MBA for Professionals students are welcome to attend any events and activities planned by the Atkinson Graduate School's student associations and clubs. In addition, MBA for Professionals students can utlize their Peer Resource Advisors to connect with other MBA-P cohorts and Willamette MBA alumni.
Peer Resource Advisors are available for onboarding and are knowledgeable of all campus resources to point you to the correct person to take care of your individual needs. Current PRAs include:
- Aresh Irajpanah
- Cody Smart
- Desiree Vorhees
- Ericka Strausbaugh
- Greg Gonzales
- Mike Karden
For additional information on the PRA program, please contact Lisa Hylton, MBA-P Recruiter and Admission Counselor.
Other Clubs and Organizations at the Atkinson School:
Atkinson Student Association
Composed of all Atkinson students and directed by officers elected by the students. ASA works with the administration on curricular and general policies of the School and coordinates special activities for students and their families. Elections are held each spring to elect ASA officers.
Atkinson Accounting Association (AAA)
AAA promotes the interests of AGSM students who are interested in the field of accounting and/or are seeking employment in the accounting industry upon graduation. The organization serves as a vehicle for enhancing the accounting educational experience of students. AAA strives to share the benefits of the accounting profession with the greater Atkinson community as well as to strengthen that sense of community through events such as the career panels and site visits.
Atkinson Consulting Association
Atkinson Finance Association (AFA)
AFA assists in the professional, educational, and social development of Willamette MBA students interested in finance, banking, and investments. AFA strives to: promote the reputation of Atkinson finance both regionally and nationally; promote an in-depth understanding in all fields of finance; and provide forums (panels and treks) where members have the opportunity to interact and learn from each other as well as faculty, alumni, and other finance professionals.
Atkinson Golf Association (AGA)
The subject of Golf is an important component of today’s business world and understanding the relationship between golf and business greatly assists Willamette MBA students to navigate the negotiations and decision-making that occur on the golf course. AGA strives to promote the interests of Willamette MBA students who are interested in golf and/or are seeking to improve their networking skills in the business world upon graduation and to serve as a vehicle for enhancing professional development skills.
Atkinson Marketing Association (AMA)
AMA is a certified student chapter of the American Marketing Association and is one of only a handful of graduate school chapters in the nation. AMA activities provide opportunities to network with marketing professionals and promote awareness of career opportunities in marketing. AMA sponsors guest lecturers, on-site visits, and professional development services.
Atkinson Management Today (AMT)
AMT is an electronic journal released two to three times a year with content intended as a resource for progressive, upwardly mobile managers. Willamette MBA students, alumni and faculty report and write articles on a range of management-related topics. The mission of AMT is to provide timely information relevant for today's competitive environment in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Atkinson Outdoor Club (AOC)
AOC’s mission is to help Willamette MBA students become better stewards of the environment, now and in the future, by increasing their appreciation of nature through activities which bring them in direct contact with the outdoors. The activities of the AOC are designed so that all Willamette MBA students can partake in the events, from beginners to experts. The events put on by the AOC are meant to help relieve stress brought on by work and studies, while also being fun and enjoyable.
Atkinson Project Management Institute (APMI)
APMI is dedicated to furthering the involvement and understanding of Willamette MBA students in the profession of project management. APMI is associated with the Willamette Valley Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter and sponsors various social and educational events, treks to businesses that employ certified Project Management Professionals and groups to study for the PMI exam.
Atkinson Public Administration Association
The APAA’s goal is to introduce public service careers to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management community. This group allows students to network with others who share their interest in the public sector and meet outside professionals. In doing so, the APAA raises the profile of the Willamette MBA program as a producer of the next generation of professional, educated and highly-prepared public managers.
International Graduate Students Association (IGSA)
IGSA promotes cross-cultural understanding among international and American students. IGSA provides new international students with collegial support as they adjust to a new culture and academic environment. IGSA also provides an ongoing forum to convey the special concerns of international students to the administration at Atkinson; works to foster an awareness of the Willamette MBA among institutions of higher learning, corporations and students in other countries; and sponsors the annual international dinner which has become a means to bring cultures together and celebrate them in one of the most attractive events of the year. All international and U.S. students are encouraged to participate in IGSA and to use its services as a resource.
Joint Degree Association (JDA)
JDA includes all students pursuing the joint degree, and is an important link between the Atkinson School and the College of Law. JDA provides an informal mentoring program for joint degree students, offers a library of study aids and course outlines, and sponsors social activities. The organization also sponsors an annual career night where joint degree alumni share career opportunities with current students.
National Association for Women MBAs (NAWMBA) – AGSM Chapter
NAWMBA - Atkinson Chapter is an affiliated student chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. This organization is dedicated to "empowering women MBAs and graduate women in business in order to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce." NAWMBA – Atkinson Chapter promotes networking and business opportunities for men and women with MBAs and provides professional resources, networking, speakers, and social events.
MBA for Professionals students may also become members of the Oregon Women MBAs, the Portland professional chapter of NAWMBA.
Net Impact members are united by the belief that business can be a force for good. Through learning about innovative practices and pursuing careers that allow them to leverage business principles, they’re helping lead us to a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Atkinson chapter of SHRM is a chartered chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM promotes student professional development and provides networking with human resource professionals. Events sponsored by SHRM include: resume workshops, mock interview sessions, site visits, guest speakers, and community service activities.
Honor Society - Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Administration)
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International and determined by academic performance in the MBA for Professionals program. Learn more about Beta Gamma Sigma.