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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

 December 2013

administrative news

Special Holiday Message
(To the tune of "Jingle Bells") From all of us at Atkinson - we wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! Please note that due to the holidays there will be no January issue of ATKINSONews.

Dashing through the snow,
On an icy December day.
One final left to go,
Studying all the way!

My Powerpoint will sing.
To Ettner's great delight.
I've worked so hard for that brass ring -
My future looks so bright!

Jingle bells, statistics tells
We will win the day!
It's quite easy to decide
With an organized data array. Hey!

Jingle bells, my team outsells
Vodites, lodites, yay!
MarkStrat competition tried
But we blew them all away! Hey!

Alumni tell, and Ringold yells
From Salem to Bombay:
The best program worldwide
Is the Will-am-ette M-B-A!


alumni news
Family Additions
Fadi Bouri, MBA'06 and his wife, Lana Sharaiha had their first baby, Aya, on Nov 1, 2013. "From heaven above, God sent us an angel to love," writes Fadi. "Our bundle of joy, baby Aya, is here at last. She and her mom are doing well."


Justin Hanseth MBA'12, co-founder of Village Health Works food security project in Kigutu, Burundi recently organized several events in Seattle for the project. It was featured in the Seattle Times and is also on Crosscut.com. Justin also ran the Cleantech Open for Washington State this year, led due diligence for several impact investors in Seattle, and is on the Steering Committee for Seattle University's Center for Entrepreneurship.

VanDyck Silveira '95, MBA'98, Former President and CEO of Brazil's Grupo Ibmec was recently named CEO of IE Corporate Learning. IE Business School has announced the formation of IE Corporate Learning and has tapped VanDyck to head the new company.
The new company will encompass the School's executive education unit, including its B2B and B2C programs, as well as a new fleet of blended learning programs specifically designed for corporations. VanDyck's previous work at Ibmec, ranked as one of the top universities in Brazil, focused on high-end for-profit education. He was also previously Business Development Director at Duke Corporate Education, the executive education unit of Duke University. He was responsible for several entries in emerging markets and also for programs in EMEA which blended education and execution. Read the full press release here.
Rick Owen MBA'96 accepted a new job as the Provider Network Administrator for the Universal American Texas Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and relocated from Dallas to Houston in September for the opportunity. This is significant as it constitutes a move from Dental Provider Network Management to Medical Provider Network Management - and the long-term potential is much greater on the medical side.

atkinson news
International Study Trip to China - Spots Still Available
Students from Willamette's Early Career and Career Change MBA and the MBA for Professionals will travel to China during Spring Break, Saturday March 22 - Sunday March 30. As part of the MBA for Life program, graduates of either program are also eligible to apply.

The international study trip is part of a one-credit course: GSM7261G. The trip includes visits to numerous companies and other organizations in Shanghai and Beijing. In this course students study (i) fundamentals of international business, (ii) the environments and challenges of emerging markets, (iii) strategies and operations for succeeding in emerging markets, and (iv) specific aspects of business in China. Three class sessions will be held on campus before the trip.

Link to more information

Alumni must apply here as soon as possible. Please email mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu if you have questions or are interested in applying.


Due by Dec 15 - Nominations for Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award

Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management invites nominations for its annual Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award. The Award was created by Willamette University and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1984 to recognize extraordinary entrepreneurial and civic leadership benefiting the State of Oregon. Gerald "Gerry" Frank was the first recipient and Mr. Frank presents The Award annually at the Atkinson School Commencement.

The Award seeks to recognize public and private leadership in the tradition of the late Glenn L. Jackson, a true Oregonian, who served as Chairman of Pacific Power and Light (now, PacifiCorp), Chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission and owner of several entrepreneurial enterprises. Glenn Jackson believed in making the right thing happen for Oregon and had the capacity and drive to get things done. He serves as a civic leadership model for all Oregonians.

Learn more and submit a nomination by December 15: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/jacksonaward


MBA for Professionals - Referrals for January 2014 Cohort

It's not too late to refer a friend or colleague to the MBA for Professionals' next Portland Cohort, which begins on January 6, 2014 at the Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District. Candidates referred by alumni may be eligible for a $1000 tuition credit. Please have those interested contact the MBA for Professionals admissions team as soon as possible to discuss the application process: mba-professional@willamette.edu.

More information on the alumni referral program: http://willamette.edu/mba/for_alumni/referral/index.html


From Pizza To Profit Projections: Rising Through Portland's Retail Industry

Nick Arneson's MBA'12 career path traces through iconic local institutions. The Assistant Merchandise Manager for adidas's Originals will be the first to accept his candidacy; "I probably transformed more than anyone else in my class, if only because I had such a long way to come," Arneson admits.


"Many of my peers were already well-established in their careers, and wanted an MBA to move up. In my situation, I'd spent my 20's chasing the rock-star dream. When my wife got pregnant, I realized that if I didn't make a change soon, I wouldn't escape retail management at all."

Read the entire story online.


A Holiday Tradition Continues

An Atkinson holiday tradition continued this year with Dean Debra Ringold and Assistant Director of Career Management, Desiree Vorhees serving pumpkin pie to students, faculty and staff the week before Thanksgiving. Students enjoy the tradition and the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season.



Upcoming Events

Preview Day for Prospective Students - March 1

Students interested in Willamette's Early Career and Career Change MBA are invited to "preview" the MBA program by visiting the Salem, Oregon campus, connecting with current students, experiencing a sample class, meeting Willamette MBA alumni and getting their questions answered about life in the Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA program. Preview Day will be held on Saturday, March 1st.

Preview Day
Saturday, March 1st
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Atkinson Graduate School, Mudd Building
Salem, Oregon

Please refer interested students to this link to learn more or register to attend or email the Admission Staff for more information.

Dec 15 Early Career/Career Change MBA Early Action Application Deadline
Dec 23-Jan 1 Holiday Closure: Willamette Offices Closed
Jan 10-11 Seattle Trek
Jan 21 BA/MBA and MBA Information Session
Jan 24 Mock Interviews
Feb 1
Early Career/Career Change MBA Early Action Application Deadline
Mar 1 Preview Day for Early Career and Career Change MBA
Willamette Alumni Calendar
Atkinson Events Calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin

Employer Spotlights, Speakers and Panels: This fall, we've hosted the following companies on-campus for employer spotlights - designed to help students know more about a particular company: ATK LLC, Avanade, Deloitte, Edward Jones, Intel, Rubicon, Target, Tektronix, and Walmart.


The Student chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management invited Amazon HR and the student chapter of the National Association of Women hosted a Women in the Workplace Panel featuring women from the State of Oregon, Nike, Intel and Target. In the Career Module of PaCE, we hosted Avanade, Daimler, Intel and the State of Oregon.

Treks or Company Visits: Company visits are an opportunity for students to know more about an organization by visiting them, meeting several employees, taking a tour and understanding the culture. Students participated in company visits this fall with Cambia Health Solutions, Daimler, Portland Timbers (arranged by Atkinson Outdoor Club and Atkinson Marketing Association), and the Secretary of State Audits Division.

Mock Interviews with Professionals: All of the students in the full-time first year Career program had mock interviews with professionals (hiring managers and recruiters) on Friday, November 15th. This followed a full job application simulation where we posted mock jobs, they applied and had their resumes and cover letters reviewed, did a practice phone interview with a second year student. Some of the employers on campus included alumni and others who actually hire and recruit from the company students were mock interviewing with, so the bar was set high. Employers included: Boys and Girls Club, Business Oregon, Cambia Health Solutions, Clean Water Resources, Daimler, Deloitte, Edelman, Gannett, Harland Financial Services, Hewlett Packard, Insitu, Intel, Keybank, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.


executive development center
Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business

The Executive Development Center is pleased to once again offer a special program developed for attorneys who work with business clients or serve as in-house counsel. The Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business program provides the tools, resources and concepts to increase the value and productivity of any attorney working within a company.

Session Dates: May 4-8, 2014
Willamette University Portland Center
905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110, Portland, Oregon

Learn more about the program and upcoming topics on the program website.

Follow the EDC on Twitter

If you'd like to keep up to speed on events, articles and information related to Willamette's EDC programs and topics, follow the EDC on Twitter @WillametteEDC. There's also a special Twitter account available with information specific to the utility industry @UtilitiesEDU.


faculty news
Professor Lisbeth Claus delivered a keynote address entitled, "Rethinking the World, Rethinking HR," at the Global HR Consortium in Redmond, WA on December 6, 2013.

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
John Quincy Adams

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ATKINSONews is a monthly newsletter from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management of Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. It is distributed to the current Atkinson community, subscribed alumni and University administrators via email each month during the academic year.

Mission: As an effort to foster one of Atkinson's significant purposes — to establish a close community — ATKINSONews's mission is to provide an accurate and timely forum for disseminating current news and events involving the school and its current and former community members.

Acknowledgements: I thank the following contributors for this month's issue: Russell Yost, Fadi Bouri, Justin Hanseth, VanDyck Silveira, Rick Owen, and Beth Ursin.

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