Monthly Archives: November 2014

MSPM: In the Know, November 26, 2014

Top 3 for 26 Nov

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

MSPM: In the Know, November 19, 2014

Top 3 for 19 Nov

Spring 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule
The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for the spring semester is now available. The Collaborate sessions provide a live weekly interface with the professor for the distance/online sections. Confirm with each professor when the first Collaborate session will occur.

• Summer 2015 Short-Term Study Abroad Programs Announced
The GWSB Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) team has announced the summer 2015 short-term study abroad program courses/destinations. Review the list of courses/destinations online and schedule advisement sessions with me and the G&EE team if you are interested in participating. Applications due in February 2015.

Vote for the PMA Board of Directors
The ballot is now available to vote for the GW Project Management Association Board of Directors. Voting ends Sunday, 23 Nov, at 11:59 p.m. Who should lead the student association next?

Spring 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule is now available for the spring 2015 distance/online courses. Your professors will review the schedule and expectations during the first week of class.

Course Course Title Professor Blackboard Collaborate Night Time Notes
DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting Easley Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6250 PM Finance Kwak Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Jarrah Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Comm Strat for PM Keleher Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Griffith Tuesday 10pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains Matta Tuesday 9:30pm Eastern Mandatory

MSPM: In the Know, November 12, 2014

Top 3 for 12 Nov

Spring Registration & GTAs
Spring 2015 registration opened on Monday, 10 Nov. Classes are starting to fill up. Be sure to register early to guarantee a seat in your required or elective courses. I do expect the DNSC electives to fill to capacity.
Interested in serving as a GTA for the spring? If so, speak to the professor for the class you’d like to be a GTA. Each professor selects their GTAs. If you have never been a GTA before, you are required to attend a training seminar on 8 Jan. Payments generally range from $1,250 to $2,500 per course and workload is usually 10 hours per week.

Career Center Walk-in Hours, 13 Nov
The specialized masters career coach, Pilar Little, is hosting walk-in hours tomorrow, 13 Nov, 4-5 pm. She’ll spend 10 minutes with each student to answer career-related questions. No appointment or RSVP needed. Meet her outside of the F. David Fowler Career Center, suite 560 in Duques Hall.

G&EE Trivia Night and Photo Contest
The GWSB Global & Experiential Education team is hosting two events in celebration of International Education Week:

International Trivia Competition, 19 Nov

Join other GWSB students for a night of international trivia at Stoney’s on L St, NW. Compete in teams of 3-5 people. Sign up online. Food and drinks provided. Prizes awarded to winners.

International Photo Competition, 14 Nov

Submit photos from study abroad programs or from around Washington, DC. Submission deadline is 14 Nov at midnight. Review full details online.

MSPM: In the Know, November 5, 2014

Top 3 for 5 Nov
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Capitalize on Your Colonial Connections, 13 Nov
Join us for an evening of speed networking and dessert with fellow Colonials! Whether you are looking for new business opportunities or simply want to connect with the GW community, seize the opportunity to network with GW alumni and students from a variety of exciting industries. Event is open to all GW alumni and current GW graduate students. Thursday, 13 Nov, 7 p.m. EST in the Marvin Center. Register at

Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Spring registration starts on Monday, 10 Nov. Make sure you remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering for your classes. To view holds, log in to GWeb Info System, click on “Student Record and Registration,” then “Student Records Information Menu,” and finally “View Administrative Holds.” Did you…