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Willamette MBA students competing in million-dollar Global Case Challenge

The Hult Global Case Challenge (GCC) has selected a team of MBA students from Willamette to participate in the regional round of its third annual competition.

The Willamette University team, composed of Bradford McKeown (Marshfield, Oregon), Casey Morgan (Carson City, Nevada), Christal Lee (Temple City, California), Joe Garrison (Grand Rapids, MI) and Katie Skaar (St. Paul, MN), will travel to San Francisco in late February. The team is assigned to the “energy track” and will be working on business solutions for the not-for-profit organization SolarAid.  One team from each track (a total of 3) will be selected from the regional round in San Francisco to compete in New York with schools around the world at the Hult GCC finals in April.

The Hult GCC is the world’s largest and most internationally acclaimed case competition featuring thousands of students competing from over 100 countries. An award of $1 million in seed capital is made available annually to provide funding to pilot the very best ideas presented by student teams. Hult GCC’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world.

Learn more about the Hult GCC

Willamette MBA ranked highest in Oregon on “Poets and Quants”

In its second annual ranking of MBA programs, Poets & Quants, an online community for business school prospective students, listed the Willamette MBA as the highest ranked program in Oregon.  Willamette was also included on the website’s first ranking in 2010.

The Poets & Quants list is a “composite” score, taking into consideration all of the other national rankings and the influence these rankings have on the image and reputation of the schools listed. The Willamette MBA made high marks this past year as the only school in Oregon recognized on Forbes magazine’s list of “best business schools” and a top 25 school on the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes list.

“Like” the Willamette MBA program on Facebook – and travel the world with Blitz the Bearcat

Biltz, Willamette University’s mascot, visited the Atkinson School to learn about our MBA programs. Follow “Business Dressed” Blitz travel the world on Facebook with our staff and alumni. Print out a copy of Blitz dressed in business attire and upload your own photo with the famous bearcat.

Visit facebook.com/WillametteMBA to see where Blitz will end up next. While you’re there, “like” our page and catch the latest news, share information and network. You can also follow us on Twitter (@WillametteMBA).

Have lunch with Dean Ringold in Salem and Portland this spring

Connect with Debra Ringold, Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette MBA alumni, current and prospective students, and staff at a Willamette MBA for Professionals 'Real Connections' Luncheon. The luncheons are designed as small group discussions and networking opportunities with Willamette’s close-knit MBA community.

View the Willamette MBA events page for upcoming dates and times in Portland and Salem:

Last chance to register - Sustainable Enterprise Program

Willamette University’s Sustainable Enterprise Certificate (SEC) program takes a unique approach to understanding the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental well-being.  The program helps you create a plan, engage stakeholders and add new value through becoming a leading sustainable enterprise.

SESSION 1:  February 15-17, 2012 – Biomimicry System Dynamics
SESSION 2:  March 14-16, 2012 – Natural and Social Systems
SESSION 3:  April 11-13, 2012 – Moving Into Action.

WEBINARS   February 24  |  March 7  |  March 30

Register online for the entire SEC certificate program or for individual sessions at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/sustainability or call 503.370.6791.

Early Career and Career Change MBA preview events scheduled for February and April, travel schedule set for Spring

Do you know someone interested in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program?  Encourage them to attend Preview Day (February 18) or Preview Evening (April 21). Each event includes a meal with faculty, sample classes and opportunities to connect with MBA students and alumni.

Willamette MBA staff members are also visiting a number of cities around the world this spring.  Learn more about all our events and travel locations at:  http://www.willamette.edu/mba/full-time/meet_us/index.html