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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

September 2013
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,


On the heels of a busy and exciting summer at the Atkinson School, the fall semester is now off and running. Special thanks to everyone who helped us welcome our new class of full-time MBA students (Early Career and Career Change program) in Salem and two new cohorts of MBA for Professionals' students in Portland and Salem.

There are also a number of other developments to share:

  • Our new Portland Center opened its doors on September 6. The state-of-the-art facility with two large classrooms and a flexible conference space will host our evening MBA for Professionals program in Portland, select programs offered through our Executive Development Center and other workshops and special events. The Portland Center is also available for private groups to rent.
  • Our Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club will kick off a new series this fall. See the announcement in this newsletter to learn more about the first book selection and schedule.
  • The MBA for Life program will officially kick off in spring 2014. Look for more information this fall on spring courses available for this exciting new benefit. As a reminder, alumni may enroll in courses free of charge, for life. Courses will be available in both Salem and Portland.
  • During the 2013-14 academic year, we will recruit three new faculty members – in marketing, accounting and IT/operations management.

Our recruitment and admission team has now turned its attention to recruiting the next group of students. We welcome your referrals to our evening MBA for Professionals' Portland cohort starting in January 2014 (read more about our MBA-P alumni referral program) or to our Early Career and Career Change MBA program that starts in August 2014.

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
Family Additions
Nora Collette Stephens was born to Matthew Stephens MBA'13 and his wife on Sunday, July 14th at 9:21 am, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz and measuring 19.5 in. "Mom and baby are both doing well," writes Matthew, "and big sister Mary is loving having a little sister."
Effective August 26, 2013, Roland Zapata MBA'08 joined CTX - Xerox, a subsidiary of Xerox, as a Medical Managed Print Services Consultant for the greater Metro Portland area. In his new role, Roland will be working closely with Healthcare and Medical companies to contain costs and increase productivity and maintain profitability. Previously Roland was the Worldwide Post Sale Marketing Manager for Xerox in Wilsonville with primary responsibility for establishing pricing strategy and supplies revenue initiatives.
Dan Hoyt MM'82 is now a consult to the California high speed rail project, responsible for overseeing planning for station area development.
James Timbrell '06, MBA'08 graduated with honors and with top honors in public service from Northwestern University, School of Law in Chicago and will begin work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office in September.
Elena Noyes '07, MBA'09 received a promotion in July to Development Officer for Tonga, working with New Zealand's aid programme. She and her husband, Mark, have moved to Wellington, New Zealand, where she has taken up the new job. She was previously working in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, as Senior Development Programme Coordinator.
Jyll Smith MBA'00 was awarded the Next Generation of Government Leaders 2013 NextGen Leadership Award. Jyll is the Stakeholder Engagement Specialist for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Nominations submitted described how Jyll has done an amazing quantity, quality, and variety of work in Oregon leading communication for over 170
projects with the State Bridge Delivery Program, led the ODOT social media working group and award-winning blog, and as one of her nominees said "the best part of working on projects with Jyll is how much fun she makes it!" Read the full announcement here. In May, Jyll was elected District Twelve Treasurer for Altrusa International which covers western Canada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Richard Goward MBA'83 who served as an Adjunct Faculty member for Atkinson was featured in The Oregonian in a report on his role as a whistleblower who stepped forward with allegations against Jack D. Graham, Portland's top administrator. Goward oversaw the city's Bureau of Financial Services and reported directly to Graham, the chief administrator who controls the Office of Management and Finance. Goward was one of multiple whistleblowers who came forward last year and told city officials about a plan to improperly divert nearly $200,000 of water and sewer reserves to the city's general fund. Read the full article here.
Schilling Cider, a company started by Colin Schilling '10, MBA'12 during his time at Atkinson, was recently featured in Forbes Travel Guide, "Five Washington Ciders to Try Now." Read the article here.
Takao Yamamoto, '74, MBA'76 and his wife, Mary Kathleen (McCarthy) Yamamoto '73 just returned from a three week trip to Spain. "We met each other in Madrid 43 years ago," writes Takao. "This year is our 40th wedding anniversary. The trip was very pleasant, exiting and emotional. We visited the classroom at the Universidad de Madrid where we met and the dormitories where we lived. Nothing had changed on that front, but Spain has changed since we were there when it was under Francisco Franco's dictatorship. It is so great to be retired."

atkinson news

Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club – First Fall Session Announced

Based on our recent book club survey the first AGSM Alumni Book Club fall book will be:

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark

In Reinventing You, branding expert Dorie Clark provides a step-by-step guide to help you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.

We will be hosting a call with Dorie Clark on October 15th at 9am Pacific Time.

If you interested in participating in this session please register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V3JQGFJ.  This book is available in paper form or as a Kindle eBook.  You will be able to select your preference when you register.  We will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

Atkinson School Among Oregon’s Best 100 Non-Profit Organizations

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management has made Oregon Business Magazine's annual list of Oregon’s top 100 non-profit organizations.  The list was assembled based on feedback from employees at over 1000 organizations across Oregon.

The official ranking will be announced at a banquet in Portland in early October.

For more information: http://www.oregonbusiness.com/oregon100best/surveys-and-events/oregon-100-best-non-profit-event


Fall Student Recruitment Travel in Full Swing

The new class of Willamette full-time MBAs has arrived on the Salem campus and the students are already into their third week of classes. The recruitment and admissions team for Willamette University's Early Career and Career Change MBA program will be back out on the road, working to recruit incoming class of fall 2014.  If you know anyone interested in the Willamette MBA program in the areas we plan to visit, please check out the online travel schedule and invite them to join us. Individual appointments are possible, depending on location. 

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


International Trek to Chile (December 2013) Open to Alumni – Application Deadline Approaching

As part of the MBA for Life, alumni are welcome to apply for the International Study Trips to Chile, December 15 - 21, 2013 and to China, March 21 - 30, 2014. Applications for the Chile trip are due on September 15, 2013.

Link to more Information
Approximate cost (including airfare): $4,652.00
Link to the online application (alumni only)
An application must be submitted to be considered for the course and trip. Application Deadline: September 15, 2013
Deadline for deposit and confirmation: October 1, 2013
Eligible participants: AGSM full-time and MBAP students who've completed at least one semester in good standing and Atkinson alumni.

Please email: mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu with questions or if you are interested in participating in the trip.



Upcoming Events

Power Lunch Series: Learn. Interact. Connect.

Join Willamette University MBA faculty, staff, students and alumni for an interactive conversation with one of our distinguished Executives in Residence.

Sep 25 - Shelley Broader, CEO and President of Walmart Canada (Bio)


Time: 12:15p.m. - 1:45p.m.
Location: Willamette University Campus Salem, Oregon, Ford Hall Theater

RSVP Online

MBA for Professionals Presents Application Prep Workshops and Networking Events This Fall

The MBA for Professionals program is pleased to offer a number of upcoming workshops and events for prospective students to interact with alumni, current students, faculty and staff to network and learning learn strategies for studying for the GMAT and prepare for success in the MBA program and beyond.

Dean's Luncheon – Portland
Meet Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise Debra Ringold over lunch to learn more about the Willamette MBA program and interact with alumni and current students.
Arlington Club - October 2, 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

GMAT Strategy Session
Learn strategies to study for the GMAT exam during this half day session led by a certified instructor.
WU Portland Center - October 12, 2013
RSVP Online

Atkinson Entrepreneurship Events - Friday Sessions and Founder Institute

Friday Sessions provide an opportunity for the Atkinson community to learn from real entrepreneurs. The format is designed to illicit the real scoop about what it takes to start and grow your own business. The session is an hour and half with the speaker, a short break, and another half hour with Wade Brooks and Rob Wiltbank to discuss takeaways and learning points. Friday Sessions are from 12:30 to 2:30 PM and take place at the Willamette Portland Center. Upcoming Friday Session dates:

Sep 27, Oct 18, Nov 15, Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 14

Founder Institute is the world's largest early stage accelerator, launching over 800 companies in the last four and a half years, and is opening an exploratory chapter in Portland. The Atkinson school has a unique relationship with FI as Wade Brooks MBA'13 and Andrew Beldin MBA'11 are Co-Directors of the chapter and the Willamette MBA program is the education sponsor. This program will help to connect the broader entrepreneurship community in Portland with Willamette MBA students and the school as a whole. A list of the founders and CEOs participating is here.

Sep 17 Founder Institute
6:30 - 8:00
FI Information Session
- Click for free registration
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland

Sep 15
Int'l Study Trip (Chile) - Application Deadline
Sep 16
FORE Willamette Golf Tournament
Sep 17
Founder Institute - Pacific NW College of Art
Sep 18
Mentorship Kick-Off
Sep 20
Business Clothing Workshop presented by MBA WI
Sep 20Alumni Weekend 2013
Sep 25
Power Lunch: Shelley Broader
Sep 27
Friday Session - Portland Center
Oct 2
Dean's Lunch (Portland)
Oct 11
Portland Harvest Happy Hour
Oct 12
MBA for Professionals GMAT Strategy Session - Portland
Oct 18
Friday Session - Portland Center
Oct 21
One Willamette, One Night
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
Internships: As the entering students arrived on campus, we asked them to interview at least three returning students and find out about their internships. Highlights have been projects that enabled students to have an impact on the bottom line of the organization and/or employers that encouraged them to present their projects to upper management.  

It is amazing what one student who's totally focused on a particular goal can accomplish in just 10 to 12 weeks. Typical projects ranged from designing and implementing a marketing plan, to identifying relevant data and analyzing it to recommend solutions, or mapping processes and recommending ways to streamline a business. Several students were offered full-time positions after graduation already and some more were asked to continue their internships into fall term. This they can do for 10 to 20 hours per week and an additional two course credits. Each term, our Faculty Internship Coordinators visit every single intern. Even when students work overseas, we connect with the supervisor via Skype. Employers comment about the University's commitment to the students' success in these visits and note that it's rare to have a visit by any other university. Should you have a project that seems right for an MBA student, let us know and we'd be happy to help you find qualified candidates. Click here for more about our internship program.

Incoming Students Ramp up for their Careers: Over the summer, our incoming students interviewed three successful business people in order to learn more about what made them successful. Gathering these words of wisdom and then taking a number of personality and interest inventories, the students are gearing up for finding that job that will get them excited about going to work. Throughout the fall semester, we encourage them to do online research and informationals with alumni and other professionals. Many will also participate in our mentorship program where they're paired one-on-one with someone successful to work on their professional development goals. Through these interactions, they learn so much.

If you're interested in getting more involved with students and helping them with their career growth, or know of an opening in your company that might be right for a graduate, please let us know, by emailing Beth at eursin@willamette.edu or calling us at 503.370.6167.


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. You'll become a better lawyer, respected adviser, and leader in your organization by understanding and thinking about business issues the way business decision-makers think about them.

Session Dates: May 4-8, 2014 – Willamette University Portland Center
Learn more about the program and upcoming topics on the program website.


faculty news

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) invited Professor
Lisbeth Claus to participate in a one-day expert panel on the topic “Shaping the Future of Global HR Management” in New York on September 9. The purpose of the meeting is to provide input from a select group of thought leaders from various fields on the critical trends and themes impacting the future


of global talent and workforce dynamics. The EIU is partnering with the SHRM Foundation on a multi-phase program to identify, analyze and then promote thought-provoking research on the most important themes affecting human capital management in the global marketplace. The objective of the initiative is to seek credible analysis on critical issues that will influence HR leaders’ decisions over the next 5-10 years.

Professor Lisbeth Claus and will Erin Giordano (Director of Client Outreach and Innovation at International SOS) are the guests of a webinar for Bloomberg BNA on Employer Duty of Care: HR Strategies and Tactics for Protecting Globally Mobile Workers on September 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm EST.

Professor Lisbeth Claus is leading a Belgian delegation of business leaders visiting the Pacific Northwest in Seattle and Redmond, WA on September 19-20. She is connecting HR practitioners from global companies in the greater Seattle area with HR professionals of the Belgian delegation in order to facilitate talent management issues of Seattle area global organizations operating in European Union countries.

Professor Lisbeth Claus has been invited to present insights from the International SOS Global Benchmarking Study on Duty of Care at the Pan-Asia Regional Council meeting Security & Safety in the Pan-Asia Region, Diplomatic Security Services, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security (OSAC) &Cisco Systems on October 9, 2013 in San Jose, CA


Congratulations to Professor Ashley Nixon for passing the SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) certification exam.


Fred Thompson will present a research paper coauthored by Michael Dothan, Mike Hand, and Kawika Pierson at a plenary session of the International Public Management Network (IPMN) conference “Achieving results under public sector stress,” to be held 5-7 September, 2013, at La Certosa di Pontignano, Italy, in partnership with the University of Siena.


Henry Bi gave an invited talk to Willamette University's HR department at their annual retreat on August 9, 2013. The presentation title was "Application of Lean Six Sigma in Human Resources Processes."


staff news

Aimee Akimoff MBA'11 presented a session titled, "Graduate Admissions and Trends" at the annual EducationUSA Forum for international educators in Washington, DC in June. Her focus was on the global mobility trends among MBA students. She was asked to present the session again at the Regional NAFSA Conference in Spokane, WA in October.


"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate"
George F. Burns

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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 - the mission of ATKINSONews 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, Minda Seibert, Matthew Stephens, Roland Zapata, Dan Hoyt, James Timbrell, Elena Noyes, Jyll Smith, Fred Thompson, Matt Alex, Takao Yamamoto, Desiree Vorhees, Lisbeth Claus, Henry Bi, and Beth Ursin.

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