FROM THE DEAN
As the year comes to a close, my congratulations go
to the graduates of 2004 for your successful completion
of a rigorous, challenging and comprehensive MBA program.
Through your enthusiasm for success, thirst for knowledge
and perseverance through complex tasks, you have demonstrated
that you are superbly competent and that you possess
the leadership skills required for continued success
and rewarding careers in both public and private enterprises.
In addition, I would like to thank and acknowledge Atkinson’s
faculty, administrators and staff for providing, throughout
their academic tenure, an exceptional learning environment
and fulfilling experience to tomorrow’s business
And last, this year’s traditional Beta Gamma Sigma/Pi
Alpha Alpha Induction and Honoree Ceremony and Honor
Student Celebration was expanded to include faculty,
staff/administrators, additional student awards as well
as emeritus presentations and a memorial dedication.
The event was held Thursday, May 13 at the Hatfield
Room of the Mark O. Hatfield Library. Presenters included
Willamette President, M. Lee Pelton, Debra
Ringold, Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing
and Patrick Connor, Professor
of Organizational Analysis. I extend my congratulations
to all inductees and award recipients.
The thirteen students to be inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha/Beta
Gamma Sigma and the chapter honorees are as follows:
STUDENT INDUCTEES: Jessica
Brown*, Melissa Dooley, Trevor Franklin, Joyce Fred,
Denise Hoover*, Jessica Knieling, Reese Lord, II*, Elvira
Mammadzada*, Van Phan*, Gregory Templeman, Andrea Vassilaros,
Casey Wolf, and Gloria Yan. (* Indicates Atkinson
Honor Students Receiving a 3.8+ grade point average.)
PI ALPHA CHAPTER HONOREE: Gary K. Weeks.
Weeks has served Oregon state government for 29 years
and is currently the director of the Oregon Department
of Human Services; BETA GAMMA SIGMA CHAPTER
HONOREE: George J. Puentes. Puentes is president
of Puentes Brothers Inc./Don Pancho Mexican Foods. The
company was founded in 1979 and is recognized as one
of the top 500 Hispanic owned companies by Hispanic
Pi Alpha Alpha recognizes and promotes excellence in
the study and practice of public affairs and administration.
Beta Gamma Sigma encourages and honors achievement in
the study of business.
OTHER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
EMERITUS FACULTY: Earl
Littrell, Professor of Accounting & Information
Sciences and Fred Truitt,
Helen Simpson Jackson Professor of International
THE DEAN'S AWARD: for students
Jessica Brown and Brock
Storfa, “For Academic, Social and Professional
Contribution to the Atkinson Graduate School and
Willamette University Communities.”
FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP: Elliot
Maltz, Associate Professor of Marketing;
FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING: Bruce
Gates, Professor of Quantitative Methods
& Public Administration; FOR MERITORIOUS
SERVICE: Michael Dothan,
Guy F. Atkinson Professor of Economics and Finance;
FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO STUDENTS: Lisbeth
Claus, Associate Professor of Human Resource
Management; and STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR:
Mary Stout, Faculty
Sid Parakh (MBA’02) is
happy to announce his engagement to Sneha Jain, Bombay,
India. The wedding ceremony is planned for either December
’04 or February ’05. As Sid eloquently states,
“I was finally successful in trapping a cute,
smart, pretty and cool Indian girl thanks to the arranged
marriage tradition that still exists in India. We met
twice, yes believe it, and decided to dedicate the rest
of our lives to each other. What a steal! We were engaged
in Bombay on May 12 and it was a fun occasion celebrated
with relatives and friends.” Sid is currently
working as an Equity Analyst at The Robins Group in
Portland, OR … a company founded by Atkinson alumnus
Marcus Robins (WU’76/M’79).
Susan (Suzie) Cash (WU’00/MBA’01)
is happy to report that on May 17, Michael (Mike) Kalina
proposed…and Suzie said yes! They are planning
to wed spring or early summer 2005. Mike is a graduate
of Oregon State University and will soon become manager
of Batteries Plus in Portland. Suzie is with Supra Products,
Salem and lives in Wilsonville, OR.
Mary Peck (MBA'92) and husband,
Robb Peck, are thrilled to announce the birth of their
second child, son Sean F. Peck, born March 15, 2004
at 8:45 a.m. Sean was 20" long and weighed 9 lbs.
9 oz. Sean’s sister, Katy, preceded him in birth
by two and a half years. “Two kids are way harder
than one!” surmises Mary. Mary works for Cascade
Credit Services as an examination officer.
On Friday, May 21, Ross Stout (WU’85/MM’93),
director of campus safety at Willamette University,
was honored by his colleagues as the Willamette University
Administrative Employee of the Year. Recipients of this
award are nominated and voted on by other members of
the Willamette University community. Awards are announced
during an annual luncheon.
Last March, Ron Owen (MM'80)
was elected as an Arizona Delegate to the Democratic
National Convention to be held July 26-29 in Boston,
MA. Ron is currently the elected Vice Chair of Maricopa
County Democratic Party. Maricopa is the 4th largest
county in the US. In addition, he elected as the Chair
of District 8 in NE Maricopa.
Mike Turner (WU'78/MM'88) will
be married to Donna M. Mattis on July 10 in his home
town of Raymond, WA. Mike has been sole practitioner
in general law, Pacific County, WA since 1996. In his
spare time, Mike fosters orphaned fawns.
Nicole Boyd and Greg
Underwood (both MBA'03) were married on Saturday,
May 22, 2004 in Salt Lake City, UT. Nicole works for
T-Mobile USA as an HR Generalist and Greg is the Transportation
Supervisor for Hollywood Entertainment.
Julie Weston (MM’95/JD’95)
is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in the mergers
and acquisitions area. Julie and her husband, Ben Wolff,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Eagle
River Holdings, LLC, a Craig McCaw company, split their
time between Seattle and Portland with Seattle being
their current home base. Julie adds, “I have two
wonderful step-children, Courtney (11) and Stephanie
Sam Wylde, III, (MM’77)
reports that his company, Ener-G Foods, which makes
food for people with medical disorders, has exceeded
sales of $750,000 for the first time—for the month
of March—the company’s highest single month
of sales. Ener-G Foods has also opened a distribution
warehouse in Maryland and has just received new production
equipment. Sam says he has also applied for a patent.
Sam adds, “My 94-year old mother fractured her
pelvis while climbing over a concrete wall at her beach
house but is recovering well and has discarded her walker.
My wife is disabled from a 1999 automobile accident
and we are continuing to adjust. Our two boys are doing
well though our eldest, Sammuel, has Celiac Disease.”
Gordon Liu (MBA’03)
has been accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at Royal Holloway,
University of London, Egham, Surrey, and is awaiting
replies from other schools.
RIDDLE'S BARNSTORMING EVENT A SUCCESS
Shane Riddle (MBA’01)
and his wife, Jill, organized two exhibition basketball
games held April 30 and May 1, labeled as Barnstorming,
between former college players and high school all-stars
that raised about $10,000 for the athletic departments
of the host schools, South Eugene and Creswell High
schools, and gave fans one last chance to see their
local heroes in action. Working evenings and weekends,
it took the Riddle’s six weeks to organize everything
from event locations to the players. “We ran it
like a business,” Jill said. “We had expenses
and the college players got paid to play.” The
event was sponsored by the Tire Factory.
The Barnstorming team, winner of both games, was anchored
by Oregon basketball legend Luke Jackson (Jill Riddle’s
brother) and Blake Stepp (Gonzaga), who wanted to give
something back to their former schools. Both players
were named the 2000 State of Oregon player of the year
for their division. Joining the two college powerhouses
were U of O teammates Andre Joseph and James Davis,
Corey Violette of Gonzaga and former U of O players
Jeff Potter, Robert Johnson and Nate Smith.
The high school all-star team included some of the
best players in Oregon: Kevin Love (Lake Oswego), Maarty
Leunen (Redmond), Jason Bell (Thurston), Jesse Worcester
and Maurice Ross (Churchill), JR Morgan and Matt Bramow
(South Eugene), class 4A player of the year Jeremiah
Dominguez (class 4A champion South Salem), Micah Mooney
(Junction City), Ben Voogd (Siuslaw), Ernie Rubio (Cottage
Grove), and class 3A player of the year Nick Finley
and Jim McQuiston (class 3A state champion Creswell).
Nightly Barnstorming event activities included the
exhibition game (announced by Jerry Allen), half-time
shooting contests and an autograph period following
each game. Shane adds, “The event was a lot of
fun and even got some press on ESPN. We are hoping that
this will become an annual tradition in the state.”
Shane is Senior Business Analyst for SUMMIT Information
Systems, Corvallis, OR.
ANNUAL MID-SUMMER GATHERING
On Friday, July 16 Atkinson will host the Mid-Summer
Gathering, AGSM’s annual barbecue to host newly
admitted and prospective students as well as the entire
CLAUS PRESENTS PAPER
Lisbeth Claus, Associate Professor of Human Resource
Management presented a paper entitled, “Competencies
of the Global Professional in HR,” at the Society
of Human Resource Management Conference in San Diego,
May 26, 2004.
Please review “Message from the Dean” for
a list of faculty award recipients during AGSM’s
Award Ceremony held on May 13.
OEIB AWARD BANQUET
The Samaritan Counseling Center (SCC) 2004 Oregon Ethics
in Business (OEIB) Award Banquet will be held at the
Governor Hotel in Portland, OR on June 16. The 2004
OEIB Award winners are: A-Dec (for-profit); SOLV (not-for-profit);
and John C. Hampton (individual). Sam Addoms, Chairman
of Frontier Airlines and recipient of the award in Denver,
CO is the keynote speaker. The award honors those organizations
and individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards
of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social
As a founding partner in the OEIB program, Atkinson
will be represented by members of the faculty, students
who researched the nominees, and AGSM Dean, Jim Goodrich.
Tickets are available through SCC, 1817 NE 17th Ave.,
Portland, 97212. For more ticket information visit the
SCC website at http://sccpdx.org.
RECOGNIZED AS STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Mary Stout, Faculty Administrative
Assistant was recognized as the Staff Member of the
Year during AGSM’s Award Ceremony held on May
13. Mary joined the Atkinson staff in September 1999,
transferring from Willamette’s Mail Services.
DUCHATEAU AND SNOW RETIRE AFTER 50 YEARS OF
On May 27, Atkinson held an open house appreciation
and farewell gathering for Michelle
Duchateau, Career Services Director and Cora
Snow, Assistant Director of Admission. Both are
retiring after a combined 50 years of service to Willamette
University and AGSM. Representatives from both Willamette
and Atkinson communities attended the event.
Michelle started her 26-year Willamette/Atkinson career
as a work-study student in 1978 and has since held numerous
positions including Student Loan Officer, Assistant
to the Controller, Receptionist, Career Services Specialist,
and finally, Director of Career Services, a position
she has held for the past five years. Michelle’s
last day was May 31 and her immediate plans are to make
preparations for moving into a new house and three weeks
travel to Europe.
Cora’s 24-year Atkinson career began in August,
1980 as the Faculty Secretary. She later became Admissions
Assistant and then Assistant Director of Admission—the
position she has held for 20 years. Cora’s last
day will be June 30 and she plans to market her catering
business, Reed Catering, and to travel.
FRED PLEASANTLY SURPRISED
During Atkinson’s Commencement & Hooding Ceremony
rehearsal, graduate candidate Joyce
Fred was pleasantly surprised when she was presented
with the Pi Alpha Alpha/Beta Gamma Sigma honor cords
& pins. She was hoisted into the honors position
immediately after receiving an exceptional grade for
a year-long, 9-credit course—submitted just minutes
before Friday’s rehearsal.
Assistant Dean Dan Mahoney’s
Director of Admissions Judy O’Neill’s
OEIB Award Banquet in Portland
Professor Ken Murphy’s Birthday
AGSM Dean Jim Goodrich’s Birthday
Administrative Assistant Sharon White’s
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