GW PMA Speaker Series – Jeff Toppall, Oct 10

GW PMA Speaker Series – Applying PM skills in your Personal or Academic life

Jeff Toppall, PMP and GW Graduate

Date: October 10, 2013

Time: Begin at 5:45pm and finish by 6:45pm

Location: Duques Hall
2201 G St NW (at 22nd St NW)
Fourth Floor Room 453 (undergraduate student lounge)
Washington, DC 20052

Jeff Toppall, PMP, will give a presentation showing how critical PM skills can be learned and applied outside of your professional work environment.  Mr. Toppall will discuss how events like managing the scope of a birthday party, the mistaken delivery of an iPod, or simply having dinner after coming home from a business trip can provide some of the most profound and memorable lessons for a project manager.  Life is a far better teacher than work and tends to be more interesting than the PMBOK.

Jeff Toppall’s career spans 16 years of program and technical management for public and private clients on projects ranging from consumer and back office software development to infrastructure delivery for both national and international markets. He holds an M.A. in Telecommunications from George Washington University and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.  He is a Manger, Program Management with Sapient in Arlington, VA.

Please register at http://gwpmapmskills.eventbrite.com/.

MSPM: In the Know, September 25, 2013

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PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 25 Sep
Congratulations to Fiona Saunders, Christle Scholarship Recipient
Last Day to Withdraw from Classes, 18 Oct

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 25 Sep

Today’s PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon speaker is John Dittmer, who will present on “Risk Management.” Join us today in Duques Hall, room 453 at 12pm for the 60 minute presentation. The event is free to attend, plus you are welcome to bring your lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Earn 1 PDU for certified PMs. Visit PMIWDC’s website for full details.

Congratulations to Fiona Saunders, Christle Scholarship Recipient

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Congratulations to MSPM student Fiona Saunders on receiving the Gaylord E. (Gary) Christle Scholarship in 2013. The $3,000 scholarship is provided through the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation in honor of the distinguished government service career of a founding member of the Performance Management Association, now known as the Former PMI College of Performance Management. The scholarship is designed to support scholarly studies and scientific advancement in the fields of acquisition, program and project management. Well done Fiona!

Interested in learning more about external scholarships available to those pursuing an education in project management? Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org to review the list of organizations that offer scholarships. If you know of any scholarships that may be of interest to MSPM students that are not listed on this page, contact me with the details.

Last Day to Withdraw from Classes, 18 Oct

Friday, October 18 is the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” using a Registration Transaction Form. Be mindful of the refund schedule if you must withdraw from a course. In addition, you should also schedule an advisement session with me to discuss the impact of your withdrawal from one or more of your courses.

MSPM: In the Know, September 18, 2013

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Coffee with Chris Kayes, Sep 26
Need a Tutor for Statistics?
Alumni Weekend 2013

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Coffee with Chris Kayes, Sep 26

Please join Dean Chris Kayes for an informal discussion over coffee. “Coffee with Chris” will take place over the next several weeks at different times to allow for all members of the GWSB community to meet Dean Kayes for conversation or questions. The Sep 26 session is scheduled for the convenience of our professional students, however other dates and times are available in the coming weeks. Get to know the new interim dean on Thursday, Sep 26, 5:30-6:30 pm, in Duques Hall, 5th floor, graduate lounge. Other dates and locations are provided below:

Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:30 am-1 pm, Duques Hall, 6th floor lobby

Thursday, Oct 3, 2:30-4 pm, Duques Hall, 6th floor lobby

Tuesday, Oct 8, 1-2:30 pm, Duques Hall, 6th floor lobby

Need a Tutor for Statistics?

Are you in a need for a tutor in statistics this semester? Or perhaps assistance in refreshing your skills? Luis Novoa, a doctoral student in the Department of Decision Sciences at GWSB, is available for MSPM students looking for additional help in statistics. Contact Luis directly at ljnovoa@gwmail.gwu.edu for rates and availability.

Alumni Weekend 2013

You are invited to participate in Alumni Weekend! Don’t miss this special opportunity to network with alumni at several events including GWSB’s signature event, the 7th Annual Ramsey Student Investment Fund Conference on Friday, Sep 27. Free student registration is available, register today! Alumni Weekend  runs from Sep 26-29; review the full schedule of events online.

MSPM: In the Know, September 11, 2013

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GW PMA Board Application Deadline, 16 Sep
Congratulations to William Davis, Kerzner Scholarship Recipient
GWSB Career Week, 30 Sep – 4 Oct

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

GW PMA Board Application Deadline, 16 Sep

Did you attend one of the events this past year organized by the GW PMA? Would you like to attend similar events this year? Without leadership from within the student body, the GW PMA will not be able to organize such events in the future. Apply today to serve on the GW PMA Board and help organize exclusive events for your fellow students. Applications are due by Monday, September 16, at 5pm EDT. Apply today!

Congratulations to William Davis, Kerzner Scholarship Recipient

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Congratulations to MSPM student William Davis on receiving one of the four Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarships awarded in 2013. The $7,500 scholarship is provided through the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship Program, which is designed to financially assist qualified applicants in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Well done William!

Interested in learning more about the scholarships available through PMI’s Educational Foundation and about other organizations that offer funding? Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org to review the list of organizations that offer scholarships. We are constantly updating this list as we learn about new programs.

GWSB Career Week, 30 Sep – 4 Oct

The F. David Fowler Career Center is excited to present its first ever Career Week, a week-long programming series to be held September 30 – October 4 devoted to accelerating GWSB students’ job market readiness. The week will focus primarily on careers in Finance, Marketing and Consulting with activities for both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit the Career Week website for full details and to register for the select events that do require registration.

Project Manager Position with Results Direct, Alexandria, VA

Results Direct is seeking a seasoned project manager to join us in our Old Town, Alexandria office. Results Direct is an industry-leading Web and  mobile solutions company specializing in working with associations.

Project Manager
Results Direct project managers are responsible for successfully managing multiple Web site, mobile, and/or related projects that involve application design and development. PMs work closely with both client and internal teams by handling the day-to-day management and communications on projects and ensuring that they stay on schedule and on budget. PMs manage projects throughout the full engagement cycle, including kickoff, discovery, creative development, implementation, evaluation, and follow-up.

To start, please introduce yourself by sending your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to us at: JoinRD@resultsdirect.com. The full job posting may be found online.

MSPM: In the Know, September 5, 2013

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Last Day to Add/Drop via GWeb, 8 Sep
Library Services for Off-Campus Students
Graduation Application Deadline, 1 Oct

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Last Day to Add/Drop via GWeb, 8 Sep

Sunday, September 8 is the last day to register, add, or drop using the GWeb Information System. After this date students must use a Registration Transaction Form to make changes to their schedule. GWeb registration is available from 7am-10pm EDT daily.

Library Services for Off-Campus Students

A vast array of resources are available to students that are not able to visit the GW libraries in person. Conduct research online, have books sent to your home, or learn how to properly cite references. Watch a quick video that introduces you to the various library services.

Graduation Application Deadline, 1 Oct

Students planning to graduate at the end of the semester for which they are now registered (fall 2013) must complete an Application for Graduation to declare their degree candidacy. The applications must be return to the MSPM program office no later than Tuesday, October 1.