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Willamette MBA joins trade mission to South America

An admissions representative from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management will travel to South America to meet with prospective international students and education centers.  The trip is part of a special education trade mission – the largest to date – organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Aimee Akimoff, the Director of Recruitment for Willamette’s Early Career and Career Change MBA program, will spend two weeks in South America, traveling to Bogota, Colombia and three cities in Brazil – Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Akimoff will join representatives from 65 other colleges and universities across the U.S. to recruit Brazilian students to local campuses.  The Commerce Department estimates that 215,000 Brazilians study abroad each year.

“I believe that education and sustainability can narrow the distance between the top and bottom of the social-economic scale,” said Joe Mizuno Santa Helena, a first year Willamette MBA student from Brazil.

Read more online:  http://willamette.edu/mba/news/library/2012/aug23_south_america.html

Professor Larry Ettner becomes chairman of Mercy Corps Northwest

Larry Ettner, Professor of Management Practice at the Atkinson School, has been named chair of the Mercy Corps Northwest Board of Directors. An offshoot of the international non-profit Mercy Corps, the local affiliate focuses on economic development and aid to low income populations in Oregon and Washington. The organization provides microloans, micro-business grants and small business consulting services to entrepreneurs.

Ettner has served on Mercy Corps Board of Directors for the past year. At the Atkinson School he teaches courses in leadership and experiential learning, including the PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) program.  He also serves as liaison between the Atkinson School and the Oregon Ethics in Business program.

Read more about Professor Ettner online:  http://willamette.edu/mba/faculty/ettner/index.html.

Willamette MBA welcomes new faculty for 2012-13 academic year

 As the new academic year begins in the ECCC MBA program in August and the MBA for Professionals program in early September, the Atkinson School welcomes three new full-time faculty members to the community. 

Madhu Rao - Senior Associate Dean
Madhu previously served as Interim Dean at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has a background in operations management and industrial engineering.  He will assist in managing the day-to-day operations of the school, developing curriculum plans with faculty members, and overseeing the accreditation process.  Madhu's office is in the Mudd Building in Salem.
Read more about Madhu: http://willamette.edu/mba/faculty/rao/index.html

Gary Knight - Helen Simpson Jackson Chair in Global Management
Gary previously served as professor of global business at Florida State University and has traveled and worked extensively internationally.  He brings experience as both a researcher, teacher and practitioner in international business.  Gary's office is in the Atkinson Annex in Salem.
Read more about Gary:  http://willamette.edu/mba/faculty/knight/index.html

Robert Walker - Associate Professor of Quantitative Analysis
Robert previously served at Rice University and Washington University in St. Louis teaching courses in statistics, research methods and politics.  He is a regular instructor on longitudinal data analysis at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis in the United Kingdom.  Robert's office is in the Mudd Building in Salem.
Read more about Robert:  http://willamette.edu/mba/faculty/walker/index.html

This just in: AGSM happy hour in the Bay Area, Sept. 14

Next week, Beth Ursin, director of career management, will be in California for the upcoming Asian MBA conference with some current MBA students -- and she will be hosting an informal alumni gathering. If you're in the area, consider joining a Bearcat happy hour in Palo Alto.

The group will be meeting at Scotty's Bar on Friday, Sept. 14 from 5 - 7p.m.

Scotty's Bar: 548 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA  94301
Bar's phone: 650-561-4929. Website: http://www.scottyspaloalto.com/index.html

Please RSVP directly to Beth at eursin@willamette.edu if you can make it.

Also: If you are unable to attend but think that your company might be interested in our MBA students, Beth would appreciate an introduction to a recruiter or hiring manager to talk with them more about the program. She also would like to know if you are open to doing informationals with current students. Recently, students are expressing more interest in the Bay Area and would appreciate those willing to talk with them.