National Contract Management Association


February 2010

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor


Shene’ Commodore, CPCM


Do you know how to network at events? Do you know how to network at business meetings? Sure, you can chat with someone on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, but what about real life? In this age of gadgets and technology, it is important to remember the importance of building relationships and knowing how to network. Regardless of how far technology takes us, basic communication rules still apply. Many of the biggest deals only close after face-to-face meetings and a handshake. The ability to understand and use nonverbal and verbal skills will help you build better relationships at home and throughout your career.


In this issue of StudentsConnect, we discuss the importance of networking. We also discuss key skills you will need as a contracting professional. Can you write clearly enough in a short period of time to keep your audience's attention? We discuss that too. Please enjoy this issue and stay warm.



The Importance of Networking

Author: Crystal M Glenn, MBA, CPCM


So you may be graduating soon and wondering what you are going to do after college. By being a member of NCMA, you have already taken a big step toward obtaining a competitive and challenging career. Be sure to take full advantage of the association membership, including attending local and national events. Many chapters offer students either a discount to events or allow them to attend for free. Besides obtaining current information within the field of contracts, there is a wealth of resources in the people surrounding you attending the same event. Talking from personal experience, NCMA has some of the smartest and friendliest people around the nation. 


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Important Skills for Contract Professionals

Part 1 of 2

Author: Sterling Whitehead


Skills are vital since they are what you use to accomplish your daily tasks. However, we need to be careful about exactly how we talk about skills in relation to abilities. Wiktionary quickly summed up the differences, but they are paraphrased below.

·       Skills: Methods or techniques you learned to perform some task. Examples are talking, adding, and negotiation.

·       Abilities: Something you’re born with and naturally good at. It can also be said you have an affinity for something. An artistically minded person is probably a natural when it comes to art.

·       The Difference: You learn skills, but you’re born with your abilities.


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Writing Tip:  Five Ways to Make it Easy For Your Readers

Adapted from "Writing to Get Things Done” seminar

Authors: Stan Berry and Stu Tanquist


Productivity Tip: You are more productive when you prominently position your bottom line up front. This writing tip is easier said than done. Here are five things you can do to make your e-mails and other documents easy to read—and write!


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Free Webinar: The Business Code of Ethics in Contract Management

March 16, 2010


Ethical issues emerge from conflicting interests between companies, time constraints, and both internal and external pressure. Attend this Webinar to explore the different government, corporate, and cultural perspectives that affect legal and ethical decisions.



July 18–21, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


World Congress, NCMA’s premier annual event, promises a full agenda focused on the needs and challenges of the federal and commercial contracting profession. High-profile panelists and speakers, top-quality educational programs, and unparalleled networking opportunities address the leading issues and requirements that all contract professionals deal with daily.



HBCU Career Development Marketplace

October 28, 2010

Washington, DC


A national conference designed to inform and educate new entrants into the workplace about diversity in today’s corporate America and to help Historically Black College and University students prepare for professional opportunities and greater productivity after graduation.


Learners Corner



This section is dedicated to answering your questions. Definitions and basic contract learning tools will also be provided here.



·       Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)—basic governing document reflective of law. Guidance for federal contracts that should be considered law and followed in government contract practices.

·       Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)—laws regulating commercial transactions.

·       Agreement—offer, acceptance, and mutual agreement.


NCMA Resources

NCMA has established the Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) as the prevailing guidance for how universities should align their contract management curricula. The guide provides the knowledge areas and competencies that are integral to the contract management process and the contract management profession. To view the Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (2nd Edition), please click here.


Benefits of being an NCMA Student Member include:

·       Networking opportunities with experts,

·       Real-life experience in your field,

·       Free training and great savings on advanced training, and

·       The opportunity to have your work published in NCMA publications, such as Contract Management magazine and the annual Journal of Contract Management.


To sign up, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.


If you know others who meet these criteria, please forward this newsletter to them and encourage them to join. Also, please feel free to send this newsletter to any faculty members who may be interested in learning more about contract management or NCMA. If there is enough interest, your school may be eligible to charter a Student Chapter and receive all of the benefits of a regular chapter.


For more information, contact NCMA Customer Service at or call 800-344-8096.


Fun Facts


If you have any fun facts or funny stories to share about your life as a student, please send them in. 


One of the greatest benefits you receive as an NCMA member is free access to our jobs board at This is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the contract management profession.


Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs. Active job seekers can showcase their skills and work experience to prospective employers to find the best job opportunities, while others can take advantage of networking, training, and career development services.


Whether you’re looking for a new job, or ready to take the next step in your career, you can take advantage of the networking, training, and career development services we offer. Whatever your career needs may be we’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you.



Contact Us


If you have any questions, comments, or possible contributions to this newsletter, please send them to There can never be a shortage of brain power.



NCMA University Community Outreach Members


Josh Carr

Arlington, VA


Shene' Commodore

Atlanta, GA


Angie Deren

Austin, TX

Student Membership

Crystal Glenn

McLean, VA


Jonene Johanson

Morgan, UT



Laura Lovato

Rio Rancho, NM


Kerry McRanor

Fortville, IN



Rene Rendon

Monterey, CA


Ed Rinkavage

Ashburn, VA



Richard Smith

Upper Marlboro, MD

University Relations


William Stewart

Williamsburg, VA



Peter Tuttle

Annandale, VA  


Ed Velasquez

Los Angeles, CA



Patrick Walker

Newport News, VA


John Wilkinson

Chester, VA


John Wyatt

Riverside, CA




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In This Issue


·       Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor

·       The Importance of Networking

·       Important Skills for Contract Professionals

·       Writing Tip: Five Ways to Make it Easy For Your Readers

·       Events

·       Learners Corner

·       Fun Facts


·       Contact Us



Next Issue


·       Important Skills for Contract Professionals Part 2

·       Writing Tips


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