Important Information for Fall 2012 - August Edition
Watch Your Email for an Important Compass Week Email from Shelby Gould, Coming on Monday, July 30th
Watch your email for an important email from Shelby Gould about Compass Week. It will give you all the scoop about Compass Week. The full schedule for Compass Week is available online and a pdf is available, too.
Compass Week runs from August 14th through August 17th. Compass Week is required for all new students and will include important academic, professional and social activities. Different events and activities require different clothing. To help you plan your packing needs, here is your guide to appropriate dress for the activities of Compass Week.
|Tuesday, August 14th - Starts at 4:00 pm||Casual|
|Wednesday, August 15th - Getting to know WU MBA and tools workshops||Business formal*|
|Thursday, August 16th - Career panels and meet your PACE client partner||Business formal*|
|Friday, August 17th - Team work and leadership experiences||Athletic clothes and tennis shoes|
*"Business formal" typically means a jacket, tie, button down shirt, matching slacks and dress shoes for men. For women, business attire would typically mean a skirt or slacks, jacket, button down shirt or shell, clear or solid color nylons and closed toed shoes. Also, be sure your shoes are comfortable for walking across campus.
International and Exchange Students Must Attend International Orientation on August 14th, 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
The Willamette community is excited to welcome the incoming MBA class of 2012. Your incoming class is truly global and is comprised of students from the U.S. and 19 other countries. All international and exchange students must attend a required international orientation session on August 14th from (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. International Orientation is scheduled so you will be all finished and ready to start Compass Week at 4:00 p.m.. Bring your passport, visa, I-94 (little white card you will be given when you enter the U.S.) and your immigration form (I-20 if you are on a F1 student visa; DS-2019 if you are on a J1 student visa. Dress is casual. Chris will be emailing you additional information. Email Chris Andresen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
You Are All Invited to Attend the Willamette MBA "Living and Learning in Salem" Pre-Session - Friday, August 10
Pre-session is an optional program designed to help new students become familiar with the Salem area. However, all new students are welcome to come and participate, even if you lived in Salem all of your life! The event will be held on Friday, August 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, with lunch following. RSVP online at http://bit.ly/NKgPIE if you plan to join us. Email Aimee at email@example.com if you have questions. Activities include:
* Networking Opportunities
* Introduction to the Atkinson Community
* What to Expect as an MBA Student
* Tour of Campus and Salem Area
* Picnic Lunch
Reminder -- Your "To Do" List -- Due August 1st
If you have not already completed and submitted all of these assignments, be sure to do so by August 1st. These assignments provide us with information we need to know to better prepare for your MBA experience and they qualify you for early access to career services.
CareerLeader - Beth Ursin, Director of Career Management and Shelby Gould, Career Management Advisor for the Willamette MBA program, will use your CareerLeader results to work with you when school starts. If you have misplaced your log-in directions for CareerLeader, email Judy O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
Advising Questionnaire - Complete and submit the Advising Questionnaire online. The questionnaire will be used to help our career management team and faculty advisors understand and better meet your needs.
Resume - Email an updated edition of your resume in a Word or PDF document to Beth Ursin, at email@example.com.
CareerLeader Insight Questionnaire - Complete and submit the CareerLeader Insight Questionnaire. This questionnaire will help you think about your CareerLeader results and start the self-assessment part of actively working on your career goals. After you complete the document, save the document (please put your name in the document file name) and email it to Beth Ursin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once all of your assignments are in, you can start working one-on-one with the Atkinson School Career Management staff before school starts. Early access dates for this year are August 6th through August 14th. If you qualify for early access, contact Beth Ursin, at email@example.com or call 503-370-6167 after August 1st to make your appointment
Complete The Emergency Contact Forms As Soon as Possible
Please complete the Emergency Contact Forms at http://agsm.willamette.edu/agsm/contactinfo/ Completing this form helps us help you in an emergency. When you complete the form and click submit, you will be asked to click on a second link to complete a 2nd form. Both of these forms are very important, so be sure to complete and submit both forms. The first one is for the Atkinson School and the second is for the University. If you do not know your local address yet, complete what you can now, submit the forms, and then go back later and add in your address. If you do not know your local address yet, complete what you can now, submit the forms, and then go back later and add in your address.
Calendar for Fall Semester 2012
Fall Semester 2012 begins on Tuesday, August 14th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. Also, you will want to be sure to participate in the pre-session event on August 10th: "Living and Learning in Salem."
|Living and Learning in Salem - Optional Pre-session Event||August 10|
|Willamette International Student Orientation||August 14 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)|
|Fall Semester Begins||August 14 (4:00 p.m.)|
|Compass Week||August 14 - August 17|
|Labor Day Holiday||September 3|
|Thanksgiving Vacation||November 19-23|
|End of Fall Semester||December 14|
Registration for Fall Semester Courses
First year students will automatically be pre-registered for the entire first-semester core curriculum (15 semester credits). Sections will be assigned to ensure demographic, academic and experiential balance in all sections. Judy O'Neill, Associate Dean and Director of Admission, will contact students who have special registration options.
As a guideline, the general class schedule for most first-year Willamette MBA students will be as shown below.
|Monday and Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.||You will be in Marketing or PACE|
|Monday and Wednesday - 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.||You will be in the course you were not in at 1:30|
|Tuesday and Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. -- or -- 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m||You will be in Accounting|
|Tuesday and Thursday - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||You will be in Managing Orgs or Data Analysis|
|Tuesday and Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.||You will be in the course you were not in at 1:00|
Remember, that as a Willamette MBA student you will be involved in many meetings and sessions outside of class (experiential learning, client projects, career management services, professional organizations, etc.). Our estimate is that you will be busy with the MBA program (classes, studying, meetings, events, organizations, etc.) approximately 50 hours per week. The entire fall semester schedule of classes is available on our web site. The spring semester schedule is also available.
Important "To Do's" and Information from Previous Emails
To Do -- Student Health Insurance
All students enrolled in 4.5 credits or more are required to have health insurance. You will not be required to purchase the Willamette insurance if you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan. The Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan reflects the ruling passed March 16, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in regard to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The cost for 12 months coverage through the Willamette University Student Health Plan is $2,536 for the 2012-13
Complete information about health insurance for U.S. students is available online. Here are the forms you need to complete: Health Insurance Forms for US Students
Complete information about health insurance for International students is available online. Here are the forms you need to complete: Health Insurance Forms for International Students
To Do - Health History and Immunization Records
Oregon state law requires all new students to provide immunization and health records. Forms to be completed are available online in pdf format and are linked below. Be sure to complete the health history and immunization forms as soon as possible and send them to the Willamette University Bishop Wellness Center by August 1st.
* Immunization Information
* Health History and Immunization Form
If you need the measles immunization (MMR), you can get it on campus on August 15th during Compass Week. The cost for the MMR vaccination is $62. Charges for vaccinations will be billed to your Willamette University student account.
[Note: If you have recently been enrolled in the Willamette University College of Law or College of Liberal Arts, you should update the health history form, but you do not need to resubmit the immunization and history forms
Arriving for Fall Semester
Students who are new to the Salem area should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 9th (or before) so you have time to get settled and rested before school starts. Our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons will help new students get settled before school starts. Services include pick up at the Portland Airport and assistance with locating an apartment in Salem after you arrive. This service is especially important for students traveling to Oregon from other states and countries. You can reach the arrival team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textbooks For Fall Semester Required Courses
A list of Textbooks for Fall Semester Core Courses is available for those of you who plan to purchase your books before school starts. All text books will be available for purchase at The Willamette Store
Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance, Monthly Payment Plan and Payment Process Information
See Tuition, Fees, Monthly Payment Plan and the Payment Process for basic information about costs and the payment process. More information will be provided later in the summer.
Directions for using the online billing information is available in the information you received from Jon Anderson, Willamette University Controller.
Most Willamette MBA students live off-campus. For a Google map and recommendations from students click here. Other information is also available on the admitted student housing page. Remember to use our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons for advice. Other good resources for information include the Statesman Journal (Classified Ad) and Craigslist.
Contacting and Networking with Our Alumni
After school starts you will go through a series of learning experiences and assignments with Beth Ursin, Director of Career Management. After you have completed the process, Beth will connect you with alumni. This form of organized contact helps you present yourself professionally and provides a win-win situation for students and our alumni who are generously volunteering their time and knowledge.
We Renumbered All Courses
If you have recently looked at our schedule of classes or course descriptions you may have noticed that we are renumbering all courses for the Early Career/Career Change MBA program. Course numbers are changing from three digit numbers (500, 600, 700) to four digit numbers (5000, 6000, 7000). The change allows us to continue to assign a unique course number for each new course we design and offer.