Message from the Dean
Dear Atkinson Community,
Last month Greenlight Greater Portland unveiled its 2010 Economic Outlook for the Portland Metropolitan area. Among the information presented, Greenlight Greater Portland noted opportunities for continuing education in the region. Specifically, the publication mentions the Willamette University MBA program and our recent reaccreditation by AACSB International (achieved by only 5% of management schools worldwide).
This report follows a series of exciting announcements at Willamette. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) awarded Willamette University’s MBA program the top honor in its "Team MBA" program during its annual industry conference last week. The "Institutional Award" recognizes an outstanding graduate degree program committed to student services, social engagement, community involvement and student-led programs.
The Willamette MBA competed against top management programs from across the country, edging out finalists Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business and Indiana University Kelly School of Business. Past recipients of the Team MBA Institutional Award include Vanderbilt University (2008) and Boston University (2009).
The Team MBA award came on the heels of the Willamette MBA program's re-accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Accreditation from NASPAA ensures the institution meets the highest standards for preparing graduates for careers in the public sector.
The Willamette MBA remains only one of two programs in the world dually accredited for business (through AACSB International) and public administration (through NASPAA).
Thank you again for all that you do to support our success.
Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise
PS – The MBA for Professionals (in Salem and Portland) and Full-Time MBA programs are still accepting applications. Please connect with Tina Alexander (MBA for Professionals) or Aimee Akimoff (Full-Time MBA) if you know someone interested in starting their MBA this fall.
Fadi Bouri MBA'05, Vice President of Corporate Finance for Rasmala Investment Bank Ltd. will be married on August 7th in Amman, Jordan. Fadi works for the corporate finance team of Rasmala, a regional investment bank. With offices in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Saudi (Riyadh, Jeddah), Egypt and Oman, Fadi is based in the Dubai office, but covering the Eastern province, he flies often to Dammam/Khboar in Saudi Arabia.
Jeremy Maughan MBA'05 and his wife Heidi recently welcomed a second boy to their family. Croix Simmons Maughan was born on June 8th. Croix is doing great and older brother Jax is so excited to finally have a little brother.
Brian and Courtney Kipp MBA'10 welcomed the addition of their son, Parker Michael, born on June 17th at 3:04pm. He weighed 7 lbs and 12 oz and was 20.5 inches in length.
Jorge Ordonez MBA'05 and Jessica (Brown) Ordonez MBA'04 are the proud parents of Daniel Felipe, born on May 27. Jorge works as a Senior Financial Economist for the Oregon Public Utility Commission and Jessica works as a freelance writer and editor. They live in SE Portland with their two-year-old son, Adrian, and plan to move to Salem in late summer or early fall.
Nick Jwayad MBA'01 has been named 2010 IT Executive of the Year at Innotech Oregon. The award from Prospera Events, which produces the InnoTech conferences nationwide, recognizes executives who have implemented innovative technology, boosted their employer's competitiveness and demonstrated "leadership in the information technology community." Read the full press release here.
Jessica Balsam MBA'09 accepted a position to lead the Marketing and Communications team for the State Energy Program at the Department of Energy. The State Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants to develop strategies and goals in an effort to address state energy priorities. As part of the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the program received $3.1B from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Jessica resides in Washington, DC.
John Marick MBA'92, CEO and co-founder of Oregon-based Consumer Cellular, was recently featured on the front page of the Business section of the Oregonian. On May 22, 2010, an article titled, Consumer Cellular thrives in wireless niche, highlighted John's company as one of Oregon's fastest-growing companies with revenues surging by 57 percent last year, reaching over $100 million for the first time. Targeting budget-minded seniors, Consumer Cellular has a half-million customers with hopes to double that number in three years. "If we can talk to the right people and get them to look at the benefits we offer," says Marick, "we really do pretty well as far as acquiring customers." Read the full article here.
Jose Eugenio Alati MBA'90 is currently living in Zürich, Switzerland with his wife and 2 kids, Isabella (9) and Stefano (6). On August 5th, 2010, he and his wife will celebrate 10 years of marriage.
Patrick Pine '74, MBA'76 has been appointed CAO of the Robert F Kennedy Medical Plan and Juan De La Cruz Pension Plan after serving in an interim role. He oversees all administration of these Taft Hartley plans which provide benefits to United Farm Workers (UFW) employees and their families and also serves approximately 49 employers who have collective bargaining agreements with UFW. His new office is in Keene CA near Bakersfield and he will be living in Tehachapi CA. He was previously National Operations Manager for HR Simplified and this position evolved out a previous relationship with the largest employer of UFW emloyees and HR Simplified. His new role will allow him frequent periodic contact with the Northwest since some employers are based in Oregon and Washington and the UFW maintains an office in Hermiston.
Rolly (Rolland) Roup MBA'97 is currently in San Diego working for LPL Financial as the VP of Internal Audit. "The little kid that ran around the fourth floor [of Atkinson] in a yellow cape and blue denim hat has graduated high school," says Rolly. "My son, Fabrece, who was a contributing part of my Atkinson experience, is heading off to the University of Hawaii this fall to major in Marine Biology."
Kevin B. Dull JD/MBA '99 was recently promoted from Director of Employee and Labor Relations to Executive Consultant, HR Business Partner for Care Delivery, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest.
Atkinson Alumni Gather Around the World
Alumni receptions were held in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan this month gathering Atkinson alumni from a variety of graduation years.
As part of a recruiting trip with the MBA Tour, Aimee Akimoff, Director of Recruitment also took the opportunity to meet with alumni in Asia. In Shanghai, Gen Wang MBA'06, who works with Everbright Securities Co. attended the event and in Tokyo, Japan, the following alumni from both Atkinson and the College of Liberal Arts gathered:
Pictured back row (left to right): Loren Crawford, Incoming MBA Student; Hideyuki Sato MBA'04; Shunsuke Kaneko '02; Harry (Haruyuki) Harada '91; Yoshiaki Matsuda '94; Naomi Fujiwara '96; and Noriaki (Nori) Kumura '97 Front row (left to right): Estuko Nakajima (wife of Ichiro Nakajima); Yumi Ozawa (fiancée of Hideaki Azuma); Hideaki Azuma MBA'05; Ichiro Nakajima MBA'06; and Aimee Akimoff (Director of Recruitment, Atkinson).
Students, Faculty and Staff Honored at Award Ceremony
The achievements of students, faculty and staff were celebrated at the Atkinson Honors Reception on May 13th. The following awards were handed out by Dean Debra Ringold:
SOLA: Student Organization Leadership Award
Beta Gamma Sigma and Pi Alpha Alpha:
Donna Claire Banwarth**
Daniel L. Boyer**
Ty Joshua Hanson**
Kelly Christine Intile**
Daniel Eric Maslanik
Amit Bharat Mehta
Amber Michelle Revoir
Jill Mie Shitamoto**
Diana L. Ursachi**
Scott Robert Weaver**
Patrick Ryan Wells
**Atkinson Honors (3.8+ GPA)
Beta Gamma Sigma (top 20%)
Pi Alpha Alpha (3.7 GPA)
Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Honorees
Mark J. Ahn, Associate Professor of Global Management
Henry H. Bi, Associate Professor of Information Systems
Robert B. Couch, Assistant Professor of Finance
Staff & Faculty Recipients
Administrative/Classified Staff Award
Nicole Thibodeau - Meritorious Service to Students
Elliot Maltz - Excellence in Teaching
Rob Wiltbank - Outstanding Scholarship
Larry Ettner - Meritorious Service
Atkinson students were also honored at the Willamette University Senior Key and Senior Certificates Award Ceremony. Evelyn Martinez and Jan Taborsky were both honored with the International Community Recognition Award.
Congratulations to the 2009-2010 Honorees!
Willamette MBA Reaccredited by NASPAA
The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration announced Willamette University's reaccreditation this past week. This follows Willamette's long tradition of teaching management education that crosses the business, government and non-profit sectors. NASPAA accreditation is valuable for our students and alumni interested in working across sectors.
To learn more about NASPAA Accreditation, visit our announcement page.
Willamette Receives Institutional Team MBA Award from the Graduate Management Admission Council
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) awarded Willamette University's MBA program the top honor in its "Team MBA" program during its annual industry conference last week. Associate Dean and Director of Admission Judy O'Neill and Admission Counselor Desiree Vorhees were on hand to accept the award.
"The Team MBA Institutional Award is exciting and gratifying," said Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise. "It affirms our program's mission to educate leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors."
Learn more about the Team MBA program online.
Willamette MBA Alumni and Staff Nominated for Salem's 20 Under 40 Award
The Statesman Journal recently ran a campaign to honor the top 20 under 40, celebrating young, creative and innovative people in Salem from all different areas - the arts, the non-profit sector, business, politics and more. The award winners will be announced later this summer. Among the nominees for the 20 under 40 list are several Willamette MBA staff and alumni:
Russ Yost MBA'05
Brandy O'Bannon '98, MBA'00
Alan Blood MBA'10
Brian Haley MBA'10
Reflections from a Retired Atkinson Alum: Tom Feely MBA'79
Every so often, we have the pleasure of learning from those who have gone before us. This month, we feature Tom Feely MBA'79 as he looks back on his career and life and offers us words of wisdom. Tom retired from the City of Portland in July 2009, where he served as the Chief Administrative Manager in the Office of Finance & Management.
"Thirty one years ago, I received my master's degree from the Atkinson School. I was proud of my degree and the two years of hard work that helped me to attain it. One year ago, I retired after thirty five years of service in the public sector. When I graduated from the Atkinson School, on Mother's Day 1979, I had my life in front of me. Along the way, I have made thousands of individual decisions that led me to where I am today. As I reflect on the last thirty five years, I have some advice for recent graduates and those of you currently in the midst of your careers. Focus on those things that are most important in your life. While this obviously includes your career, it also includes your family and especially your children. Your children are the embodiment of you. They will be on this earth after you leave it. Time spent with your children in their early years is invaluable. Be there for them as they face life's challenges. You cannot go back and make up for this time. Never. Never put yourself in the position of regretting the fact that you weren't there for your kids when they needed you. They will reward you for this, not necessarily at the time, but later. In your careers, professional accomplishment is important. Work as hard as you can and make yourself invaluable to your employer. Volunteer for special projects and make yourself known. This is the advice I gave anyone who would ask for it. Maintain your moral and ethical compass. Be honest in all your dealings and don't do anything to compromise your sense of who you are and in what you believe. Maintaining this standard will cause difficulties and conflicts along the way, but at the end of day, you need to be true to yourself and you need to realize that you are the guardian of your reputation. Treat your employees with compassion. Your employees face the same life issues that you do. Be reasonable in accommodation of their personal needs. At the same time, hold your employees accountable for their performance. Give them frequent feedback. You are not doing anyone a favor by letting employees slip into bad performance. Be constructive in your feedback. Holding employees accountable is hard for many to do but it is an absolute necessity in performing your job. Be a critical thinker. This is probably the most important skill you will gain from the Atkinson School. Ask lots of questions. Examine issues from every perspective. Only by doing this, will you truly be able to determine effective solutions to problems. This is an ability that the majority of people don't have. The Atkinson program teaches it so learn how to use it on a daily basis. It will be the key to your success. It is also critical to give something back to your community. You have received an incredible education and you need to share those skills and abilities with organizations that need it. Numerous charities and local schools need your help. If you have children, volunteer with organizations around their activities. I've done everything from chairing the budget committee for my kid's school district to being the field manager of the local soccer club. You will be rewarded for these activities in ways that you can't imagine. Above all else, realize what is important in life each day that you live it. Don't put yourself in the position of having regrets. Although I have had many personal and professional challenges along the way, I am content with the decisions I have made and I have no regrets. It is a great position to be in as I face the rest of my life. I wish this for all of you as well."
Willamette MBA Mid-Summer Gathering and BBQ
Join us for a midsummer night's tradition - Willamette MBA style. Share in the food, fun and good company of prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
Note New Location: Ford Hall Patio and Reception Area - Willamette University Campus - Salem, Oregon
RSVP ONLINE - BBQ Only (http://www.willamette.edu/mba/events/midsummer2010/rsvp/index_bbq.htm)
RSVP ONLINE - BBQ and Information Session
Pre-BBQ Information Session
Want to learn more about the Willamette University Early Career MBA, MBA for Career Change, or MBA for Professionals? Join us before the Mid-Summer Gathering for a special question and answer session with alumni, current students and our MBA admissions team (starting at 4:00pm). Select the RSVP form that includes the BBQ and Information Session (above).
Willamette University MBA for Professionals Information Session - Portland
August 25, 2010 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Willamette University Portland Center, 1120 NW Couch St., Ste. 450, Portland, OR
Know someone interested in the MBA for Professionals? Invite them to join us for the MBA for Professionals Information Session. The evening includes an overview presentation, application and admission tips, and interactions with staff, current students and alumni followed by a question and answer session.
For more information: http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/pmba/visit.htm.
||Mid-Summer Gathering BBQ
||Senior Program Assistant Tori Gustaveson's Birthday
||Professor Elliot Maltz's Birthday
||MBA for Professionals Information Session
||Dean Debra Ringold's Birthday
||Professor Mike Hand's Birthday
||MBA for Professionals Commencement
||Director of Recruitment Aimee Akimoff's Birthday
||Willamette University Reunion Weekend
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Update from the Career Management Team: Beth Ursin & Shelby Gould
Statistics: Oregon unemployment has remained flat now for seven months at 10.6% while the national unemployment rate has dropped slightly from 9.9% to 9.7%. There's no doubt that it remains a challenging job market for most Oregonians. That said, a new trend in hiring is post-graduate internships, which makes me think there's an upward trend in the future. Employers posting these positions want to hire a graduate (rather than a first year student) with the intention of offering them full-time jobs in the fall should the market ease up. Due mostly to this trend, our stats as of June 30th have doubled over June 30th, 2009. By the end of June 2010, 59% of the class of 2010 had accepted job offers for full-time employment or post-graduate internships, up from 32% at this time last year. In good years, by June 30th, over 75% have accepted full-time job offers. Internships are on par with previous years with over 90% having accepted offers for the summer.
The Sandwich Principle for Email Communication
Sending out an email too hastily is the best way to lose a chance at a job or get your co-workers to think you're upset. Have you ever felt like there's something lost in translation between what you think you're writing and how the reader interprets what you write? Remember the old game of telephone? One kindergartener whispers in the ear of the person sitting next to her something harmless like "I'm thinking of a bee" and by the time the phrase is repeated 17 times to the last person in line, they think she said, "you're on my knee." Same thing goes for e-mail communication. You're thinking, "I'd like to chat with this alum about their job and company." You write, "Dear George, I'd like to talk with you about your job. Thanks, Beth." George reads, "My boss sent Beth a job posting for my job. She's giving me a heads-up that I'm about to be fired."
Over 90% of face-to-face communication is non-verbal as we look for facial expressions, tone of voice and other cues to figure out the meaning of what the other person is trying to say. With email, there's only content – words. Consider the phrase: "I didn't mean to say, she took the book." Read it several times, first putting the emphasis on "I," then "mean" then "say," "took" and last "book." See how the meaning is completely changed just based on tonal expression?
Here's my five step process for communicating what you 'mean' in your emails, especially the important ones:
- Write the content you think you want, first… "I want to talk with you about your job." Consider this the middle of the email or the MEAT of the sandwich.
- Next write the opening sentence or paragraph (Think: bread on top), giving the reader context for your MEAT. "Dear George, I recently read an article about your company in the Wall Street Journal and was excited to hear what all your company is doing."
- Close with a suggested follow up (bottom bread). "I'm going to be in Boston between July 20th and 27th and would love to meet with you over coffee or lunch. When might you be available?"
- Next, go back to the middle and add a little extra expression (Think: tomatoes, lettuce, mustard), change "want" to read: "I'd love to talk with you about your company and learn more about what you do." Yes, sometimes your emails need to be 'full of expression' even if it's not your natural style of face-to-face communication.
- Finally, Never send without proof-reading, or doing the 'snot test' for emotional emails. Have someone else proof read for you. Even one typo in the best email can kill your chances at landing a job or an informational interview. You'd never send a sandwich to work without a lunch-bag, would you? Don't ever forget your shrink-wrap!
Next time you write an important email…think of how you build your sandwiches and you'll never miss.
Executive Development Center
Willamette EDC Partners with Matriztica Institute of Chile in Session on Cultural Biology
It is a pleasure to introduce a special program to be held in Portland, Oregon through the Willamette University Executive Development Center on Reflective Circles in Cultural Biology.
This September, Dr. Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila will visit Portland to share their insights through the Matriztica School of Santiago, Chile in a special session on Reflective Circles in Cultural Biology. Dr. Maturana and Ms. Davila are noted for their research in reflective conversations and understanding in our cultural-biological nature.
From the Matriztica School's website:
"At the moment we create this invitation for you, to join us, as we follow a history of our own flow of reflecting upon our loving nature and the well-being that emerges whenever and however we reflect together conserving our caring for others and for their well-being. This invitation is for you to join us on this path, to release the illusion of transcendent notions and concepts such as control, domination and logical-sequential order in favor of living in the concreteness of our daily living."
Join us for this extraordinary journey and feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues. Program sessions will be held at the Willamette University Portland Center in Portland, Oregon from September 7th (staring at 3:00pm) to September 11th (concluding at 1:00pm), 2010.
For more information visit: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/cultural_biology/
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Certificate in Business Lawyering – New Sessions This Fall
Become a better lawyer by thinking about business issues the way business decision-makers think about them. Prepare to be a partner or general counsel by building your expertise in the business side of your profession. Oregon CLE credits are available for each session.
Contact email@example.com to discuss upcoming sessions and program benefits.
View the CBL website: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/cbl/.
Fall 2010 Sessions:
Understanding Legal versus Business Risk
September 15, 2010
Marketing and the Creation of Value in Legal Services
October 6, 2010
Communicating Legal Advice on Business Issues
October 28, 2010
Managing a Law Firm Like a Business
November 17, 2010
Fred Thompson was a guest columnist in The Oregonian on May 11th. In an article titled "Keep the GAO away from the Fed," Thompson quotes "One should be skeptical of congressional claims about the pursuit of broad public interests, especially where distributional issues are involved. Indeed, assigning the GAO to protect us against parochial political interests looks a lot like asking the fox to guard the hen house." Read the full article here.
In addition, Fred Thompson also published a review essay entitled "Finding Institutional Purpose: Enterprise, Risk Management, and Learning" in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (Volume 20, Number 3 [July 2010]: pages 723-33. He also participated in the 6th Transatlantic Dialogue, which took place at the Goodwin School of Economics, University of Siena, Siena, Italy from June 23 to June 26, on the theme: "Rethinking Financial Management in the Public Sector." Fred presented a paper, coauthored with Professor Ken Smith, entitled "Budgets? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Budgets: Ten Things We Think We Think We Know about Budgets and Performance" and co-chaired one of the topic streams.
Steven Maser and Fred Thompson presented a paper in May at the Naval Postgraduate School: "Bid Protests, DOD Contracting, and Transaction Costs: Understanding the Sources and Solutions of Conflict." A revised version of the paper, co-authored with alum Vladimir Subbotin MBA'10, has been submitted for editorial review and posted on the Social Science Research Network's Public Economics eJournal, where for several days it was on the top ten list of downloaded papers.
Comments by Debra Ringold on the City of Eugene's slogan were picked up in an AP story. "Debra Ringold, dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, said the original slogan was a very strong assertion of superiority and the new version probably will be more acceptable to most consumers." Read the full article here.
A paper entitled, "Effects of Individual, Organizational and Societal Variables on the Performance of Expatriate Employees: Development of Research Propositions." co-authored by Professor Lisbeth Claus and two Atkinson MBA students, Adelaida Patrasc Lungu of Romania and Sutapa Bhattacharjee MBA'10 of Bangladesh, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Management.
Mark J. Ahn, Michael A. Alvarez, Arlen D. Meyers, Anne S. York (Editors) have published Building the Case for Biotechnology (July 2010, Logos Press). Prof. Ahn noted: "This twenty-two case volume fills a critical gap in biotechnology entrepreneurship as students, scientists and investors seek to assess complex technologies, build valuable companies and manage risk in this critical industry of the future." More information can be found at: http://www.buildingbiotechnology.com/casebook/.
Ken Smith had an article titled, "IMA 2009 Salary Survey," published in the magazine Strategic Finance in June. This is the most read article of the year in this magazine.
Tina Alexander MBA'10 and Director of the MBA for Professionals program, was awarded the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification in June 2010.
Beth Ursin MBA'00, Director of Career Management has accepted an invitation to participate in the Leadership Portland Series next year with the Portland Business Alliance and will also be Co-Chairing the Conference Committee for the MBA Career Services Council for June 2011.
Willamette MBA Continues to Develop NSHMBA Partnership
MBA Student Luisana Solis was recently named the 2010-2011 NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs) Student Liaison for Willamette University. Luisana takes over this role for Evelyn Martinez MBA'10, who was honored the 2009 NSHMBA Seattle Leadership Excellence Award as Student Liaison of the Year during her tenure.
"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means."