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MSPM: In the Know, April 30, 2014

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Spring Course Feedback – Yes, Its Anonymous!
Have You Registered for Summer and Fall 2014?
Graduation Tickets

Dear MSPM Students,

As we approach the final week or two of the semester, these are the top 3 items you need to know this week:

Spring Course Feedback – Yes, Its Anonymous!

Students should have received course feedback surveys this past week. Responding to these surveys is the best way to provide feedback on the course and the professor. Once the survey opens, students have only 5 days to respond. Surveys will likely not be reissued once they close. Many students ask if the surveys are truly anonymous. The answer is a resounding yes! The faculty do not see the survey results until several months after the course ends, long after your final grade has been issued.

Have Your Registered for Summer and Fall 2014?

Registration is open for both the summer and fall 2014 semesters. Register immediately to confirm your seat in a course and to save courses with low enrollment from being cancelled. Additional enrollments in the on-campus sections of summer courses are needed. If you have not yet registered or are able to switch from the distance to the on-campus section, please do so this week!

Registration for the fall semester is also open. For those who need to register for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (capstone), you are unable to register via GWeb. You must submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention to register for the course. Include all details, which may be found on the Schedule of Classes, regarding the course and section on the form. Incomplete forms will be returned to you for correction before they will be processed.

Unsure what to register for or looking to change your degree plan in DegreeMAP? Schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Graduation Tickets

On-campus graduates from the spring and summer 2014 semesters may now pick up their graduation tickets. Pick up your tickets from Duques Hall, Suite 355 Monday through Friday, 12-6 pm. Ticket distribution ends on 7 May. You must present a valid GWorld card and a graduation survey confirmation receipt to pick up your tickets.

Distance graduates from the spring and summer 2014 semesters should begin receiving their tickets via FedEx. If you have not received your tickets by Monday, 5 May, contact gwsbtix@gwu.edu immediately. Do not contact the MSPM program office as we will direct you to gwsbtix@gwu.edu.

All fall 2013 graduates should contact gwsbtix@gwu.edu to request tickets for graduation. Once you do so, tickets will be sent via FedEx for receipt by 5 May. If you have already requested your tickets and have not received them by Monday, 5 May, contact gwsbtix@gwu.edu immediately. Do not contact the MSPM program office as we will direct you to gwsbtix@gwu.edu.

All information about graduation is available online via http://business.gwu.edu/commencement/ or http://commencement.gwu.edu/. Visit these resources first, before contacting our office with questions.

MSPM: In the Know, January 9, 2014

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Spring 2014 Semester Begins Week of 13 Jan
2013 PMIEF Scholarship and Grant Recipients
2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

Dear MSPM Students,

Happy 2014! As you prepare for the start of the spring semester, these are top 3 items you need to know:

Spring 2014 Semester Begins Week of 13 Jan

Classes begin next week! Review the Schedule of Classes, your individual schedule on GWeb, and the GW Bookstore for days, times, locations, and textbook information for your courses. The Blackboard Collaborate schedule, as well as the textbook information, is also available via www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

The last day to add or drop a course via GWeb is 26 Jan. Courses added between 13-26 Jan will incur an $80 late fee. Courses dropped prior to 13 Jan will have 100% of the tuition charges cancelled. Courses dropped on or after 13 Jan are subject to the university refund schedule – on campus and off campus schedules.

Courses not yet appearing on Blackboard even though you confirmed your registration in GWeb? Chances are the professor has not yet activated the course in Blackboard. Rest assured that your course will be activated by the first day of the on-campus class. If you have specific questions about your course, the schedule, or the syllabus, contact your professor. Contact information for all faculty, staff, and students is available via the directory on my.gwu.edu.

2013 PMIEF Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the nine GW MSPM students who received scholarships or grants from the PMI Educational Foundation in 2013. The full list of recipients is available in the Jan 2014 issue of PMI Today. Review the list of available scholarships from the PMIEF for the next academic year and apply by the posted deadlines for consideration in 2014.

2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

The deadline to submit a paper to the 2014 Research & Education Conference is Monday, 13 Jan. The conference is scheduled for 26-29 Jul 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Registration will open in Mar 2014. They welcome conceptual, empirical or theoretical work using project, program, or portfolio management as the subject or context of the research. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate.

Fall 2013 Course Feedback Schedule

As we near the end of the fall 2013 semester, you will be asked to complete course feedback surveys. The surveys are anonymous and are the best method for providing honest, constructive feedback on your experience in the course. The feedback is then utilized to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the course, faculty, and the program so that we may adjust the curriculum as needed.

Once made available, the surveys are open for 5 days and will not be reopened once closed. The schedule for the surveys is provided below so that you can prepare your comments.

Survey Release Subject Code/Course Number Course Instructor
11/26/2013 DNSC 6202 Statistics for Management Khamooshi, Homayoun
12/2/2013 DNSC 6247 Organization, Mgmt and ldrship Hoffman, Edward
12/4/2013 DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control Khamooshi, Homayoun
12/5/2013 DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Management Forman, Ernest
12/5/2013 DNSC 6261 Intro to Project & Program Mgt Kettunen, Janne
11/26/2013 DNSC 6262 Directed Computational ProjMgt Jain, Sanjay
12/2/2013 DNSC 6269 Project Management Application Kwak, Young
12/5/2013 DNSC 6290 Project Quality Management Griffith, Andrew

MSPM: In the Know, October 11, 2013

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Free Conference Registration to PMI GCNA, 27-29 Oct
Change to GWSB Celebration Schedule, May 2014
Share Your Success Stories in GWBusiness

Dear MSPM Students,

This special issue of MSPM: In the Know contains exciting new information for all MSPM students.

Free Conference Registration to PMI Global Congress 2013–North America, 27-29 Oct

The MSPM program is happy to offer one complimentary full registration to the PMI Global Congress 2013–North America in New Orleans, LA on October 27-29, 2013. Join thousands of professionals in project management from across the globe to participate in a program and exhibit hall that will provide practical information to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability while tackling the challenges facing the project management profession.

If you are interested in attending, send an email to chapp@gwu.edu with a brief statement as to why you deserve to receive the complimentary registration (no more than 250 words). A recipient will be selected by 5pm EDT Tuesday, October 15. The full registration is valued at $1,675. Please note that the offer is limited to the Full Congress Registration and does not provide funding or support for travel, lodging, meals, incidentals, etc. In exchange for the full conference registration, we would like for the recipient to provide a summary of their experience at the event to be shared via social media, the blog, or in a future newsletter.

Change to GWSB Celebration Schedule, May 2014

Due to the increase in the number of graduating students we have exceeded maximum capacity at the Smith Center. As a result, the School of Business will host two ceremonies during commencement week. Those graduating from the specialized masters programs will be honored at the GWSB Celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 7:30pm in Lisner Auditorium. Further details will be released as we approach graduation, but I wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of the dates so that you may plan accordingly. The benefit of this decision is that each student should receive additional tickets for their guests at the GWSB Celebration.

Those taking DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (capstone) in spring 2014 in the distance mode should plan for residency week to be scheduled May 12-16, 2014. All graduating MSPM students will also be invited to a feedback session during lunch on Friday, May 16.

Finally, the University Commencement will remain as planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014. The event usually begins at 10 and is held on the National Mall. All those graduating in fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 are eligible to participate in both the GWSB Celebration and the University Commencement in May 2014.

Share Your Success Stories in GWBusiness

We want to highlight your successes in the next issue of GWBusiness, the biannual GW School of Business magazine. Did you win an award or receive professional recognition in the past 6 months? Perhaps you worked with a team in one of your classes on a project the was then implemented within your organization? Or were you involved in organizing an event for a student association that directly impacted society or business? Share your stories and pictures with the program so that we can show the world why GWSB is a top school for project managers!

MSPM: In the Know, August 13, 2013

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GW Tech Alumni Virtual Networking Event, 20 Aug
Volunteer Needed for MSPM Orientation, 16 Aug
Updated Fall 2013 Textbook List

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

GW Tech Alumni Virtual Networking Event, 20 Aug

The GW School of Busines invites you to join us for this virtual networking event focused on alumni and students interested in technology. The online networking enables you to speed-network from wherever you are: home, office, library, even on the road. Register today!

Volunteer Needed for MSPM Orientation, 16 Aug

One volunteer is needed to assist with the bridge game at the MSPM Orientation on Friday, 16 Aug. Remember the fun you had as an incoming MSPM student at orientation? Now is your chance to participate from the other side! The game is scheduled for Friday, 16 Aug, 3-5:15pm on campus. Contact Cambria Happ at chapp@gwu.edu immediately if you are able to assist on Friday.

Updated Fall 2013 Textbook List

We have issued a minor revision to the textbook list for fall 2013 courses. The custom text created for the DNSC 6290 Project Mgt & Organizational Context course was created from the book used in the DNSC 6261 Introduction Project Mgt course (Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 8th edition). If you already own this textbook, you are not required to purchase the custom textbook for DNSC 6290 Project Mgt & Organizational Context.

MSPM Textbook Update for DNSC 6290.10 and DE, Project Mgt and Organizational Context

Please note that the custom textbook required for Dr. Keleher’s course DNSC 6290.10 and DE, Project Mgt and Organizational Context, consists of excerpts and chapters from Project Management:  A Managerial Approach, 8th Edition, which was the textbook used in our most recent sections of DNSC 6261, Introduction to PM.

If you already have that textbook from the Intro to PM course, you do not need to purchase the custom textbook listed on the Fall 2013 MSPM Textbook List.

Please contact Dr. Keleher or the MSPM office with any questions.

MSPM: In the Know, August 5, 2013

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Fall 2013 Textbook List
Fall 2013 Scholarship Deadline, 9 Aug
DreamSpark (formerly MSDN Alliance)

Dear MSPM Students,

We have an early week edition of MSPM: In the Know for you:

Fall 2013 Textbook List

The textbook list for fall 2013 courses has been released. The list is available via www.gwprojectmanagement.org. Don’t forget to take advantage of Amazon Prime for 6 months using your .edu email address.

Fall 2013 Scholarship Deadline, 9 Aug

Scholarship funding has been made available to current MSPM students in the fall 2013 semester. Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org for full details on the scholarships and access the application. Deadline of Friday, August 9 is quickly approaching. All applications are due by August 9, the deadline will NOT be extended. Apply today!

DreamSpark (formerly MSDN Alliance)

Visit DreamSpark (formerly MSDN Alliance) to download key software in preparation for the fall semester. Get a head start on learning MS Project. As a reminder, Microsoft does not offer a Mac version of Project. VM Fusion is available for Mac users to simulate a Windows environment, however access to a PC is advised for MSPM students.