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Summer 2013
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,

As you continue to advance in your career, we know that what you learned at Atkinson will serve you well. We also recognize that continuous professional development is important to many of you. That is why we are pleased to launch the Willamette MBA for Life program.

As part of this new benefit, alumni may register for select courses in the MBA for Early Career and Career Change (ECCC - full-time program) or MBA for Professionals (MBA-P evening program) free of charge for life. Graduates who take advantage of this benefit commit to attending class and accepting all of the responsibilities of a regular student. The grades you earn will be added to your transcript and folded into your cumulative GPA. Willamette MBA courses are held on the Salem Campus (ECCC MBA and MBA-P) and at the Portland Center (MBA-P evening program).

For our alumni community around the world, we will continue the very successful Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club where you have the opportunity to connect virtually with popular management authors on industry hot topics. We are also planning additional faculty-led webinars and in-person networking events in cities around the world.

More details on the MBA for Life program are available at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/lifetime. You will see additional announcements about available classes in the coming months.

Thank you for all you do to support Atkinson and the Willamette MBA program. If you have questions or comments with respect to the MBA for Life or any other aspect of the Atkinson School, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,

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


alumni news
On April 27, 2013, Kaarina Larsen MBA'07 married Michael Bourquin in Wilsonville, OR. The couple honeymooned in Belize and New York before returning home to Tigard, OR. Just prior to the wedding, Kaarina accepted a promotion to Team Leader with The Standard. "In my new position, I manage the Portland, Oregon based New Business Operations team within The pic
Standard’s Retirement Plans division," writes Kaarina. "I spent the last 2 years as an Account Manager for The Standard’s Retirement Plans division. So many great changes in such a short period of time!"
Family Additions
Sheena & AJ Nash '05 MBA'06 welcomed their first baby to their new family. Little Ryder Jay Nash was born at Silverton Hospital on Father's Day, weighed in at 8lbs 14oz and was 21 inches long.
Audrey McGeeney '05, MBA'07 and Kyle McGeeney '05, MBA'10 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Theodore on May 28th, 2013. Mom, Dad, and big sister Samantha are enjoying life as a family of four.
Recent MBA for Professionals graduate, Rick Campfield MBA'13 is now pursuing his IMAP project full time. The consulting practice he founded years ago was the catalyst for the business model - to
leverage the power of the internet to connect consultants and companies together easier. If you are a consultant, know of one, or are looking for a consultant, visit http://startup.akatal.com (at the publishing of this newsletter, the website was not available) in the future to stay informed on the development of his website. Email Rick at rickc@akatal.com for any questions. If you are a social media expert or web designer, he may want to hear from you.
Craig Zeff MBA'07 was promoted from limited term analyst (Bond Program Analyst) to permanent analyst (Transition Analyst) with California Conservation Corps in the State of California as of June 18th, 2013. His new role will include managing a VISTA program; developing curriculum for career development and training; and creating partnerships to enhance placement strategies.
Erin Kelley MBA'00 recently joined the Design & Construction department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Erin is the department's first Business Manager. She's enjoying learning about the construction industry and working closely with the project managers on her team. As she steps into this new role, she's completing her four-year volunteer commitment on the governor-appointed State of Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She continues to serve the City of Portland on their Pedestrian Advisory Committee and is happy to report she's running and biking to work each day up to Marquam Hill.
The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) certified Jim Morrell MM'93 as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE). The prestigious certification comes as a culmination of training in credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. The CUDE certification for CU Development Educators ensures that their unique cooperative principled philosophy—setting the industry apart from its banking relatives—is promoted and practiced in credit unions across the country.
Jason Cody MBA'98 recently accepted a position as Trademark and Copyright Counsel for Apple. In July, he and his family will be moving from Washington, DC -- where they have been for the past 13 years -- to the Bay Area.
Brad King '74, MAD'76 reports that "he and his wife Susan had a great trip to Venice in February, even with snow on the ground in that enchanted city! Enjoyed wonderful side trips to the (lace) island of Burano and the (Romeo and Juliet) city of Verona. Gorgeous view of the Grand Canal out our hotel window!"
Brandy O’Bannon '98 MBA'00 will begin as the Senior Resource Development Director at Family Building Blocks in Salem, OR on July 15. Family Building Blocks is a relief nursery that works to prevent child abuse and neglect. Brandy served as the Development Director at Blanchet Catholic School since 2001 where she was responsible for fundraising, grant-writing, marketing, admissions, alumni activities, and more.
Congratulations to Punit Renjen MM'86 on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Citation, which is awarded to alumni who have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, their industry, or their causes. Punit Renjen left India on a Rotary Foundation scholarship to attend Willamette sight-unseen. He knew he wanted a career in business, knew he was capable, and knew he was staring at great possibility. At the Atkinson Graduate School of Management he learned to pursue it. pic
Since then he's vaulted to chairman of Deloitte LLP, one of the world's largest professional-services firms and among Fortune's best companies to work for. He's specialized in strategy and operations consulting — helping organizations position themselves competitively and improve operations. Renjen was named one of Consulting magazine's 25 top consultants in 2007 and also serves on Willamette's board of trustees, where his acumen, forthrightness and vast experience enrich some of the university's most important conversations.
Juan Aguiar JD/MBA'02 recently enrolled in a Master's program in Ecuador called: "Maestría en Gerencia de Empresas con Énfasis en el Sector Energético - Minero." English: "Master in Business Administration with emphasis on the Energy - Mining Sector." It is offered by the schools of Economics and Geology of the "Universidad Central del Ecuador" (Central University of Ecuador), a public university. "It will provide me with the knowledge of the technical and economic aspects of the hydrocarbon industry, in which I have worked for the last 10 years," writes Juan. "Also, beginning this month I am officially the "Director de Contratación Hidrocarburífera" (Hydrocarbon Contracting Director) at the "Secretaría de Hidrocarburos" (Hydrocarbon Secretariat) of Ecuador. I had had this responsibility for a while, but now the position change is official. My previous position was "Director de Asesoría Jurídica" (Legal Advice Director)."

atkinson news

Congratulations to Honored Students, Faculty, and Staff

Congratulations to the following Class of 2013 graduates of the Early Career and Career Change MBA who received Atkinson Honors, Beta Gamma Sigma, and/or Pi Alpha Alpha, as well as faculty and staff who were honored for their service to the Atkinson community:

Jennifer Arruda

Christal Lee

Merrilee Avila  

Amanda Loupin-Bartlett

Kaitlin Costa

Sophia Maletz

Kyle Crocker  

Casey Morgan

Amy DeBruhl 

Nga Nguyen

Miranda Gestrin      

Tuyen Nguyen

Douglas Gilmore  

Michelle Plapp

Matthew Habecker

Hassan Reda

Brett Halloran

Christopher Riley

Teruhisa Homma

Kristina Ursin

Peter Kline   

Angela Wilhelms (top GPA)

Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Honoree:
Robert Walker

Dean’s Award Recipients:
Suroor Al Dhalemi
Casey Morgan

Staff of the Year Award:
Valerie Watson

Faculty Awards:
Outstanding Scholarship Award, Professor Fred Thompson
Meritorious Service Award, Professor Elliot Maltz
Excellence in Teaching Award, Professor Tim Johnson
Meritorious Service to Students Award, Professor Wade Brooks

Certificate in Sustainability Management Recipients
Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of the Certificate in Sustainability Management: Merrilee Avila MBA'13, Austen Buell, Joe Garrison MBA'13, Doug Gilmore '12, MBA'13, Brad Hixon, Christal Lee MBA'13, Dayle Moore, and Katie Skaar MBA'13. Those interested in pursuing the certificate should contact Elliot Maltz at emaltz@willamette.edu.

“The Article Hour” Features Alumni and Management Hot Topics

Are you craving in-depth discussion with other professionals on hot topics in the news but short on time?  Join us for refreshing, organic conversation while you enjoy your lunch during the Willamette MBA's Article Hour! The Article Hour is on the first Tuesday of the month (beginning in July) and each session is facilitated by a different professional exploring topical, insightful and interesting articles. There is no cost to attend, but the Willamette MBA for Professionals will provide beverages and desserts.

August 6, 2013 Session – Willamette University Portland Center
Led by alumnus Rick Campfield MBA'13

Learn More


Upcoming International Treks to Chile (December 2013) and China (March 2014) Open to Alumni

Following the highly successful International Study Trip to Brazil last spring break, we're excited to announce the next two International Study Trips to Chile, December 15 - 21, 2013 and China, March 21-30, 2014. Information about the Chile trip is available below. More information about China will be provided soon.

Professor: Gary Knight
Course Number: GSM7261G
Link to more Information
Approximate cost (including airfare): $4,652.00
Important: The international study trip is open to a limited number of students and alumni. An application must be submitted to be considered for the course and trip. Alumni must email mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu for information on how to apply. 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.

This is a one-credit course (eligible for the MBA for Life program) that includes an international study trip to Chile in December 2013. The trip includes visits to numerous companies and other organizations in Santiago and Valparaíso/Viña del Mar. In this course we 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 Chile, the most significant emerging economy in Latin America.

Course requires attendance and participation in class sessions prior to the trip. Class Dates are: Nov 9, Nov 16, and Dec. 7, all Saturdays.

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



Upcoming Events

Mid-Summer BBQ and Gathering - Salem - Friday, July 12

Join us to celebrate summer at the annual Mid-Summer Gathering and BBQ on the patio, right next to the Mill Stream. Enjoy food, cold drinks and good conversation with current students, prospective students, alumni and friends from all of Willamette's MBA programs at this casual summer event.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Willamette University
Mudd Building Patio
315 Winter Street SE
Salem, Oregon

RSVP to attend

MBA for Professionals Presents Application Preparation Workshops This Summer

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

Happiness Connection Workshop – July 13 (Portland Center):  http://willamette.edu/mba/events/library/2013/jul/jul13_happiness.html

GMAT Strategy Session – August 3 (Salem Campus): http://willamette.edu/mba/events/library/2013/aug/aug3_gmat_sle.html

GMAT Strategy Session – August 17 (Portland Center): http://willamette.edu/mba/events/library/2013/aug/aug17_gmat_pdx.html

MBA for Professionals cohorts in Salem and Portland begin the week of September 9. Please contact the MBA for Professionals admission office (mba-professional@willamette.edu) if you know someone who would benefit from Willamette’s evening MBA experience.

Save the Date – Portland Center Grand Opening Celebration

The new Willamette University Portland Center will open its doors to prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff this fall.  Save the date for a special grand opening celebration and classroom dedication on Friday, September 6 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  More details on the event will be sent via e-mail in the coming weeks.

Jul 12
Salem Mid-Summer Gathering
Jul 13
Happiness Connection Workshop - Portland
Jul 20
Alumni Night at the Colorado Rockies (WU Alumni Event) - Denver, Colorado
Aug 3
MBA for Professionals GMAT Strategy Session - Salem
Aug 13-16
Early Career and Career Change MBA Compass Week
Aug 17
MBA for Professionals GMAT Strategy Session - Portland
Aug 23
Alumni Night at the Keizer Volcanoes (WU Alumni Event)
Sep 6
Portland Center Grand Opening Celebration
Sep 6
Fall Career Close Up: Personalized Career Fair
Sep 18
Mentorship Kick-Off
Sep 20-22 Willamette University Alumni Weekend
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
Internships: As in previous years, we have over 90% of our first year and continuing students who have secured internships for the summer term. While many of them stay in the Northwest, we have interns as far as New Jersey, Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.    

Our internship for credit program has clearly become global and it's the incredible technology and opportunities that are enabling our Faculty Internship Coordinators to do virtual site visits with our students and their supervisors. In addition to doing site visits with every one of our students, a few other features make our program unique. In the first two weeks, our students complete a position plan, which outlines the goals, tactics, strategies and metrics for each of the projects they are pursuing for the term. Sitting down with their boss early and outlining expectations helps the student understand exactly what success in the project means to their boss. Next, we survey every single employer and find out how our students did at the end of the internship. This feedback helps the student, but also gives us good data to make sure that our program stays on target with what employers want. Finally, our students can continue with the internship for an entire year, earning up to six credits and gaining valuable work experience. A few of our internship employers this summer include: Daimler, Deloitte, Department of Administrative Services, Eugene People's Utility, Ford, Intel, Johnson & Johson, Marion & Polk County Food Share, Nestle, Nike, Northwestern Mutual, Tawaniya, Thomson Reuters, and Westwood Shipping Lines among many others. If you're interested in an intern for fall term or next summer, let us know and we can make sure that you're connected with some great candidates. Click here to learn more about our internship program.

Jobs: While the market is still competitive for jobs, we've had several students secure amazing opportunities. There are also some recent graduates looking for work in marketing, finance, operations and human resources, so we appreciate you continuing to send us jobs from your companies! Please email Beth at eursin@willamette.edu. Our largest employers this year include Avanade (6), Intel (6) and Nike (4). Additional employers of our graduates included Accretive Health Consulting, Ashland Partners, BodyBuilding.com, Bonneville Power Administration, Daimler, Deloitte, HP, Hitachi, Johnson & Johnson, OCHIN, Oracle and Standard Chartered Bank among many others.


executive development center
Utility Executives Emerging Issues Roundtable Developed by EDC

The Executive Development Center is pleased to present a new offering designed for directors and managers who need to have a working knowledge of critical issues impacting the utility industry and their organizations.  The program focuses on specific issues each month and includes a mix of self-study guides, select readings and teleconferences with industry leaders and experts.

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

faculty news
Dean Ringold Appointed to COPRA and Oregon Bankers Association Education Foundation Board
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (also known as NASPAA: The Global Standard in Public Service Education), has appointed Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise, to its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA).  pic

COPRA is the governing body that reviews all institutions that are seeking accreditation or up for reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. The Atkinson School was accredited by the organization in 1996 and is one of only two programs to hold dual accreditation through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Ringold was also named to the Education Foundation Board of the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA).  In her role, Ringold and her fellow board members will assist the OBA in identifying areas for educational opportunities, training and development in banking, finance, financial literacy and other areas.


On June 17, Professor Lisbeth Claus spoke at the SHRM Annual conference in Chicago on "First-time international travelers: A common sense approach to providing duty of care."


Steve Maser and Fred Thompson published Dispelling Fear and Loathing in Government Acquisition: A Proposal for Cultivational Governance in DOD Source Selections in the Journal of Public Procurement, Volume 3, Issue 2, 245-270 Summer 2013.


staff news

Susan Chiapella, Atkinson Budget & Accreditation Analyst is proud to announce the arrival of her first grandchild. Joshua Ryan LaCamp was born to Nicole and John LaCamp on June 5th at Sacred Heart RiverBend Hospital in Eugene, Oregon. Not so little Joshua weighed in at 9 lbs 1 oz, 20 1/2" long.


student news

Current MBA-P student Logan McCune recently got his GPHR certification (Global Professional in Human Resources) and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) of Oregon and SW Washington.

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."
Leon J. Suenes

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