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March 2015  


Welcome to the spring edition of the WMPMI newsletter! In this issue, you'll find information about the Professional Development Day (PDD) in March, THE Project collegiate competition in April, upcoming training opportunities, and more!


THE Project 2015 Event Day - Come Watch the Future Unfold

THE Project 2015, WMPMI’s fourth annual collegiate project management competition, will hold its event day on April 13th, 2015 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. It features a reverse career fair, the final four team presentations, a keynote speech by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and the awards presentation.

Fifteen student teams from colleges and universities throughout Western Michigan are competing this year to provide solutions in the form of detailed project plans to this year’s project scenario, “Improving the Affordability of Higher Education in Michigan.” Not only are they offering solutions that could help shape the future and affordability of higher education in our state, they’re also providing a glimpse into the project management talent they have to offer.

A schedule of the event-day festivities and costs to attend are listed below. We highly encourage you to come out and support this premier WMPMI event!

1:45 PM

3:15 PM

Reverse Career Fair

3:25 PM

3:30 PM

Final Four Teams are Announced

4:00 PM

5:15 PM

Final Four Presentations (Please arrive before 4 PM to be seated)

5:15 PM

5:30 PM


5:30 PM

6:15 PM


6:15 PM

6:30 PM

Keynote Speaker - Lt. Gov Brian Calley

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

Announce Winners


  • $25.00 Full-Time Student Guest currently with 12+ credit hours  ($30.00 after 5:00 p.m. April 9)
  • $30.00 WMPMI Member ($35.00 after 5:00 p.m. April 9)
  • $40.00 Non-Members ($45.00 after 5:00 p.m. April 9)

WMPMI Professional Development Day (PDD)

If you missed WMPMI's Professional Development Day (PDD) on March 17, 2015, it's not too late to participate and learn how to manage projects like a superhero!

Check out our social media accounts below for information on the event and our speakers. Don't miss out on the amazing photos our friends at Stellafly captured during the PDD, too. 

WMPMI Facebook page

Stellafly Social Media Facebook Page

Stellafly Website

WMPMI Twitter:

WMPMI Instagram:



WMPMI Open Elections

As a reminder, the WMPMI election will go live on the WMPMI website ( on April 13, 2015. We will also be voting on the 2015 Chapter Bylaws. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the open positions, complete the WMPMI Chapter Nomination Form and return it to before April 6, 2015. 

2015 Elections

Are you a PMP and looking to volunteer with WMPMI? Do you know a great leader who you’d like to nominate for one of our open positions? If so, please review our open positions.

The board positions below are open for nominations. Click here to view the detailed board position descriptions. The election will go live on the WMPMI website on April 13, 2015. You will be able to vote for nominees for the positions below. The new board will be announced at the Annual Chapter Meeting on May 11, 2015.

  • Vice President (VP) of Membership
  • Vice President (VP) of Finance
  • Vice President (VP) of Marketing
  • President Elect

If you are interested in running for any of the above positions, complete the WMPMI Chapter Nomination Form  and return it to no later than April 6, 2015.   

The 2015 Chapter Bylaws will also appear on the electronic ballot.  Please review our proposed 2015 Chapter Bylaws. Since the 2015 Chapter Bylaws are being voted on, this election will be in accordance with our prior Chapter Bylaws.


Training Opportunities

Take advantage of two training opportunities in April. 

Spring 2015 PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Class - Online
Event Starts: April 14, 2015 and goes through May 21, 2015

This class is prepare students to take the PMP/CAPM Certification Exam. It will be taught online with instructions to be sent to students prior to the first class. Class fees include Crosswind Learning's PMP Exam Success Series:  Bootcamp Manual.  Sutdents must also have a copy of the PMBOK, which is available online to PMI members.

Day Date Time Description Chapters to read in advance
Tuesday 4/14/15 6-9pm Introduction, Integration Management 1-4
Thursday 4/16/15 6-9pm Scope Management 5
Tuesday 4/21/15 6-9pm Time Management, Part I 6
Thursday 4/23/15 6-9pm Time Mgmt Part II, Cost Mgmt Part I 6-7
Tuesday 4/28/15 6-9pm Cost Management, Part II 7
Thursday 4/30/15 6-9pm Quality Management 8
Tuesday 5/5/15 6-9pm Human Resource Management 9
Thursday 5/7/15 6-9pm Communications Management 10
Tuesday 5/12/15 6-9pm Risk Management 11
Thursday 5/14/15 6-9pm Procurement Management 12
Tuesday 5/19/15 6-9pm Stakeholder Mgmt, Prof. Responsibility 13-14
Thursday 5/21/15 6-9pm Review 15 (test)


Information regarding how to access the live online class and receive the course materials will be provided prior to the first class.  

$795.00 Member Price

Online using GoTo Meeting - Details to be provided


Certified Scrum Master Certification Training with Maria Matarelli
When: April 20 & 21, 2015, 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. each day
The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) training days will be conducted by Maria Martarelli, CSM, CSPO, PMP, PMI-ACP, a Certified Scrum Trainer from Chicago, Illinois. Maria is very well known in the Agile community and is recognized as one of the top trainers in the field.
Location: Holiday Inn Express / Crossroads (Grand Rapids)

Microsoft Ignite
When: May 4 - 8, 2015
The best and brightest minds will be all in one place to talk cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the internet of things, unified communications, mobility and more. 
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Registration & Pricing:

Calendar of Events

  • April 13, 2015: THE Project 2015, Collegiate Project Management Competition
    Bonus Session: THE Project 2015 Final Four Presentations, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.
    Keynote Session:Lt. Governor Brian Calley and THE Project Awards Presentation, 5:15 - 7:05 p.m.

  • April 13, 2015: WMPMI Open Elections begin on