FROM THE DEAN
As we enter another school year, I am extremely optimistic
about our present and our prospects here at the Atkinson
School. We have an entering MBA class that has great
credentials (which are described elsewhere in this newsletter)
and our returning students have great internship stories
to tell. We hired a new Career Services Director and
three new faculty members. Our faculty spent the summer
in very productive pursuits and have been representing
us well in other parts of the world.
We also have made some significant strides towards
our two goals of VISIBILITY and VIABILITY. The admissions
DVD is now complete, and we will be sending out some
copies to our alums as well as prospects this fall.
This fall also marks the first Dean’s Report publication
that we have put out in quite some time. Our goal for
this magazine is to put out more information to our
industry (i.e. other institutions involved in rating
MBA programs and producing Ph.D. candidates) about Atkinson
and about Willamette University. We will shoot for another
issue in late spring, when we receive notice about our
renewed AACSB Accreditation. We hope to reach alums
around the world with these publications as well.
Speaking of the AACSB, Associate Dean Debra Ringold
and I spent a chunk of our summer working up our Accreditation
Maintenance report. We will submit this to our Review
team (Deans from other comparable schools) this fall,
and their official visit to Salem will occur in February
2005. I am excited by the story we have to tell, and
by the participation of alumni in putting together the
DVD and other publications.
As to the Viability part, this past year was a record
year in terms of contributions to our Dean’s Initiative
fund, and in gathering a “war chest” for
encouraging scholarship by our faculty and scholarships
for our students. More on these developments in the
In the meantime, I thank all those in the Atkinson
Community for making me feel welcome in this first year,
and look forward to hearing from you as we push on towards
a bright professional future.
- Jim Goodrich
BETH URSIN NAMED NEW CAREER SERVICES DIRECTOR
Jim Goodrich announced that BETH URSIN
(MBA’00) has been selected as the new Director
of Career Services for the Atkinson Graduate School
of Management. He noted that “this opens a new
chapter for Atkinson, as we have hired someone in Beth
who will focus on building the kind of employer relationships
we need in order to place our MBAs, and gain increased
visibility for the School.”
An Atkinson alumna, Beth’s career started as
an intern in Whitman College’s Career Center where
she was actively involved in establishing the Whitman
College Internship program. After graduating with a
B.A. in Psychology, Beth spent six years in Career development
and launched a three-campus career program for a technical
college in Seattle, ultimately resulting in a key partnership
with Microsoft and an average placement rate of 95%.
After accomplishing her goals in Seattle, Beth moved
to Portland and launched an educational consulting business
and helped 60 other people launch similar businesses
in five states. Her software and Internet recommendations
to clients led her to pursue an MBA focused as close
as she could to e-commerce (technology, marketing and
international management). During her MBA program at
Atkinson, Beth was instrumental in the analysis of e-commerce
at twenty key government agencies and her report was
used to influence the legislation to budget funding
for the State of Oregon Internet Portal.
Beth is currently a partner and Chief Operating Officer
for a newly emerging branch of a mortgage bank, JurisTrust.
Beth and her partners, all attorneys, conceived and
implemented the first branch of a bank that is designed
to offer low cost mortgages through attorneys nationwide.
Her husband, MARK URSIN (MBA’85) is also an AGSM
graduate, and she has spoken at numerous Career Day
and other events since receiving her MBA. Beth has two
children – Alex, a junior in High School, and
Kristina, a freshman at the University of Oregon.
Please join us in welcoming Beth to our staff.
CARRI MCBRIDE (MBA'01) and
her husband, Don, welcomed their son, Ethan Dean McBride,
on May 1st. Carri is Sr. Human Resources Consultant
at Planar Systems in Beaverton and Don is a family practice
physician in Salem. They reside in Portland.
On August 12th, 2004, YUET YIN GLORIA
YAN (MBA’03) gave birth to Nathan Quentin
Lim, a healthy 7.4 lb. baby boy. Gloria and her husband,
Gee Lim, reside in Portland and she is currently working
as an interpreter for Language Line.
SCOTT COLSON (MBA’94)
will be a featured speaker at the 2004 SMB Nation Conference
in Seattle, WA, Sept. 9-13. The SMB Nation conference
is an annual event geared to technology professionals
and consultants in the small/medium business (SMB) sector.
Recognized as an expert on customer relationship management
(CRM), Scott will present "Microsoft CRM &
Small Business Server: A Powerful Platform to Automate
Business Processes." He will explain how workflow
automation can increase organizational efficiency and
provide a consistent customer experience. Scott and
his wife ERIKA COLSON (WU’91,
MBA’95) own and operate Autonomix, Inc., a technology
consulting firm on Bainbridge Island, WA.
After passing the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
Level 1 last December, recent grad YUYAN
LOU (MBA’03), has also passed Level 2 this
past June. The average success rate on Level 2 exams
is less than one third. Congratulations Yuyan!
JENNIFER MILLER (WU'97, MBA'03,
JD'03) was elected to serve a three year term on the
Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees for the King
County Bar Association in Seattle, Washington. Kudos
and good luck to Jenn!
CHRIS DAVIS (MBA'88) has been
promoted to Director with Deloitte Consulting, LLP.
Chris is part of Deloitte's national leadership team
for the healthcare clinical information systems practice
area. Chris and his wife Anne Marie live in the Leschi
area of Seattle, and love to explore unique parts of
MICHAEL RINDFLEISCH (MM'96)
was awarded a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the
Joint Military Intelligence College in August. He was
recently designated as the Senior Counter-Terrorism
Analyst for the US Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein
Air Base in Rheinland-Platz, Germany.
CURT DE CRINIS (MBA’81)
was married earlier this year to Jackie Colden Lyons
in Los Angeles. It is his first and her second. Curt
continues to manage C.M.de Crinis & Co., Inc., a
public finance advisory firm that advises local government
agencies on the issuance of bonds. Jackie is a senior
vice president and head of original series for NBC Universal
television's USA Network. They have two daughters from
Jackie's prior marriage and are expecting a third. They
reside in Sherman Oaks.
HALYNA MALIBORSKA (MBA’03)
is currently in Kiev, Ukraine working as Head of Retail
Property Department for Colliers International, one
of the leading commercial real estate organizations
in the world. The Retail Property Department provides
a full spectrum of services (consulting and brokerage)
for retail-related property issues. Halyna writes, “Professional
real estate has just started developing in our country
and has huge potential.” With a strategic location
at the crossroads of key transportation routes, Ukraine
is brimming with opportunities for development and Halyna,
who graduated with honors in 2003, is involved.
For several months, JUAN JAVIER AGUIAR
(MBA‘02, JD‘02) has been working as General
Manager of an outsourcing company called Petro Personnel.
This is in addition to his continued involvement in
legal and translation matters (www.aguiarlaw.com) and
teaching. Javier is currently getting ready to teach
a course on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the
Catholic University of Ecuador, in a program offered
in association with the Graduate School of Political
Management of The George Washington University. The
students are Ecuadorian public officials, both elected
and appointed, with a variety of backgrounds (lawyers,
economists, etc.) “I already taught this course
last semester and it was a great experience - I taught
for 8 straight hours, then moderated the course's Internet
discussion for the rest of the semester,” Javier
writes. “This time I was asked to double the time
of in-class teaching, and because of scheduling conflicts
this could only be done on August 27 and 28. I am sure
afterwards I will not be able to speak much!”
BRET SHAY RIOS (WU’72,
MBA’87) has taken on a new role with TEC International
as a TEC Group Chairman for the Sacramento Valley in
California. TEC is the world’s oldest and largest
peer membership organization for business owners, Presidents
and CEOs, (nearly 10,000 members spanning 13 countries).
Each month he facilitates small group discussions, workshops,
and individual coaching intended to increase the effectiveness
and enhance the lives of its members. Bret also continues
to train and certify management consultants in the use
of Professional DynaMetric Programs.
As a result of the recent merger between TRW and Northrop
Grumman, MICHAEL KENNEDY’S
(MBA’84) role has changed. Today he is in charge
of strategic marketing for the public safety solutions
group, a unit of Northrop Grumman Information Technology.
The Northrop Grumman IT sector represents approximately
4.7 billion dollars of Northrop Grumman’s total
portfolio of 30 billion dollars. The public safety solutions
group is comprised of four lines of business: Command
and Control Centers, Public Safety Applications, Integrated
Criminal Justice and Transportation. The group has completed
many projects in the Northwest, including police, fire
and emergency medical services dispatching in Portland,
Seattle area, Spokane, Boise, Bellingham, Cowlitz, Lake
Oswego and Bellingham. Find out more at www.it.northropgrumman.com.
Michael expresses his appreciation to Atkinson, “Every
day I thank the folks that helped me through the Atkinson
program, for my job is in the private sector working
with the public sector. Early on I was exposed to both
sides of the fence…”
After 7 years Deloitte & Touche, MICHAEL
EBER (MBA’97) took a leave of absence and
spent 9 months working in Uganda with the VillagePhone
project (providing mobile phone businesses for primarily
rural women (see www.mtnvillagephone.co.us). In March
Michael joined the Grameen Foundation USA in Washington,
DC as a Program Officer, where his focus is technology
(implementation, assessment, alternative energy sourcing)
with microfinance (micro lending) partners located across
the developing world.
RICH MUSSLER (MBA’89)
has accepted a position with HealthCare Dimensions,
as Vice President, Customer Relations. HealthCare Dimensions
is a company that improves the health and well-being
of elderly Americans through an award-winning program
called Silver Sneakers, which provides access to health
and fitness facilities and training in low-impact aerobics
to retirees. In addition, Rich Mussler's newest book,
Twisted Texan and Other Stories, a collection of fictional
short stories, will be available next spring in bookstores
and online through his publisher, PublishAmerica. Rich
resides in Dallas, Texas.
JOHN B. KERN (MM’94,
JD’94) resides in Charleston, South Carolina where
he co-founded Carolina Chambers, LLP with offices in
Charleston, Washington and London. He is the chairman
of the South Carolina Bar International Law Committee
and served 3 years as chairman of Charleston Habitat
for Humanity, Inc.
RON HITTNER (WU’87,
MBA’89), president of the consulting firm Hittner
& Associates, is a featured speaker at two international
conferences this fall. In September, he will be speaking
to the Oracle Applications User Group Conference in
Orlando, FL. In October, he will be a guest speaker
at the Project Management Institute's World Congress
in Anaheim, CA. Mr. Hittner will be addressing unique
end-user training techniques he has developed and utilized
for numerous clients, including the State of Oregon,
Starbucks, MCI, and Weyerhaeuser. Hittner & Associates
is a full-service consulting firm based in Keizer, OR.
Their consulting offerings range from strategic planning
and organizational design to program management and
full lifecycle systems development. For more information,
see their website at www.hittnerandassociates.com.
SK On-line is the distance education program under
Salem-Keizer School District, which is growing by leaps
and bounds and Atkinson alum, ROBYN
MACKILLOP, (MBA’98) is currently responsible
for marketing this program to the world. The program
is expected to more than double the number of kids served
by on-line education this year (over 800 served last
year). Robyn is currently writing curriculum for Intro
to Business, Business Law, and Marketing. SK On-line
has partnered with several districts in Oregon and Nevada,
which are able to enroll students in the program. Plans
are to make the program international and be the leaders
in delivering K-12 distance education.
to Honor Earl Littrell
In honor of Earl Littrell’s retirement this year,
a scholarship fund has been started in his honor and
will be announced at his retirement party on Friday,
September 24. The total amount of gifts received for
the Earl Littrell Scholarship Fund prior to the event
will be announced. Gifts will also be accepted after
the event and into the future. All contributions to
the scholarship fund are completely tax deductible and
the scholarship supports future Atkinson Students.
For more info about giving to this fund, please contact
Denise Crawford, Director of Development & Alumni
Relations at 503-370-6727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to make a gift to the Earl Littrell Scholarship,
you can mail it directly to Denise at AGSM, 900 State
St., Salem, OR 97301 indicating it is for the Fund.
Gifts can also be made on-line at www.willamette.edu/support
(click ‘Donate on-line’ in the upper right).
Again, make a note that it’s for ‘other’
under Gift Designation and indicate Earl’s scholarship
in the next line.
Please take this opportunity to honor a wonderful member
of the Atkinson community and wish him well in his retirement.
Celebrate Earl Littrell’s
Service to Atkinson, September 24
many years of dedicated teaching and service, EARL
LITTRELL, Professor of Accounting and Information
Systems, is retiring from Atkinson Graduate School of
Management at Willamette University. Earl has invested
his time, experience, and education in Atkinson students.
“But,” in Earl’s own words, “then
comes the return on investment; Atkinson grads do wonderful
things.” It has been a joy and honor for everyone
at Atkinson to work with such a dedicated colleague,
professor and friend. Please join us at a reception
in his honor on Friday, September 24, 2004 from 5:00
to 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Room at Willamette Valley
Vineyards, located at 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner,
Oregon. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Please
RSVP by September 17th to Aimee Akimoff at 503-370-6440
Homecoming September 24-25, 2004
Do you remember…
…how happy you were
Earl Littrell graded on a curve?
…who won the Brownwater
Regatta and who just got the most wet?
…when Marc Choate
wore turtlenecks? Oh, wait…never mind.
Come relive Atkinson during Homecoming 2004, September
24th and 25th. Celebrate Earl’s retirement and
gather with other Atkinson alumni for some fall festivities.
Events that are open to all Willamette University
alumni will have reserved seating for Atkinson alumni
to sit together.
Friday, September 24:
5:00 p.m. Retirement party for Earl Littrell at Willamette
Valley– complimentary (all Atkinson alumni invited)
Saturday, September 25:
11:30 a.m. Reunion BBQ – complimentary, no-host
beer/wine served (all Atkinson alumni invited, no
charge for BBQ)
1:30 p.m. Willamette football vs. Menlo College –
complimentary (all Atkinson alumni invited)
3:30 p.m. Class of ’79 25th reunion gathering.
No host, class of ’79 and guests. Local watering
6:30 p.m. Willamette Homecoming Celebration. Grace
Crunican ’79 will be honored with an Alumni
Citation. Dinner and dancing.
$25 per ticket. Tables of 8 for Atkinson alumni and
guests available. All Atkinson alumni invited.
Contact Denise Crawford, Director of Development
& Alumni Relations for more information or to
Please RSVP by September 17, 2004
Morgan Stanley and Atkinson Graduate
School Present the 2nd Annual Capital Business Forum
The Atkinson Graduate School is partnering with Morgan
Stanley to present Dr. Robert Goodman, Economic Consultant
for Putnam Investments. Dr. Goodman will speak on The
Challenges & Opportunities in the New Economic Era
Thursday, October 14 in the Cat Cavern at Willamette
University. The event begins at 6:30 with hors d’oeuvres
and refreshments. Admission is free, but seating is
Please contact Debra Bartol at Morgan Stanley, 503-763-6108,
if you are interested in attending.
EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Certificate in Public Management program welcomes
its fifth cohort to classes beginning on Friday morning,
September 17. This cohort includes for the first time
participants from local governments, four of whom will
join two dozen managers from State agencies large and
small. The first of eight courses in the fifteen month
program will be Quantitative Analysis, taught by PROFESSOR
BRUCE GATES, and Organizational Change and Design,
taught by PROFESSOR PATRICK CONNOR.
The EDC will offer a "Mini-MBA" through the
Cascade Employers Association beginning on October 8.
The program consists of six modules, each meeting for
three Friday mornings per month, October through March,
in Wilsonville. For information, contact email@example.com.
INTRODUCING THREE NEW FACULTY
MEMBERS AT ATKINSON
Please help us in welcoming three new faculty members
to the Atkinson community.
“KEN” SMITH, Atkinson School Assistant
Professor of Accounting
Ken Smith, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Assistant
Professor of Accounting and joined the Atkinson School
in August. Ken completed his Ph.D. in 2001 at the University
of Missouri and is a Certified Public Accountant. He
has teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate
level of management education and has professional experience
as an Audit Manager and Director of Litigation Services.
Ken joins the Atkinson School after three years as
an Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University where
he taught a variety of accounting oriented courses and
supervised students performing original research. He
describes his teaching style as fun, interactive and
challenging. Ken states “accounting is really
just a tool for measuring the progress of an organization
… I try to teach students when to use accounting
and when accounting will not provide the right information
for the decisions at hand.”
VERTINSKY, Distinguished visiting Professor of
International Business Studies
Ilan Vertinsky, Ph.D., has accepted the Atkinson School
faculty position in international business. Ilan completed
his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He
has taught at the University of British Columbia, Northwestern
University, California State University at Fullerton
and the University of California at Berkeley. His research
interests include international business, international
trade policy, strategic management, entrepreneurship,
and sustainable resource management.
Ilan has been a consultant to government agencies,
international agencies and corporations in the areas
of trade, competitiveness, strategy, resource management,
economic development and regulatory policies. He is
also a member of several editorial boards of international
journals and the principal investigator of several national
WILTBANK, Atkinson School Assistant Professor
Robert Wiltbank, Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Management
at the University of Washington, has accepted the new
Atkinson School faculty position in strategy. Rob is
an excellent teacher and has taught courses in business
policy, entrepreneurship, and business, government and
society. He has an overall teaching rating of 4.7 of
5 at the University of Washington, and was named Ph.D.
Teacher of the Year for 2001.
Rob has professional management experience with Tektronix,
Inc. and PenMetrics Inc., and has provided consulting
services to a variety of companies. He holds a CMA (Certified
Managerial Accountant) professional certification which
requires in depth knowledge in economics, finance, accounting
and related work experience. His research interests
include strategy selection under uncertainty and new
venture development (including founding, financing and
top management teams). He currently has papers under
review by Organization Science and Journal of Applied
ATKINSON FACULTY MEMBERS KEEP BUSY DURING SUMMER
faculty member FRED TRUITT
writes, “All is well here in Seattle/Bainbridge
Island, WA,” where Fred permanently resides. “Perfect
summer.” Since his retirement in April, Fred has
been keeping busy consulting on the use of Foreign Investment
Negotiation Simulation (FINS) in Canadian bankers program
at Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia, preparing for
two drawing exhibits coming up in the fall and winter,
and gardening as well.
Professor of Human Resources LISBETH
CLAUS was a guest speaker at two Society of Human
Resource Management (SHRM) conferences this summer.
At the San Diego SHRM Conference, Lisbeth spoke on Competencies
of the Global Professional in Human Resources. She also
presented at the Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition
in New Orleans in June. In July Lisbeth attended the
National Foreign Trade Council in New York and in August
she traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to speak at the
10th World Congress of Human Resource Management Conference.
In addition to this, Lisbeth has also received press
coverage for two research projects for which she was
the principal investigator. The 2004 Worldwide Benchmark
Study: Emerging Trends in Global Mobility, undertaken
by Cendant Mobility in conjunction with the Atkinson
Graduate School of Management, was picked up by the
Associated Press and featured in 41 daily newspapers,
including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe,
and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Finally, Lisbeth’s
survey research on the HR profession was the cover story
of a special issue of Melhor, the Brazilian HR journal
published and distributed at the 10th World Congress
of Human Resource Management.
and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy
Analysis FRED THOMPSON served
as rapporteur for the 20th Anniversary Conference of
the Structure and Organization of Government Research
Committee of the International Political Science Association:
Smart Practices Toward Innovation in Public Management,
June 15-17, 2004, UBC Robson Square Campus, Vancouver,
Canada. His 2003 monograph, coauthored with Michael
Barzelay of the London School of Economics, Efficiency
Counts: Developing the Capacity to Manage Costs at the
Air Force Material Command, was reprinted in J. Breul
and H. Gardner (eds.) Human Capital 2004 (Rowman &
Professor of Accounting and Information Science KEN
SMITH has been appointed as the 2004-2005 Chairperson
of Membership Committee for the American Accounting
Association's Government and Non-Profit Section. Ken
has been active with the American Accounting Association
since 1994 and he is honored to be asked by his colleagues
to take on this national leadership role. (See http://aaahq.org/about/directory2005/sectionregion2005/gnp.htm)
Emeritus and founding dean of Atkinson Graduate School
of Management, STEVE ARCHER
adopted a two-month old Westie last May. The puppy’s
name is Gertrude Archer or “Gertie” for
student ROGER FONG was married
on July 31st, in Junction City, Oregon, to Christine
Chung. She is working as a campus pastor at Willamette
University. They met during their undergraduate studies
Welcome to the incoming class of 2004!
The incoming class of 2004 possesses the highest academic
credentials of any class to enter the Atkinson School.
The class is also characterized by a diversity of backgrounds
and experiences: ….
Some have years of experience in business, government
or not-for-profit organizations, and some of our
youngest students have already started and run their
Many have received recognition for the quality
of their work, service and leadership; some have
received prestigious international fellowships;
and some have been peace keepers within UN and NATO
programs around the world
Many have interests in leadership, community service,
justice, and issues of sustainability and have generously
volunteered their time for mentoring, caring for
the elderly, teaching children to read, and supporting
social and environmental issues.
The class is also amazingly talented and well
rounded – it includes featured artists, published
authors, journalists, engineers, scientists, researchers,
exceptional athletes, hikers, backpackers, runners,
snow boarders, general outdoor and sports enthusiasts,
public speakers and debaters, founders of organizations,
Many worked and went to school at the same time,
or balanced the time demands of sports, leadership
and family activities while in school. They have
met challenges and have a record of success.
There are 61 full-time students, 2 exchange students
and 2 part-time students. The students are from
9 different states and from 9 different countries,
fluent in 20 different languages and students that
have worked, studied or traveled in more than 50
NEW LOCATION for Gary Klein's office, with more space
and more privacy inside the Hatfield Library!
GARY KLEIN, Hatfield Library's
Management & Economics Librarian will be holding
office hours inside the KTC Computer Lab: Mondays, Tuesdays
& Wednesdays, 4:00--5:30pm. This is in addition
to his regular weekly schedule inside the Hatfield Library.
You can also make an appointment with Gary via email
or by phoning 503-370-6743. Gary is available to anyone
in the Atkinson community, including alumni, to help
with reference questions.
5 NEW LIBRARY DATABASES of interest for the
AGELINE is produced by the American
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to relevant articles from 600+ journals & magazines
in the fields of gerontology, health care, business,
consumer affairs, psychology, sociology, economics
and public policy.
CORPORATE AFFILIATIONS from LexisNexis
is a full-text online directory of over 170,000
public & private firms, focusing on the US,
with selected coverage of major corporations from
LEGAL COLLECTION from Ebsco contains
full-text for more than 260 of the world's most
respected, scholarly law journals.
MILITARY & GOVERNMENT COLLECTION
from Ebsco provides cover-to-cover full-text for
nearly 400 journals and trade magazines covering
the US federal government's procurement, spending,
and use of technology.
NETADVANTAGE from Standard &
Poor's has been greatly improved over the summer,
with more industry coverage, new links to identify
corporate competitors, and more flexibility to move
around this comprehensive full-text database.
Professor and Associate Dean Debra Ringold's
Professor Mike Hand's Birthday
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Aimee
Earl Littrell Retirement Party
Professor Marc Choate’s Birthday
Next ATKINSONews distributed
2nd Annual Capital Business Forum
Professor Fred Thompson’s Birthday
Recorder Janet Jobes’ Birthday
Retired Professor Fred Truitt’s Birthday
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Denise Crawford’s Birthday
is less to fear from outside competition than from inside
inefficiency, discourtesy and bad service.