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MBA mid-summer gatherings in Portland and Salem

Share in the food, fun and good company of prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff. The Willamette MBA Mid-Summer Gatherings are an annual tradition to get together and enjoy Oregon’s beautiful summer evenings while connecting with members of the Willamette MBA community. Events will be held in Portland or on the Salem Campus this summer. Join us for one event, or both!

Portland Summer Gathering
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Architects, 1223 SW Washington Street, Suite 200, Portland

Mid-Summer Gathering and BBQ in Salem
Date: Friday, July 15, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Atkinson Graduate School Patio (Mudd Building), Willamette University Campus, Salem

RSVP online

Oregon Ethics in Business Award banquet

Join us to celebrate the business ethics of today and build a foundation for strong business ethics in the future!

Oregon Ethics in Business (OEIB) is a partnership between Rotary Club of Portland and Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, with the goal of celebrating organizations and individuals who demonstrate ethical behavior beyond the expected. For-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals are nominated annually by community members across the state. Eleven Finalists will be honored at the Awards Banquet on June 15. A recipient in each of the three categories will be selected to receive the award.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Governor Hotel at 614 SW 11th Avenue in downtown Portland

For more information, visit www.oregonethicsinbusiness.org.

Willamette MBA sponsors successful GMAT strategy sessions

The MBA for Professionals program is sponsoring a 3-Session series to expose MBA applicants to useful strategies for preparing and taking the GMAT. The GMAT Strategies Sessions, led by a Kaplan Instructor, includes an overview, strategies for preparing for and taking the GMAT, and sample questions.

The first session was very well-received by potential applicants to help them better understand the format of the test. Though the Portland sessions have already filled, space is available in the next two Salem sessions. Plans are also underway to add additional sessions of this popular series. Please feel free to share this link with colleagues who may be interested – details will be updated as new dates are added.

Learn more and RSVP
Salem – May 10, 17, 24
Portland – May 12, 19, 26 (currently full)

Integrated marketing students serve non-profits in re-branding effort

Student teams in the Integrated Marketing Communications course research, develop, write and present integrated marketing plans for non-profit clients. During the students' final presentations, judging panels composed of local marketing leaders and client representatives critique the teams and determine which teams they would "hire" to carry out their marketing efforts. This year five teams worked for Northwest Family Services, a local non-profit organization focused on counseling, job placement and programming to support singles, couples and families. All teams delivered fantastic presentations, with the "winning team" receiving a special plaque from the student-led Atkinson Marketing Association (AMA). The judging panel recognized the team composed of students Stephen Collins, Cassie Truax, Sara Barnes, Katie Bertel, Trevor Gamache, and Cassie Graves as delivering the most comprehensive plan based on the organization's objectives.