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MSPM: In the Know April 5, 2016

Top 3 for 5 Apr

1 – Summer and Fall Registration

Just a reminder, Registration for summer 2016 and  Fall 2016  are ongoing. Register for classes now if you haven’t done so to secure your enrollment.

If you are still looking for ways to fulfill your elective requirement in Fall 2016, you may be interested in looking at MGT 6290 Leadership Courses (Part I and Part II). Each is offered as a 1.5 credit class. For more information, see the course description, Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices announcement, 3-16. Students may register via Gweb.

2 – MSPM Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2016 MSPM Award Winners!

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award – Dr. Ed Hoffman

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Elizabeth Rouse

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Bilikisu Jadesola Ademiluyi, Wilbert Tylan Davis, Agnes Elaine Socrates and Colleen McMenamin Hoffman

The winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 12 and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 13.

3 – Resources

Last four days to apply to Lau Fellowship Fund!  As announced from last week’s MSPM in the KNOW, application period was from March 21-April 8, 2016.

Check out the MSPM resources page to find out more about financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships that may be available to you.

2016 MSPM Award Winners Announced!

Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty.  Thank you to those who voted! The MSPM Faculty selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The results are now available and the winners are as follows:

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award

Dr. Ed Hoffman, Professorial Lecturer of Decision Sciences, began teaching at GW in an adjunct capacity in 2006. Dr. Hoffman has taught several courses within the MS in Project Management program. Most notably he teaches the Organization, Management and Leadership course, a core course within the program. This course provides a unique opportunity for Dr. Hoffman to highlight his expertise in organizational psychology and to use examples from his impressive industry experience to demonstrate organizational theories and concepts. The students selected Dr. Hoffman for this award based on his enthusiasm for teaching, his engaging communication style with the students, and his expertise in the subject at hand. To quote from the student nominations, Dr. Hoffman “expertly shares his years of experience in the field to make for a dynamic learning experience.”

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award

Elizabeth Rouse demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during her time as a student in the MSPM program. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA, the highest GPA of award-eligible students. The MS in Project Management faculty and staff greatly appreciate the time and effort that she has devoted to the program.

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Bilikisu Jadesola Ademiluyi (Jade) demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her leadership and volunteerism. Jade served as the president of the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students. The organization serves as a resource for student educational endeavors and professional social events in an effort to build professional relationships and advance the project management profession. Jade was a key player in the GW PMA becoming registered as an official student organization through GW’s Center for Student Engagement. Under Jade’s leadership, the GW PMA hosted several student engagement events and partnered with both the PMI Washington DC Chapter and the AACE International National Capital Section to host professional development events on campus. In addition to her leadership within the GW PMA, Jade assisted with recruitment events within DC and throughout the U.S. She also volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

Wilbert Tylan Davis (Will), served as the PMIWDC representative for the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students. The organization serves as a resource for student educational endeavors and professional social events in an effort to build professional relationships and advance the project management profession. Will initiated and managed one of the largest events for the GW PMA during his one-year term, a PMP Exam Prep Course. In addition to his leadership within the GW PMA, Will was an active volunteer. He volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

Agnes Elaine Socrates demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her volunteerism. Agnes’ generosity to incoming students with her time and wisdom during new student orientation sessions has been invaluable to the MSPM program. She served in multiple capacities during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students. Finally, Agnes recruited coworkers to apply to the MSPM program and now serves as an adviser to current and incoming MSPM students.

Colleen Hoffman demonstrated outstanding service during her time as a student in the MSPM program, most notably through her leadership and volunteerism. Colleen served as the Vice President of Marketing for the GW Project Management Association, a student-led organization for MSPM students, in 2014-2015. The organization serves as a resource for students to build professional relationships within and advance the project management profession. Colleen led and executed marketing for all PMA programming and managed all communications for the student organization. In addition to her leadership within the GW PMA, Colleen was an active volunteer. She volunteered during new student orientations, assisting with the team building exercise and serving on panel discussions providing advice for newly admitted students.

The winners will be honored at the awards ceremony, an invitation-only event on Thursday, May 12. Awardees will also be recognized at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 13.  Congratulations to the MSPM Award Winners!

MGT 6290 1.5 credit Leadership Courses for Fall 2016

Still looking for ways to fulfill your elective requirement for Fall 2016? You may want to explore the following MGT 6290 Leadership Courses, each is offered as a 1.5 credit class:
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I
MGT 6290-10, CRN 17210
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Sept 23 and Sept 30
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices II
MGT 6290-11, CRN 14518
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Nov 4 and Nov 11
Students needing 1.5 credit can take Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I. Students looking for 3 credits can take both classes. Part I is a pre-requesite to part II. For more information, see the course description, Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices announcement, 3-16. Students may register via Gweb.

MSPM: In the Know, March 29, 2016

Top 3 for 29 Mar

1 – Summer and Fall Registration

Registration for summer 2016 courses started on 1 Mar.  As a reminder, no core MSPM courses will be offered in summer semester, only electives. The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 electives in summer session I (begins 16 May):

You may view the Blackboard Collaborate Session for these two courses here.

The Decision Sciences Department also offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students. See the Feb 2 blog for more information.

Registration for the Fall 2016  opens on Thursday, 31 Mar. Review the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and register for classes following your DegreeMAP plan.

Are you are uncertain on which courses to register in for Summer and Fall 2016?  Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via  www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

2 – Academic Probation

A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any point after completing 9 credit hours will be placed on probation. A notice from the program will be sent to your GWU email when this occurs.  Students may earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or F for any course. An F grade indicates failure in the course. Students who receive a grade of F are required to present cause to the program director explaining why continued study should be permitted. Grades of F remain a part of your permanent record and are calculated into your GPA. It is recommended that you review the terms of academic probation during mid-semester as a refresher. The University Bulletin provides details on the terms of academic probation at GWSB.

3 – Resources

Now is a great time to review your funding options. Please visit the MSPM resources page, financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships.

Deadlines for PMI scholarships are fast approaching. Check out PMI Scholarships information.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF): Deadline to apply is April 1. Students with unpaid summer internships may apply to receive a $3,000 grant. Apply now.

Lau Fellowship Fund (Application Period March 21-April 8, 2016)

An MSPM student wants your feedback in a research study

Moataz Hussein, a current MSPM student is conducting a research study as part of the requirements of his degree and he would like to invite you to participate. He is studying the integration between strategy management performance and portfolio management performance. The questions should take about 5 minutes. To complete the survey online, please go to the URL below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StrategicP2M2

Interagency Acquisition Strategies Course Offered to MSPM Students

MS in Government Contracts is running an online course this summer on “Interagency Acquisition Strategies” (GCON 6290-DE ). This will be relevant to any project management professionals working in the government contracting world and satisfies the general elective requirement for the MSPM program. This is a distance learning course. This course meets: 7/5/2016-8/13/2016.

Course Description:

This course will cover why and how federal government agencies utilize inter-agency acquisition methods. Inter-agency acquisitions, including the use of Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC’s), Multiple Award Contracts (MAC’s), GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracts (MAS) and assisted acquisition services account for billions of dollars in business each year. In fact, some analysts state that approximately 50% of information technology acquisitions are conducted via inter-agency acquisitions. We will discuss why the government creates and uses GWAC’s, MAC’s, and Schedules, collectively known as Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The advantages, disadvantages and other considerations of using this contract type will be covered from both the government and industry points of view. In addition, we will explore the use of assisted acquisition services, services that some government agencies provide to others on a fee-for-service basis.

Major IDIQ contracts that will be discussed include the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program, GSA Alliant and OASIS, NASA SEWP, plus the DOD LOGCOM contract and similar contract vehicles. We will also study GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Services operation, the Department of Interior’s Business Center and the new assisted services operation launched by the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). Applicable rules, regulations and best practices will considered.

Students will be expected to work in teams to develop business cases for sample new IDIQ contracts. Business case approval is required by the Office of Management and Budget for major IDIQ’s. Students will be evaluated on the efficacy, and completeness of their business cases. Business cases will be evaluated by a panel of experienced IDIQ contract professionals.

If interested, you may register via GWeb through Government Contracts. The course is CRN 92510, GCON 6290-DE Interagency Acquisition Stra (3.0 credits) on the schedule.

 

MSPM: In the Know, March 15, 2016

Top 3 for 15 Mar

Welcome Agnes Socrates, New Administrative Director, MSPM
It is with great pleasure to introduce the new administrative director of the MSPM program. Agnes Socrates assumed her new position on Monday, 14 Mar. She will begin reaching out to each of you to schedule advisement sessions in the coming week. Read her full introduction on the MSPM blog.

AY16-17 Tuition Rates Posted
The tuition rates for the 2016-2017 academic year were released and are available on the Student Accounts Office website. The per credit hour rate for summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017 terms will be $1,600.

Breakfast and Business Cards: Technology Entrepreneurs
Attend the Breakfast and Business Cards: Technology Entrepreneurs event on Thursday, 31 Mar. Event is from 7:30-9 a.m. at Convene in McLean, VA. Register online.