MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN New Year a Good One
This year is starting off in a very good way. We had a record amount of
year-end giving from alumni and our first Professional MBA classes
began in our PortlandCenter
on January 9. The program welcomed 21 students in this first group, and
all of them have been enthusiastically participating in classes taught
by Professors Patrick Conner and Mike Hand.
In addition to the PMBA classes, the Portland
office space is providing us with many opportunities to enhance the
full-time program as well as broaden our visibility. Thanks to Frank
Wagner of our Atkinson Advisory Board for his excellent January 24
presentation on Coaching - held in the PDX classrooms -- for the
Mentors in our full-time program. Many of them reported they would use
this information in their work, as well as with our MBA students!
I was also very impressed with Atkinson Students who participated in
our Northwest MBA Career Fair, held in the WorldTradeCenter
January 27. Apparently the area employers at the event were equally
impressed- they gave Beth Ursin, Director of Career Services, some
great feedback on our students and their abilities.
February began with an open house at our new facility. The
celebration was hosted by AGSM and President Lee Pelton, and many
representatives from the Willamette University Trustees, Administrative
and Alumni Councils were in attendance. Now that the paint is dry and
the chairs and desks are in place, all were able to view the classrooms
in their "natural" state - with food and decorations instead
of textbooks, of course! We are planning another open house for alumni
this Spring. Keep your eyes open for information!
Our recruiters are gearing up for the ’06 entering classes,
with information sessions for Portland and Salem, and trips for the
Full Time MBA to places as distant as Austin, Monterrey, Mexico and
Hawaii planned for this month. We wish them well and happy hunting!
Thanks to all of you for continuing to refer prospective applicants to
our MBA programs.
JORGE ORDONEZ MBA’05 and JESSICA
BROWN MBA’04 were married on January 6, 2006 in Cusco,
Peru. The happy
couple wishes to thank the entire Atkinson community for helping to
bring them together. Jorge and Jessica now live in Puno,
Peru on the
shores of Lake Titicaca, where Jorge is the
Deputy Planning Manager for a local electric utility company. Jessica,
who recently left her job with National Geographic to move to Peru,
is studying Spanish and seeking freelance opportunities with U.S.-based
STEVE WEGENER JD/MM’95 and wife Mary
welcomed their first child, Edwin Forst Wegener, into their family on December 11, 2005.
GLENN DALEY MBA’99 and his wife MAYU NAKAGAWA DALEY MBA’97 welcomed a baby girl
into their family. Serena Sakura was born at on December 18 in TorranceCA, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz. Mayu is
taking severance from UFJ Bank upon their merger with Bank of Tokyo
Mitsubishi. Glenn was recently promoted to Chief Educational Research
Scientist for Los AngelesUnifiedSchool District’s
Program Evaluation and Research Branch. He is the manager of the School
Reform Unit within the branch, with responsibility for charter school
research and several other areas of reform-related research. He also
chairs the district’s Committee for External Research Review.
SEAN RHODES MBA’01 is pleased to report
the expected birth of a third child - Rebecca Anne Rhodes, to the Rhodes
family. She will be the newest addition to the family. Shannon (4) and
Thomas (1.5 years) are preceding her.
MOLLAR NKIWANE MBA’00 and her husband Scott
Hanselman are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zenzo Quincy
Hanselman born on November
29, 2005. All 3 are doing well.
G. HARVEY GAIL MM’88 is pleased to
announce two new clients to his firm. VanNatta Public Relations, Inc.
has been retained by the Financial Planning Association of Oregon and SW
Washington. Mr. Gail will serve as the Executive Director.
FPA is dedicated to the financial planning profession and those who
champion the financial planning process. In addition, Oregon Human
Development Corporation has retained VPR for public relations services.
OHDC is a non profit social service agency dedicated to improving the
lives of migrant workers. VPR will develop a database of employers
whose job requirements meet US Department of Labor guidelines as part
of the Workforce Investment Act. VPR also created marketing materials
to promote OHDC’s services to employers. Currently, Second year
Atkinson student TANYA RIISE is working on the
OHDC project at VPR’s office as an intern.
DEBRA SPEARS-TURNER JD/MBA’05 has
recently accepted a position with Tomax Corporation as their HR Manager
and General Counsel. Tomax Corporation is a retail management software
company based in Salt Lake City, Utah
and Bangalore, India.
Debra knew Maltz’s Value Chain Management class would come in
handy one day! In addition to this great new opportunity, Debra is
continuing with Whitford Law Offices as a staff attorney and Business
Manager on a part-time basis. Whitford Law Offices will continue with
its plans to open a Utah
location in the future.
DR. PATRICK W. GAKURU MBA’01 from Kenya
got a new appointment with the Kenyan National Economic and Social
Council (NESC) as Director, Social Sector. The NESC is the highest
policy advisory organ for the government and its membership is drawn
from both the private and public sector. It also has local and
international advisors in its Board with the President of Kenya as the
Chairman. Starting January 23rd, Dr. Gakuru will be in charge of the
secretariate’s work on the social sector (Health, Education,
JOHN A. LINDQUIST II MBA’99 was
installed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Enable Industries
Inc. in Ogden, Utah.
Enable is a not-for-profit organization that provides life skills, job
training and employment for all people with disabilities. Lindquist is
serving his fourth year on the Board of Trustees.
BRIAN ZOELLER MBA’01, who is currently living
in Africa and working with the Peace Corps,
spent a recent weekend on the seat of a road bike for nearly 300 miles
over 3 days. He and a Peace Corps volunteer from the Portland
area, pictured here, biked from the northern town of Nouadhibou
to the capital where he lives, Nouakchott.
The road they traveled was recently built over several years by 4-5
companies, finally connecting the two mentioned most industrial cities.
Brian says “The road is a good one and traffic is light seeing as
there is almost nothing in between the start and finish; we took
advantage of that fact. Lacking a good physical challenge for quite some
time, myself and the Peace Corps Volunteer ventured across the coastal
edge of the Sahara for what we thought would be
a fairly easy but long ride. We hit constant head and cross winds,
about 90% of the time forcing us to work much harder for longer. It
took about 8 hours of biking a day to finish it. Luckily we had
vehicle, medical and bike support along the way and some folks from the
capital joining in for camping fun in the dunes. The trip made me
realize, as only the view from a slow moving apparatus could, the
harsh, stark and beautiful landscape that covers much of this country.
We are now negotiating over a few more multi-century bike trips to
other parts of the country. In fact, we’re thinking of making the
Nouadhibou trip an annual fundraiser to attract adventuresome
foreigners to spend their time and money here.” Interested?
E-mail Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current PMBA student ANDREW FRAZIER and MATHEW HUNNICUTT MBA’02 were featured in an article
in the December 2005 Issue of Commerce Magazine (www.djc-or.com) regarding the Young
Professionals of Portland Group.
GERALD "JERRY" MATHIAS MBA’03
joined Mettler-Toledo, Inc., a Swiss company with it’s North American
business based in Columbus, Ohio
in the position of Business Intelligence Analyst. He is responsible for
corporate reporting, including designing, supporting and facilitating
the reporting environment for worldwide users.
Atkinson Students and
Professor Trek to Dubai and Discover a Thriving Business Oasis
winter break a group of Atkinson students took a trip to Dubai,
UAE to explore growing private equity trends in the region. FADI BOURI,SEAN RIESTERER,KOY SAECHAO along with Professor MANOHAR
SINGH spent 10 days meeting with Abraaj Capital, Rasmala
Investments, Dubai International Capital, HSBC, Ithmar Capital, Shuaa
Partners, Starling International Management LTD, and Dubai
International Finance Center (DIFC). In addition to this finance led
expedition, the group met with DubaiKnowledgeVillage
to learn more about the education and training initiatives of the
region, Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC to observe a large US
conglomerate based in Dubai
and a HR Recruiter to learn about global HR and job opportunities in
the market. The
trip was a success and made possible by the sponsorship of DubaiInternationalFinanceCenter and by AtkinsonGraduateSchool
with approval from Dean Goodrich.
The students also had the opportunity to visit some of Dubai’s
premier attractions including the Burj Al Arab hotel and Ski Dubai.
Introducing Elliott Dale,
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs ELLIOTT DALE MBA’05 is joining us as the
new Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs. Many of you might know Elliott as a recent graduate and we are
to have him join us here as an employee. He brings with him not only an
Atkinson MBA, but also experience in student affairs on many levels in
both his recent and past education. Elliott has recent marketing
experience as well. Elliott will be responsible for all student affairs
and coordination of activities outside of the classroom. Please join us
in welcoming Elliott!† Also best
of luck and thank you to Dan Mahoney for his years of service as
Finalists for Oregon
Ethics in Business Awards Announced Many
deserving individuals and companies were nominated by friends and
co-workers for this year’s Oregon Ethics in Business awards.
Students from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management will research
the finalists and a selection committee of business leaders and others
will review the research and choose the award recipients. The 2006 OIEB
finalists according to category are:
Holt International, Eugene
Cascade AIDS Project, Portland MaybelleClarkMacDonaldCenter and Residence, Portland
The Rebuilding Center/Our United Villages, Portland
Sisters of the Road, Portland
La Clinica del Valle, Medford
Mentor Graphics, Portland
Oregon Vineyard Supply, McMinnville
Brooks Resources, Bend
TEC Laboratories, Albany
Higgins Signs, Clackamas
Columbia Helicopters, Portland
Gates Home Furnishing, Grants Pass
Living Tree Paper Company, Eugene
Portland Roasting Holdings, Portland
Vernier Software and Technology, Portland
Bill Thorndike, Medford
Joe Weston, Portland
Carol Ranney, Portland
Dr. Richard Park, Portland
The OEIB Awards ceremony will be held on June 14th in the Grand
Ballroom of the Governor Hotel in Portland. The key note speaker is Gun
Denhart, a native of Sweden and co-founder of the Hanna Andersson
children’s clothing company. Through her leadership, the company
has become known for its high quality clothing made from soft cotton
materials, as well as community involvement and family friendly work
Distinguished Atkinson Alumna Visits Campus - February 1, 2006 On February 1st, Atkinson alumna, ROBERTA
"BOBBIE" CONNER MBA’84, was the featured speaker
for the inaugural lecture of the Indian Country Conversations Series at
Willamette University. After her graduation from Atkinson, Bobbie
joined the U.S. Small Business Administration and worked her way
through the ranks to become a District Director, one of only 69 in the
U.S. She is currently the Director of a prominent Native American
cultural center and museum located in Eastern Oregon, the Tamastslikt
Cultural Institute. Bobbie’s visit to Willamette included a
campus-wide lecture at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Before her
lecture, she made an appearance at Atkinson to speak informally with
interested students and faculty about her background and career. Bobbie
offered excellent insight to people interested in small business,
non-profit management, public service, and successful women leaders.
Willamette MBA Power Lunch - February 8, 2006
A conversation with Sonja Sorenson Craig: President and Publisher of
the Statesman Journal.
Sonja is a newspaper industry veteran with over twenty years experience
as a publisher in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon. She is co-chair of
the Gannett Newspaper Division Diversity Committee and a member of the
Oregon Women’s Forum and the Board of Directors of Marion-Polk
Sonja shared her perspective on the topic, “The Future of the
Newspaper Business”: What does the future look like for
newspapers? Will the newsprint we all like to unfold each morning
become obsolete? What are newspapers doing to deal with competitive
threats from online media and emerging media channels? How are they
responding to changes in consumer news consumption habits? Are they
positioned to take advantage of the explosive growth in online
February SHRM Breakfast Meeting - Tuesday, February 14 Willamette
University, Putnam Bldg, 3rd Floor
Build Ultimate Connections: 9 Magic Keys to Improve all your
Guest Speaker: Val Baldwin, CPC
to RSVP. Cost is $12 and includes a full hot breakfast.
SHRM Lunch Lecture - Wednesday,
Please join SHRM for a lunch lecture to learn more about compensation
February 15th: Noon – 1pm
Location: Atkinson 3rd floor classroom
Cost is $12 for SHRM members and $15 for guests. RSVP to Leah Daniels
Presented by: Catrinus Wallet
Catrinus has been a HR professional for over 25 years, and has been a
compensation & benefits specialist for most of those years. He is a
graduate of Pepperdine University (Psychology) and received his
graduate training (MS in Industrial/Organization Psychology) at Cal
State University at Long Beach. He is currently Sr HR Consultant for
Compensation and Benefits at Legacy Health System. Catrinus is also a
board member of the Columbia-Willamette Compensation Group (www.cwcg.org), which is the Portland
affiliate of the national compensation professional organization World
at Work (formerly the American Compensation Association) (www.worldatwork.org)
Willamette University Breakfast Forum - Thursday, February 16
Sponsored by the Professional MBA Program, this event will take place
Thursday, February 16 at 7:00am at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Featuring Chris Coleman, Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage.
Chris has a unique perspective as a leader of one of Portlandís major
cultural organizations. He explores how we define Portlandóas the
reality of what the city is becoming. Reframing how our stories are
built, how they fit together, and how we discover what is at their
core, reveals a striking link between Portlandís economic and cultural
vitality. Visit www.willamettealumni.com
or call 1-800-551-6794 by February 13 to register.
Dempsey Lecture Series Features Expert on Ecological Economics - Thursday, February 16
February 16 at 8:00 PM Willamette University will present the fifth
lecture in the Dempsey Lecture Series on environmental issues. Robert
Costanza of the University of
Vermont will lecturing on
Ecological Economics: Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future.
Robert Costanza, as director of the Gund Institute for Ecological
Economics at the University of Vermont, is best known for his
pioneering work on ecosystem valuation. In 1997 a team of researchers
headed by Constanza published an analysis in the preeminent journal
Science that put a dollar figure on the services ecosystems provide to
the continued functioning of our planet, ranging somewhere between $16
and $54 trillion. Costanza and ecological economists around the globe
have spent the ensuing years confirming and refining their valuation
process. His research includes landscape-level spatial simulation
modeling; analysis of energy and material flows through economic and
ecological systems; and analysis of dysfunctional incentive systems and
ways to correct them.
Costanza is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific
papers and 19 books, and reports on his work have appeared in Newsweek,
U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The
New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic, and National
Public Radio and other media. He is the co-founder and past president of
the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).
Costanza received his PhD in systems ecology with a minor in
economics form the University of Florida in 1979. He also has a
master’s degree in architecture and urban and regional planning
from the University of Florida.
The lecture, sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation, is free and open
to the public. It will be held in Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on
the Willamette University campus.
Willamette MBA Preview Day - Saturday,
Be sure to encourage your friends and relatives who are interested in
the Full-Time MBA program to come to Preview Day on Saturday, February
25, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Preview Day is our annual Saturday open
house for prospective Full-time MBA students. The program includes
lunch, alumni speakers, sample classes, a student panel, and
information about the curriculum, experiential learning, career
services, financial aid and admission.
Salem Information Sessions:
Thursday, February 23rd, WillametteUniversity
in association with the Statesman Journal B2B Magazine present the
Business Community Forum.
120 Commercial St NE
Intersection of Commercial and State
Tuesday, March 14th, WillametteUniversity
in association with the Statesman Journal B2B Magazine present the
Business Community Forum. Special topic "Salem’s
Presentation from 5:30-6:15, with networking and social following
Willamette University Campus
Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:30-7:30
Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery
206 NW 10th, Portland, Oregon 97209 www.yoshidagallery.com
Tuesday, March 21st, 5:30-7:30
Locations to be determined will be announced and will also be
available online at www.willamette.edu/mba,
under Events. RSVP is suggested, but not necessary.
For more information contact Willamette University’s MBA
offices at (503) 808-9901 (Portland) or (503) 370-6440 (Salem).
Key Career Events:
Session - January
Atkinson alum, ERIC HAGEN MBA’96,
Willamette alum, ALICIA ANDREW ‘05, along
with recently hired current student, KYLE ROADMAN,
chatted with the students about careers in Finance at Tektronix.
Tektronix is currently recruiting for several Financial Analyst
positions as well as four interns for the summer of 2006.
Mentor Coaching Session - January 24, 2006
Highly regarded Executive Coach, Frank Wagner presented to and coached
25 of Atkinson’s mentors on three key coaching tools. Mentors
drove from as far away as Corvallis and Eugene to attend the event at
the newly opened Portland campus of Willamette University. The mentor
program enables first year students to meet on a regular basis with
successful business people. Several attendees this event mentioned
their excitement to ‘try out’ their new took-kit with their
mentees in the upcoming weeks.
Mock Recruiting Event - January 26, 2006
First year students had an opportunity to practice their networking
skills and ‘working the room’ in a mock recruiting event at
J James Restaurant in Salem. The Mock Recruiters, who were community
members, alums and second year students assumed the roles of partners,
managers and staff people in the fictitious Goodrich & Associates
firm. At the end of the evening, points were tallied and students
learned which behaviors were more likely to net them offers in the
NW MBA Consortium Career
Day - January
Friday afternoon, 14 of the areas largest employers flocked to
Portland’s World Trade Center to talk one-on-one and in groups
with the MBA graduate students from Portland State University, Oregon
State University, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.
Participating organizations included Adidas, Columbia Sportswear,
Freightliner, HSBC, Intel, Moss Adams LLC, Oregon Secretary of State
Audits Division, PCC Structurals, Providence Health Systems, Real
Networks, Tektronix, US Bank, State Farm Insurance and T-Mobile. If
your company might be interested in participating in the 2007 event,
please contact Beth Ursin at email@example.com.
Mock Interviews - February 2006
During the month of February, students are matched with ‘mock
interviewers’ who are friends/alums of the Willamette to do a
practice interview. Students go to the interviewer’s office to
participate in a 20 to 30 minute interview. The feedback that
we’ve received from past mock interviews is incredibly valuable
for the student’s continued success in their job search. If
you’re interested in participating…please contact Beth
Ursin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 503.375.5309.
2006 GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILE: SUSAN HALE, who will graduate in May, accepted a
position as Staff Accountant with Ernst & Young this fall after
receiving multiple offers and a full season of recruiting events. Her
job search began in the fall of 2004 with multiple informational
interviews which helped her narrow her job search to public accounting.
Starting in January 2005, she focused in on networking and gaining
connections with the Big four accounting firms and multiple regional
firms. She told the first year students that she even made a contact at
a wedding that led to an invitation to interview. Hale says “The
most important thing I did was stay in contact with all of the firms. I
made several trips to both Seattle and Portland to meet with
professionals at the firms. I was told that this made me stand out as a
candidate who knew what I wanted and would take initiative.”
Regarding her final choice, Hale says “I ended up not finishing
the recruiting process and accepted the offer from Ernst & Young.
All of the firms offer great career opportunities and I ended up
choosing the firm that was the best fit for me.”
Spotlight: JANE JACKSON ’93,
MBA’95 "Working Smart" By Aaron Andrus, MBA Candidate
Atkinson class of 1995 alumnus Jane Jackson is a dynamic woman and
an amazing example of the flexibility and sacrifice necessary to
achieve success at home and in the work place at the same time. As a
full time manager and mother of three young children, this Intel
Wireless program manager lives a very full life.
Imagine an average day consisting of alternating conversations with
your eight year old son and a wireless networking expert in Israel, a
changed diaper followed by a multinational phone conference, or a
closing a bedtime storybook and opening an email from an Intel team
member in Malaysia or France, and you will understand why she
subscribes to a "work smarter, not harder" philosophy.
Jane recently traveled to Singapore and Malaysia, but often turned
down the opportunity to travel to China, France, and Berlin in order to
balance her very busy work-family schedule. Even though she loves to
travel, she says of the international demand on her time, "I
needed to manage it down-it means I have to be on the phone on the
middle of the night, but (that way) I can get Asia
on the phone at the same time." In a age in which family life is
commonly neglected, it’s refreshing to see where her priorities
Having invested eight years in the company, Jane is a dedicated employee
and characterizes herself as a "lifer" at Intel, where she
perceives value in a "very good" and "family
friendly" benefits package and greater job stability than what she
might find at a smaller company. She also enjoys the innovation and
creativity inherent in Intel’s culture. She even teaches classes
which offers hundreds of classes to Intel employees.
A liberal arts major in college, Jane often finds herself in project
management rather than in more technical positions at Intel. Shee
identifies "soft skills" such as networking and
communications as well as analytical skills as most tangible and
applicable to her work. "Issues come up and you have to figure out
what resources to get, [make] connections [through] that network of
people you have built relationships with…and make [those issues]
go away or figure out how you are going to manage through it."
Jane also recognizes the importance of "managing your
manager," or setting expectations for your manager so that your
work life does not overwhelm your personal and family life. Rather than
working a typical day, for example, Jane has arranged to get off work
at two in the afternoon, spend an hour or two with her kids or managing
the home, and then pick up with her career responsibilities again by
making phone calls to manage the international aspects of her team.
You can’t help but be impressed with a woman like Jane
Jackson. She is a fascinating example of an educated, do-it-all modern
American woman who is savvy enough to manage a home and a career at the
same time, and do both well. Jane may not ever make the cover of
Business Week, but even a quick glance into her life presents
convincing evidence that a modern working mother may be the best
manager of all.
Update: Just before distribution of this newsletter, it was
announced that Jane will be taking an 18 month expatriate assignment to
Malaysia, with her family, departing March 2nd. She is excited about
the work opportunity and a thrilling experience for the whole family. Her
older kids will attend international schools with kids from all over
If you are interested in learning more about jobs at Intel go to www.intel.com and click on "Jobs
Certificate in Public
Notes on CPM Alumni: DONNA (ANDREW) HARRISON
’95, CPM ’94 retired from her position as Safety and
Risk Manager at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on December 30,
2005. She will be joining her new husband in Sequim, WA, and assisting
him with his business, Harrison’s Footwear. "I’ve
enjoyed my position at OPRD and the education received at WU and
Atkinson enhanced my ability to make a difference for improved safety
and risk at OPRD," writes Donna. "I have also enjoyed being a
The Mini-MBA Program, offered through Cascade Employers Association,
continues this month with Professor Ken Murphy on “Project
Management”. Offered jointly by Cascade Employers Association and
the Executive Development Center of the Atkinson Graduate School of
Management, this session is ideal for business owners, executives, and
managers. The next session: Negotiating, a unique career development
opportunity to learn negotiation tactics and techniques that are easy
to apply in the workplace, begins March 3. For details, visit www.cascadeemployers.com.
Transit and Community
Transportation Management Certificate Program
Atkinson’s Transit program will soon begin. The program, directed
by Walt Diangson, is a management program for people working in or
toward a transit management career. It is specific to the transit and
paratransit industry and provides a major training option and resource
to professionals in our region. The program will take place in Portland
and Seattle and the starting date is April 3 for both locations. For
more information, go to www.willamette.edu/mba/transit
or contact Karen Piter at email@example.com.
FRED THOMPSON and Michael Barzelay of the
London School of Economics, published "Responsibility Budgeting
at the Air Force Materiel Command," in Public Administration
Review [66 (1) Jan-Feb, 2006, 127-138].
KEN SMITH wrote a chapter in the 2006 book
"Public Financial Management" published by Taylor &
Francis. The chapter, titled "The Intersection of Accounting and
Local Government Performance Measurement", explores conflicting
views of how agencies should report on their non-financial
performance. The editor notes, "This is a sobering and
thought-provoking chapter that suggest performance reporting and
budgeting are not fads. But the perceived cost-effectiveness of
implementation remains uncertain to many practitioners due to the
failure to agree upon the parameters of a common reporting
January 2006, Professor LISBETH CLAUS
conducted strategic HR management training to country and regional HR
executives in Hungary, Romania and Poland.
A paper written by Lisbeth, entitled, "International
Assignment Types and Employee Development," has been accepted
for publication in Current Topics in Management.
Congratulations to HEATHER BUXTON for
successfully passing the PHR (Professional in Human Resources)
certification test and to BRIAN COON and MARGARET STEARNS for successfully passing the GPHR
(Global Professional in Human Resources) certification tests. All three
Atkinson students took the certification exams during the winter break.
They were coached by Professor LISBETH CLAUS,
SPHR, GPHR. They maintain the Atkinson tradition of 100 percent pass
rate of students taking the HR certification exams.
Current student LEAH DANIELS wrote an
article that was recently published in the December 2005 issue of Echoes,
the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student newsletter.
The article titled "Tone at the Top Key to Successful Learning
Organization" was originally published in Atkinson Management
Today (AMT), Atkinson’s student publication. Read the
original article here: www.willamette.edu/agsm/amt
O’Neill Student Investment Fund
Through a generous donation from Robert and Doris O’Neill, the
Atkinson School has established the O’Neill Student Investment
Fund, managed by students enrolled in Professor MICHAEL
DOTHAN’s investment classes.
On December 1, 2005 students presented an Investment Policy
Statement for 2006 and reported on investment performance in 2005 to
the Fund Advisory Board.
In the Investment Policy Statement, the students designed a benchmark
that contains a mix of U.S. energy stocks (natural gas and pipeline
services), U.S. health care stocks, U.S. information technology and
telecom stocks, U.S. financial services stocks (investment banks),
foreign equities (Europe and Japan), emerging market equities, and U.S.
money market funds. The investment objective of the Fund in 2006 is to
outperform this benchmark with a tracking error of no more than 2%.
In 2005, Fund total return before investment expenses was 5.83%
(5.23% after expenses), compared with total return to the S & P 500
index of 4.91%, and Nasdaq total return of 2.13%. The students
accomplished this with return volatility of 5.1%, compared with S&
P 500 volatility of 10.3% and Nasdaq volatility of 12.7%.
After the presentation, the students enjoyed a celebration dinner at
Da Vinci’s restaurant in Salem. In addition, students were
interviewed by a reporter from the Statesman Journal, which published
an article about the Fund on January 15, 2006.
BYRON SHINKLE JD/MBA and wife, Stephanie, are pleased
to announce the birth of their daughter, Elisa Collette Shinkle, born
December 22, 2005. Elisa weighed in at 8 lb. 1 oz. and was 19 1/2
inches long. She has two older brothers, Aaron, age 5 and Joshua, age
2. Byron reports that Elisa "has beautiful, thick, dark, curly
hair." When asked how the big brothers like having a baby sister,
Byron replied, "The jury’s still out with the two year
old." The Shinkles live in Monmouth, Ore.
Current student SCOTT MASON and his wife Rose
are proud parents of a baby boy, named Ryan, born on December 7th
weighing 9 lbs, 15 oz. Ryan joins his big brother Ben, who is two years
newly-elected ASA Representatives for 2006 JARVEZ HALL - President LEAH DANIELS - Vice President SNEHA GOSWAMI - Treasurer AUDREY PEDERSON - Secretary BRANDON BURKE - Social Chair JOHN OLINGER - Public Relations Representative
Staff Asked to be Featured
Atkinson Admission Counselor AIMEE AKIMOFF was
recently asked to be a Featured Alumna for the American Councils for
International Education, an international education and research
organization funded by the U.S. Department of State. During
Aimee’s undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in St.
Petersburg through the American Council’s Russian Language and
Area Studies program during the summer of 2002. Aimee will eventually
be included in the featured alumni section being developed on the
organization’s website: www.americancouncils.org.
The recommended readings this month comes from Professor of
Economics and Finance MICHAEL DOTHAN:
Paul Blustein, The
Chastening: Inside the Crisis That Rocked the Global Financial System
and Humbled the IMF, 2003. A riveting account of financial crises
in Asia, Russia, and South America in the late 1990s. Blustein
highlights the chaotic reaction of the IMF and the resulting messy
Biggs, Hedgehogging, Wiley, 2006. Great stories from the investment
scene. Biggs used to be a high-ranking executive with Morgan Stanley
and now, like everybody and his brother, he is running a hedge fund.
Instructive and entertaining.
Willamette University Founder’s Day (164 years)
WU Alumni Event: GOLD Program-Super Bowl XL at Kingston Bar &
Willamette University Breakfast Forum
Portland PMBA Information Session, 5:30-7:30 PM
Salem PMBA Information Session, 5:30-7:30 PM
MBA Preview Day
WU Alumni Event: GOLD Program-Art Walk in the Pearl with John
Others have seen what is and asked why. I
have seen what could be and asked why not.
– Pablo Picasso
I thank the following contributors for this month’s issue: Jim Goodrich,
Steve Wegener, Glenn Daley, Sean Rhodes, Mollar Nkiwane, Harvey Gail,
Debra Spears-Turner, Patrick Gakuru, John Lindquist, Brian Zoeller,
Andrew Frazier, Jerry Mathias, Koy Saechao, Fadi Bouri, Jennifer Roney,
Linda Pyle, Elliott Dale, Allisa Jones, Laura Leete, Russell Yost, Tina
Alexander, Beth Ursin, Susan Hale, Aaron Andrus, Jeanne Hobson, Fred
Thompson, Ken Smith, Lisbeth Claus, Leah Daniels, Michael Dothan, Sharon
White, Heather Buxton, Scott Mason, Michael Dothan for this month’s
Recommended Readings and David McKelvey in the Office of Communications
at Willamette University for uploading ATKINSONews to the web.
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