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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

October 2013
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,

This past week Greater Portland, Inc., a local economic development organization, shared a report on the status of jobs in our region. Unsurprisingly, an educated workforce is one of the fundamental elements to a vibrant local (and national) economy.

This sentiment is echoed in my conversations with executives in businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Our faculty and staff work hard to provide a learning experience unsurpassed in our region and provide the tools and knowledge demanded by employers. As the economy strengthens, Willamette MBAs are taking the lead on important new projects and initiatives. Now, more than ever, earning an MBA from an AACSB-accredited institution is a smart professional investment.

Your referrals of co-workers and friends help us continue to recruit a talented and professionally diverse class of students in all of our programs.  The MBA for Professionals program will welcome a new cohort in Portland starting in January 2014. Please review our MBA-P Alumni Referral Program for specific details.  For referrals to the Early Career/Career Change MBA (full-time) for August 2014, please contact mba-admission@willamette.edu.

Thank you in advance for all you do to support the Atkinson School.

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

alumni news
Noreen Murdock '05, MBA'11 and Grant Linsell were married on July 6, 2013 in Salem.
Alina Vaynberg MBA'11 and Chris Moore JD'11 got engaged on August 10th, 2013. Alina works at Bodybuilding.com as the Director of Label Compliance. Chris is currently Bodybuilding.com's Associate General Counsel. The couple resides in Boise, Idaho.

Several Willamette MBA alumni contributed chapters to the Global HR Practitioner Handbook, Volumes One and Two (Lisbeth Claus, Editor in Chief, Global Immersion Press, 2013): Stephanie Moritz MBA'12, Logan McCune MBA'13, Sophia Maletz MBA'13, Charlotte Willot (exchange student), Tina Alexander MBA'10, Ezra Mengistu Nigussie MBA'12 and Jamie Parker MBA'12. Their passion for global was nurtured in the classroom and continues in the workplace.
Nancy Beaudry MBA'08 has opened her Waddell & Reed Financial Advisor practice in Corvallis. Her new office is at 230 SW 3rd St, Suite 208, Corvallis, upstairs of the Inkwell. Nancy is a Financial Advisor specializing in Financial Planning. Come see the new office and have Nancy help you put together a plan for reaching all your financial goals.
Effective Aug 1, Andee Masonek MBA'04 has been promoted to Manager of Business Intelligence at Vetch Communications in Beaverton, OR.
Andrew Nichols MBA'01 was named President and Chief Operating Officer for Elmet Technologies, a privately-held manufacturing firm headquartered outside Portland, Maine. Elmet Technologies is an 84-year old American enterprise. "It is rewarding and fun to be the boss and I am back building the USA Manufacturing base that I passionately love and defend," writes Andrew. "We do have operations in China as a USA owner, so it is good to know we still compete well in the world market." Andrew, his wife Cathy, and their sons have relocated to Maine.

atkinson news
Willamette MBA Opens New Portland Center in Grand Style

Over 200 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered to dedicate the new Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District.  The grand opening event, held on Friday, September 6, included two special dedications.

The Connor Lecture Hall, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Patrick Connor, was formally recognized.  The Connor Lecture Hall was made possible through a generous donation The Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation.  Professor Emeritus Connor, in addition to his wife, his mother and several members of his family, were in attendance at the event.

The Hoyt Classroom, named in honor of WU Lifetime Trustee George W. Hoyt ’58, was announced at the event. This honor was a complete surprise to Mr. Hoyt. 

Located in the historic riverTec building at NW 12th and Kearney Streets, the new Portland Center includes two large classrooms, an expanded conference room, a larger café and a street side entrance. Each classroom includes state-of-the-art learning technology.


Fall Student Recruitment Travel in Full Swing

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming travel schedule for Willamette University’s Early Career and Career Change MBA. We’re visiting a number of cities across the U.S. and around the world this fall and welcome your referrals. We would also welcome the opportunity to reconnect with Willamette MBA alumni! Review the fall 2013 recruitment travel schedule: http://willamette.edu/mba/full-time/meet_us/index.html. Contact the admission team for specific information at mba-admission@willamette.edu.

Willamette MBA Referral Appreciation

As a Willamette MBA alumnus, you are the greatest advocate for our program.  We appreciate your continued support of our recruitment efforts and thank you for sharing the Willamette MBA story with your co-workers, friends and family. We would like to thank the following alumni for their referrals to our September MBA for Professional cohorts:

Kari Bassett '09, MBA'10
Donna Haole-Valenzuela MBA'13
Tonya Hart Manning MBA'10
Linda Flamenco MBA'12
Zakiya Jackson MBA'12
Thornton “Edward” Luttrell II '74, MBA'76
Scott Rich MBA'12
Luisana Solis MBA'11
Megan Vandomelen MBA'13
Stewart Williams MBA'11
Dmitry Zaichenko MBA'13



Upcoming Events

Portland Area MBA Alumni – Connect With Atkinson Staff This Fall

The MBA for Professionals program is excited to host a number of exciting events in the Portland area this fall to reconnect with classmates and network with new friends. Guests are welcome to attend and an RSVP is requested.

West Side Meetup at Imbrie Hall Roadhouse in Hillsboro
Bring your colleagues and co-workers who might be interested in earning a Willamette MBA for refreshments and food.
Imbrie Hall Roadhouse, Hillsboro – October 3, 2013
RSVP Online

Portland Harvest Happy Hour
Spend some time with Willamette MBA alumni and friends during a casual networking event.
Bridgeport Brewery - October 11, 2013
RSVP Online


Alumni Gathering in Washington, D.C.

Join Atkinson staff and fellow alumni at this upcoming alumni gathering in Washington, DC.

DC-Area Alumni Gathering
Thursday, Oct. 10
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location TBD - Washington, DC
RSVP by email to aakimoff@willamette.edu



Oct 3
West Side Meetup
Oct 11
Portland Harvest Happy Hour
Oct 10
Washington DC-Area Alumni Gathering
Oct 12
MBA for Professionals GMAT Strategy Session - Portland
Oct 18
Friday Session - Portland Center
Oct 21
One Willamette, One Night
Nov 15 Career Close-Up: Mock Interviews
Nov 21 Pumpkin Pie Day
Willamette Alumni Calendar
Atkinson Events Calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
Career Close-up: Personalized Career Fair in Portland - On September 6th, the Willamette MBA program welcomed 13 organizations and 84 students to the World Trade Center in Portland. Our Personalized Career Fair gave graduating students the opportunity to sign up for one-on-ones with    

employers. First year students were introduced to each employer through small group roundtables. Every year, our personalized career fair gets rave reviews from both students and employers as they get to meet and get to know participants well. Follow up from this event always leads to job and internships.

Employer Spotlight: Deloitte – This year, we are setting up lots of employer spotlight events where employers have an opportunity to share information about their company with a group of students over lunch.  Not only do students learn about companies, but also about the speaker’s background and experiences. Our first Employer Spotlight this year was with Deloitte. Upcoming Employer Spotlights include Tektronix, Rubicon International, AKT, Edward Jones and Target.

Power Lunch: Shelley Broader, CEO Wal-Mart Canada – Power Lunches are focused on learning keys to success from someone who’s had a successful career. On September 25th, Shelley shared her story with students. She talked about everything from her first job mistakes to tough choices later in life that ultimately led her to her current role. Several students commented on how humble she was and they enjoyed learning how important it was to get to know employees on the front lines.

Mentorship Program Launch – On September 18th, we launched the ever popular mentorship program where students are matched one-on-one with professionals. The goal is to focus on the students professional development goals by meeting once per month September through April. This year, we matched 49 pairs of first and second year students in both Portland and Salem.
Student Professional Associations competed with each other to have the largest pool of first year members during Compass Week. During September, several organizations hosted information sessions and some launched into full events. The following are some examples of what various organizations are doing:

  • MBAWi and Net Impact Associations - Are encouraging their members to attend the National Conferences and Career Fairs in October: MBA Women International in Boston and Net Impact in Silicon Valley, CA.
  • SHRM – Launched the HR Hour which was a roundtable networking event with over 10 Human Resources professionals with careers in Recruiting, Training & Development, Compensation and Benefits, Risk Management, Labor Relations, Employment Law, HR Information Systems and General HR Management.
  • Net Impact and Atkinson Accounting Association – Co-hosted a presentation by an alum in Sustainability Consulting with Deloitte. He serves in roles focused on helping his clients report and comply with globally-recognized ESG frameworks (GRI, CDP), provide external assurance to stakeholders, and develops financial modeling tools that help companies forecast business-as-usual activities, evaluate emissions reduction projects and set actionable strategies and goals.


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.


faculty news
Professor Tim Johnson received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Tim’s many contributions were acknowledged at a University event on Sep. 25th celebrating faculty achievement in teaching, research and service.
Fred Thompson and Polly Rizova published What About the Losers in the Race to the Top? in Education Review Vol 16. No. 9 (October 2013).


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

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