•2015 PMIEF Scholarship Recipients Announced The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) announced their awards for 2015. Over 200 scholarships were awarded to students, teachers, and practitioners from around the world. Awardees included GW MSPM students Dongying Ma and Santiago Roldan Acevedo. Congratulations!
•Spring Semester Begins Monday, 11 Jan Are you ready for the spring semester? Registered for classes? Ordered your textbooks? Did you answer no to any of these questions? Time is running out, take action now to avoid late fees.
•University Policy Regarding Religious Holidays
Students must notify faculty during the first week of the semester of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance. Review the full policy and calendar on the Office of the Provost website.
•Access to Software
All MSPM students, including the new spring 2015 students, have access to DreamSpark where they can download key Microsoft software (Office excluded). Instructions on downloading software from DreamSpark are available on the blog (uses same password as bio books). If you are accessing DreamSpark for the first time, you will need to register/create an account using your @gwmail.gwu.edu email address. If you run into any issues, contact Sami Nagi at email@example.com.
Students may also download VM Fusion, helpful if using a Mac. As a reminder, Microsoft does not offer a Mac version of Project. VM Fusion simulates a Windows environment to run Project.
Those interested in purchasing other software packages at an educational discount, visit JourneyEd. Additional free software downloads are available from the GW Division of IT and through the Virtual Computer Lab. Your professors will tell you what software is required in each course.
•Academic Probation and GPA Requirements
GW’s general requirements, including information on grades and computing GPA, appears under University Regulations in the Bulletin. Details on academic probation, grades of F, suspension, and incompletes are available under the School of Business section in the Bulletin. Each student is required to be familiar with these requirements and regulations. If you have questions about your academic standing, schedule an advisement session with me to discuss.
All current MSPM students are invited to attend the 15 Aug reception hosted by the GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network. This will be a great opportunity to welcome the incoming class of MSPM students and to connect with MSPM alumni.
Hors d’ouevres, beer and wine will be served. Registration is requested, however the event is free of charge. Event will take place in Duques Hall, 6th floor, from 6:30 to 8 pm next Friday.
The faculty will make their classes available on Blackboard no later than the first day of the class. Some may actually open the Blackboard site before the start of the semester. Please remember to use the GWeb Info Systems site to confirm your course registrations for the fall, this is the official site to do so.
GW will be closed December 24-25 and December 31-January 1. If you need to contact GW during the winter break, please do so with these dates in mind. If you need to contact the MSPM program office or schedule an advisement session with me, please do so on or before December 23, or on or after January 6 as the offices will be operating with limited staff over the holidays.
GW’s policy regarding accommodations for religious holidays may be found on the Office of the Provost website. This is a reminder that students must notify faculty during the first week of the semester of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance. The spring semester begins the week of January 13, 2014.
This will serve as the final reminder to apply for the scholarships available to current MSPM students in the spring 2014 semester. The program will award a total of four scholarships, each in the amount of $3,596.25. Applications are due on or before 11:59pm EST Monday, December 16, 2013. Full details and the scholarship applications are available on www.gwprojectmanagement.org.
Interested in studying abroad during the summer 2014 term? The listing of short-term study abroad programs has been released by the GWSB Global & Experiential Education team. Of particular note for MSPM students are two programs:
The study abroad programs offer a unique opportunity to fulfill your general elective requirement for the MSPM program. Short-term study abroad program courses must be approved by the MSPM director prior to enrollment. Schedule an advisement session with me to discuss in further detail. Application deadlines vary by course/program, visit the website for details. The Global & Experiential Education team is also available to answer questions on the programs. They may be reached at 202-994-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MSPM program is a premium sponsor of the PMIWDC Chapter’s Project Management Symposium on Friday, September 13. This annual event, held in Crystal City (Arlington), VA, provides a forum focused on professional development and networking for project managers. I am looking for two students to assist in student recruitment at the event. If you are interested, you will need to commit to assist in the exhibit booth from either 8am-12pm or 12-5pm. This volunteer opportunity also includes free registration to the event (and lunch). During the half of the day you are not in the booth, you are free to attend the educational sessions.
Interested in volunteering? Email me at email@example.com to provide your preference of the two time slots.
Disability Support Services is committed to insuring all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities. They also serve as consultants to others who may suspect their participation in an academic program is being compromised by a disability. Students with a documented disability may choose to seek access to needed accommodations through Disability Support Services by completing the registration process detailed on their website.
Students who suspect they may have a disability or are referred by a faculty member or other person with similar concerns are encouraged to set up an appointment with the Associate Director of Disability Support Services for a consultation.
GW’s policy regarding the accommodation of religiously observant students and faculty may be found on the Office of the Registrar site. This is a reminder that students must notify faculty during the first week of the semester of their intention to be absent from class on their day(s) of religious observance. Please discuss this item with your professor before the end of this week.