Spring is almost here! The Willamette University campus will be ablaze in the colors of nature and the activities of our students.

Twenty-one months as an MBA student at Willamette goes by very fast. It is a busy and productive time!

This edition of the newsletter will introduce you to the Atkinson School Honor Code, catch you up on recent news and help you connect and learn more about the people, programs and opportunities of the Willamette MBA.


The Atkinson School Honor Code
The Atkinson School Honor code sustains a culture of honor and trust and enriches the Atkinson School experience for all members of the Atkinson community. The new honor code was formally implemented during the 2014-15 academic year and was personally and individually acknowledged by each of the 343 members of the 2014-15 Atkinson School community (students, faculty and staff). Read the Honor Code.

Seven WU MBA Students Pass Six Sigma Exam
wu mba exam henry biSeven 2nd-year MBA students -- Jonathan Bednarski, Robert Caballero, Szu-Yin Chen, Scott Cohen, Douglas Cox, Amy King, and James Raymond -- passed the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt exam after completing our fall semester elective course "Lean Six Sigma." According to Professor Bi, who teaches the course, "Organizations from all sectors - business, government and not-for-profit - implement Six Sigma frameworks to improve operational performance.

Alum Named in "Top 25 Women That Rocked Social Media"
Kristy BolsingerKristy Bolsinger MBA'09 was named one of the Top 25 Women that Rocked Social Media in 2013 by Top Rank Online Marketing. The article states "Kristy was doing the social media, SEO and marketing performance optimization thing long before it was a "thing." Read more about Kristy.

Willamette MBA Team Selected for Regional Final
The Hult Prize Foundation recently announced that a global team of four second year WU MBA students (from Afghanistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) has advanced to the regional finals of the Fifth annual Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. 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 takes place on March 7th and 8th in San Francisco. Members of the Willamette team include Diaa Tahoun, Mohammad Jawad, Iman Almutairi, and Abdul Ali. The team is advised by Professor Gary Knight.

MBA International Study and Travel

Professor of Global Management, Gary Kniight, and Director of Career Management, Beth Ursin, will be traveling to Beijing and Shanghai, China with students during spring break. The program includes a combination of study, travel, company visits and career management. Academically, students 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 China.

Willamette MBA Chile TripIn December, Professor Knight and Director of Recruitment, Aimee Akimoff, traveled with students to Chile (pictured at left). The trip included a visit to Intel and ESCO (two Oregon based global corporations) along with local companies including Foreign Investment Committee, Banco Santander, Fundacion Origen, Invener, Start-Up Chile, Viňa Veramonte and La Bicicleta Verde. Representatives from Start-Up Chile, an organization designed to attract early stage entrepreneurs to Chile, visited us at Willamette in February.

Tell Us Your About Your Interest in International Study Trips
You can help us gauge potential student interest in upcoming international trips to India and Japan! Please participate in the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WUMBAStudyTrips. Completing the survey does not commit you to participating in any upcoming international trip. Additionally, the location and timing of each of these trips is subject to change. Please share your thoughts with us via the survey. Thanks!

Get to Know 3 of Your Faculty Members via Video

Willamette MBA Faculty Ettner Johnson Nixon
Get to know Professors Larry Ettner (PACE, Leadership, Ethics, Social Responsibility), Tim Johnson (Politics for Managers, Public Policy) and Ashley Nixon (Human Resources and Organizational Behavior), pictured above from left to right, as they discuss teaching at the Willamette MBA program and the unique opportunities the Willamette learning experience offers! View the video at http://wu.adobeconnect.com/p2989gwm89i/

Join Us for Upcoming Live Video Webinars and Live Online Chats
Mark your calendar and join us for these upcoming online events.

Live Video Webinars
* Topic: Manage Your Career
Thursday, March 13th: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Register to attend here. You will receive instructions on how to log into the webinar after you register.

* Topic: Current Student Panel
Wednesday, April 9th, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Register to attend here. You will receive instructions on how to log into the webinar after you register.

Live Online Chats
Each chat spans a 90 minute time period and you may come and go as you wish. Topics, dates and featured WU MBA guests for upcoming chats are listed below. Chats are fun, informative and provide a great opportunity for you to get to know our featured guest, current students and admission staff. To log into the session, go to: http://wu.acrobat.com/mba_info. Click on "Enter as Guest" and enter your name as you would like it to appear in the session. We will send a reminder email during the week prior to each chat. The email will include a link and instructions for joining us online.

* Topic: Chat for International Students - Tips on the Visa Process, Working in the U.S., and More
Saturday, March 15th: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Chris Andresen, Associate Director of International Education and University advisor for international students.

* Topic: Career Management
Saturday, April 5th: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)

Featured Guest: Beth Ursin, MBA Director of Career Management

* Topic: Student Organizations, Leadership and Activities
Saturday, April 19th: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)

Featured Guest: Desiree Vorhees Assistant Director of Career Management

Students Prepare for Career Transition

Students have been very busy keeping up with academics, client projects and participating in valuable career opportunities. Recent career activities include the following and more:

* On campus interviews with Nike, Inc., Intel and Avanade. The Willamette MBA is one of only seven MBA programs at which Nike recruits.

* On campus visits by ATK LLC, Avanade, Deloitte, Edward Jones, Intel, Rubicon, Target, Tektronix, Nike, State of Oregon, Mercy Corps, Amazon, Walmart, Daimler, Women's Venture Capital Fund, and Nike Foundation.

wu mba seattle trek alaska airliens* Twenty-six students attended the fifth annual Seattle Trek. They visited with executives and alumni at Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, Amazon, Theo Chocolate, Bank of America, Nordstrom, Microsoft and The Gates Foundation.

* The Northwest MBA Career Conference in Portland was attended by 50 WU MBA students. The conference brings employers together with MBA students from the Northwest's top business schools. Employers included: Slalom Consulting, Hitachi Consulting, Cambia Health Solutions, Survey Monkey, Ecova, Aequitas Capital, Banfield Pet Hospital, Fisher Investments, Portland General Electric, Rubicon International, Legacy Health and more.

* Company treks and visits to Cambia Health Solutions, Daimler, Portland Timbers, D. A. Davidson (the largest full-service investment firm based in the Northwest), Hitachi Consulting, Target Distribution Center, Rubicon. and the Secretary of State Audits Division.

* Mock interviews with employers, workshops about LinkedIn, networking, effective business writing, and salary negotiation.

Advising Corner: Why Willamette is a Great Choice

Every day the admission and recruitment team has the privilege of helping applicants understand the benefits of the Willamette MBA program.

The Willamette MBA is unique because it develops all three of the tools needed for success in a competitive economy: knowledge, professional experience, and strategic career management skills. We call this important benefit "Knowledge PLUS" because we understand that organizations of all types want to hire MBAs who have knowledge ... plus the ability to apply what they know to help the organization meet its goals ... plus the professional behavior tools that contribute to the organization's culture and community. At the graduate school level, knowledge, alone, is not enough to get you where you want to go. As a Willamette MBA, you will develop your Knowledge PLUS in just 21 months, and you will set yourself apart from other MBAs. Watch this video to learn what two of our students have to say about their experience.

Jump Start Your Career Plans via CareerLeader
Students admitted to the Willamette MBA program receive free access to CareerLeader - the most respected and comprehensive online career development tool for MBA students. CareerLeader helps students explore a variety of issues related to potential career choices - even before they start their MBA.

Plan Ahead! Academic Calendar for 2014-15

Fall semester 2014 formally starts on Tuesday, August 19th. An optional pre-session will be available on Friday, August 15th. You can access the complete calendar online.

Happy 172nd Birthday to Willamette University
Willamette University, the first university in the western half of the United States, celebrated its 172nd birthday on February 1st. Students celebrated the day with cake and wore their WU gear - all commemorating "Willamette Day."

Contact Us With Your Information Needs
Be sure to let us know if you have questions! We are happy to help.

Judy O'Neill
Associate Dean and Director of Admission
Willamette University MBA


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