MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
We are really excited about the first ever class of Atkinson’s
Professional MBA. We have seen lot’s of interest in this program and
want to remind you that if you know of anyone who would be interested
to encourage them to get their application in as soon as possible. Word
of mouth is critical in the early stages of a new program and if each
of our area alums could refer just one person to this program, it will
provide the momentum to carry the initial interest that we have
experienced to the next level for the Atkinson School.
It is not too late to submit an application for the January 2006 initial class at willamettepmba.com.
However we are also appreciative of referrals who may just want more
information about this excellent program, taught with our same great
professors that you experienced.
Please give Tina
or Carla a call at 503-808-9901 with the contact information of someone
you know who would be a candidate for the Portland Professional MBA
You are of course invited to bring someone to our information
session on Tuesday, December 13, Three Degrees (at River
Place). For directions to the Three Degrees visit our
website at willamette.edu/mba/pmba/sessions.htm
or call 503-808-9901
Thanks so much for your help and support.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT CHARITABLE GIVING IN 2005
New Opportunities Under Katrina Legislation
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Congress
recently passed new tax incentives to encourage additional giving to
all public charities during the remainder of 2005.
For cash contributions made to public charities – including Willamette University – through December 31, 2005,
the usual limitation on charitable deductions has been suspended. For
the remainder of the year, donors may deduct charitable gifts in
amounts up to 100% of their adjusted gross income. The law applies only
to outright gifts of cash that are made directly to charities.
new law also provides a unique opportunity for people older than 59-1/2
to make donations from an IRA, 401(k), or other retirement account.
Under the new law, most people over 59-1/2 can withdraw
unlimited amounts from IRAs and other retirement plans with minimal tax
consequences if they contribute the amount withdrawn to Willamette or
other charities before January 1, 2006.
take advantage of these temporary changes in tax laws, gifts must be
completed by December 31, 2005. Note that the tax benefits of the new
law may not apply to everyone. Please consult your tax advisor or call Willamette’s Office of Gift Planning
(toll free at 866-204-8102) before making any withdrawals from
retirement accounts and before making any large charitable
contributions from any source of funds.
JORGE ORDONEZ MBA’05 and JESSICA BROWN MBA’04
are engaged to be married. The ceremony will take place on January 6,
2006 in Cusco, Peru. Jessica will move from Washington, D.C. to join
Jorge in Peru, where he continues to work with an energy company that
supplies electricity to the poorest villages of the Southern Andean
region. More to come (including pictures) after the wedding!
On September 3rd, NELS SWENSON ’98, MM’99
married Kerry Boyen at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Oregon. Nels
manages a silicon supply chain team at Intel. Prior to this role Nels
was a program manager involved in the development of the wireless
network card used in the Centrino Platform.
JEREMY BEAL MBA, JD, CDR ‘01
has been with Morgan Stanley for approximately 4 years and works for
the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investments Group in New York City. The
Morgan Stanley Alternative Investments Group oversees a wide variety of
investment products including hedge funds, private equity, real estate,
currency exchange funds, and managed futures funds (commodity pools).
Jeremy currently oversees the commodity pool structuring efforts within
the group and is involved with and responsible for a wide variety of
other issues affecting the business, including risk management,
business development, due diligence, strategic planning,
legal/regulatory, and administrative issues.
PATRICK PINE ’74, MBA’76,
will receive an award for statewide leadership in supporting tobacco
prevention efforts at the annual awards dinner of the Oregon Tobacco
and Education Program operated under the aegis of the Oregon Department
of Human Services on November 3rd. He is Corporate Benefits Manager for
ESCO Corporation and served on the advisory committee for an innovative
program coordinated by the Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon. The
program, called “Make It Your Business” encourages employers who are
health benefit plan sponsors to include benefits to assist individuals
to successfully quit smoking and is now being promoted nationally.
Patrick is a former smoker who successfully quit over 13 years ago and
has since been an advocate of helping smokers successfully quit.
WOODY ENGLISH MBA’05
who works as a Senior Financial Analyst for Providence Health System in
Seattle is currently managing the financial integration of two major
organizations. The merger of Providence Health System and Providence
Services, “in a nonmonetary deal, would create the largest
not-for-profit hospital system based in the Pacific Northwest,”
according to an article published on October 17th on
modernhealthcare.com. Woody’s role in the merger is working with
corporate and facility-level CFOs to manage the financial integration.
Read more at: www.modernhealthcare.com/article.cms?articleId=37298.
Alumni at Wah Chang Welcome President Pelton and Dean Goodrich for Tour and Panel Discussion
(Pictured from left to right) ANDY NICHOLS MBA ’01 lead Willamette President M. LEE PELTON, Atkinson Director of Marketing RUSSELL YOST MBA ’05, Atkinson Director of Career Services BETH URSIN MBA ’00 and Atkinson Dean JIM GOODRICH
on a tour of Wah Chang in Albany, Oregon. Nichols, who serves as
Director of Marketing and Business Development for the company,
explained Wah Chang’s influence on the local economy, as well as it’s
national presence as a leader in high performance metals.
was joined by several other Atkinson alumni who also work at Wah Chang
in a panel discussion about how Atkinson has prepared them for their
careers. LARRY MARTIN MM ’93,JOE FRAZIER MM ’91, RICHARD SHELTON MBA ’95 and ANYA KIRILLOVA MBA ’02 all shared their experiences at Willamette and their current roles in the company.
of the graduates agreed that it was the quality of the professors and
program that brought them to Atkinson. “What we were doing in class at
Atkinson was very relevant to what we do in our jobs on a daily basis,”
Atkinson to Be Included in Two National Surveys
Congratulations to Atkinson’s students, faculty and staff for being
listed in two surveys that will be coming out this fall – “Beyond
Grey Pinstripes” and Vault’s “College Buzz Book.” A special thanks to
Director of Admission Judy O’Neill for her role in making this happen.
Atkinson School is one of only 91 schools who will be mentioned in this
year’s “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” report. For those of you who are not
familiar with the survey: “Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey
and ranking of business schools, spotlights innovative full-time MBA
programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social
and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and
research. These programs and pioneering faculty are preparing students
for the reality of tomorrow’s markets, equipping them with an
understanding of the social, environmental, and economic perspectives
required for business success in a competitive global economy. (www.beyondgreypinstripes.org)
Atkinson will also be mentioned in Vault’s “College Buzz Book.” According to their website (www.vault.com/),
the Buzz Book publishes extended excerpts from surveys of students and
alumni at more than 150 colleges and universities in order to bring
prospective students the inside scoop on the specific programs. The
survey comments cover the following areas of admissions process,
academics (curriculum, workload, etc.), employment prospects, quality
of life and social life.
Be sure to check out the
buzz about Atkinson in the College Buzz Book after it is published at
the end of November and at Beyond Grey Pinstripes at: www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/schools/index.cfm?cid=566.
Nominations for the 2006 Oregon Ethics in Business
Nominations were accepted through November 15 for Oregon
businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals
who go “beyond the expected” with respect
to ethical practices in their operations (www.willamette.edu/agsm/ethics).
The program defines ethics broadly, including as criteria
social responsibility and environmental sustainability
with ethical behavior toward employees, managers, customers,
clients, suppliers and other partners.
For the third year, Atkinson students in
GSM551: Managing Exchange will be researching nominees, presenting
reports to a committee of business, government, and not-for-profit
leaders who select recipients. The project provides students with an
opportunity to link their classroom study of ethics to challenges and
practices faced in today’s workplaces. Last June’s recognition banquet
attracted 500 executives and managers to honor their colleagues. In
addition, Atkinson alumni may be invited to assist the teams of
students who are researching individual executives and managers who
have been nominated for recognition.
If you are interested in making a nomination or working with a student team, go to the program’s website: www.oregonethicsinbusiness.org or contact Professor Steven Maser (email@example.com). Nominations may also be submitted online for individual, business and non-profit categories.
More than Just Brains!
Atkinson students, staff and faculty have shown that keeping physically
active is just as important as exercising the brain. Several members of
our community have participated in runs, races and walks, including the
well-known Portland Marathon. Professor STEVE MASER ran the marathon for the second year in a row, cutting over 75 minutes from his time last year. Professor KEN SMITH race-walked the marathon breaking his own personal record with a time of 5:59:36. Atkinson alum DEBRA PETH MBA’05 and current Atkinson students STEVE NORD, BRIAN COON, KEILA SPROED and AMANDA STANLEY
all participated in the marathon as well. Brian ran the marathon in 3
hours 49 minutes. This was quite an accomplishment for all the students
and faculty who participated, especially in balancing training with all
their other responsibilities. Admission Counselor AIMEE AKIMOFF ran the Salmon in the City 5K earlier this summer. If you have participated in a race or other sports competition, let us know!
Talk on Real Estate Investment
On Friday, December 2, 2005, PETER
KREMER ’62 will be speaking on the real
estate investment and development worlds. This presentation
will be in an informal setting and is open to anyone
who has an interest in the topic. Mr. Kremer is an undergraduate
alumnus of Willamette University and currently serves
on the Board of Trustees as part of the Atkinson Graduate
Mr. Kremer received his MBA from Stanford, where he
later taught courses in real estate investment and development.
He has had a very successful career in the industry,
at one time holding the position of CEO with the Irvine
Company, the largest landowner in southern California.
Since 1983 Peter has been the president of The Kremer
Company located in Newport Beach, California, his own
company focused on real estate investments and development.
This is a very unique opportunity to have a discussion
with a true expert in the field. He will speak at 12:00
noon on Friday, December 2. Lunch will be provided by
AGSM. Location will be determined by the number of attendees
who RSVP to Denise Crawford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by Monday, November 28.
Salem and Portland Holiday Party 2005
Don’t be a Scrooge! Join alumni, parents and friends
as we celebrate the holiday season this year at the
Lawrence Gallery in the Pearl District (903 NW Davis
Street, Portland, OR) on Thursday, December 8, 2005.
The gallery will be open exclusively for us from 7-9
p.m. Come enjoy good conversation, music and splendid
art and delicious food. Start calling your classmates
now and invite them to join us.
d’oeuvres and a no-host bar will be available and van transportation
will be available from campus to Portland for Salem-area attendees.
(Meet at Willamette’s campus in front of the Hatfield fountain at 6
p.m.) Advance reservations are required; contact Cherri Nopp at
800-551-6794, email email@example.com, or willamettealumni.com/holidayparty_at_gallery to register.
On street parking is available and there is a parking lot at 6th and Davis.
Atkinson Power Lunch
On the second Wednesday of each month, Dean Goodrich
invites a successful business leader to campus to speak
over lunch. The talk is informal in nature and provides
the Atkinson community the opportunity to meet exciting
individuals facing real business challenges. Mike McLaran,
Executive Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce,
spoke at this month’s Power Lunch, on Wednesday,
November 9th. Mike talked about his role as the Executive
Director and the role of the Salem Chamber of Commerce,
the current business or management issue he faces today
and the struggle to balance personal and professional
life. For more information about attending this event
in the future, please email Dan Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Dean in Panel at Women in Technology
JENNIFER RONEY, Atkinson Associate
Dean and Professor, participated as a panelist in a
regional WITI (Women in Technology International) event
on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00 – 8:00
PM. The event was held at the Rose Garden, on One Center
Court in Portland. The topic of the event was “Five
Key Things That Led to Success.” Jennifer was
one of three speakers who shared the five key things
that helped them achieve their goals and helped them
get to where they are today. This was an opportunity
to learn from the experiences of Portland’s innovative,
dynamic leaders in business, academia and government.
An Entrepreneurial Perspective in the Classroom
On Tuesday, October 11th, Atkinson alum and entrepreneur VEERINDER CHAWLA MM’90 was a guest speaker in Professor MANOHAR SINGH’S
course, Recent Trends in Corporate Finance. Veerinder is founder of The
Tao of Tea, one of the leading purveyors in the specialty tea industry.
His company includes three retail teahouses in Portland, Oregon, an
internet business and a national wholesale program. The Tao of Tea was
selected among several notable national companies to help design and
operate the famous 16th century style Chinese teahouse in Portland,
Oregon (a project between the city of Portland and its sister city in
China- Suzhou). Veerinder has been instrumental in highlighting the
quality of pure leaf teas in the industry and has helped create a
renewed interest in the art of tea. He has presented at numerous trade
shows and national retailers, authored several articles for tea
journals and has traveled extensively to develop direct relationships
with organic and fair trade tea growers. The Tao of Tea comprises a
group of tea enthusiasts from different backgrounds and countries, who
travel, learn about, find, take delight in, and offer pure tea leaves
with great flavor, artistry and soul.
The students of the Atkinson course, Recent Trends in Corporate Finance
enjoyed another guest speaker on Tuesday, October 18th. CHRISTIAN PRUSIA, MBA’96,
is the CEO/co-founder of Enuclia Semiconductor. Founded in 2003 (by
former employees of Pixelworks and Infocus), headquartered in
Beaverton, Enuclia Semiconductors is a new fables semiconductor company
which is privately held. Enuclia Semiconductors is developing a display
technology aimed at delivering better image quality and cost savings to
the world’s leading manufacturers of flat-panel, digital televisions.
This year’s International Dinner put on by the International Graduate
Students at Atkinson was a success! Students from around the world
brought dishes showcasing the cuisine of their home country. The event,
held in the Montag Den on Friday, October 28th, was attended by over 70
members of the Atkinson community. The entertainment was provided by
several international students who performed a comical skit about their
arrival in the U.S. and also put together a game to test the audience’s
knowledge of country flags.
In addition, Professor MANOHAR SINGH
wowed the crowd by singing two songs from his native India. Some of the
dishes at the event included homemade chicken curry, hummus, Korean
barbecued ribs, sushi, and even brownie sundaes provided by the USA.
“This event gives the opportunity for international students to share
their traditions, national dress, food, music, and style of living with
the Atkinson community,” said FADI BOURI, president of IGSM and emcee for the evening. “It reflects the diversity at AGSM and how much this diversity is appreciated.”
Witches, ghosts, goblins and… Kip, from Napoleon Dynamite?? Atkinson
students, staff and faculty put on their masks and costumes for
Halloween this year to celebrate in good fun. On Monday, October 31st,
the festivities started early in the morning with people roaming the
halls in costumes, such as Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Dracula,
Zorro, Superman, Mimi (from the Drew Carey show), a hippie, a ping-pong
champion, a cluster of grapes, and of course the loveable and
unforgettable character on the movie Napoleon Dynamite, Kip. There was
an all-day Costume Raffle, where all who came in costume were entered
into the raffle with a winner chosen every hour.
Everyone came together to show off their digs at a special Halloween
lunch in the Student Lounge. There were games to play from Pumpkin
Bowling to Ping Pong with the Professional Ping Pong Player-Professor ROB WILTBANK. Of course, a costume contest was in order with prizes for the best in show!
PORTLAND PROFESSIONAL MBA
Professional MBA Application Deadline Approaching
The Portland Professional MBA program is still accepting
applications for the January 2006 cohort. Contact the
Portland Professional MBA office right away if you are
interested in applying. Professional MBA classes begin
January 9, 2006 at the Willamette University Portland
Center in the Pearl District, right across the street
from Powell’s Books.
Call 503-808-9901 or 1-866-385-PMBA (toll free) for more information. You can also visit the PMBA website at willamettepmba.com.
PMBA Information Session:
The information sessions are designed to educate the
Willamette community about the Professional MBA and
connect prospective students to alumni and faculty.
Prospective students, faculty, alumni and friends are
invited to join us. You are invited to the upcoming
Join Us for Holiday Cheer
Professional MBA Information Session and Christmas Gathering
Tuesday, December 13 – 5:30-7:30pm
View of the Christmas Boat Parade on the Willamette River, 7:00pm
Three Degrees Restaurant (at the Riverplace Hotel)
1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, Oregon
RSVP to Tina Alexander or Carla Wiltbank at 503-808-9901 or 1-866-385-PMBA (toll-free). You can also RSVP online at willamettepmba.com.
Atkinsonews Alumnus Interview: AARON RAPF ’00, MBA’03
By Aaron Andrus, MBA Candidate 2007
“Hold on to the dream. Don’t compromise what you want for what you can get.”
is tested advice for current Atkinson MBA students from Aaron Rapf, an
AGSM class of 2003 alumnus currently working in the U.S. tennis sports
marketing department of Nike, Inc. as the tennis service planner. True
to his word, “compromise” holds no place in the tale of Aaron’s career
thus far. Read on the find out how endurance, sacrifice, drive, and
risk-taking landed Aaron his ideal job in tennis sports marketing.
been playing tennis since I was nine years old…I wanted to (work) as
close to the game as possible and still hang out with my friends—live
and breath tennis like I had been. So I went into sports marketing in
tennis…that’s the only option I had.”
college I got a job (at Nike) as a temp doing product testing. It was a
(less than desirable) job in stat entry, but I always knew it was a
means to an end, and I knew where I was headed. I didn’t know how to
get there, but I knew…the first goal is to get in.”
With his foot in the door at Nike, Aaron decided to return to school to work on his MBA.
graduated (from Atkinson) in ’03 and there were no jobs. So I just did
the beat, you know, I just put some portfolios together and started
knocking on doors…(by) the end of the week my old boss (contacted) me
and said ‘Hey, we’ve got your old temp job open, do you want it?”
Aaron took the job on a full-time basis knowing it would move him closer to his goal.
eventually met…my current boss. Every once in a while I would just
(ask) ‘What are you looking for, what kind of person do you need.” He
also established “street cred” in the tennis industry by referencing
experiences he had and relationships he established (including the head
of tennis sports marketing at Adidas) during a successful amateur
“So then (after) a year at my job
they were hiring for (tennis sports marketing). Now, jobs in sports
marketing are hard to come by and everybody wants ‘em, so I went hard
core into it. I figured, a lot of people want this job, a lot of them
have more experience than I do—I had to do something to set myself
apart…So, I took a power point presentation in a binder…(with) projects
from college and grad school wherever they fit, you know, so if they
asked me about (my experience), BAM, there it is.”
go into the interview and I sat down and I said, ‘Look, I think I went
a little overboard with this, so let me apologize ahead of time.’ And
[smacks the table] I dropped (the thick binder) right in front of them
and both of (the interviewers) were like this [wide-eyed jaw-dropping
“That was a great ice breaker,” he says, and
it lightened the mood considerably. “It was so…lighthearted because
they were impressed.”
Aaron got the job, of course,
and continues to work in the tennis industry he loves through his
position at Nike Inc. “When you see Roger Federer on TV in all his Nike
apparel, my job is to make sure all his products get to him at the
right time, at the right place, and all done strategically.”
“It came down to networking and…showing them I wanted it.”
Asked how he feels about his work; “I love it.”
For more information on NIKE and NIKE internships, go to www.nikebiz.com.
EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Mini-MBA Program,
offered through Cascade Employers Association, recently completed its
first module: Developing New Business Ideas at the beginning of
October. The Mini-MBA continues this month (Nov) with T.J. Chandler’s
module “Managing Strategically”. Cascade Employers Association and the
Executive Development Center have joined together to provide a unique
learning and career development opportunity for owners, executives, and
managers. The Mini-MBA program provides a practical foundation of
current business theory in an intensive series of six modules. For
details about participating in one of the five remaining modules, visit
The Utility Management Certificate
sponsored by the Utility Education and Training Alliance and designed
and delivered by the EDC, starts the second week of the program on
November 15-19. The program gives a highly integrated view of gas and
electric utilities from their business environments through regulation
to financing and internal management. For details, go to: www.willamette.edu/agsm/utility.
Certificate in Public Management
The Certificate in Public Management program will have a graduation
ceremony for the 27 members of Cohort 5 on December 1, 2005 at 3:30 in
the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library. A reception will follow in
the Alumni Lounge at the University Center. For details on the CPM
program, see www.willamette.edu/cpm.
CPM Received Its Sixth Cohort This Fall
By Claudia Coibanu of the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division
Thirty new students enrolled in the CPM this fall. Designed to meet the
professional needs of managers in the public service, the program is
now in its sixth year. With a curriculum addressing administrative
effectiveness, technical competency, analytical abilities and
communication skills, CPM attracts managers from various state and
local governments. Students have varying degrees of managerial
experience for agencies such as the Oregon Youth Authority, the City of
McMinnville, and the Department of Education.
new participants have not even finished the first quarter of the
program, many speak of the difference courses have already made in
their current jobs. “The CPM program has already helped me get a
broader perspective on the work of other (state government)
departments,” said JEFF STELL(DHS – Children, Adults & Families). MAY ELLEN ALTREE(DHS –
Information Services) is pleased with the Excel and statistics skills
she picked up since September. Others are fascinated with the concepts
discussed in the organizational-change course.
many participants, the Atkinson reputation for academic excellence was
the primary reason for joining the program. The professors are known
for bringing real-life knowledge into the classroom. Their ability to
facilitate classroom discussion and get students to think about how
they can immediately apply new concepts to their jobs has made a great
impact on many participants. “I like the interactive discussion and the
fact that we have the ability to talk and write about our work
situations,” said ROBIN STRAUGHAN (Marion
Soil & Water Conservation District). “I think I learn as much from
fellow students as I do from the books and lectures,” added Jeff Stell.
addition, the CPM offers the optimal formula for gaining new knowledge,
enhancing skills and making connections with professionals in the
public sector. Robin chose the CPM to build a foundation of business
principles and management skills. SUZANNE SMITH
(PUC) joined the program to prepare herself for the many changes her
department will face in the near future. The format structured around
Friday morning classes and a lot of outside studying appealed to many
The potential to transfer
credits attracted some looking for a transition from the professional
world to an MBA. The CPM offers the possibility of transferring almost
all 12 credits as graduate-level electives. But regardless of how they
ended up in the same cohort, these students have something in common:
the desire to learn new skills they can immediately apply to their jobs
and the excitement of having found the right program so close to home.
Affiliated Professor LAURA LEETE,
who teaches economics and public policy, received a $30,000 grant from
the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty USDA
Research Grant Program. The project is titled: “Income Volatility, Food
Insufficiency, and Food Stamp Receipt in the U.S.: The Effect of
In mid October, Professor STEVE MASER
attended the meetings of the National Association of Schools of Public
Affairs and Administration in Washington, D.C., where he was appointed
chair of the Accreditation Standards Committee, the committee that
oversees the design and development of the standards under which public
administration and public policy programs are reviewed for NASPAA
accreditation. In that capacity Steve will be working throughout this
year with the Executive Council of NASPAA to help design an overall
review of the standards, expected to be completed in 2007.
Accounting and Information Science Professor KEN SMITH
has been appointed to the steering committee for the Oregon Public
Performance Management Association (OPPMA). Dr. Smith gave two recent
presentations related to government benchmarking and performance
measurement. On October 22 he presented “A Legislator’s Guide to
Performance Measurement” to Oregon State Representatives that attended
the New Budget Coalition Issues Briefing in Salem. On October 24 he
presented “Benchmarking Consortium Projects: Prospects for Oregon Local
Government” to the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association in
Business Women’s Forum and Atkinson Public
Management Association Joint Fall Event
Two of Atkinson's student groups joined forces for an
event titled Working In or With the Public Sector:
What You Need to Know! The event co-sponsored by
the Atkinson Public Management Association and Business
Women’s Forum was held at the Wild Pear Cafe in
downtown Salem on Thursday, November 17th. The speakers
were LISA JOYCE,
Oregon Housing and Community Services Director and SUSAN
WILSON MAD ’77, Oregon Human Resource
Services Director. The speakers talked about their experiences
in the field of public management. A discussion time
followed the speakers, when questions were posed to
the group about pros and cons of working in the public
sector, as well as gender issues in the field.
Atkinson Students Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma
Current students FADI BOURI & MARY WHEELWRIGHT (SIMBALA)
will be inducted into the distinguished Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs
accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business. 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. Fadi
and Mary will represent Willamette University’s MBA at the “Beta Gamma
Sigma 2006 Student Leadership Forum” held in San Diego, CA, February
9-12. Congratulations to Fadi & Mary!
AMA Site Visit
The Atkinson chapter of the American Marketing Association had its
first site visit of the 2005-06 school year at The Metropolitan Group
in Portland on Nov. 4. The Metropolitan Group is an advertising and
public relations agency that primarily serves nonprofit and social
purpose organizations. Executive vice president Laura K. Lee Dellinger
introduced the group to the agency and led a 30 minute case discussion
on a recent campaign launched for the National Youth Advocacy
Coalition. The case study was followed by a casual wine and cheese
event at the Metropolitan Group offices. This unique opportunity
offered students a chance to learn more about a Portland-area firm that
describes its services as “communications that make a difference” for
organizations that “build a just and sustainable world.”
Two second-year students at Atkinson have started a real estate
marketing company for the second-year PaCE course, New Ventures to
Market. As part of their company, called InnovativExposure, HEATHER BUXTON and LYNDSEY EISENBARTH
create Interactive Tours, flyers and postcards for real estate and
other venues. The two students plan to continue with the venture after
graduation if it meets their current goals and objectives. Check out
their products at www.innovativexposure.com.
Heather and Lyndsey are currently working to expand their distribution
channels. If you know someone in real estate, event venue facilities or
anyone else who could use this product, they would be grateful for
contact information or an introduction. Please contact Heather at email@example.com or Lyndsey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about their service or products.
SHRM Food Drive a Success
Atkinson’s SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) chapter held the
annual canned food drive and this year donated a total of 353 lbs to
the Marion Polk Food Share. The canned food drive was a contest between
PaCE teams, 2nd year students and faculty. The winner of this year’s
food drive was PaCE Team 2, which donated a total of 131 pounds. PaCE
Team 1 came in second with only one pound difference!
JANET JOBES, Atkinson Registrar,
attended the annual PACRAO Conference in Sacramento,
CA. on November 6-9, 2005. PACRAO is the Pacific American
Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers
with more than 1,500 members representing approximately
400 institutions. PACRAO members are drawn from the
states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, the territory
of Guam and provinces of Alberta, British Columbia,
Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Registrar Janet Jobes’ Birthday
Atkinson Student Association Day
Veteran’s Day: University Open
Thanksgiving Weekend: University Closed/No Classes
Director of Development Denise Crawford’s Birthday
Professor Steve Maser’s Birthday
Willamette Star Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert
Victorian Christmas with John Doan, Hudson Hall
Last Day of the Semester for AGSM
Winter Break: University Closed
Administrative Assistant Mary Stout’s Birthday
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day
Senior Assistant to the Dean Susan Chiapella’s Birthday
Professor Ilan Vertinsky’s Birthday
First Day of Class for AGSM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Professor Patrick Connor’s Birthday
View the current events calendar at: www.willamette.edu/~schiapel/master_calendar/ and other information for alumni at: www.willamettealumni.com/events.
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– George Burns