwibspringconference.org!