MSPM in the KNOW: December 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 December 2017:

1- DNSC 6247 Organization, Management and Leadership Course. Announcement, we are changing instructors for DNSC 6247 campus and distance sections beginning Spring 2018. Changes are as follows:

CRN 38063, DNSC 6247 Campus (10) will be taught by Dr. Robert Gaarder.          Dr. Gaarder is an Executive Coach and Organization Development Consultant to leaders of professional service organizations. He has been teaching with GWU since 2012 and owns a Professional Training & Coaching company, Leadership Resources. You may view Dr. Gaarder’s profile here.

CRN 38076, DNSC 6247 Distance (DE) will be taught by Dr. Julia Keleher.            Dr. Keleher is currently serving as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She has been teaching with GWU MSPM program since 2012 and founded her own company, Keleher and Associates in 2009. See more information here.  

2- Spring 2018 elective. The MSPM program is going to offer one, 3-credit elective course in Spring 2018 semester. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the MSPM program.  Below is a brief description of course offering: 

DNSC 6235: Communication Strategies in Project Management, DE (3 credits) This course examines leadership and management practices related to communication that facilitate successful project management. The course considers project communications across various organizational settings and through the five (5) project management process areas. We will focus on strategies and practices related to 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance reporting. Course readings focus on best practices in these areas. The culminating course project requires the application of practices learned in the context of an actual project.

Course instructor: Dr. Julia Keleher (jbkeleher@email.gwu.edu)

Check out schedule of classes for full list of DNSC and general elective options. Schedule an advisement session with Agnes for guidance www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3- GW Holiday Hours and Closures. GW will be closed December 22, 25, 29 and January 1. If you need to contact the MSPM program office or schedule an advisement session, please do so with these dates in mind. It is best to schedule an advisement session before December 22, or after January 1.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 12, 2017

Top 3 for 12 December 2017

1- Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week. We welcome MSPM students enrolled in DNSC 6269 Capstone (DE) for the residency week here at GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. Capstone is the culmination of students’ academic experience in the MSPM program. It has the cumulative learning content of all the other courses in the MSPM curriculum. Students learn to integrate all they learned from day one and demonstrate their ability through their capstone projects. Previous capstone students have produced handbooks for managing Ocean Cleanup Project, Mars project, UN-assisted elections, and the like. The residency week allows distance learning students to present their final work. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations!

2- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 2018 is ongoing. All current students must be either enrolled in coursework or on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) no later than 15 January 2018. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Thank you to those who attended the JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration last Friday, 8 December, featuring Robert (Bob) Estes. It was a good mix of attendees: current and incoming students, alumni, faculty, staff and non-GWU affiliated guests. Bob did a wonderful job with his presentation highlighting application of project management in scientific research and development. MSPM alumna, Kim Hurst (’17), provided JPSS giveaways for the event. The GWPMA table staffed by Ishai Trani (VP Elect) encouraged guests to assemble a paper model of the weather satellite project to win a t-shirt.  Check out photos posted on our facebook page.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 5, 2017

Top 3 for 5 December 2017

1- Capstone Residency Week. The Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week begins  Monday, 11 December and will run through Wednesday, 13 December. All students enrolled in the distance section of the DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) are required to participate and present their final projects.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Professor Kwak who will facilitate this semester’s Capstone Residency Week.

2- Volunteers Needed. The MSPM program needs volunteers for the Spring 2018 Orientation for incoming students on 12 January. Volunteers will facilitate the Students and Alumni panel, and will assist with the Bridge Game. Time commitment is 4 hours. If interested, please email mspminfo@gwu.edu no later than 29 December 2017.

3- Fellowships and Awards. The following are list of opportunities for those who are looking for fellowships or awards:

As posted last week, the application deadline for EDF Climate Corps Fellows is today, 5 December.  Fellows work on innovative projects such as: scaling energy efficiency, setting sustainability goals, accelerating renewable energy, evaluating supply chain sustainability and more. Fellows are paid $1,250/week and reimbursed for some travel expenses. Click here to apply now.

Port Authority of NY & NJ – Leadership Fellows Program – Deadline: 8 December    This is a full time two-year rotational program that offers on-the-job experience in approximately four different business functions ranging from finance and planning to operations and human resources. Click here for more information.

James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award– Deadline: 15 Feb 2018. The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) has an award opportunity called the James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award. This award recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Papers are selected based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. More info on the PMIEF website. Who can apply: Any individual who is or was a student in good standing at an institute of higher learning during the period covered by the nomination.