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Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

GWUSB GraduationIt was a successful commencement week, yet bittersweet end-of-a-beginning last week as the 2016 graduates embark on a new journey. Sixty-five MSPM students (including author of this blog) joined the ranks of General Colin Powell, M.B.A. (Former US Secretary of State); Jacqueline Kennedy, B.A. (Former First Lady of the United States) and Baroness Joanna Shields, M.B.A. (Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Internet Safety & Security in the United Kingdom), to name a few, as graduates of the George Washington University on May 15, 2016. We celebrated in multiple ways between the residency week for the capstone students, the GWSB Gala, GWSB Commencement Celebration and the GW Commencement at the National Mall. Congratulations fellow 2016 graduates!

US Senator Cory Booker brought enthusiasm during his Commencement address at the National Mall. His words were moving:

“Stay faithful because you have come this far by faith—faith in each other, faith in yourselves, faith in our country. And understand that you may not be called to change the whole world, but to one person, you could make a world of difference.”

  

Cory Booker GWU Commencement
Photo credit: GW Media

To piggyback on Sen. Booker’s speech, here are some words of wisdom to my fellow graduates:

Sometimes our worst enemy is being afraid of taking risks. We often discount the cost of inaction, and we tend to focus too much on the likelihood of risks occurring when the truth is, the odds of them not happening are higher. So fellow graduates, soar high and welcome all the new challenges ahead of you!

Check out the GW Commencement highlights via:

MSPM in the KNOW: May 10, 2016

Top 3 for 10 May

1 – Summer classes begin on Monday,  May 16. Confirm your course selection for summer this week to avoid late registration fees.  Late fees will be assessed starting Monday, May 16, for Session I courses. The last day to add a class via GWeb or to drop a class via any means for Session I is on Sunday, May 22. Register now to secure a spot in your desired course. Elective courses offered:

To view full list of course offering, visit this link.

2 – Academic Policies

The George Washington University is committed to uphold academic honesty and moral integrity that our community values. Please review the University Code of Academic Integrity for your reference. Students should make it a habit to go over the policy each semester.  As a reminder, all students are responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures, including those published in the University Bulletin, the School of Business Bulletin, and the MSPM Student Handbook.

The MPSM Administrative Director is your academic adviser. If you need clarification on the policies or if you have questions about administrative processes, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu or schedule an advisement session www. meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWid).

3 –  Residency Week and Commencement

The MSPM Spring 2016 DNSC 6269 residency week is ongoing and will run through Thursday, May 12.  All the best to Spring 2016 Capstone students as they present their final projects!

Commencement events:

Tuesday, May 10 – GWSB Graduation Gala (Invitation only)

  • 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
    Capital Hilton
    1001 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036 | (Directions)

Friday, May 13 – GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration

  • 2:15 pm – Student lineup
    Funger Hall Lobby
    2201 G Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 | (Directions)
  • 3:30 pm – Celebration Ceremony
    Charles E. Smith Center
    600 22nd Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 | (Directions)
  • Following the Ceremony – Graduate/Family Reception
    (Duques Hall, Oglethorpe Great Hall)

Sunday, May 15 – University Commencement.  More information is posted on GWU Commencement website.

MSPM: In the Know

Top 3 for 3 May

1 – Resources and Student Engagement

Winners to be announced this week: Free seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course! The MSPM program is pleased to offer three free registrations to the Spring 2016 PMP Prep Course. Application has closed on 29 April 2016 and we are thrilled to have received many applications. Thank you to those who applied! The program is currently reviewing applications. The three winners will be notified via email this week.

The Growth Dialogue & GW-CIBER is hosting a free event, “The Impact of Disruptive Technology.”  Special Guest Speaker: Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Speaker & Moderator: Danny Leipziger, Managing Director, The Growth Dialogue; Professor of Practice of International Business, GW School of Business. Open to all students, including MSPM students. Learn more about this event here.

There is still time to sign up for an evening of fun: Barrel Oak Winery Night!   The event was well recommended by MSPM students from last year. Event details below:

When: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 5:30PM – 9:30PM
Where: Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA
Register HERE

2- MSPM Personnel Change

Reminder, Agnes Socrates is now your point of contact for questions about the MSPM program (see her blog from March). Ms. Cambria Happ has taken an Executive Director  role early this year with the GWUSB Masters Programs. While she’s happy to help during this transition, please direct your program-related questions to Agnes:

Email: aesocrates@gwu.edu | 202-994-1033 | schedule an advising session  via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

This is the best time to schedule an advisement session to talk about Summer and Fall 2016 registration with Ms. Socrates.

3 –  Residency Week and Commencement

The MSPM Spring 2016 DNSC 6269 residency week begins on Monday, May 9 and will run through Thursday, May 12. This is the time when students enrolled in Project Management Application course (Capstone) come to campus to present their projects. Capstone students demonstrate their ability to integrate their accumulated learning experience and educational knowledge as well as to produce new information by applying their skills to the creation of a project management handbook; by evaluating and suggesting improvements in specific project environments; and through a case study or by analyzing some project management practices to determine the best. All the best to Spring 2016 Capstone students!

Reminder to graduating students, the GWUSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration Commencement is on Friday, May 13. Students must report to Funger Hall Lobby by 2:15 PM. Students will line up at Funger Hall Lobby then proceed to Smith Center as a group.   See the schedule here.

The University Commencement is on Sunday, May 15. More information is posted on GWU Commencement website.

Master’s regalia can be purchased from the GW Campus Store from Wednesday, May 11, through graduation day.

The Impact of Disruptive Technology: May 9, 2016

The Growth Dialogue & GW-CIBER is hosting a free event open to all students including MSPM students.
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How Do Disruptive Technologies Affect Us?

  • Many benefits for consumers as seen in ICT
  • New opportunities for the sharing economy
  • Technical improvement to produce new things more cheaply

but…

  • Significant job losses are possible
  • Firms are reluctant to invest in existing technologies
  • Geographic competitive advantage shifts quickly

Special Guest Speaker: Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Speaker & Moderator: Danny Leipziger, Managing Director, The Growth Dialogue; Professor of Practice of International Business, GW School of Business

When
Where
Duques Hall, Room 650 – GW School of Business 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 – View Map

FREE EVENT! REGISTER HERE

MSPM in the KNOW: April 26, 2016

Top 3 for 26 Apr

1 – Resources and Student Engagement

Last four days to apply for free seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course! 

As earlier announced, the MSPM program is pleased to offer three free registrations to the Spring 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 4-5 June and 11-12 June, two consecutive weekends. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995. If interested, submit the following to aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST on 29 April 2016:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

Pentagon Federal Credit Union is hiring IT Project Manager. Check the MSPM resources page for more information.

Sign up for Barrel Oak Winery Night!  This is a great time to network and enjoy the scenery at Delaplane, VA. The event was well recommended by MSPM Capstone students from last year. This event is open to all students.

When: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 5:30PM – 9:30PM
Where: Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA
Register HERE

2- Registration and GW Billing

Questions about registration? Schedule an advising session with your adviser, Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

Reminder, the last day for summer registration is Friday, May 13. Register now for Summer 2016 to secure your seat and to fulfill your elective requirement.  You may view the full list of courses offered in the summer here.

Fall 2016 registration is ongoing. The last day to register without a penalty is August 28. View the registration schedule here for more information.

Questions about GW Billing? Contact Student Accounts Office to confirm your balance, if any. It appears that GW issued duplicate billing statements from 2015 to students on Sunday, 4/24. Please direct your questions to Student Accounts. The MSPM program does not send billing statements to students.

3 – Commencement

Reminder to graduating students, all current, 2016 on-campus students must retrieve their guest tickets in person no later than Wednesday, April 27. To view where and how to pick up your tickets,  please see details here. Graduating students must complete the mandatory online graduation survey and present a copy of your email confirmation to claim your commencement tickets.

2015 graduates and all 2016 distance students, you must request your tickets via this link no later than Wednesday, April 27th.  Any ticket requests made after this date are not guaranteed. Visit: http://business.gwu.edu/commencement/ticket-distribution/mailing-tickets/

Do you need extra tickets? Complete a request for extra tickets for the GWUSB Commencement celebration  here and for the National Mall Commencement celebration via this link.  If extra tickets are made available, you will receive an email notification from University Events after Friday, April 29, 2016.

Master’s regalia can be purchased from the GW Campus Store from Wednesday, May 11, through graduation day.

 

Pentagon Federal Credit Union Hiring IT Project Manager

Jeffrey Toppall is looking to fill IT project manager roles at various experience levels across both infrastructure and software development, full job descriptions available online.

Students or alumni who apply online through the penfed.org website should include Jeffrey Toppall’s name as part of the employee referral program. They should also email their resumes directly to Jeffrey so that he can put them in front of the management team (jeffrey.toppall@penfed.org).

MSPM in the KNOW: April 19, 2016

Top 3 for 19 Apr

1 – Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, two consecutive weekends beginning June 4, 2016!

The MSPM program is pleased to offer three free registrations to the Spring 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 4-5 June and 11-12 June, two consecutive weekends. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995. Submit the following to aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST on 29 April 2016:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

2- Registration

Reminder, the last day for summer registration is Friday, May 13. Register now for Summer 2016 to secure your seat and to fulfill your elective requirement.  You may view the full list of courses offered in the summer here.

Registration for DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) in Fall 2016  requires completion of a Registration Transaction Form (RTF). Submit your RTF to Agnes Socrates for approval. GWeb will not allow you to register for it.  Details required in the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes.

The capstone course is taken in the final semester of the program. An exception is made for fulltime students who may be required to enroll in capstone and outstanding core courses simultaneously. Additionally, students with extenuating circumstances may file a Policy Exception request. Submission of Policy Exception request does not guarantee approval. Please check the MSPM handbook for more details (see page 16).

3 – Commencement

Ticket distribution for commencement is on going. All current, 2016 On-Campus students must retrieve their guest tickets in person no later than April 27. To view where and how to pick up your tickets,  please see details here.

2015 graduates and all 2016 distance students, you must request your tickets via this link. Please complete the electronic form for ticket mail requests no later than 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. Any ticket requests made after this date are not guaranteed. For more information visit: http://business.gwu.edu/commencement/ticket-distribution/mailing-tickets/

All graduating students must complete the mandatory online graduation survey and present a copy of your email confirmation to claim your school celebration tickets. Contact information for the School of Business: 202-994-8252.

Do you need extra tickets? Complete a request for extra tickets for the GWUSB Commencement celebration  here and for the National Mall Commencement celebration via this link.  Requests for additional tickets do not operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. If extra tickets are made available, you will receive an email notification from University Events after Friday, April 29, 2016.

Master’s regalia can be purchased from the GW Campus Store from Wednesday, May 11, through graduation day.

Curious about the schedule of commencement activities? Check out the full schedule here.