MSPM In the KNOW: January 14th, 2020

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top things you need to know for January 14, 2020: 

Welcome to Spring 2020!

Welcome back returning students and welcome to GW new students! The Spring 2020 is here. We hope everyone had a fabulous break and are off to a good start.  Looking forward to yet another exciting semester. 


Spring 2020 Tips and Reminders

As the new semester starts, here are a few tips and reminders for students: 

  • Confirm your schedule by logging into GWeb.  Look up your class schedule via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time

  • If signed up as distance learner, you will see your schedule as “TBA” or “TBD”.  You may watch your lectures on Blackboard an hour or so later after campus lectures are over. Check out campus schedule via schedule of classes under Decision Sciences.

  • Check out Blackboard for all your course materials such as syllabus, textbooks, assignments and discussion board. Login with your email (without the @gwu.edu) and your password as if you are checking your email.

  • Not seeing courses on Blackboard yet? It is possible that your instructor has not made it live yet. Courses should be available on Blackboard no later than the first day of the class. Email your instructor with any questions regarding course materials.

  • Know your Blackboard Collaborate schedule. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. See schedule here

Thank you Nick Kendall and Yoandris Pavon Gonzalez! 

Special thanks to Nick Kendall and Yoandris Pavon Gonzalez for their time and efforts during the New Student Orientation held on January 11. Nick and Yoandris helped with the Q&A during the academic/student resources session. Nick is on his last year in MSPM, and is in the Dual MBA-MSPM program. Yoandris recently completed the Graduate Certificate in PM and is now moving to MSPM this semester. Both their insights had been valuable to the program and to our new students! Once again, thank you both for your continued support to the program. 


January 20 is MLK Day!

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day is on Monday, January 20. No classes will be held during MLK day. Administrative offices at GWU including our program office will be closed. Please plan accordingly. 

To view GWU academic calendar including holidays, please go to this link


CONTACT US!

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
MSPM Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link

Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: December 17th, 2019

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top 3 things you need to know for December 17, 2019: 


GW Winter Break 

The university will be closed for GW Holiday on Monday, December 23 and from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. All administrative offices will be closed during the holiday break. Our best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful winter break and a wonderful new year. See you all in 2020! 


Spring 2020 Semester Begins January 13

This is a reminder for students to finalize their class registration for Spring 2020. Remember that financial penalty applies for any registration beginning January 13.

IMPORTANT LINKS TO REMEMBER

How to Register 
Schedule of Classes
Course Descriptions
Online Courses
Tuition
Student Accounts
Add/Drop/Refund Schedule


Spring 2020 Graduate Student Engagement Events: Save the Dates!

Industry Roundtables 
Network with leaders from organizations that have historically been most attractive to our students.

Friday, February 7, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020

Online Happy Hours 
Enjoy a virtual networking session from the comfort of your home and connect with other students, alumni, and GWSB leadership.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Meet-and-Greets
Enjoy networking, conversation, and a meal on us with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, and staff. 

Dinner: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Breakfast: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Dinner: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Breakfast: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Dinner: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Dinner: Monday, April 27,2020

Click Here to RSVP!


CONTACT US!

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
MSPM Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link

Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: December 10th, 2019

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top 4 things you need to know for December 10, 2019:


This week is finals week. We wish students the best of luck on your final exams. Don’t forget to go stressless events like the Midnight Breakfast!

The Midnight Breakfast is an annual tradition that invites students to take a break from studying for final exams and enjoy some food and fun! Faculty and staff volunteer and connect with students throughout the event by serving food or hosting an activity. Midnight Breakfast 2019 will be held Wednesday, December 11th from 10:30pm-12:30am in the Smith Center.

Check out the Facebook Event page, where we will be posting updates, including sneak peeks and your chance to win some swag!

The Smith Center Box Office on 22nd Street will be the entrance to the event. 
This event is FREE and all are welcome! **GWorld required for entry!**


Spring 2020 Semester Begins January 13

Spring 2020 semester begins January 13. This is a reminder for students to finalize their class registration for Spring 2020. Remember that financial penalty applies for any registration beginning January 13.

Please check any holds on your student account that may prevent you from registering for courses. For questions on financial holds, please contact the Student Account Office at sao@gwu.edu or by phone at 202-994-7350. For questions on administrative holds due to missing transcripts, academic integrity, or any other related program requirements, please contact Agnes Socrates at aesocrates@gwu.edu or schedule an advisement session via calendly.com/agnessocrates (include your GWid).


G&EE Short Term Study Away Opportunities
Summer 2020

Applications for summer programs are now open!  For more details on our summer offerings and to apply, please visit the G&EE website here.

MSPM students may use the Short Term Study Away Opportunities for meeting the general elective requirement. The G&EE Office will be holding an information session, so look for that date to be announced soon. 

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM


MSPM Needs Volunteers!

As announced last week, the MSPM program needs 2 volunteers for the Spring 2020 New Student Orientation on Saturday, January 11. Volunteers will attend the networking event, and will assist with presentation of student resources (accessing DegreeMAP, Blackboard, etc). Time commitment is 2-3 hours beginning at 4PM.

If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu no later than December 13, 2019


CONTACT US! 

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
MSPM Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link


Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: December 3rd, 2019

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Dear MSPM Students,

Here are the top 3 things you need to know for December 3, 2019: 


Electives in Spring 2020

Need a Decision Science elective in Spring 2020? The MSPM program is offering the following courses that will qualify toward your Decision Science Elective:

DNSC 6235: Communication Strategies in Project Management. 3 Credits.
Communication leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project management; strategies and practices related to communication, change management, and performance reporting.

DNSC 6252: Risk Analysis for Decision Making. 1.5 Credit.
Probabilistic modeling techniques with spreadsheet implementation, focusing on the concept of risk and methods for its analysis; risk attitudes, risk measures, decision trees, simulation models, game theory, real options approach, and risk communication. Prerequisites: DNSC 6202 or MBAD 6224. 

DNSC 6225: Business Process Simulation. 1.5 Credit.
Introduction to the approaches and issues involved in business process design; basic tools used to analyze and improve processes; process modelings using a powerful discrete-event simulation tool. If DNSC 6206 and DNSC 6203 are taken as prerequisites, they must be completed in that order. Prerequisites: DNSC 6206 and DNSC 6203; or DNSC 6202 or MBAD 6224. Please note it helps to have some prior exposure to coding (any programming language). If students don’t have any coding experience they should be willing to put some extra time in for learning the software that will be used in the class

Looking for a General Elective? The General Elective must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of courses taken at the GW Law School where courses are letter graded and then converted to a CR on the graduate transcript. Elective credits can be fulfilled by completing  6000+ level course at GWU that is project-related. Review full list of offerings through the Schedule of Classes. Questions? Please schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via calendly.com/agnessocrates and include your GWid.


MEET-AND-GREET DINNER

Join us on Monday, December 9 from 6-7 p.m. in the Crain Center and enjoy networking, conversation and free dinner with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnus guest Michael Timmons, Director, Technical Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

RSVP for Meet-and-Greet Dinner


MSPM Needs Volunteers!

The MSPM program needs 2 volunteers for the Spring 2020 New Student Orientation on Saturday, January 11. Volunteers will attend the networking event, and will assist with presentation of student resources (accessing DegreeMAP, Blackboard, etc). Time commitment is 2-3 hours beginning at 4PM.

If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu no later than December 13, 2019


CONTACT US! 

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
MSPM Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link

Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: November 26th, 2019

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top 5 things you need to know for November 26, 2019: 


Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is from November 27-30, 2019. There are no classes on these dates. Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday (November 28 and 29). For more details, check the University Calendar


Spring 2020 Registration is ongoing
Spring 2020 registration opened on November 14. Classes are starting to fill up so be sure to register early to guarantee a seat in your required or elective courses.  Register now via GWeb
If you have questions or concerns about course scheduling, please schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via calendly.com/agnessocrates and include your GWid.


MEET-AND-GREET BREAKFAST

Join us Monday, December 2 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge and enjoy networking, conversation and free breakfast with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnus guest Brian Landau, Founder, Vennly

Register for Meet-and-Greet Breakfast


Join us on Monday, December 9 from 6-7 p.m. in the Crain Center and enjoy networking, conversation and free dinner with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnus guest Michael Timmons, Director, Technical Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

RSVP for Meet-and-Greet Dinner


CONTACT US! 

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via thislink


Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: November 19th, 2019

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top 5 things you need to know for November 19, 2019: 

Congratulations Yumjirdulam Olontumen!

MSPM student, Yumjirdulam Olontumen was a member of the winning team, Zuulun, during the DC Climathon held on October 25th. Climathon is a global movement, with 24 hour hackathon events held simultaneously worldwide to develop climate change solutions.  This year’s Climathon Challenge sought innovative business, tech, and social enterprise solutions for the end-of-life management of clothing and other textiles. Yumjirdulam’s team pitched their proposal to a team of expert judges and won the contest. Zuulun is repurposing hard to recycle post-consumer textile waste while relieving anxiety for those who face this mental health challenge. The venture provides weighted blankets by deploying a sustainable product life cycle using batting made of felted fabric scraps, and recycled cotton duvet covers. The winning team received cash award toward further development and implementation and will
advance into the GW New Venture Competition. Lastly, the winning team will have a
Mentor Session with Ron Hawk at Looptworks. Congratulations Yumjirdulam and team!


Completion Form, Due on December 1st

Certificate-seeking students who are completing their program requirements in Fall 2019 must complete a Certificate Completion Form no later than December 1st. Please visit your Academic Adviser’s Office or email completed form to: aesocrates@gwu.edu.

Spring 2020 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule Now Available 

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for Spring 2020 semester is now available (see this link). Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and asking any questions to the professor regarding the lecture materials or assignments.


PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Facilitation of Enhanced Knowledge Learning Through Neuro-Linguistic Programming
featuring Dr. Saya Sone

Event Date: Thursday,November 21, 2019 | 11:30 AM Networking | 12-1 PM Presentation
Location: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Room 453 | 
2201 G Street NW | Washington, DC, 20052
Agenda and Cost: This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend. REGISTER NOW!

About the Presentation: When Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) has a sound ground in facilitating knowledge learning. Using NLP creates a rapport environment to gain trust from participants. Our audience pay much more attention because they are engaged and empowered to express themselves. The presentation explains the learning process through knowledge flow from an individual, a pair, to a group. It will explain how to use NLP internal representation in auditory, visualization, and kinaesthetic to develop, internalize, and utilize new knowledge. The outcome of the presentation is to enhance facilitators’ skills in relation to establish a rapport environment to have a better understanding of people’s thought processes, behaviours, and language for successful facilitation sessions.



MEET-AND-GREET BREAKFAST

Join us Monday, December 2 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge and enjoy networking, conversation and free breakfast with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnus guest Brian Landau, Founder, Vennly

Register for Meet-and-Greet Breakfast!


CONTACT US! 

Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via thislink


Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.

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MSPM In the KNOW: November 12th, 2019

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Spring Registration Begins November 14! 

As a reminder, Spring 2020 registration begins on Thursday, November 14. All students must register for courses listed on their DegreeMAP. The DegreeMAP is accessed by logging in to GWeb Information System. Go to Student Records & Registration → Student Records Information Menu → DegreeMAP.

IMPORTANT LINKS TO REMEMBER

How to Register
Schedule of Classes
Course Descriptions
Tuition
Student Accounts
Add/Drop/Refund Schedule

If you have questions or concerns about course scheduling, please schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via calendly.com/agnessocrates and include your GWid.


MEET-AND-GREET DINNER
Join us on Tuesday, November 19 from 6-7 p.m. in the Crain Center and enjoy networking, conversation and free dinner with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumnus guest Shaun Khalfan, Head of Information Risk Program, Freddie Mac.

Meet-and-Greet RSVP Here!


PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Facilitation of Enhanced Knowledge Learning Through Neuro-Linguistic Programming featuring Dr. Saya Sone

Event Date: Thursday,November 21, 2019 | 11:30 AM Networking | 12-1 PM Presentation
Location: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Room 453 | 
2201 G Street NW | Washington, DC, 20052
Agenda and Cost: This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

About the Presentation: When Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) has a sound ground in facilitating knowledge learning. Using NLP creates a rapport environment to gain trust from participants. Our audience pay much more attention because they are engaged and empowered to express themselves. The presentation explains the learning process through knowledge flow from an individual, a pair, to a group. It will explain how to use NLP internal representation in auditory, visualization, and kinaesthetic to develop, internalize, and utilize new knowledge. The outcome of the presentation is to enhance facilitators’ skills in relation to establish a rapport environment to have a better understanding of people’s thought processes, behaviours, and language for successful facilitation sessions.

If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please email info@pmiwdc.org and include the name of the event.
PDUs Available: 1.00 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: Strategic and Business Management

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About the Speaker.
Dr. Saya Sone is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a Enterprise Agile Coach, a professor at VIU (Virginia International University), and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Dr. Sone’s passion is to help her clients such as CTO, CIO, CEO, Individuals, and teams to discover their new beliefs, thoughts, directions, or emotions that strengthen their capabilities to accomplish their priorities.

Her happiness is to be a partner when her clients grown in their potentials. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and wrote two books Business Value of Agile Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation” and Mapping Agile Practices to Project Management Challenges.

Register now!


Thank you Volunteers! 
As announced via email last week, the GWPMA was looking for 2 volunteers to speak to the GWU Consulting Group Membership Development and a Board Treasurer to manage all financial affairs of the student organization from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. The positions are now filled. We are thankful for those of you who stepped up and expressed their interest to fill in these positions. Please stay tuned for more opportunities. 


CONTACT US! 


Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link


Got some great news to share? Keep us in the KNOW! 
Email aesocrates@gwu.edu with any updates you’d like to share with the MSPM community.


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MSPM in the KNOW: November 5, 2019

Spring 2020 Capstone Registration

Reminder, registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires completion of all coursework or program approval. To register for Capstone, complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to aesocrates@gwu.edu. Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences. Those intending to enroll in the distance section of Capstone are required to attend a one week residency program at Foggy Bottom campus to defend their capstone projects. Tentative schedule for the residency week is from May 11-15, 2020 right before the University Commencement.  Questions about Capstone? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via  calendly.com/agnessocrates and include your GWid.

Executive-in-Residence Sessions

Thinking of changing careers or moving up in your current field? Come to the Executive-In-Sessions on November 7! It is an opportunity for one-on-one informational interviews with executives in several fields. See more information below.

Register now for the Executive-in-Residence Sessions!

Applications for Spring 2020 Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund Grants Accepted through November 15, 2019


Students who will be interning in necessarily-unpaid internships in the Spring of 2020 are encouraged to apply to the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program.

Facilitated by the university’s Career Services Council and funded through the generous support of alumni, parents and other members of the GW community, KACIF grants for domestic internships typically range from $750 to $1500 and grants for international internships typically range from $2000 to $3000.  Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2019. Interested students can go to the KACIF website at http://go.gwu.edu/internfund to review more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, and are invited to contact us at gwkacif@gwu.edu with any questions. You are invited to watch the video clip of past KACIF recipients talking about their experiences below.

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