From all of us at Atkinson we
wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
In case you haven't yet heard, we have had tremendous
success in recruiting our first Professional MBA class.
We will have more than our target of 20 for this cohort,
with classes beginning January 9. Congratulations to
Tina and Carla with the PMBA program as well as to all
of you who helped make this a success.
As the semester (and the year) draws to a close, we
realize there is much for which to be thankful. The
fall semester once again proved the dedication of our
faculty and the diligence of our students. Thanks for
all of your hard work in continuing to make the Atkinson
Our successful kickoff of the Campaign for Willamette
on December 2 raised over $300,000 in student scholarships
for the university, including Atkinson. Our AGSM campaign
message has been honed and you will be hearing more
about it soon. We are receiving more funds for scholarships
and other needs and will be sharing an update in an
Thanks to Peter Kremer for his recent talk to our faculty
and students on Real Estate Investment. Thanks to all
other members on the Atkinson Committee of the Willamette
Trustees for their support of our vision. Thanks to
our AGSM Advisory Board for their counsel, and ideas
for our programs. Thanks to our mentors and their willingness
to help our full time MBA students. Thanks to our donors
for investment in the future.
And for certain, thanks to all alumni for your support
throughout the year in so many different ways. Your
efforts will help raise awareness about the Atkinson
Graduate School, enhance the value of your degree, and
help ensure a great MBA education for future generations
here at Willamette University
REMINDER ABOUT CHARITABLE
GIVING IN 2005
New Opportunities Under Katrina Legislation
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina,
Congress recently passed new tax incentives to encourage
additional giving to all public charities during the
remainder of 2005.
For cash contributions made to public
charities – including Willamette University –
through December 31, 2005, the usual
limitation on charitable deductions has been suspended.
For the remainder of the year, donors may deduct charitable
gifts in amounts up to 100% of their adjusted gross
income. The law applies only to outright gifts of cash
that are made directly to charities.
The new law also provides a unique opportunity for
people older than 59-1/2 to make donations from an IRA,
401(k), or other retirement account. Under the new law,
most people over 59-1/2 can withdraw unlimited
amounts from IRAs and other retirement plans with minimal
tax consequences if they contribute the amount withdrawn
to Willamette or other charities before January 1, 2006.
To take advantage of these temporary changes in tax
laws, gifts must be completed by December 31, 2005.
Note that the tax benefits of the new law may not apply
to everyone. Please consult your tax advisor or
call Willamette’s Office
of Gift Planning (toll free at 866-204-8102) before
making any withdrawals from retirement accounts and
before making any large charitable contributions from
any source of funds.
If you are interested in making a charitable contribution
before December 31 to take advantage of tax deductions,
please contact Denise Crawford at email@example.com
or by cell phone at 503.871.4471. Gifts can also be
made securely on-line at www.willamette.edu/support.
Although the University will be officially closed December
23-January 2, Denise will be regularly checking her
e-mail and voice mail and all gifts received before
December 31, 2005 will be posted accordingly for this
BOONCHOO LAOHATHANASARN MBA’99
was married on September 14, 2005 in his home
country of Thailand. Boonchoo currently works for Orange,
a mobile network provider, and Tesco-Lotus (Thailand),
a large retail store. In addition, he has also had the
opportunity to start two companies of his own: Thanasarn
Tools & Equipment, which imports special tools &
equipment for construction, and ID Inside Company, a
company that finds solutions for its clients using microchip
technology. Boonchoo's wife is a dentist who specializes
in root canals.
GISLASON MBA’04 got engaged to Clarke Hylton
on Friday, October 8, 2005. The wedding date is set
for Saturday, May 13, 2006 in Portland, OR. Visit the
happy couple-to-be's web site at www.theknot.com/ourwedding/lisagislason&clarkehylton.
ELLIOTT DALE MBA’05
and JENNIFER HAMILTON MBA’06
are happy and proud to announce their engagement to
the Atkinson community. "We met last year when
we were both students at AGSM, and our first date was
a TNO," writes Elliott. "We have both benefited
immensely from our association with the school, and
want to acknowledge all of those of you who have shared
in our relationship." Elliott and Jennifer will
be married in the fall of 2006 in Portland.
DEAN BURNETT MBA’00 and
TARYN (FUCHS) BURNETT JD/MBA’01,
CDR‘01 welcomed a baby boy into their family
on September 26, 2005. Quentin Conrad was born happy
and healthy at 7lbs. 13 oz.
KATRINA BAUMAN MBA’00and husband Daniel Dummer welcomed their first
child, Clayton Daniel Bauman Dummer, on October 17,
SANDY BARUAH MM’95 was
the featured speaker at an Economic Roundtable luncheon
titled "The Future of Federal Economic Development
Policy" on Monday, November 14th in Portland. Sandy
is now Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic
Development in the Bush Administration. The topic was
a discussion focused on the President's agenda for promoting
innovation-led regional economic development, and the
Strengthening America's Communities Initiative — a Presidential
proposal to update federal economic and community development
policy, and consolidate 18 federal economic and community
development programs. Sandy has served the Bush Administration
and the U.S. Department of Commerce since 2001. He served
as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations
at the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and
currently serves as EDA's Chief of Staff as well as
Acting Assistant Secretary. Sandy's role is to lead
and manage the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic
Development Administration, the domestic economic development
arm of the Commerce Department. Sandy and his wife and
son currently live in Washington, D.C.
JUSTIN DICKERSON MBA’99
was recently promoted to Director, Operations Analysis
at DSW Shoe Warehouse, a rapidly growing footwear retailer
headquartered in Columbus, Ohio that recently completed
its initial public offering. Justin's area of responsibility
covers real estate and marketing analysis, as well as
strategic planning. After graduating from Atkinson 6
1/2 years ago, Justin began his career in the retail
industry with Target Corporation, eventually becoming
Manager of Corporate Finance. He then managed assortment
planning and space planning for Circuit City, and then
Bath & Body Works, before joining DSW this past summer.
Justin and his family live in Columbus, Ohio, and spend
most of their time following Ohio State football.
JUS SINGH MBA’94 was
promoted to Managing Director at Resources Global Professionals
in June of 2005. Resources is a public company traded
under the ticker RECN that has over 70 offices worldwide.
The company was a former subsidiary of Deloitte & Touche.
DAN HEISTER ‘81, MBA’87
was recently honored with the USEPA 2005 On-Scene
Excellence in Community Involvement Award. This is a
national award and
only one OSC is recognized annually. Dan's work as the
EPA On-Scene Coordinator at the North Ridge Estates
Asbestos Removal project is just one example of his
dedication to the community. As one of his team members
put it, "An EPA On-Scene Coordinator is usually
the good cowboy in white hat, who rides into town, rescues
the townspeople from the immediate threat from a toxic
release caused by bad men in black hats, and then fades
into the sunset with an enigmatic nod and a wave of
his hand. Out west in the southern Oregon ranching community
of Klamath Falls, there is a neighborhood called North
Ridge Estates that was built on top of an ornery asbestos
problem. The true measure of commitment to community
involvement has been demonstrated by On-Scene Coordinator
Dan Heister, who remains the hero of a contaminated
community almost three years into the response to an
emergency that just keeps on emerging." Dan will
be in New Orleans for three weeks beginning at the end
of November, working for USEPA as the Deputy Incident
Commander in response to Katrina. This will be his second
rotation as the Deputy at the response. Photos: (Left)
Oregon Operations Office Director Socorro Rodriguez,
OSC Awardee Dan Heister and Community Involvement Coordinator
Judy Smith; (Right) Dan Heister briefing Congressman
Walden at the North Ridge Estates site.
JON LAZARUS MM’98 and
KERI TRASK LAZARUS ‘97, MBA/JD’01,
CDR‘01 purchased their first home and
finished painting it just in time for the winter season.
They received invaluable help from BRENT
FURBY MBA/JD’00, who also was Jon's best
man at their wedding in May of 2004. In August 2005,
Jon passed his Project Management Professional exam
from the Project Management Institute and is looking
forward to learning more with a PMP certification. Keri
continues to grow her own law firm, Law Offices of Keri
Trask Lazarus, which primarily focuses on personal injury
cases for the Portland and Salem Areas. Jon currently
works for the Oregon Department of Transportation, and
coincidentally, reports to fellow alum GALEN
MCGILL MBA’93. Jon will celebrate his 3rd
year anniversary working at ODOT in February 2006.
BROTHERS MBA’84 will be retiring as Vice
President - Corporate Safety from Georgia-Pacific in
December. "June's outstanding leadership has been
a key part of improving our safety performance across
the company," stated an article announcing June's
retirement. "She joined GP in 1988 as safety director
at the Toledo, Ore, Containerboard mill. After a brief
period in Corporate Safety, she served 11 years in Building
Products before returning to Corporate Safety in 2002.
She was on the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants'
Association National board of directors for nine years,
five as chair. She began her safety career thirty years
ago with Oregon-OSHA." June and her husband will
be relocating from Atlanta to Winslow Valley Estates
in West Salem, where they have just completed construction
of a new home.
POCOCK MBA/JD’99 recently enjoyed a relaxing
- and rewarding - vacation in Mexico. Nice catch Bryan!
Introducing Linda Pyle, Director of Events
Linda Pyle has accepted the position of Director of
Events at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.
Linda will assume responsibility for the growing number
of events and guest speakers that we at Atkinson anticipate
for our near future.
Linda comes to Atkinson from the University Office
of Scheduling, Events and Conferences where she was
Assistant Director. In addition to her years of experience
in customer service and event management, Linda also
has a background in sales and marketing. She developed
a successful marketing strategy for the office of events
and conferences and marketed the University facilities
to community event planners.
Linda is a graduate of Oregon Health & Sciences
University with a Master of Science, Management in Science
and Technology. She received her Bachelor of Science
in Management and Communications from Western Baptist
College. She is a member of the American Marketing Association
Public Relations Society of America.
Executive Speaker Series
Bob Thompson, CEO of PayWi, visited Atkinson in November
as part of a series of executive speakers to visit the
school. Bob talked about the future of the wireless
payment industry, and his startup company PayWi. PayWi
currently operates a point of sale payment system through
your cell phone, eliminating opportunities for fraud
and making payment of all types extremely simple.
PMBA Information Session: Holiday
Atkinson staff, faculty, alumni, friends and students
from both the Salem and Portland programs met together
at Three Degrees Restaurant at RiverPlace on Tuesday,
December 13th for a PMBA Information Session. PMBA Director,
Tina Alexander, talked briefly about the Portland Professional
MBA program followed by a viewing of the 51st Annual
Lighted Ship Parade on the Willamette River. Look for
more information about upcoming information sessions,
which will resume after the holidays.
PORTLAND PROFESSIONAL MBA
MBA Prepares to Welcome January 2006 Class
The Portland Professional MBA will kick off its first
semester on January 6th and 7th with concentrated cohort
training for the new class of students in its Pearl
District home at 11th and Burnside. Students will begin
classes on January 9th taking two courses, "Managing
Organizations: Design & Change" and "Data
Analysis, Modeling and Decision Making."
For more information on the Professional MBA program,
please contact Tina Alexander or Carla Wiltbank at 1-866-385-PMBA
(7622) or visit www.willamettepmba.com.
From the Class of 2006…..11% of those seeking have accepted
offers of employment following graduation and an additional
8% have reported receiving offers thus far – a total
of 19% of the class. Many others are in the midst of
interviewing and applying and in discussions with a
variety of companies.
ATKINSONews Alumnus Spotlight:
COE MBA’89, Bonneville Power Lunch
By Aaron Andrus, MBA Candidate 2007
On Monday, October 7th the Atkinson community was pleased
to receive guest speaker Scott Coe, an AGSM alumnus
(1989) who currently manages the power scheduling department
of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
BPA, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a federal
agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that serves
the Pacific Northwest through operating an extensive
electricity transmission system and marketing wholesale
electrical power from federal dams and other non-federal
electricity generation facilities (www.bpa.gov/corporate).
Mr. Coe discussed his career path with BPA, interesting
and challenging aspects of his work, and the attributes
he developed at Atkinson that have helped him succeed
in business such as flexibility and critical thinking
skills. He was accompanied by Andy Myers, a recent AGSM
graduate (2001) Scott personally recruited out of the
program. Andy gave an overview of his experiences as
a power scheduler and discussed the exciting, and at
times demanding, nature of their work.
Mr. Coe presented the co-op program to current Atkinson
students who may be interested in working with Bonneville.
The co-op program is ideal for second year Atkinson
MBA students interested in a career at BPA. Those chosen
for co-op positions have an opportunity to be hired
on full time, by-passing the traditionally difficult
federal hiring system. One would first need to log in
650 hours before being eligible for conversion to a
full-time position. Typically, the candidate will work
over Christmas break, then one day a week or so until
Students interested in learning more about the Bonneville
Power Administration or the co-op program can contact
Beth Ursin, the AGSM career development coordinator
JD/MBA Information Session Report:
A panel of graduates from the Willamette JD/MBA combined
degree program spoke to students in or considering the
JD/MBA program on December 8. The panel represented
the variety of career paths the joint degree makes possible
and included PATRICE ALTENHOFEN
MM/JD’95 of Cascade Employer Association,
SCOTT DAVIDSON MBA/JD’87
of White and Lee, JASON HEDLUND
’97, MBA/JD’01 of Ernst
and Young, and ADRIAN MALATESTA
MBA/JD’00 of Target Corporation.
Patrice Altenhofen began her career in labor relations
work at Cascade Employers Association as a student intern
and eventually moved up into management in human resources.
She is currently the general council and director of
human resource development services at Cascade Employers
Association where, among other things, she provides
guidance on employment matters to private and public
sector employers and participates in the development
of long-term human resource and compliance strategies.
She enjoys career flexibility that allows her to spend
plenty of time with her two daughters.
Scott Davidson began his career at Intel before he
took the opportunity to work in a private practice at
White & Lee LLP, a corporate law firm that provides
critical legal service and business guidance to early-
and mid-stage technology and other emerging growth companies
(www.whiteandlee.com). He notes that his education gives
him the advantage of understanding financial matters
that most lawyers do not.
Jason Hedlund began his career with Arthur Anderson
before getting his LLM in tax at the University of Washington
and then hiring on with Ernst & Young LLP tax department.
Ernst & Young is a global organization that helps
companies in businesses across all industries-from emerging
growth companies to global powerhouses-deal with a broad
range of business issues. Despite his degree in law,
Jason does not consider himself a lawyer, but rather
a middle man in business.
Adrian Malatesta tried his hand in multiple areas of
business law before settling into employment law. He
worked with Patrice Altenhofen at Cascade Employers
Association and later got into employee relations. He
is currently a regional human resources representative
for the Target Corporation where he oversees the execution
of HR policies and procedures in a large number of western
Target stores. Adrian values the opportunity to collaborate
with leadership to impact business through Target's
most valuable resource-people.
Important skill-sets for JD/MBA graduates in non-traditional
career paths are the ability to sell yourself in addition
to having a strong technical skill set, great people
skills-especially when it comes to motivating people-and
strong written and oral communication abilities.
If you are interested in learning more about the JD/MBA
program, contact Judy O'Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alumni/employers interested in hiring JD/MBA candidates
can contact Beth Ursin (email@example.com).
Young Professionals in Salem and Portland
Are you interested in connecting with young professionals
in the Salem or Portland area? The Young Professionals
of Portland was started by two Willamette alums, MATHEW
HUNNICUTT ’02, MBA’02
and ANDREW FRAZIER ’98.
YPOP hosts events usually on the last Tuesday of every
month to provide an opportunity for young Portland professionals
to network. Salem Area Young Professionals, started
more recently by the Salem Chamber of Commerce in September
2005, has already established a large following. 100
people attended a recent event held at Willamette Valley
Vineyards. If you are interested in connecting with
either of these organizations, please visit their web sites:
www.youngprofessionalsofportland.com/ypop or www.salemyoungpros.com.
EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Certificate in Public Management
On December 1, 2005, 27 participants in Cohort Five
of the Certificate in Public Management program graduated.
The graduates are Paula Allen, Robyn Bassett, Brenda
Bayes, Roy Bruce, Nolan Campbell, Marsha Clark, Traci
Cooper, Patrick Dodge, Mary French, Robert Gerberding,
Sandy Jefferson, Dexter Johnson, Addie Kerr, Phyllis
Kerr, Paul Kroll, Michael Kurtz, Robert Martinez, Patricia
Newell-Gerlack, Richard Ogden, Dean Owens, Brady Peeks,
Armando Perfecto, Karen Peterson, Martin Plotner, Jeff
Scheick, Linda Shames and Jerry Wyatt.
The Carney Award, which is given to the student who
the faculty believes best demonstrates his/her commitment,
academic achievement and leadership in the Certificate
for Public Management, was given to Jeff Scheick. Graduates
also receiving recognition for their commitment to Excellence
were Sandy Jefferson, Michael Kurtz and Brady Peeks.
THOMPSON was honored as a co-recipient
of the Association for Budgeting and Financial
Management Aaron Wildavsky Award for 2005 along
with Professor Larry Jones. The Wildavsky Award
recognizes an outstanding scholar with a demonstration
of academic achievement over a considerable period
of time. The nominees for this award always have
a lengthy publication record of outstanding quality
and a record of service to the field. In the letter
nominating Fred and Larry, they were characterized
as "gadflies to both scholars and practitioners,"
using both incisive logic and humor to challenge
KEN SMITH and FRED
THOMPSON attended the annual research
conference of the Association for Budgeting and
Financial Management in
Washington DC, November 11-14. Fred presented
two papers, "Options
Budgeting: Understanding Commitments, Quasi-Commitments,
co-authored by former exchange student SOEREN
HANSEN to AGSM, and "Does my State
have a Cyclical Deficit, a Structural Deficit,
or Both?" coauthored by Prof.
BRUCE GATES. Fred also
received the Aaron B. Wildavsky Award -- the plaque
given with the award is in the case on the first
Ken had three papers at the conference. He
presented "Accuracy, Accountability and Capacity
of Media Reporting on Government Performance".
Ken's co-author Lee Schiffel from SUNY-Geneseo
presented "Newspaper Reporting of State Government
Performance" while co-author Ola Smith from
Western Michigan University presented "Prison
Performance Measurement Reporting - Is it Award-Winning?"
MANOHAR SINGH presented
a paper titled, Foreign Asset Divestitures:
An Analysis of Motives and Valuation Consequences
at the Southern Finance Association meeting in
Key West, Florida on November 16th 2005. The main
idea of the paper being that firms add value through
sale of their assets abroad if they are capital
constrained and use the proceeds to finance capital
expansion. In addition, we also find that high
debt firms may gain value by using foreign asset
sale proceeds to reduce their leverage. Thus,
it appears that corporate managers may successfully
use asset divestitures as a financing alternative.
professor FRED TRUITT
worked with a colleague at Western Washington
University in Bellingham and wrote a paper on
experiential learning in international business
during this summer and fall. Fred and his colleague
presented the paper at the NIBEN (Northwest International
Business Education Network) meeting at the University
of Washington on November 4th.
fall, University of Calgary’s Faculty of Humanities,
in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy
and Haskayne School of Business, announced DR.
GREGORY DANEKE as the first appointee to
the U of C Chair in Business Ethics. Representing
a direct response to increasing demands from the
public and the investment community for corporations
to assume a leadership role in establishing more
socially responsible firms, the U of C chair is
dedicated to linking ethical issues with specific
industry and community concerns, notably energy
and the environment. Greg served as a visiting
scholar and adjunct professor at AGSM during the
summers of 1996-1999.
Atkinson Accounting Association Kicks Off
The first event for the student accounting group at
Atkinson was held on Monday, November 14th with special
guest speaker Kathy Cuhna, CPA and CMA from Aldrich,
Kilbride & Tatone. Kathy spoke on two topics: Unusual
Ways into Accounting, and CPA/CMA comparison/contrast.
The purpose of the Atkinson Accounting Association (AAA)
is to promote the interests of AGSM students who are
interested in the field of accounting and/or are seeking
employment in the accounting industry upon graduation.
Stay tuned for future AAA events.
Atkinson Golf Association (AGA) tees off with
a CLA Alumni Speaker
DENNIS WHITLOCK ’78
was the inaugural speaker for the Atkinson Golf Association.
Dennis graduated from Willamette in 1978 with a BS in
Economics. He worked in his family's business for 20
years and 5 years ago became the General Manager at
Creekside Golf Club, a private Peter Jacobsen-designed
course in south Salem. Dennis shared his knowledge of
business and golf. He stated "not many deals are actually
closed on the golf course - but it is a great opportunity
to evaluate the character and integrity of your potential
business partners". Several students asked questions
about the market for golf since it is a part of their
PaCE project. Members of the AGA will be golfing over
the holiday break - please contact Ken Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Andrew Logue (email@example.com) for tee times
Atkinson's SHRM Group Welcomes Guest Speaker
Mike Porter, Associate Attorney with Miller Nash LLP,
recently spoke the Atkinson's Society of Human Resource
Management student group. Mr. Porter’s practice focuses
on serving public school districts, private schools,
and higher education institutions on issues involving
labor and employment, student rights and discipline,
alternative education programs, and federal and state
regulatory compliance. He also works with private employers
in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Porter
regularly advises clients in these areas and represents
clients in federal and state courts as well as in mediations
and arbitrations. Mr. Porter earned a bachelor's degree
in education at Kansas State University and a master
of education degree at the University of South Carolina.
He received his law degree from the University of Kansas
School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the
Today Publishes Second Issue
Atkinson Management Today (AMT), the student produced, on-line publication of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, published its second issue on November 16, 2005. The issue covers a wide range of topics such as cross-cultural negotiation, mentorship and creative branding. Feedback from subscribers and students has been overwhelmingly positive: “Clearly presented, easy to follow and digest . . .Great job, my first time reading and I will be reading future articles.”
AMT was created to enhance the Atkinson experience and connect with alumni and professionals in the community. The on-line journal, published semi-annually, researches the latest techniques and trends available to managers. The November issue can be accessed through the following link: www.willamette.edu/agsm/amt/.
If you have any questions, or would like to contribute to AMT, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
to FADI BOURI and MARY
WHEELWRIGHT (SIMBALA). Friday, November 4, 2005
"Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony"
Willamette Star Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert
Victorian Christmas with John Doan, Hudson Hall
Last Day of the Semester for AGSM
Winter Break: University Closed
Administrative Assistant Mary Stout’s Birthday
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day
Senior Assistant to the Dean Susan Chiapella’s
Professor Ilan Vertinsky’s Birthday
First Day of Class for AGSM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Willamette University Founder's Day (164 years)
St. Valentine's Day
View the current events calendar at: www.willamette.edu/~schiapel/master_calendar/
and other information for alumni at: www.willamettealumni.com/events.
One isn't necessarily born
with courage, but one is born with potential. Without
courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.
We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.
– Maya Angelou