MSPM: In the Know, August 20, 2014

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Courses Not Available in Blackboard?
GW Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony 2014
Software and Textbooks

Dear MSPM students,

Welcome back! And a special welcome to our almost 40 new students beginning this fall! I encourage everyone to reacquaint themselves with their classmates, professors, and the academic technology for the program. A plethora of resources and information are available via my.gwu.edu, the Office of the Registrar website, and through the MSPM blog.

The fall semester begins on Monday, 25 Aug. Late registration fees will apply beginning on Monday. Courses dropped after Sunday, 24 Aug, are subject to the withdrawal and refund schedule.

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Course Not Available in Blackboard?

Curious as to why your courses may not yet appear in Blackboard even though you confirmed your registration in GWeb Info Systems? Chances are the professor has not yet activated the course in Blackboard. Rest assured that your course will be activated by the first day of class. For example, the first on-campus lecture for DNSC 6202 Statistics for Managers is on Tuesday, 26 Aug. Prof Khamooshi may not activate the course in Blackboard until that day.

The professors will provide details on the Blackboard Collaborate schedule in their syllabus. The schedule is also available on our blog. The Collaborate sessions are oriented for the online students, not the on-campus students.

GW Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony 2014

All newly admitted graduate students at GW are invited to the university-wide Graduate Student Welcome Ceremony, Graduate Student Services Fair, and Graduate Student Welcome Reception. Events will take place tomorrow, 21 Aug, 2:30-7 pm on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Software and Textbooks

Visit DreamSpark to download key Microsoft software in preparation for the fall semester. As a reminder, Microsoft does not offer a Mac version of Project. VM Fusion is available for Mac users to simulate a Windows environment, however access to or usage of a PC is advised for MSPM students. Instructions on downloading software from DreamSpark and/or VM Fusion is available on the blog. If you are accessing DreamSpark for the first time, you will need to register using your @gwmail.gwu.edu email address. If you run into issues, contact Sami Nagi at sami@gwu.edu.

For those interested in purchasing other software packages at an educational discount, visit JourneyEd. Additional software downloads are available from the GW Division of IT and also through the Virtual Computer Lab.

If you have not yet ordered your textbooks, do so immediately. We would love to get your feedback on the usage of ebooks in the program. Does anyone have experience using ebooks for the MSPM courses? Would you be willing to share you feedback via LinkedIn? Visit the George Washington University MSPM Student and Alumni Networking Group on LinkedIn to join the discussion.

MSPM: In the Know, August 14, 2014

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Last Chance to Register for Friday Reception
Last Day to Drop with Full Refund, 24 Aug
Participate in the GW Photo Shoot, 15 Aug

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Last Chance to Register for Friday Reception

All current MSPM students are invited to attend the 15 Aug reception hosted by the GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network. Registration is free but required. Come meet the incoming class of students and catch up with alumni. Reception is in Duques Hall, 6th floor, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Last Day to Drop with Full Refund, 24 Aug

Sunday, 24 Aug, is the last day to drop fall semester classes for a full refund. Starting Monday, 25 Aug, drops are subject to the university refund schedule. If you plan to take a Leave of Absence this semester, submit a Registration Transaction Form to Cambria Happ before 25 Aug. Failure to enroll in courses or to take a Leave of Absence will put you in violation of the Continuous Enrollment policy.

Participate in the GW Photo Shoot, 15 Aug

Register to participate in the GW photo shoot planned for Friday, 15 Aug, 2:15 pm in Kogan Plaza. The photo will be used in the fall issue of GW Magazine. Photo will include students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

MSPM: In the Know, August 6, 2014

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MSPM Orientation Student & Alumni Reception, 15 Aug
Religious Observances and Holidays
Blackboard Access and Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

MSPM Orientation Student & Alumni Reception, 15 Aug

All current MSPM students are invited to attend the 15 Aug reception hosted by the GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network. This will be a great opportunity to welcome the incoming class of MSPM students and to connect with MSPM alumni.

Hors d’ouevres, beer and wine will be served. Registration is requested, however the event is free of charge. Event will take place in Duques Hall, 6th floor, from 6:30 to 8 pm next Friday.

Religious Observances and Holidays

GW’s policy regarding accommodations for religious holidays may be found on the Office of the Provost website. This is a reminder that students must notify faculty during the first week of the semester of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance. The fall semester begins 25 Aug.

Blackboard Access and Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The faculty will make their classes available on Blackboard no later than the first day of the class. Some may actually open the Blackboard site before the start of the semester. Please remember to use the GWeb Info Systems site to confirm your course registrations for the fall, this is the official site to do so.

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule has been posted to the blog at www.gwprojectmanagement.org for the distance/online classes. Your professor will also confirm the schedule in the course syllabus and in the first lecture. Contact your professor for any questions regarding the scheduled Blackboard Collaborate sessions.

Survey Administrator, IMPACT (Washington, DC)

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) is searching for a graduate student to perform survey administration, data collection, and analysis services. Individual will work 10-20 hours per week with an hourly wage rate of $15-20 per hour depending on qualifications. Students on an international visa are eligible to apply (see ISO for questions on work restrictions/regulations). Send resumes to Dr. Cindy Menches, P.E. at cmenches@impact-net.org no later than 22 Aug.

IMPACT Survey Administrator Position

MSPM: In the Know, August 1, 2014

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Fall 2014 Textbook List
IMPACT Hiring Grad Student for Survey Administrator Position
NCAIED American Indian Business Scholarship, 5 Sep Deadline

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Fall 2014 Textbook List

The textbook list for the fall 2014 MSPM courses has been released. Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org and navigate to the Resources tab to locate the textbook list. The information has also been shared with the GW Bookstore.

IMPACT Hiring Grad Student for Survey Administrator Position

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) is searching for a graduate student to perform survey administration, data collection, and analysis services. Individual will work 10-20 hours per week with an hourly wage rate of $15-20 per hour depending on qualifications. Students on an international visa are eligible to apply (see ISO for questions on work restrictions/regulations). Send resumes to Dr. Cindy Menches, P.E. at cmenches@impact-net.org no later than 22 Aug.

NCAIED American Indian Business Scholarship, 5 Sep Deadline

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development awards annual scholarships to students majoring in a business related field and who hold an official document of Tribal Enrollment (American Indian or Alaskan Native). Application deadline is 5 Sep. Review the full details online.

NCAIED American Indian Business Scholarship Program

The program just learned of this scholarship opportunity from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Application deadline is September 5, 2014. Scholarship eligibility criteria is below with full details online:

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be majoring in a business related field
  • Must be a junior, senior or graduate student
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
  • If selected, candidate must be able to attend the NCAIED Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Students should submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Official State or Federal Tribal enrollment document
  • Personal Essay on the following (250 min-350 max words per category):
    • Personal challenges you overcame in pursuit of higher education
    • Community involvement
    • Reason for pursuing higher education in business
    • Business Related Experience (Paid or Volunteer)
    • Plans following completion of degree program
    • Activities and commitment to community to be considered
  • Official Transcripts (sealed and signed)
  • Official Letter of Admission/Enrollment for 2014-2015 academic year
  • Copy of class schedule for Fall semester

MSPM: In the Know, July 23, 2014

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Need-Based Scholarship Deadline is Tomorrow, 24 Jul
MSPM Orientation Student & Alumni Reception, 15 Aug
Last Day to Withdraw from Summer Session 2, 1 Aug

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Need-Based Scholarship Deadline is Tomorrow, 24 Jul

Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for the need-based scholarships available for the fall 2014 semester. Full details on scholarship criteria and application process available on the blog at www.gwprojectmanagement.org. Applicants who do not follow the application guidelines will not be considered.

MS in Project Management Orientation Student & Alumni Reception, 15 Aug

The GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network cordially invites alumni and current students to connect at the program’s fall orientation. This will be a great opportunity to welcome the incoming class of MSPM students.

Hors d’ouevres, beer and wine will be served. While there is no charge to attend the event, registration is requested. Event will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm on Friday, 15 Aug, in Duques Hall, 6th floor.

Last Day to Withdraw from Summer Session 2, 1 Aug

Friday, 1 Aug, is the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” using a Registration Transaction Form for Summer Session 2 classes.

MSPM: In the Know, July 16, 2014

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Need-Based Scholarship Deadline, 24 Jul
Graduate Fellow Position, GW Military and Veteran Career Services
1 More Volunteer Needed for Fall Orientation

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Need-Based Scholarship Deadline, 24 Jul

Thursday, 24 Jul, is the deadline to apply for the need-based scholarships available for the fall 2014 semester. Details on the criteria and application process are available on the blog at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

Essays received with spelling errors, poor grammar, or formatting issues receive less consideration than those that exhibit graduate-level writing. Take full advantage of the GW resources that your tuition payments fund, such as the GW Writing Center or the English for Academic Purposes Program.

Graduate Fellow Position, GW Military and Veteran Career Services

The Interdisciplinary Career Services Initiatives office within the GW Center for Career Services is looking to fill their Graduate Fellow for Interdisciplinary Initiatives position for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellow will participate as a member of the team charged with advancing career services and resources for military-related students including current service, veterans and military families.

Fellow is paid an hourly rate and is expected to work 20-25 hours per week. Must be a current GW graduate student that is either a veteran, active duty service member, or dependent to fill the position. To apply, submit cover letter and resume to Marva Gumbs Jennings, Managing Director, Interdisciplinary Initiatives with subject line: Grad Fellow-Military and Veteran Career Services to mgumbs@gwu.edu.

1 More Volunteer Needed for Fall Orientation

One additional volunteer is needed to assist with the bridge game during the fall 2014 MSPM orientation scheduled on Friday, 15 Aug. This is a great way to meet the incoming students, plus lunch is provided. Time commitment is 1:30 to 4 pm. Contact Cambria Happ at chapp@gwu.edu if you are interested.

MSPM: In the Know, July 9, 2014

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Fall 2014 Need-Based Scholarships, 24 Jul Deadline
10-Month Annual Payment Plan Enrollment, 10 Jul Deadline
Last Day to Add/Drop Summer Session II Courses, 13 Jul Deadline

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Fall 2014 Need-Based Scholarships, 24 Jul Deadline

Need-based scholarship funding has been made available to current MSPM students in the fall 2014 semester. The program will award up to three scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500. Full details on the need-based scholarships, the eligibility criteria, and the application is available on www.gwprojectmanagement.org. Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59pm EDT Thursday, July 24, 2014; late applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center or the English for Academic Purposes Program to ensure that they put forward a graduate-level writing effort. Essays received with spelling errors, poor grammar, or formatting issues receive less consideration than those that exhibit graduate-level writing.

10-Month Annual Payment Plan Enrollment, 10 Jul Deadline

GW has partnered with ECSI to offer an interest-free monthly payment plan available to all students. For those interested in the annual plan, you may spread your tuition payments out over a 10-month period. The first deadline to sign up for the service is Thursday, 10 Jul. Those who sign up by 10 Jul will pay a reduced application fee of $55. Details are available on the Student Accounts Office website.

Last Day to Add/Drop Summer Session II Courses, 13 Jul Deadline

Sunday, 13 Jul, is the last day to add a class using the GWeb Information System, and to drop a class using any means, for Summer Session II. After this date students must use a Registration Transaction Form to make changes to their schedule. GWeb registration is available from 7am – 10pm.

Please also be aware of the refund schedule for summer courses, as the policies differ from the regular schedule. Failure to plan or to take action could cost you money.