UWP represented in San Antonio at PMI event

December 16, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-Three representatives of UW-Platteville traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the 2002 Project Management Institute Seminar and Symposium. The event was held Oct. 6-8, while pre-symposium sessions began on Tuesday, Oct. 3. This annual conference is the premiere conference for those involved in project management and granted UWP vast exposure to its programs in that field.

UWP offers a certification and master of science degree in project management. Currently, UWP has 194 students admitted into the project management program who represent 29 states throughout the U.S. and four other countries. All classes are completed online.

The group, which consisted of Tony Munos, project management program director; Dawn Drake, executive director; of alternative delivery systems, and Joanne Wilson, a faculty member in project management and engineering, represented UWP at the event.

"The symposium was an opportunity to interact with other schools and business organizations that want to form partnerships with UWP," said Drake. "We were actually approached by five international proposals. Four educational institutes expressed interest in partnerships at the symposium. Days and even weeks following the symposium, UWP is still receiving cards, letters and emails expressing interest in the program."

Advantages of a partnership would include not having to create additional curricula, added experience in project management, a variety of instructors, suggestions and ideas pertaining to project management curriculum and using the partnership as a recruitment mechanism. UWP is the only University of Wisconsin System school to offer a project management program.

Ideas on various aspects of project management curricula were discussed at the symposium. Content additions discussed included additional quality management classes and integrating risk management, operations research, and knowledge management topics.

On Monday, Oct. 7, Seth Godin, author of "Survival is Not Enough," was the keynote speaker at the symposium. His session was entitled, "Does your organization tolerate change or embrace rapid change?"

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading not-for-profit professional association for project management. It has dedicated itself to the advancement of the profession of project management since 1969. PMI is recognized worldwide for setting global management standards.

UWP plans to attend the 2003 PMI Seminar and Symposium, which will be held in Baltimore.

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