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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

March 2014
administrative news
Special Note – the Power of the Atkinson Network
The relationships you form at the Atkinson School last a lifetime.

While attending Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Jan Taborsky '10 MBA '11 found a business partner and wife (Lacy Gillham '10) and was able to create a network of alumni and friends who would help launch and grow the couple's business Happy Campers Gluten Free Bakery.

The business plan for the bakery was developed as a class project, and while still in school, Jan and Lacy started baking bread in a borrowed Salem kitchen. After graduation, the bakery operation was moved to Portland and the company is thriving.

Jan notes, "I created an invaluable professional and personal network during my MBA program. My Atkinson Graduate School connections have helped us weather the challenges of rapid business growth, while embracing opportunities."

Your investment in the Atkinson Annual Fund helps provide opportunities to reconnect with your business school classmates and grow your network. Because of you, Willamette offers MBA alumni access to networking events, career management services and the Willamette MBA for Life program.

Give today and sustain the power of your MBA network and the programs that bring you and your peers together!


alumni news
Robert Foster '72, MM'76 completed the non-commissioned officers course and was promoted to Sergeant (E5) in the California State Military Reserve, where he serves with the 146th Air Wing Support Unit. He took part in a week-long hazmat identification and response exercise with Air Guard units from 6 states and served as EOC Commander in exercise Operation Wildfire. He has completed Senior-Level qualification as a Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS Senior) and will be taking part in large-scale disaster response exercises in March and June. He achieved a life goal last August when he learned to operate a bulldozer.
Rich Mussler MBA'89 released his fourth book in February, 2014. The anthology, "Bad Christian, what God taught me," has received positive reviews and high praise from Christian publications: "...a splendid collection of stories from the heart, mind and spiritual imagination of Rich Mussler..." (Baptist Standard). Available through Amazon and B&N.com in both hardcopy and for electronic reader.
Nathan Love '05, MBA'06, based in New York City, has been promoted to head of Worldwide Network Development and Business Affairs in Advertising at Rovi Corporation. Nathan recently played the key role in closing the Verizon FiOS advertising deal, which adds over 5 million households in key U.S. markets including New York, Boston and Chicago.

atkinson news

MBA for Life Program - Summer Classes Announced

As a Willamette University MBA alum you can now enroll in classes for free, for life. A number of alumni took advantage of the MBA for Life program during the spring 2014 semester. Many courses in the MBA for Professionals program (in Portland and Salem) and a few electives in the Early Career and Career Change MBA (full-time program in Salem) will be available for the summer 2014 term. Watch your inboxes for registration information within the next week. For more details on the MBA for Life program, visit the Willamette AGSM website.

MBA for Professionals Alumni Referral Program

Your referrals help us recruit the next group of outstanding Willamette MBA students. 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. The MBA for Professionals has a special program, where referred students can earn a $1000 tuition credit with your endorsement. Visit the MBA for Professionals Alumni Referral Program website to learn more and submit a referral.

Join Us on an International Study Trip

Willamette MBA is happy to announce the upcoming International Study Trip locations for the next few semesters, including India, Japan and Brazil. As part of the MBA for Life, alumni of Willamette MBA programs are eligible to participate in the International Study Trips. In addition to reviewing the upcoming trip locations, please take this opportunity to let us know of your interest in the international trip locations and future trip destinations. The survey should take just 5 minutes to complete.

Review upcoming International Trip Locations here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wumba_intlstudytrips.

The information being collected on the survey is only to gauge interest. It does not, in any way, commit you to participating in any upcoming international trip. Additionally, the location and timing of each of these trips is subject to change.



Upcoming Events

NAWMBA Presents: Executive Women Across Sectors

The Willamette University Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs is hosting a panel discussion featuring 'Executive Women Across Sectors.' This is a chance for you to network with several successful women and learn about their careers and the different opportunities in the corporate world, as well as meet fellow Willamette MBA alumni and students.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Connor Lecture Hall
Willamette University Portland Center
905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110
Portland, OR 97209

Brunch will be provided

Featured Panelists:

Kasey Jones, who recently completed the Willamette MBA-P program, works in technology and is the founder of the LinkedIn group “Women in Technology” in Portland.

Angela Mahoney '94, MBA'00, an independent consultant at Mahoney Consulting, and also a Willamette MBA Alum who formerly worked at PECI.

Kim Wilmes, a certified Women-Owned Business owner and CEO of Metal Innovations Inc., a company that deals with aerospace repair and supplies. She earned her first FAA Certified Repair Station authorization and went into business in 1996 and has been a successful entrepreneur since.

Learn more and RSVP online

International Dinner, Hosted by the International Graduate Student Association

The IGSA International Dinner is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to enjoy the global diversity of Atkinson through food, entertainment and cultural representation. This year's event includes a global potluck, a fashion show of traditional dress and entertainment provided by Atkinson students.

International Dinner
Sunday, March 16, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Willamette University - Cat Cavern

For questions, contact Sophia at schen@willamette.edu.

Alumni Gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai, China

As part of the International Study Trip, a group of Willamette students, faculty and staff will be traveling to China this Spring Break. They will be visiting Beijing and Shanghai. Alumni are invited to join the group during a gathering in each of the two cities.

Willamette MBA Gathering - Beijing
Sunday, March 23, 2014
6:00 PM

Willamette MBA Gathering - Shanghai
Saturday, March 29, 2014
6:30 PM

For details, including location and to RSVP, please email Beth Ursin at eursin@willamette.edu.

MBA for Professionals Hosts Open Houses in Salem and Portland

The MBA for Professionals program will host open houses for prospective students and their friends and families in both Portland and Salem.  The events provide a glimpse into Willamette’s evening MBA option and networking opportunities with current students, faculty members and staff.

MBA-P Salem Open House – Ford Hall
Monday, March 24, 4:30pm-6:30pm
RSVP Online

MBA-P Portland Open House – WU Portland Center
Thursday, March 27, 4:30pm-6:30pm
RSVP Online

Mar 13
Early Career/Career Change MBA Prospective Students: Virtual Information Session
Mar 15
NAWMBA Event: Executive Women Across Sectors
Mar 16
IGSA International Dinner
Mar 22
MBA for Professionals: GMAT/GRE Information Session
Mar 23
Alumni Gathering in Beijing
Mar 24
MBA for Professionals: Salem Campus Open House
Mar 27
MBA for Professionals: Portland Campus Open House
Mar 29
Alumni Gathering in Shanghai
Apr 9
Early Career/Career Change MBA Prospective Students: Virtual Information Session
May 8
Atkinson Honors and Awards Ceremony
May 9
Commencement Rehearsal and End of Year Barbecue
May 11
Full-time MBA Commencement
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin

This month, students are actively applying for jobs and internships and interviewing. If you know of someone that might be interested in a summer intern or MBA Candidate - please encourage them to reach out to Director, Beth Ursin at eursin@willamette.edu.  

Treks: Students took vans to Portland to visit two consulting firms this month, Rubicon International and Hitachi Consulting. Both companies posted jobs and had subsequent interviews with Willamette students.

On Campus Interviews: Avanade came on campus and recruited for the fourth consecutive year and made several offers to the class of 2014.

Northwest MBA Career Conference: Willamette partners annually with the AACSB accredited MBA programs in the Northwest to put on a large recruiting conference for the combined MBA student populations. This year, sessions included employer spotlights, skill building sessions such as salary negotiations and elevator pitches, panels including an international panel and then culminated in a networking session where students could talk one-on-one with employers. All employers were actively recruiting MBA candidates for full-time and/or internship positions. Employers included: AXA Advisors, Aequitas Capital, Banfield Pet Hospital, Boly:Welch, Broad River, Bulk Handling Systems, Cambia Health Solutions, Ecova, Fisher Investments, Hitachi Consulting, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Northwestern Mutual, Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland General Electric, Rubicon International, Slalom Consulting and SurveyMonkey.


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

Volume 2 of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook, Lisbeth Claus editor-in-chief, was published as an e-book by the
Global Immersion Press (February 2014). It contains chapter contributions from Willamette MBA alumni Abdussalam Aljoffe MBA'11 (Saudi Arabia), Ezra Nigussie MBA'12 (Ethiopia), Charlotte Willot (France) and Sophia Maletz MBA'13 (USA).

Volume 1 was published in 2013 and three more volumes are planned. The goal is to codify the body of knowledge of global HR and make it available as modules to HR practitioners and students interested in global management.

Professor Claus was the guest speaker at the January monthly meeting of the Oregon Business Travel Association in Portland, Oregon. She presented the results of her Global Benchmarking on duty of care as they apply to the business travel industry.


A proposal submitted by Professor Fred Thompson and the Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, titled "Oregon Public Policy Research Alliance -- Transforming the Oregon Public Policy consortium into a vehicle for collaborative policy research," was awarded a grant as part of Willamette University President's Innovation Fund.

The intent of the proposal to the President's Fund for Innovation is to provide a bridge to state funding of the Oregon Policy Research Alliance's operations, permitting us to take advantage of our location to insure that Willamette continues to play a prominent role in this initiative.


student news
Willamette MBA Team Selected for Regional Final

A global team of four second year Willamette MBA students (from Afghanistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) advanced to the regional finals of the Fifth Annual Hult Foundation Prize. The Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. Student teams compete in six cities around the world for a chance to secure US$1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture. The focus of the 2014 Hult Prize is: Social Enterprise Challenge - Improving Chronic Disease Care in Slums by 2019. The competition took place on March 7th and 8th in San Francisco. Members of the Willamette team included Diaa Tahoun, Mohammad Jawad, Iman Almutairi, and Abdul Ali. The team is advised by Professor Gary Knight.


"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Albert Einstein

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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.

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