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May 2012

EDITOR Alicia Miller 2012 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Chandy Littlejohn SECRETARY Laura Beth Matson COMMUNICATIONS Sidd Kunche PUBLICATIONS Alicia Miller

PMI Memphis Catch back issues of the PMI Memphis Newsletter on the web at Click on ‘About The Chapter’ and then ‘Chapter Newsletters’.

PMI Memphis By-Laws Update!! The PMI Memphis by-laws has been updated to now include succession planning within our chapter. What does this mean to you? Have you ever thought about running for a position within your local chapter? Well, now you will be able to run, and if you win the seat, you will have six months to shadow the current board member. Our annual elections will be moving from December to July in order to accommodate this mentoring opportunity. If you are interesting in running for a position this year, please email

PUBLIC RELATIONS Vaughan Dewar MEMBERSHIP Aimee Sufka EDUCATION Mike Fulton FINANCE Karen Stewart PROGRAMS Althea Thomas

PMI Memphis to CoCo-Sponsor Region 14 Meeting The Memphis PMI will be co-sponsoring, along with the PMI Nashville chapter, our regional meeting for PMI. This meeting is open to all members and will be held at the Renaissance Marriott in Nashville. This event will take place May 3rd through May 5th. For more information, please contact

SPECIAL EVENTS Phyllis Slaughter

Chapter Mission: * Promote the Goals and Principles of PMI * Support Project Management (PMP) certification efforts of members * Provide Training in specific PMI skills and knowledge areas

PMP Exam Prep Class – Spring 2012 The next PMP Exam Prep class is planned to begin on June 5th. If you are interested in attending the class, please visit our website, at for more details.

PMI Memphis

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Community Corner Giving Back – Impressions of a PMI Volunteer

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Recently I have re-engaged with our PMI Memphis Chapter. I have served as a volunteer, supporting the Chapter, since 2001. Although I have continued to mentor MIS students, at the University of Memphis, my #1 long-term project is my little girl Jackie, age 4, who did not leave me much time to attend Chapter meetings and events in the past. At the December meeting at the University of Memphis, I noticed how much the chapter has changed in the last four years. There were some familiar faces, but many of the people I started out with, are now retired or have moved out of the area. The companies represented are different, an other than the PDD, even the events and activities have changed. But what caught my attention at this meeting was the activity and excitement generated by our identity as a small organization that has had a significant impact in the community. I remember enjoying this in the past, and I wanted to experience that enjoyment again. I decided to renew my commitment and become an active member of the

Memphis Chapter once again. In March, I conducted my first Chaptersponsored PMP Prep class in over four years. The PMBOK has changed at least twice since the last time I taught, and it had been 11 years since I took the exam. Nevertheless, the essentials remain the same. On the first day of class, I faced a room full of people, all wanting to know how to unravel the mystery of the certification exam. The students were not so focused on how to manage a real-life project, because there were project managers who were far more experienced than me in the room, but were interested in the exam construction itself. For seven nights we worked through the challenges of mastering the PMP Exam. I was deeply moved to be working with an instructor team that included people who were my students a few years earlier. The current students learned from the instructors and we learned from the students as well. I believe in the Project Management profession. It is more than a skill set or a competency. That is why I have served as a chapter officer, an instructor, and a mentor in the years since receiving my own certification. That is why I help anyone who is striving to attain success in project management. Effective project management can make a difference in this city. We must empower our profession here where we live. Ken Watkins, PMP Director, PMP Exam Prep Program

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PMI Memphis

Membership News Chapter Membership: 483 Active Members Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are the gardeners. –William Shakespeare

Stats for April: 12 New Members 33 Renewing Members PMI Chapter Guest Pass Program - Update Guest Pass memberships for PMI Memphis, TN Chapter are being distributed. If you know someone who would be interested in a Guest Pass for our chapter meetings, please contact Aimee Sufka at VP_Membership@pmimemp We Need Your Feedback

feedback at our monthly meetings (tabletop questionnaires), from our lapsed members (lapsed member surveys), and from our new members (request for suggestions in our “Welcome” emails). If you have feedback for us, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. We love to hear about what is working well but we are most interested in what you think we can do better. Email messages, phone calls, or personal discussions at the monthly meetings are always welcome New Member Orientation Based on feedback received from new members, we are resurrecting our New Member Orientation program. Stay tuned for details! We still need volunteers!!

During the month of April, we began reaching out to our members and requesting

All of life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kudos – A Big Welcome to our New & Rejoining Members! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Scott Balentine Michael Boles Mindy Bush Steven Elliott Godfrey Godfrey John Helton Chris Houston

8. Faith Mungah 9. Joel Townsend 10. Matthew Wallace 11. Donna West 12. John Woodall

PMI Memphis Finance Focus Profit & Loss as of April 27, 2012 INCOME

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$ 2,481.78

Storage Space









Monthly Meetings

$ 1,930.20

PMI Section Dues

$ 4,425.00




PMP Course

$ 14,760.00

Web Site



Total Income

$ 21,115.20

Board of Directors



Total Expenses

$ 13,771.49

Net Operating Income

$ 7,343.71

May Dinner Event Topic – The University of Memphis Student Award & Recognition Program Speakers – Featuring Dean Grover, Lloyd Brooks and Robin Poston Rajiv Grover Dean, Chair of Excellence Sales and Marketing, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Dr. Rajiv Grover is the Dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics and the holder of the Sales and Marketing Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis. Prior to his appointment as the Dean, he was the holder of the Terry Chair of Excellence and the Head of the Marketing Department at the University of Georgia. As the Dean, he is committed to satisfying the needs of the business, not-for-profit, and governmental communities, who he considers to be his customers, by supplying excellent students, who he considers to be his

products. Based on this philosophy, the faculty and staff of the Fogelman College have been able to introduce several new, creative and innovative programs at a rapid pace at the Fogelman College. The College has been able to reengineer and develop curricula, course content and delivery, funding mechanisms, processes and policies, and communication vehicles.

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PMI Memphis

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. –Anne Frank

Lloyd D. Brooks Professor of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics

Dr. Brooks received both his Ed.D. (1971) and MS (1968), from the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. He obtained his BS degree (1964) from Middle Tennessee State University, at Murfreesboro. He has performed consulting services with several companies and agencies including the United States Postal Service, State Department of Education, Tennessee Office of Teacher Licensure, Dobbs House International, Memphis City Government, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Brooks joined the FCBE Faculty

Dr. Poston Associate Professor of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Dr. Poston is a Systems Testing Research Fellow and Associate Director of the System Testing Excellence Program for the FedEx Institute of Technology at The University of Memphis, and she is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at The University of Memphis. Dr. Poston is a recipient of the 2006-2007 University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at The University of Memphis in 1971.

May 2012 – Calendar of Events PMI Memphis P.O. Box 383283 Germantown, TN 38183-3283


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Wed. 2

Thursday 3

Friday 6

Region 14

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Chapter Meeting


15 BOD Meeting

E-Mail: VP_Publications@pmimemphis .org

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Job Postings We’re on the Web! See us at:


- Healthcare Project Leader for Accredo Health Inc. - Project Manager for Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz - Project Manager for the Haley Consulting Group, LLC - Project Manager for Hyland Software - Senior Project Manager for Sedgwick - Senior Salesforce Consultant for Cloud For Good For More information, or to apply, about these positions, please visit our website at

Volunteer Job Postings

For May PMI Chapter articles is Monday, May 7.


Send submissions to


VP_Publications@pmimemphis.o rg

VP of Publications is looking for 2 talented writers and 2 photographers. She is also seeking ideas to make our publications more dynamic, robust and informative. For more information, please email VP of membership is looking for a mentor to walk her through some basic Project Management information with a mentee. She is not PMP certified but is very interested in transitioning into a project management-related position and would like guidance on how best to present herself to prospective employers. If you are willing to be a mentor for this particular mentee’s needs, please contact Aimee Sufka at

PMI Memphis P.O. Box 383283 Germantown, TN 38183

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