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PMA/PMAA Speed Networking Event a Success!

The GW Project Management Association (PMA) along with the Project Management Alumni Association (PMAA) hosted an amazing Speed Networking event at the School of Business on Thursday, April 11. Alumni represented many different organizations including:

  • Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • BAE Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Clavis
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Homeland Security
  • Visionary Integration Professionals
  • eGlobalTech
  • Hewlett-Packard Consulting
  • Project Management Institute

The event opened with a welcome by PMAA Vice President Sara Alsaffar and followed by the PMA President, Anna Matsiras, who summarized the events that the PMA had hosted this year.

Then we got down to business. The 30 participants were assigned to tables and the banter began. With some light nudging the conversation began with drafted questions from both the PMA and PMAA. The interactions quickly developed into full fledged conversations. Conversation topics included PMP certification, GW’s integration and accreditation by PMI, industry acceptance of project management as a profession, planning course loads, graduation plans, perceptions of courses and the ever elusive jobs, jobs, jobs!

Everyone had a great time and met new classmates and made strong connections with our alumni community. Again, we want to thank the PMAA for their participation and their co-sponsorship of the event with the MSPM program! Thank you to everyone who came out, and if you missed it, please keep an eye out for notification of the next event on May 10th. We will try to squeeze in a happy hour before semester’s end, too!

–          GW PMA Board

GWSB Spring 2013 Career Fair

The F. David Fowler Career Center is hosting a career fair on Thursday, January 24, from 11am to 2pm, at the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (3rd floor).  The fair is open to the full student body population.  Check out the list of the employers who will be onsite – GWSB S13 Career Fair Employers.

Welcome to the Spring 2013 Semester!

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to GW for our new MSPM students!  I hope you all had an opportunity to rest and relax during the holiday break and are ready to begin the spring semester.

Spring 2013 Class Bio Book

Get to know the incoming spring 2013 class via the latest Bio Book.  Interested in learning about current students in the program?  You can view previous Bio Books under the Resources tab at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

Continuous Enrollment in Spring 2013

If you have not registered for courses in the spring term or applied for a Leave of Absence, contact our office immediately to discuss your plans.  Failure to maintain continuous enrollment in the program jeopardizes your admission in the program.  I invite all students to review the University and School of Business policies per the GW Bulletin 2012-2013.

Degree Planning using DegreeMAP

If we have not yet developed a degree plan in DegreeMAP, schedule a meeting with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm so that we may do so.  For those who previously developed a plan with the former program director, yet the data has not been uploaded into DegreeMAP, I ask that you also schedule a meeting to discuss the plan developed.  We have revised the course schedule through 2016 and should revisit your plans to confirm that they are achievable as designed.

When planning your classes for the coming semesters, please be aware of any credit hour/semester requirements based on your fellowships, financial aid packages, student loans, or international student visas.  This is key information to share with your adviser and for you to understand so that you can fulfill your obligations.

Blackboard – Course Capture and Collaborate

Blackboard recently updated their system which seems to have caused a disconnect with the course capture links (recordings of on campus lectures).  The majority of the issues were resolved on Thursday, January 17, however the balance of the course capture links should be corrected by close of business today, Friday, January 18.  As a reminder, the course capture links for each course may be found in the left-hand menu on the course’s Blackboard site.

The Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate Live) schedule is posted to the blog, but will also be reviewed by your professors.  Access to Blackboard Collaborate is found via the Tools icon in Blackboard.


For those eligible to graduate in spring 2013, graduation applications are due by February 1.  Submit to our office for review and approval.  Once you apply for graduation, you will begin to receive information on the commencement ceremonies and all related activities from Graduation Services.

Academic Calendar

GW’s academic calendar may always be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.  The current calendar is posted through the spring 2015 semester.


Best of luck on the new term!


Spring 2013 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The schedule of Blackboard Collaborate sessions for the distance section of the spring 2013 MSPM courses is listed below.  Your professors will review the schedule and expectations at your first class.

Course Course Title Professor Blackboard Collaborate Night Time Notes
DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting Easley Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6250 PM Finance Cathey Wednesday 9pm Eastern (revised from 8:30pm) Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Glickman Wednesday 10pm Eastern (revised from 9pm) Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Jarrah Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Law & Ethics in PM Diener Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Kwak Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains Matta Tuesday 9:30pm Eastern Mandatory

Internship with US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC

USAID is currently recruiting for a Winter Contraceptive Commodities Security & Logistics Intern. Our internships are paid and our interns work  within the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Agency’s Washington, DC headquarters.


The winter Contraceptive Commodities Security & Logistics Internship will likely work with the program February 12, 2013 – June 7, 2013. The Internship is available to current graduate students, as well as graduate student alumni. In order to allow more people to apply, we recently extended the application deadline to January 4th.


We will also be offering a Summer Contraceptive Commodities Security & Logistics Internship. We are currently accepting applications for all of our summer 2013 internships, which close on January 28th. Information about our summer 2013 internships can be found on our website www.ghfp.net.


If any of your students would like to know what it’s like to be a Commodities Security and Logistics intern at USAID, here is a link to a profile of one of our intern alumna: http://www.ghfp.net/scripts/futurearts.dll?CollectBinaryData?loc=globalhealth&coid=188015&moid=70433&fauuid=b9975708-2c4d-4558-a603-21b39aec35dc

Spring 2013 Electives – Procurement & Contracting and Sustainable Supply Chains

In addition to the Legal & Ethical Issues in PM elective, we will offer two additional elective courses – Procurement & Contracting and Sustainable Supply Chains.

DNSC 6234 – Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours)

The course is taught by Peter R. Easley, Esq., Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Professor Easley also works as a senior contracts officer with the World Bank.

Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.

Course Description:

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Course Objectives:

  • To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
  • To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
  • To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
  • To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
  • To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
  • To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement

 DNSC 6290 – Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours)

 This course is taught by Dr. Marie Matta, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences.

Assignments include case studies and an exam.

Course Description:

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.

Course Objectives:

A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:

  • Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
  • Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
  • Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
  • Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
  • Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
  • Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
  • Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
  • Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy


Spring 2013 Elective – DNSC 6290 Legal & Ethical Issues in Project Management (listed as Law & Ethics in PM)

Keith Diener, Esq., visiting assistant professor with the GW School of Business and adjunct professor of law and paralegal studies with the GW Law School, will be offering a new 3 credit hour elective this spring, Legal & Ethical Issues in Project Management. Note: course listed as Law & Ethics in PM with the Office of the Registrar.
CRN Distance – 26439
CRN On Campus – 26438

The course offers an examination of the legal and ethical environment of project management, with particular attention to liability, culpability, and ethical quandaries for project managers. Students learn strategies for avoiding legal nightmares, a framework for ethical behavior, and to develop their communication skills through assignments that require clear, concise, and accurate writing.

Students will learn:


1. The theories that underlie the law pertinent to project management, ethics, and the resolution of legal and ethical issues.

2. The fundamental rights and duties under contract law, tort law, and employment law applicable to project managers.

3. The advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of dispute resolution.

4. The important legal, tax, and management consequences of the different forms of business organization, and risks of contracting with them.

5. The civil and criminal liability of organizations for the actions of their project managers and employees.

6. To strengthen their analytical and communication skills by learning to distinguish important from unimportant information, facts from issues, and arguments from conclusions.

Assignments (for the 14 week course) will include two 2-page case studies, one 3-5 page reflection paper, and one final exam.

Registration opens November 5, 2012.