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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

November 2013
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,

We're in the midst of another exciting semester at the Atkinson School and our students are busy with projects, exams and community service initiatives. Recruitment is in full swing as we travel the world meeting the next class of Willamette MBA's.

There are a number of exciting updates to share regarding our evening MBA for Professionals (MBA-P) program. In September we opened our new Portland Center in style before a crowd of nearly 250. If you haven't had the chance to see our new Pearl District home, I encourage you to stop by for a tour.

In November, David Carroll joined us as the new MBA-P Director of Recruitment and Judy Hutchison joined us as our new MBA-P Recruiter and Admission Counselor. David brings previous experience in undergraduate recruitment and Judy brings her wealth of knowledge of the Portland area (not to mention she is an alumna of the inaugural Portland cohort!).

Please feel free to reach out to David and Judy if you know someone interested in pursuing their Willamette MBA through our MBA for Professionals program. We're now reviewing applications for the next Portland Cohort, which begins on January 6th.

In this season of Thanksgiving I offer you my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all that you do to support our school and our programs. Atkinson continues to grow because of your involvement.

Best Wishes,
Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise

alumni news
Family Additions
Kirsten (Changstrom) Eades, MBA'06 and husband, Adam welcomed their daughter, Catherine Jane Eades, on Aug 30th at 5:08pm. She was born 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 21 inches long. "We are both doing well and I am enjoying the time at home with her," writes Kirsten.

"Capital Financial Planners is expanding, writes Judith Heltzel MBA'84, founder of the firm." CFP, LLC is pleased to announce the hire of Chad Campbell as a new associate. Chad will help work with and expand the growing client base of CFP, LLC. Chad previously worked with a Trust company in Salem. CFP, LLC also updated its website recently. Check out the website at capfina.com.

atkinson news
Atkinson Participates in MBA Alumni Survey

The Atkinson School has partnered with the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), to conduct an important study about career progression, and the value and influence of your MBA educational experience. If you did not receive an email with a link to the online survey on Wednesday, October 9th, you can participate in the survey by clicking on the survey link.

You have valuable insights to share and we would very much appreciate your participation in this survey. Your participation in this multi school global MBA survey is voluntary. Your individual responses and individual school data are confidential.

If you have not completed the survey, please do so by going to the survey link by November 15.


Nominations Sought 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 benefitting 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: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/jacksonaward


MBA Graduate Writes the Story of His Career

Logan McCune MBA'13 wants to take you on an adventure. Follow him, and you'll explore Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula, and search for buried treasure on a remote island. If you're wondering how an MBA student could advance such an ambitious project while working and studying, McCune has an answer: "the Willamette MBA for Professionals program has been eye-opening, even for my writing hobby.


I've based many of my course assignments on my book and applied business fundamentals to formulating, designing, and marketing it, just like any other product."

Read the entire story online.


Organization with Atkinson Roots Aims to Modernize Oregon's Government

No one disputes that our government needs to evolve. That's where the consensus stops. The newly formed, non-partisan Institute for Modern Government (IMG) seeks to change that. By drawing on academic and professional resources, the IMG studies and supports public organizations facing todays operational and management policy issues. The IMG Board is composed of Oregon State government veterans and Willamette University faculty.

Read the entire story online.


Willamette MBA Alumni Updates – Book Club and MBA for Life Program

The Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club is excited to host a call featuring Dan Ariely, bestselling author of titles including "Predictably Irrational." More information will be sent in early December on the date and registration for the phone conference.

The Willamette MBA for Life program will officially launch this spring. You’ll soon receive an e-mail listing specific registration times and available classes for the new MBA for Life benefit. To review details of the program, please visit: http://willamette.edu/mba/lifetime.



Upcoming Events

Annual Pumpkin Pie Day

Celebrate this annual tradition of sharing pumpkin pie with Atkinson staff, students and faculty in the Student Lounge before the end of the semester and the busy holiday season.

Pumpkin Pie Day
Thursday, November 21st
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Atkinson Graduate School, Mudd Building, Student Lounge
Salem, Oregon

Willamette MBA Holiday Networking Events in Portland and Salem

Join faculty, staff, students, alumni, prospective students and friends for the Willamette University MBA's holiday networking events, hosted by the MBA for Professionals program. Enjoy a beverage and share in some holiday cheer in either Salem or Portland.

SALEM - Thursday, December 5
Bentley's Grill, Liberty Room
291 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR
RSVP Online

PORTLAND - Friday, December 6
WU Portland Center in the Pearl
905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110, Portland, OR
RSVP Online



Nov 15 Career Close-Up: Mock Interviews
Nov 16 Early Career/Career Change MBA: GMAT and GRE Prep Session
Nov 21 Pumpkin Pie Day
Dec 5
MBA-P Prospective Students & Alumni: Salem Holiday Happy Hour
Dec 6
MBA-P Prospective Students & Alumni: Celebrate the Season Open House in Portland
Dec 6
Early Career/Career Change MBA: Meet the Students Webinar
Dec 7
Star Trees Lighting and Holiday Concert
Dec 10
Early Career/Career Change MBA: Application Workshop Webinar
Dec 23-Jan 1 Holiday Closure: Willamette Offices Closed
Willamette Alumni Calendar
Atkinson Events Calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
Class of 2013 Statistics: Nearly 81% of students in the class of 2013 secured jobs within 90 days of graduation, which is roughly the same as 2012. However, it remains a very competitive marketplace with some students reporting as many as seven interviews for a single job. Average salaries in the US remained flat at $57,985.    

What's most notable this year is the increase of job offers at graduation (58.4% compared to 45% in 2012). We have been successful in establishing a few great pipelines with large employers that seem to be gaining traction. Graduates who secured jobs through on-campus recruiting increased from 7% to 19%. Companies hiring multiple graduates include Ashland Partners (2), Avanade (6), Bodybuilding.com (2), Bonneville Power Administration (2), Hitachi (2), Intel (5), Nike (4) and Northwestern Mutual (2). Additional employers include: 3M, BP, Daimler Trucks, Deloitte, Evergreen Aviation, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, OCHIN, Portland Public Schools, Rubicon, Standard Chartered Bank, US Bank and West Coast Trust.

Class of 2014 Internship Statistics: Over 90% of our first year students secured internships at public, private and not-for-profit employers. A sample of employers include: City of Salem, Daimler, Family Building Blocks, Ford, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Nike, Northwestern Mutual, State of Oregon and Thomson Reuters.

Informational Interviews: Students learn so much by talking with alumni about their work and building strong networks in the industry of interest. We highly encourage students to do at least one informational per week during the program. If you're open to talking about what you do over coffee with a student - please let Beth know by emailing eursin@willamette.edu. We'd welcome your involvement!


executive development center
Are You a General or In-House Counsel? Join us for our Business Law Program in May

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.


faculty news
Professor Henry Bi passed ASQ's Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam on October 5, 2013. He is now certified by ASQ as a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). He has also been a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) since December 1, 2012. He uses his Six Sigma knowledge and skills in teaching a Lean Six Sigma course at Atkinson.
Fred Thompson, Ken Beatty (AGSM graduate), and Jon C. Thompson (CLA graduate) published "Ranking State Tax Systems: Progressivity, Adequacy, Efficiency" in State Tax Notes, November 18, 2013.



staff news
Introducing New Atkinson Staff Additions
David Carroll recently joined Atkinson as the Director of Recruitment (MBA-P). David, a native of Pittsburgh, has recruited students throughout the United States over the last seven years. While traveling, he fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and has since relocated to Portland. David was hired at Carlow University in Pittsburgh as a traditional undergraduate admissions counselor but has had the opportunity to work with students from many backgrounds. pic

David has developed recruitment plans targeting desired student populations with much success. With these passions and self-identifying as a "master-networker," he has attended recruitment conferences and events across the country and is eager to bring his energy and enthusiasm to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management MBA for Professionals program. David is an avid runner and marathoner and is looking forward to completing both the Pittsburgh Marathon and Portland Marathon in 2014. He enjoys volunteering, traveling, multicultural events and supporting his new favorite soccer teams, the Portland Timbers and Thorns.

Judith M. Hutchison recently joined the Atkinson School as Recruiter/Admission Counselor (MBA-P). Judy is a native of Portland, with deep roots in the city. She has almost 20 years of experience in business and non-profits, "mostly as a corporate banker and community service junkie." In accepting this position, Judy returns to her alma mater.

She was a member of the Willamette University MBA-P inaugural cohort, graduating with honors in January 2008. She attended the Catlin Gabel School and earned her BS at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Judy's current civic activities include the Rotary Club of Portland, the Classroom Law Project, the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Training Advisory Council of the Portland Police Bureau. She is an avid golfer, a published poet, an aspiring chef, and a Francophile.

"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure"
William Feather

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