Monthly Archives: November 2011

Best Practices in IT Project Management

Title:  “Best Practices in IT Project Management”
Forum:  Luncheon w/Keynote Speaker (David Offenkrantz, PMIWDC Chapter)
Location:  GWU WDC Campus, Duques Hall, 6th Floor
Date/Time:  January 26, 2012 (11:30 AM – 2:00 PM)
Co-Sponsors:  GW Tech Alumni (GWTA)/GW Project Management (GWPM)

“Best Practices in IT Project Management” is a GW Tech Alumni (GWTA)/GW Project Management (GWPM) co-hosted event, focused on formally recognizing the importance of Project Management (PM) within the Information Technology (IT) industry.  This luncheon event will introduce attendees to the importance of adopting a governing PM methodology and the benefits of participating in a PM related professional organization such as the “Project Management Institute” (  Attendees should expect to receive 1) information on the value of participating in the GWTA/GWPM organizations, 2) an introduction on and invitation to join the PMIWDC Chapter, and 3) a clear understanding of the importance project management plays in the successful execution of IT and pan-industry related projects in general.  The keynote speaker for event is David Offenkrantz, 2010-2011 President of the PMIWDC Chapter and Senior Project Manager for the Hewlett-Packard Company.  As ways, special thanks is extended to the GWU ISTM Department for their support of this and other fine GWTA events.

Employment Opportunity: MS Project (Expert) Project Analyst

A mid-level MS Project Analyst/Scheduler to fill a vacancy supporting the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller (ASN FM&C). This analyst will provide oversight of a very comprehensive POA&M geared towards preparing the Navy for audit readiness. The candidate must have a min. bachelor’s degree and three to five years experience management with MS Project
Salary is approximately $65K
If interested please respond with a resume and a cover letter to  Please address the cover letter to Ms.Torres.


Join the GW Tech Alumni group as we present Frank Stein, MBA’85 and Director of IBM’s Analytics Solution Center, and other forward thinking industry panelists, to explore how this type of computing power can be leveraged to assist, facilitate, and transform organizations to make better decisions.
Tuesday, November 8 | 5:30 p.m.
Duques Hall, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC
5:30pm – Networking Reception
6:15pm – Presentation from IBM’s Frank Stein
7:15pm – Panel Discussion and Q&A
IBM’s Watson has shown the world that a computer could rival a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language on the game show Jeopardy! With its win in February, the possibility of using this level of computing came to the forefront of the public’s mind and imagination. More than data warehousing and mining, this next generation of computing puts quantified, targeted data and quality answers within the reach of decision makers and end users without the man behind the curtain.

GWSB: Toys for Tots Drive

In honor of the upcoming holidays, the School of Business is hosting our 2nd annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children. 

What:  Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children (e.g. hospitals, hospices, shelters)
Where:  Duques 5th Floor Graduate Lounge (552)
When:  Now – 10 December
How:  Drop off unwrapped toys for children under 13 at the location above and warm a needy child’s heart.
Last day to drop off toys will be Saturday, December 10th, so put your toy or toys in the 5th floor grad lounge soon! 

What kinds of toys are not allowed?

Toys with military theme. Toys related to weapons/law enforcement type toys. Toys with candy. Used toys.   No chemicals (i.e. experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.). The Toys For Tots Program does not allow these toys. Toys For Tots of the Marine Corps Reserve will not distribute toys fitting this description that are donated to the Program to children. Instead, these toys will be donated to another charitable organization.
What kind of toys can I donate?

New, unwrapped toys preferably around the $10 or above price range. It is unsafe to distribute dangerous or dirty toys that could cause injury or illness to a child.

Capstone Registration

I have gotten several questions about registration for Capstone – Project Management Applications.  If the spring semester will be your final semester, congratulations!  All you need to do to register for Capstone is send a completed Registration Transaction Form and Graduation Application to me before the start of the semester.  Both forms can be found on the forms page of this site.  Make sure to include the section (10 or DE) on your RTF.

Again, congratulations!