Top 3 for 23 Feb
•Vote for the 2016 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Member
Which professor stands out for their contributions to your graduate education in project management? Vote today
to recognize the MSPM faculty member who exemplifies the following qualities:
– Intellectually demanding and rigorous
– Deeply committed to teaching and students
– Communication with students and relaying of course content
– Has positive and lasting impact on students
•Summer 2016 STAP Application Deadline on 28 Feb
Sunday, 28 Feb, is the deadline to apply for one of the summer 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP)
. Remember, the course must first be approved by your advisor, Cambria Happ. To learn more about the STAP programs, contact Lisa Brancheau, G&EE Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
•Student Responsibilities: Holds
Students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record that will prevent registration. Holds can prevent you from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as money due to GW, the need to meet with your advisor, placement on probation, or unmet immunization requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site.
2015 MSPM Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to our 2015 award winners! Outstanding GWSB faculty and graduating students are honored each year at the GWSB Awards Ceremony. The award winners for 2015 are as follows:
Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award – Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi
Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award – Angelia Bowman
Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Christine Wacaster
The award winners will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony on Thursday, May 14, and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 15. Congratulations Dr. Khamooshi, Angelia, and Chris!
PMIWDC & GW PMA Networking Event, May 13
Register to attend the PMIWDC and GW PMA Networking Event planned for next week at GWSB. Event will be held in Duques Hall, room 453 on May 13 from 6-8 pm. Anyone interested in project management is welcome! Share with your colleagues, friends, classmates, etc.
Seeking Graduate Ambassadors 2015-2016
Apply to serve as a Graduate Ambassador in 2015-2016 by June 1, 2015. Graduate Ambassadors are a group of current graduate students who serve as representatives of the GW graduate student experience. They plan events for current students and answer questions for prospective students.
MSPM: In the Know
Dear MSPM Students,
The top 3 items you need to know this week:
Vote for the 2014 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award
Submit your vote before 12pm EDT on Friday, April 4, for the 2014 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award. This is your opportunity to recognize your favorite professor for their contributions and dedication to MSPM students and the program.
Summer 2014 Registration – Distance Sections Almost Full
The distance sections of our summer course offerings are almost full. If your plan in DegreeMAP included attendance in the summer semester and you are limited to only distance courses, register immediately to claim your seat. If you are in the DC metro area and are able to attend the on campus sections, register accordingly.
If you have a financial hold on your account, you must resolve the outstanding balance with GW before you are able to register. The MSPM program office is not authorized to remove or bypass financial holds. If, however, you have an academic hold on your account, schedule an advisement session with me to discuss.
National Fellowship Databases
GW’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships provides access to national fellowship databases. MSPM students are encouraged to utilize databases, such as Grant Forward and Pivot, to seek out funding for your graduate education. Many scholarships and fellowships are not issued annually because students simply do not apply.
Need help with your scholarship or fellowship application essay? Book an appointment with the GW Writing Center to present the best you in your application essay.
Dr. Julia Keleher of the Department of Education will be teaching a 3 credit hour elective this fall – Communication Strategies in Project Management. As we work on updating the registration system, you may also see this course listed at Project Management Elective with Dr. Griffith.
This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful projectimplementation. The course examines project management in the public, private and non-profitsectors and addresses 1) communication skills 2) change management strategies, and 3) performance management. The course readings will focus on best practices inthese areas. Case studies are used to provide a context analyzing the role these leadership andmanagement practices play in successful project implementation.
1. Identify how management and leadership strategies can be applied to common project challenges
2. Understand the role of communication in project success
3. Explore change management concepts and apply them to a project context
4. Explore performance management as an organizational tool that can support effective project implementation
5. Develop an action plan for developing enhanced communication, change management and performance measurement skills
Assignments will include a communication management plan template, a change management analysis template, a business report, a case study, and a development plan template. There are no exams.
In honor of the upcoming holidays, the School of Business is hosting our 2nd annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children.
What: Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children (e.g. hospitals, hospices, shelters)
Where: Duques 5th Floor Graduate Lounge (552)
When: Now – 10 December
How: Drop off unwrapped toys for children under 13 at the location above and warm a needy child’s heart.
Last day to drop off toys will be Saturday, December 10th, so put your toy or toys in the 5th floor grad lounge soon!
What kinds of toys are not allowed?
Toys with military theme. Toys related to weapons/law enforcement type toys. Toys with candy. Used toys. No chemicals (i.e. experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.). The Toys For Tots Program does not allow these toys. Toys For Tots of the Marine Corps Reserve will not distribute toys fitting this description that are donated to the Program to children. Instead, these toys will be donated to another charitable organization.
What kind of toys can I donate?
New, unwrapped toys preferably around the $10 or above price range. It is unsafe to distribute dangerous or dirty toys that could cause injury or illness to a child.
At the end of his two-year term, Decision Science Associate Professor Denis F. Cioffi has been asked to continue as chair of the university’s Research and Instructional Technology Committee. This request, which Dr. Cioffi has accepted, comes from GW’s new Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann. RITC’s website, at http://acadtech.gwu.edu/pages/ritc, describes (in language now made old by the Provost’s restructuring that led to Dr. Ehrmann’s appointment) the role of the committee. “Continual interaction with instructional technology experts from across the university helps the Program maintain its leadership in the use of state-of-the-art technology for both distance and campus students,” said Dr. Cioffi.
Dr. Forman’s book, Decision by Objectives, is available for free through his website, http://www.mdm.gwu.edu/ProfForman/DecisionByObjectives/default.html.
Young H. Kwak, associate professor of decision sciences, was interviewed on Federal News Radio 1500-AM. The Feb. 9 interview was part of the “Conversations with Authors Series” from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. During the one-hour segment, Kwak discussed an open government implementation model and increased public engagement.
Listen here: http://www.businessofgovernment.org/interview/conversation-author-series-professors-gwanhoo-lee-and-young-hoon-kwak