MSPM: In the Know, December 17, 2014

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Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes
The Office of the Registrar released the Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes this week. Review the course offerings within the MSPM program (via Decision Sciences) and throughout GW. Questions about which class to take? Schedule an advisement session with me.

• PMP Boot Camp, Jan 2015
MSPM students are invited to register for a 4-day PMP boot camp scheduled in January in Washington, DC. Provider is a PMI Registered Education Partner. Cost is $1,399 if booked before 31 Dec. Contact Renee Wilson at if you are interested in the program.

  • Weekday Boot Camp: 26-29 Jan
  • Weekend Boot Camp: 24-25 Jan and 31 Jan-1 Feb

2015-16 Academic Calendar
The 2015-16 Academic Calendar was released last week. This calendar covers the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Note the beginning and end dates of each semester, the holidays, and commencement weekend.

GW School of Business 2015 Commencement Week Schedule

For full details, visit

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony
(Invitation Only – RSVP Required)
Time TBD, Location TBD

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 GWSB Commencement Gala
(Invitation Only – RSVP Required)
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Capital Hilton (1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Thursday, May 14, 2015
GWSB Awards Ceremony
(Invitation Only – RSVP Required)
6:00 pm Reception – Marvin Center Great Hall, (800 21st Street, NW)
7:00 pm Awards Ceremony – Marvin Center Betts Theatre, (800 21st Street, NW)

Friday, May 15, 2015
GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration
2:15 pm Student lineup, Funger Hall Lobby (2201 G Street, NW)
3:30 pm Celebration Ceremony, Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St.NW)
Following the ceremony: Graduates/Family Reception (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)

Sunday, May 17, 2015
University Commencement
9:00 am All Graduates Line-Up for Procession
9:30 am Procession begins
10:00 am George Washington University Commencement, The National Mall



MSPM: In the Know, December 10, 2014

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MSPM Spring Orientation Student & Alumni Reception, 9 Jan
The GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network cordially invites alumni and current students to connect at the program’s spring orientation. This will be a great opportunity for both incoming and current MSPM students to connect with the program’s alumni and share their experiences at GW. Hors d’ouevres, beer and wine will be served. Register today! Friday, 9 Jan, 6-7:30 p.m. in Duques Hall, 6th Floor.

• Spring 2015 Scholarship Deadline, 14 Dec
Sunday, 14 Dec, is the deadline to apply for scholarship funding in the spring 2015 semester. We will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $3,750. Full details on the scholarships and the application process and requirements are available on the blog.

Graduate Aide Position, Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
The Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships is actively seeking a full-time MSPM student to serve as a graduate aide beginning in January. Full details on the position are available on the blog. Position requires 20 hours per week, knowledge of MS Access, and includes an hourly wage and tuition benefits. Send your application/resume via email to

Graduate Aide Position, GW Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

One position is expected to start mid – January 2015, and may start earlier. The position requires 20 hours per week.

Strong knowledge of databases and MS Access is required.
Student should address proficiency and relevant experience of databases / MS Access within cover letter.

Desired characteristics include:

  • Word processing skills
    ● Very good English skills, both written and spoken
    ● High level of motivation
    ● Self-direction
    ● Dependability
    ● Well-developed organizational skills
    ● Proven ability to stay on task and meet deadlines

To be eligible for the graduate aide position, the applicant must be enrolled full-time in a Foggy Bottom graduate degree program. Preference will be given to applicants who are new graduate students and have previous university employment experience in the area of student services.

A minimum of 20 hours per week during the upcoming summer session is a requirement of the position.

The Graduate Aide position includes:

  • Hourly wage of $15 per hour
    ● Tuition award of 9 credit hours per semester
  • Stipend of $850 per month


A completed application includes a resume and cover letter. The cover letter must include your GWid, your program of study, your first semester of study at GW, and your expected date of graduation.
Please drop off or send your application to:
The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships, Rice Hall 302.
Fax: 202-994-8845 *** E-mail:
For further information, please contact Pete Van Riper at 202-994-6822 or

GW Division of IT Hiring Project Manager

GW is hiring an Assistant Director, Project Management to serve within the Division of Information Technology (DIT), specifically the Project and Portfolio Management Office. The Assistant Director will manage a team of project managers and will be responsible for technical project management within the division. Maintaining project management methodologies and tools for the division, managing, leading and mentoring a team of project managers, building cohesive teams and driving organizational effectiveness and accountability through evaluation are some focus areas of the Assistant Director. This role serves as a key liaison between the Project and Portfolio Management Office and key technical leaders throughout the Division of IT. In addition, this role will provide insight into the road-map planning processes for the division and will play a key role in managing the IT portfolio of work.

Interested? Apply immediately via

Introduction of Matthew Nessan, Assistant Director, MS in Project Management

Dear MSPM Students and Faculty,

It is with profound excitement that I introduce myself as the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Project Management Program at The George Washington University School of Business. Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of you. Now more than ever, it is clear to me why so many regard GW with such prestige and admiration. I hope to continue learning more about each of your individual roles and professional endeavors while I contribute to the admissions and recruitment efforts of the MSPM program.

The path that led me to GW is as eclectic as the opportunities available to our students and graduates. Originally from a small town in Montana (less than 100 people!), I matriculated to Texas Christian University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduation, I worked as an employee benefits consultant in Houston for approximately five years before returning to school to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Southern California and a Graduate Certificate in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy (Ed.D.) at our very own George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Highlights of my educational career include three years teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in a variety of California universities, and my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. More recently, I come to you from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), where I evaluated a wide variety of domestic and international educational institutions to ensure accreditation compliance.

Over the course of the next 6-12 months, my goal is to increase the visibility of the MSPM program in order to continue to attract exceptional students from around the world. Further, I am dedicated to connecting with our current students and graduates to develop relationships with private, public, and non-profit sector employers to promote the program. My experience in education has taught me that, as individuals, we are endowed with the ability to make differences. As educational professionals, we are tasked to find solutions. As educational leaders, we must push the limits of the individual and the educator in order to turn barriers into opportunities and opportunities into realized success.

I am extremely excited to embark on this new adventure with the collaboration, support, and dedication I have seen during my short time at GWSB.

Best regards,

Matthew Nessan
Assistant Director
Master of Science in Project Management

MSPM: In the Know, December 3, 2014

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New PMA Board Elected
Congratulations to the newly elected GW Project Management Association (PMA) board of directors. Their term is effective December 1, 2014-November 30, 2015. Your new board is as follows:
President: Jade Ademiluyi
VP, Events: Nomi Nouri
VP, Marketing: Colleen Hoffman
Chief Budget Officer: Melody Peppard
Distance Student Representative: David Jackson
MBAA Representative: Duke Anh Ngo
PMIWDC Representative: Wilbert Davis

• Spring 2015 Registration
Only 50% of the MSPM students have registered for classes in the spring semester. Be sure to complete your course registration immediately. We are starting to release seats to non-MSPM students on the wait list. Do not lose the opportunity to secure a seat in your required or preferred courses/sections.

To register in DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone), you must complete and submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email, fax, or in person. You cannot register via GWeb for DNSC 6269.

Win Tickets to “Colbert Report” Taping
Free tickets will be available by lottery to GW students. Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” will bring its Emmy-winning blend of news and satirical comedy to GW’s Lisner Auditorium on Monday, 8 Dec. To enter the ticket lottery, students should register online by 10 a.m. EST Thursday, 4 Dec.

MSPM: In the Know, November 26, 2014

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Thanksgiving Break
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving break begins today, 26 Nov, and extends through Friday, 28 Nov. GW offices will close today at 2 p.m. and reopen on Monday, 1 Dec, at 9 a.m. Enjoy your break!

• Spring 2015 Scholarships, 14 Dec Deadline
Scholarship funding is available for current MSPM students in the spring 2015 semester. The program will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $3,750. Full details on the two scholarships, the eligibility criteria, and the applications are available on Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, 14 Dec; 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 they put forth 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.

PMA Board of Directors Election
Thank you to those who voted for the PMA Board of Directors. The votes are being tallied and an announcement will be made shortly by the current Board.

Spring 2015 Scholarships for Current MSPM Students, 14 Dec Deadline

Scholarship funding is available for current MSPM students in the Spring 2015 semester.

MSPM 201501 Need-Based Scholarship Application

MSPM 201501 Merit-Based Scholarship Application

Overview of scholarship guidelines:

  • Two scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $3,750
  • Must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits in the Spring 2015 semester
  • Must have been enrolled in a minimum of 1.5 credits or on an approved Leave of Absence in the Fall 2014 semester
  • Student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Video or essay required
  • Full guidelines and eligibility criteria are included in the applications

Deadline to apply is 14 Dec, 2014. Review the applications in detail for the full list of guidelines, eligibility criteria, and the complete application process. Be mindful of spelling, grammar, and formatting in your essays. All students are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center to ensure they put forward a graduate-level writing effort.

Good luck!

Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement: Brazil – A Case Study in Opening the BRICS

The leading free trade agreement in procurement, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), is missing the BRICS: the world’s most important developing economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have all failed to join. GW Law hosted this open colloquium, where a panel of senior procurement experts from Brazil, joined by senior members of the U.S. trade and procurement communities, explored the key hurdles to be met in bringing Brazil and the other BRICS into the GPA.

Program materials available online.

Link to video of colloquium.

Panel Topics

  • The GPA accession process — how the WTO views it, and how potential new entrants see it
  • Political and economic challenges for Brazil and other developing nations in preparing to join the GPA
  • The road to harmonization in procurement rules, between Brazil and the world
  • Addressing Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) preferences
  • “Buy Brazilian” — unique problems raised by domestic preferences

Panelists and Moderators

  • Alecia Bicalho, Motta & Bicalho
  • Augusto Dal Pozzo, Dal Pozzo Advogados
  • Cesar Pereira, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini
  • Maurício Ribeiro, Portugal Ribeiro Advogados
  • Jean Heilman Grier , Principal Trade Consultant, Djaghe, LLC
  • Johannes Schnitzer, SchnitzerLaw, Vienna
  • Robert Anderson, World Trade Organization
  • Daniel I. Gordon, Steven L. Schooner, Joshua Schwartz, Jessica Tillipman, and Christopher R. Yukins, The George Washington University Law School