Monthly Archives: October 2014

MSPM: In the Know, October 30, 2014

Seeking Candidates for the GW PMA Board
The GW Project Management Association (PMA) is calling for interested individuals to self-nominate to serve on the board. If you are interested, complete the nomination survey no later than 5 pm EDT today, 30 Oct. Details on each board position are available on the blog.

Spring 2015 Registration Opens 10 Nov
Spring registration opens Monday, 10 Nov, via GWeb. GWeb registration is available 7am-10pm EST during the registration period. Confirm your plan in DegreeMAP and register accordingly to secure a seat in the desired course and section for next term.

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.
If you have a hold on your account for any reason, you will be prevented from registering for courses. A hold can only be removed by the office that placed it. The hold screen will tell you the source of the hold, whether financial, probation, etc.

Veterans Week
The GW VALOR office is organizing a variety events in honor of Veterans Day. Learn more and sign up for events online. A sample of the events include:

11/5: Veterans Career Event: Navigating Your Way into the Federal Government for Military and Veteran Students

11/9: Pancake Breakfast at the Provost’s Home to honor veterans with Associate Provost Mel Williams, Jr.

11/11 Veterans Day Wreath Laying

Seeking Candidates for the GW PMA Board

Nominate yourself for the GW PMA Board of Directors
Submit the nomination by Thursday, October 30, 5 pm EDT
Complete survey at

Dear MSPM students and interested graduate students,

The GW Project Management Association (PMA) elections are upon us. The first step is for interested individuals to nominate themselves for the ballot. Once nominations are received and finalized, the MSPM student body will vote for the new board.

If you are interested in serving on the board, complete the nomination survey at Submissions are due no later than Thursday, October 30, at 5 pm EDT. Both on-campus and online students are eligible. Additional details on the board and their roles is available.

This is an excellent opportunity to actively participate in your graduate program and to help serve your fellow students. Submit your nomination today! If you have questions about the board, contact us at

GW PMA Board

MSPM: In the Know, October 22, 2014

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Spring 2015 Registration Opens 10 Nov
Spring 2015 priority registration begins Monday, 10 Nov, at 7 am via GWeb. Consult your plan in DegreeMAP prior to registering. The Schedule of Classes will provide details on course dates/times. MSPM courses are listed under Decision Sciences (DNSC). Register early to secure a seat!
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.
• Computer Lab Survey
GW School of Business wants to hear your opinion regarding the current and future use of our computers in the GWSB computer labs. Please respond to the survey to help GWSB make decisions that better serve the whole community.

GW Library Services
Did you know that the library offers a wealth of online resources for both online and campus students? Did you know that they also provide tutorials on how to use their online resources? Visit to learn more about the available resources.

Spring 2015 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2015 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Prerequisites: None


DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.

Prerequisites: None


DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.

SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions TBD.

Prerequisites: None

MSPM: In the Know, October 15, 2014

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2nd Annual NM IPMD 2014, 6 Nov
The GW MSPM program is proud to sponsor the 2nd Annual New Mexico International Project Management Day 2014 in Albuquerque, NM on 6 Nov. The PMI Otowi Bridge and Rio Grande Chapters are hosting a conference on 6 Nov at the Sandia Resort & Casino. On Friday, 7 Nov, Dr. Sam Ghosh, adjunct professor in the MSPM program, is leading a half-day session on risk management. Register to attend one or both events!

Brailsford & Dunlavey Recruiting at GWSB, 27 Oct
Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey will be on campus Monday, 27 Oct, 5-8 p.m. to recruit from GWSB. Brailsford & Dunlavey is a program management firm with comprehensive in-house facility planning capabilities. An MSPM alum, Shilpa Khatri, LEED AP, PMP is a project manager at the firm and will be in attendance. Make plans to attend!

Maher & Maher Hiring Analysts and Project Managers
Maher & Maher provides talent development services and leading-edge training and learning solutions to federal, state, and local governments. They are seeking GW students and alumni to fill several analyst and project manager positions associated with a new contract for the U.S. Department of Labor. Visit our group on LinkedIn for full details.

Brailsford & Dunlavey, On Campus Recruitment, October 27, 2014

Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey will be on campus Monday, October 27, 5-8 p.m., to recruit from GW School of Business. Brailsford & Dunlavey is a program management firm with comprehensive in-house facility planning capabilities. Shilpa Khatri, LEED AP, PMP, an MSPM alum, serves as a project manager with the firm. Meet her and others to learn how you may fit into their firm, which boasts offices in 9 cities across the United States. Brailsford & Dunlavey was named one of DC’s “50 Great Places to Work” and a “Top Workplace.”

See Brailsford & Dunlavey Flyer 20141027 for details.

MSPM: In the Know, October 8, 2014

The top 3 items you need to this week:

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Last Day to Withdraw, 17 Oct
The last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of ‘W’ is Friday, 17 Oct. Students must submit a Registration Transaction Form to process the request. Refer to the Withdrawals & Refunds page on the Office of the Registrar site regarding the refund schedule.

Semper Start-up Day, 15 Oct
Semper Start-up Day is an educational and peer networking event created to inspire, encourage, and support veteran entrepreneurs across the country. On Wednesday, 15 Oct, GW will host a day-long event which features TedX style presentations, workshops on angel investors, and mentorship networking. GW students and veterans receive a 100% discount with codes: GWSTUDENT & GWVETS. Register online today! 

GW Annual Faculty Awards, 24 Nov
Each year the university honors faculty with a series of awards to commemorate excellence in teaching, research and service at GW. Interested in nominating a member of the MSPM faculty for an award? Nominations for all faculty awards are due by 24 Nov. All nominations must be submitted through the UTLC website.

MSPM: In the Know, October 1, 2014

MSPM: In the Know

G&EE Workshops and Events
Struggling Writing and Editing Your Research Papers?
Free Membership for car2go

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Global & Experiential Education Workshops and Events

The GWSB Global & Experiential Education team hosts a variety of workshops and events throughout the semester. Events range from CPT/OPT workshops, briefings by the IMF and World Bank, and networking events. Review the list of upcoming events and register to attend.

Struggling Writing and Editing Your Research Papers?

The GW Writing Center offers free services to help students with their writing projects. Services are available on the Foggy Bottom campus and online for all GW students. For hours and availability, visit

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GW students, faculty, and staff receive free membership and 30 minutes of free driving at with promo code: GWU0030. car2go provides free metered parking, on-way rentals, fuel and insurance are included, and reservations are not required.