1- Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to GW for our new MSPM students! We welcome all returning students back to the program. This is the first day of the semester and an exciting time at GWU as we continue to attract high caliber students. Get to know our new students by viewing their MSPM Bio here. You may also check out previous Bio Books under the Resources tab at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.
2- Thank you MSPM Student Orientation volunteers! The MSPM Student Orientation held last Friday, 12 January was a success. Thanks to MSPM Alumni Robert Endler and Kim Hurst as well as current MBA-MSPM student, Melody Peppard for participating in the student panel. Special thanks to Melody for bringing MSPM alumni to the networking event following the student panel: Taghreed Mahdi, Shabnam Javid, Sharon White and Durriyyah Johnson. Check out orientation photos on our Facebook page.
3- Interested in Study Away Programs? Learn more about these opportunities by attending program information sessions. Study away programs are great opportunities for students to earn general elective credit during academic breaks. International and/or experiential courses allow students to gain expertise in a specific country and sector while networking with students across the School of Business and GWSB partner institutions overseas.
Long-term Study Abroad – Take classes for a semester or module at a GWSB partner university abroad | Tuesday, January 30th 5:00 – 6:00pm | 2201 G Street NW | Funger Room 520 | Washington, DC 20052 | Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.
Short-term Study Away – Take classes during GW academic breaks | Thursday, January 25th 6:00 – 7:00pm | 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 254 Washington, DC 20052 | Reception to follow
This year’s MSPM Feedback Session held on May 12, 2016 from 4-5:30 PM at Duques 652 was worth a blog. The goal of the session was to get feedback from graduating class of Spring 2016 on how MSPM can improve from a programmatic standpoint, in terms of delivering high-quality education. Besides the high turn-out of participants (85% of Spring 2016 class), the MSPM team of facilitators implemented a new strategy to solicit feedback from students this year. This strategy included focused group discussions, group presentations followed by comments from the MSPM faculty and staff. This was quite different from the previous years’ session where the floor was open to everyone to speak about their experience.
Thank you participants! The MSPM program was impressed by the wealth of ideas from the students. We are committed to take action based on your feedback.
Q&A after group presentation
Soliciting ideas from the group
Almost ready to present
Presenting results from group discussion
Finalizing group discussion
Emphasizing on what worked
“What worked, what did not and what would you change?”
If you plan to register for the DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) in Fall 2016, you must register via a Registration Transaction Form (RTF), not via GWeb. Submit a completed RTF to Agnes Socrates via email or fax for review and processing. Details for 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. All core courses must be completed prior to enrollment in capstone. An exception is made for fulltime students who may be required to enroll in capstone and outstanding core courses simultaneously.
Registration for summer 2016 is ongoing. The last day for summer registration is Friday, May 13. Summaries of the Decision Sciences (DNSC) electives may be found on the blog. General elective courses must be approved by your advisor to ensure they will apply to the MSPM degree requirements. Courses must be project-management related, graduate-level, credit-bearing and letter-graded. You may view the full list of courses offered in the summer here.
2 – Commencement
The School of Business Commencement Celebration is on Friday, May 13th. The University Commencement at the National Mall is on May 15th. To view the full schedule of commencement activities, check the schedule here.
Tickets are required for guests. Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 graduates can pick up Commencement on the National Mall and school celebration tickets directly from the school on through April 27 in Duques 355. Graduates will receive six guest tickets for the National Mall Commencement and four guest tickets for the School of Business celebration.
Commencement tickets for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 graduates will be mailed by Friday, April 15 to graduate’s diploma addresses on file. Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 on and off campus graduates should email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to either pick up or receive by mail the School of Business Celebration tickets.
PM Game Event photos now available! The Project Management Game event held on March 30 was a success. Check out the GW MSPM Facebook page. Thank you to all who attended. Special thanks to the GWPMA Board and Dr. Kettunen for spearheading the event. Stay tuned for more student engagement activities! You have some student engagement ideas? Talk to GWPMA President, Krishna email@example.com.
PMI Educational Foundation offers academic and professional development scholarships. To browse scholarships that might interest you including eligibility criteria and deadlines, check this link.
•Congratulations to the 2015 GW Grads!
Last week was a busy time on campus. Between residency week for our online capstone students, the GWSB gala, GWSB awards ceremony, the school celebration, and the GW Commencement on the National Mall, we celebrated the grads every day of the week and in every way possible.
• “Implementing a Comprehensive Estimating Solution for NASA,” May 21, Free for GW Students
The PMA is proud to host the AACEI National Capital Section Meeting on Thursday, 21 May, at GWSB. Bill Hombach is the featured speaker at the event. AACEI has offered free registration to GW students. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, email address, and GW program by 5 p.m. 20 May.
•Summer Registration Deadlines
The summer semester began on 18 May. Monday, 25 May, is the last day to add a class via GWeb and to drop a class using any means (GWeb, RTF), for Summer Session I. Take action now to avoid issues later. Visit the Office of the Registrar site for full details and info on Summer Session II.
This morning, MSPM students walked across the stage in the Charles E. Smith Center for the GW School of Business Specialized Masters Celebration. Congratulations to all of our graduates from the fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 semesters. Check out the Facebook page for photos and videos. Do you have photos or videos to share? Add #gwmspmgrad to your photos when posting.
Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail 8-12 weeks from their conferral date. Update your address on GWeb to avoid any shipping delays.
Summer Semester Starts Monday
Summer session 1 begins on Monday, 19 May. If you have not yet registered but need to enroll in a class that is full or closed, contact me immediately to discuss. Professors will open courses on Blackboard by the first day of class. Summer session 2 begins 7 Jul.
Are you in need of a professional photo for your LinkedIn profile or other professional use? Contact Joel Renner at the F. David Fowler Career Center to schedule a session. The summer is the perfect time to review and revise your online profiles. Joel may be reached at email@example.com.
Did you attend one of the events this past year organized by the GW PMA? Would you like to attend similar events this year? Without leadership from within the student body, the GW PMA will not be able to organize such events in the future. Apply today to serve on the GW PMA Board and help organize exclusive events for your fellow students. Applications are due by Monday, September 16, at 5pm EDT. Apply today!
Congratulations to William Davis, Kerzner Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to MSPM student William Davis on receiving one of the four Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarships awarded in 2013. The $7,500 scholarship is provided through the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship Program, which is designed to financially assist qualified applicants in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Well done William!
Interested in learning more about the scholarships available through PMI’s Educational Foundation and about other organizations that offer funding? Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org to review the list of organizations that offer scholarships. We are constantly updating this list as we learn about new programs.
The F. David Fowler Career Center is excited to present its first ever Career Week, a week-long programming series to be held September 30 – October 4 devoted to accelerating GWSB students’ job market readiness. The week will focus primarily on careers in Finance, Marketing and Consulting with activities for both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit the Career Week website for full details and to register for the select events that do require registration.