•‘Student Leader Spotlight’ Twitter Competition
Please consider participating in the ‘Student Leader Spotlight’ Twitter competition. It is a wonderful opportunity to think about your own leadership goals and possibly win a gift card, as well as recognition for you, your program, and GWSB. AACSB, the accrediting body for business schools, is launching a Twitter competition designed to highlight how students are getting involved and dreaming big. 100 winners will be selected and have a chance to win a $100 gift card! Tweet your response to the following question:
“Your AACSB-accredited institution is preparing you for the world. What kind of leader will you be? How will you make your mark?”
•The Columbian Women of GW Scholarship, Applications Due 14 Mar
The Columbian Women of GW scholarship application period is now open. Each year, Columbian Women awards $90,000 in scholarships to women attending GW. Scholarships are provided to students of all GW schools. Apply by 14 Mar. See www.columbianwomen.org for eligibility criteria and more information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
•Student Responsibilities: Continuous Enrollment
Students are responsible for knowing and following policies and procedures, which may be found in the University Bulletin, GWSB Bulletin section, and the MSPM Student Handbook. Per these sources, students are required to maintain continuous enrollment once they enter a degree program. A student is considered to be continuously enrolled when registered for courses through GW or when registered for an approved leave of absence. Enrollment required in fall and spring semesters, summer semester enrollment is not required. Failure to take such action requires students to make a formal application for reinstatement.
•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.
The Atlantic Council is seeking applications for the Take Point Initiative, a fellowship program open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are 35 years old and younger and who currently work in, or would like to transition to, careers in international policy. The program includes opportunities to network with potential employers and funders, deepen their substantive policy expertise, and build nonprofit and thought leadership skills over the course of an intensive ten-day fellowship program in Washington, DC planned for October 13 – 23, 2015. Additionally, the Council will award over $60,000 in grant funds to Take Point fellows to support their work. In turn, fellows will commit to using their training to help provide a voice for other young veterans in the foreign policy discourse, including injured veterans.
Application deadline is August 16, 2015. Learn more at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/millennium-leadership-program/veterans-take-point-initiative/apply-now-veterans-take-point-initiative
•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.