Willamette – Atkinson School MBA


February 2006


New Year a Good One Dean Jim Goodrich
This year is starting off in a very good way. We had a record amount of year-end giving from alumni and our first Professional MBA classes began in our Portland Center on January 9. The program welcomed 21 students in this first group, and all of them have been enthusiastically participating in classes taught by Professors Patrick Conner and Mike Hand.

In addition to the PMBA classes, the Portland office space is providing us with many opportunities to enhance the full-time program as well as broaden our visibility. Thanks to Frank Wagner of our Atkinson Advisory Board for his excellent January 24 presentation on Coaching - held in the PDX classrooms -- for the Mentors in our full-time program. Many of them reported they would use this information in their work, as well as with our MBA students!

I was also very impressed with Atkinson Students who participated in our Northwest MBA Career Fair, held in the World Trade Center January 27. Apparently the area employers at the event were equally impressed- they gave Beth Ursin, Director of Career Services, some great feedback on our students and their abilities.

February began with an open house at our new facility. The celebration was hosted by AGSM and President Lee Pelton, and many representatives from the Willamette University Trustees, Administrative and Alumni Councils were in attendance. Now that the paint is dry and the chairs and desks are in place, all were able to view the classrooms in their "natural" state - with food and decorations instead of textbooks, of course! We are planning another open house for alumni this Spring. Keep your eyes open for information!

Our recruiters are gearing up for the ’06 entering classes, with information sessions for Portland and Salem, and trips for the Full Time MBA to places as distant as Austin, Monterrey, Mexico and Hawaii planned for this month. We wish them well and happy hunting! Thanks to all of you for continuing to refer prospective applicants to our MBA programs.

Jim Goodrich



Ordonez-Brown weddingJORGE ORDONEZ MBA’05 and JESSICA BROWN MBA’04 were married on January 6, 2006 in Cusco, Peru. The happy couple wishes to thank the entire Atkinson community for helping to bring them together. Jorge and Jessica now live in Puno, Peru on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where Jorge is the Deputy Planning Manager for a local electric utility company. Jessica, who recently left her job with National Geographic to move to Peru, is studying Spanish and seeking freelance opportunities with U.S.-based organizations.




STEVE WEGENER JD/MM’95 and wife Mary welcomed their first child, Edwin Forst Wegener, into their family on December 11, 2005.

Daley FamilyGLENN DALEY MBA’99 and his wife MAYU NAKAGAWA DALEY MBA’97 welcomed a baby girl into their family. Serena Sakura was born at 1:45 am on December 18 in Torrance CA, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz. Mayu is taking severance from UFJ Bank upon their merger with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi. Glenn was recently promoted to Chief Educational Research Scientist for Los Angeles Unified School District’s Program Evaluation and Research Branch. He is the manager of the School Reform Unit within the branch, with responsibility for charter school research and several other areas of reform-related research. He also chairs the district’s Committee for External Research Review.

SEAN RHODES MBA’01 is pleased to report the expected birth of a third child - Rebecca Anne Rhodes, to the Rhodes family. She will be the newest addition to the family. Shannon (4) and Thomas (1.5 years) are preceding her.

Mollar Nkiwane & FamilyZenzo Quincy HanselmanMOLLAR NKIWANE MBA’00 and her husband Scott Hanselman are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zenzo Quincy Hanselman born on November 29, 2005. All 3 are doing well.





G. HARVEY GAIL MM’88 is pleased to announce two new clients to his firm. VanNatta Public Relations, Inc. has been retained by the Financial Planning Association of Oregon and SW Washington. Mr. Gail will serve as the Executive Director. FPA is dedicated to the financial planning profession and those who champion the financial planning process. In addition, Oregon Human Development Corporation has retained VPR for public relations services. OHDC is a non profit social service agency dedicated to improving the lives of migrant workers. VPR will develop a database of employers whose job requirements meet US Department of Labor guidelines as part of the Workforce Investment Act. VPR also created marketing materials to promote OHDC’s services to employers. Currently, Second year Atkinson student TANYA RIISE is working on the OHDC project at VPR’s office as an intern.

DEBRA SPEARS-TURNER JD/MBA’05 has recently accepted a position with Tomax Corporation as their HR Manager and General Counsel. Tomax Corporation is a retail management software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Bangalore, India. Debra knew Maltz’s Value Chain Management class would come in handy one day! In addition to this great new opportunity, Debra is continuing with Whitford Law Offices as a staff attorney and Business Manager on a part-time basis. Whitford Law Offices will continue with its plans to open a Utah location in the future.

DR. PATRICK W. GAKURU MBA’01 from Kenya got a new appointment with the Kenyan National Economic and Social Council (NESC) as Director, Social Sector. The NESC is the highest policy advisory organ for the government and its membership is drawn from both the private and public sector. It also has local and international advisors in its Board with the President of Kenya as the Chairman. Starting January 23rd, Dr. Gakuru will be in charge of the secretariate’s work on the social sector (Health, Education, Employment, etc).

JOHN A. LINDQUIST II MBA’99 was installed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Enable Industries Inc. in Ogden, Utah. Enable is a not-for-profit organization that provides life skills, job training and employment for all people with disabilities. Lindquist is serving his fourth year on the Board of Trustees.

ZoellerBRIAN ZOELLER MBA’01, who is currently living in Africa and working with the Peace Corps, spent a recent weekend on the seat of a road bike for nearly 300 miles over 3 days. He and a Peace Corps volunteer from the Portland area, pictured here, biked from the northern town of Nouadhibou to the capital where he lives, Nouakchott. The road they traveled was recently built over several years by 4-5 companies, finally connecting the two mentioned most industrial cities. Brian says “The road is a good one and traffic is light seeing as there is almost nothing in between the start and finish; we took advantage of that fact. Lacking a good physical challenge for quite some time, myself and the Peace Corps Volunteer ventured across the coastal edge of the Sahara for what we thought would be a fairly easy but long ride. We hit constant head and cross winds, about 90% of the time forcing us to work much harder for longer. It took about 8 hours of biking a day to finish it. Luckily we had vehicle, medical and bike support along the way and some folks from the capital joining in for camping fun in the dunes. The trip made me realize, as only the view from a slow moving apparatus could, the harsh, stark and beautiful landscape that covers much of this country. We are now negotiating over a few more multi-century bike trips to other parts of the country. In fact, we’re thinking of making the Nouadhibou trip an annual fundraiser to attract adventuresome foreigners to spend their time and money here.” Interested? E-mail Brian at btzoe@yahoo.com.

Current PMBA student ANDREW FRAZIER and MATHEW HUNNICUTT MBA’02 were featured in an article in the December 2005 Issue of Commerce Magazine (www.djc-or.com) regarding the Young Professionals of Portland Group.

GERALD "JERRY" MATHIAS MBA’03 joined Mettler-Toledo, Inc., a Swiss company with it’s North American business based in Columbus, Ohio in the position of Business Intelligence Analyst. He is responsible for corporate reporting, including designing, supporting and facilitating the reporting environment for worldwide users.


Atkinson Students and Professor Trek to Dubai and Discover a Thriving Business Oasis
DubaiDubaiOver winter break a group of Atkinson students took a trip to Dubai, UAE to explore growing private equity trends in the region. FADI BOURI, SEAN RIESTERER, KOY SAECHAO along with Professor MANOHAR SINGH spent 10 days meeting with Abraaj Capital, Rasmala Investments, Dubai International Capital, HSBC, Ithmar Capital, Shuaa Partners, Starling International Management LTD, and Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC). In addition to this finance led expedition, the group met with Dubai Knowledge Village to learn more about the education and training initiatives of the region, Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC to observe a large US conglomerate based in Dubai and a HR Recruiter to learn about global HR and job opportunities in the market. DubaiThe trip was a success and made possible by the sponsorship of Dubai International Finance Center and by Atkinson Graduate School with approval from Dean Goodrich.

The students also had the opportunity to visit some of Dubai’s premier attractions including the Burj Al Arab hotel and Ski Dubai.



Introducing Elliott Dale, Assistant Dean for Student AffairsElliott Dale
ELLIOTT DALE MBA’05 is joining us as the new Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs. Many of you might know Elliott as a recent graduate and we are thrilled
to have him join us here as an employee. He brings with him not only an
Atkinson MBA, but also experience in student affairs on many levels in
both his recent and past education. Elliott has recent marketing
experience as well. Elliott will be responsible for all student affairs and coordination of activities outside of the classroom. Please join us in welcoming Elliott!Also best of luck and thank you to Dan Mahoney for his years of service as Assistant Dean.


Finalists for Oregon Ethics in Business Awards Announced
Oregon Ethics in BusinessMany deserving individuals and companies were nominated by friends and co-workers for this year’s Oregon Ethics in Business awards. Students from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management will research the finalists and a selection committee of business leaders and others will review the research and choose the award recipients. The 2006 OIEB finalists according to category are:

Holt International, Eugene
Cascade AIDS Project, Portland
Maybelle Clark MacDonald Center
and Residence, Portland
The Rebuilding Center/Our United Villages, Portland
Sisters of the Road, Portland
La Clinica del Valle, Medford

For Profits:
Mentor Graphics, Portland
Oregon Vineyard Supply, McMinnville
Brooks Resources, Bend
TEC Laboratories, Albany
Higgins Signs, Clackamas
Columbia Helicopters, Portland
Gates Home Furnishing, Grants Pass
Living Tree Paper Company, Eugene
Carafe, Portland
Portland Roasting Holdings, Portland
Vernier Software and Technology, Portland

Bill Thorndike, Medford
Joe Weston, Portland
Carol Ranney, Portland
Dr. Richard Park, Portland

The OEIB Awards ceremony will be held on June 14th in the Grand Ballroom of the Governor Hotel in Portland. The key note speaker is Gun Denhart, a native of Sweden and co-founder of the Hanna Andersson children’s clothing company. Through her leadership, the company has become known for its high quality clothing made from soft cotton materials, as well as community involvement and family friendly work practices.


Distinguished Atkinson Alumna Visits Campus - February 1, 2006
On February 1st, Atkinson alumna, ROBERTA "BOBBIE" CONNER MBA’84, was the featured speaker for the inaugural lecture of the Indian Country Conversations Series at Willamette University. After her graduation from Atkinson, Bobbie joined the U.S. Small Business Administration and worked her way through the ranks to become a District Director, one of only 69 in the U.S. She is currently the Director of a prominent Native American cultural center and museum located in Eastern Oregon, the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Bobbie’s visit to Willamette included a campus-wide lecture at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. Before her lecture, she made an appearance at Atkinson to speak informally with interested students and faculty about her background and career. Bobbie offered excellent insight to people interested in small business, non-profit management, public service, and successful women leaders.

Willamette MBA Power Lunch - February 8, 2006
A conversation with Sonja Sorenson Craig: President and Publisher of the Statesman Journal.
Sonja is a newspaper industry veteran with over twenty years experience as a publisher in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon. She is co-chair of the Gannett Newspaper Division Diversity Committee and a member of the Oregon Women’s Forum and the Board of Directors of Marion-Polk Food Share.
Sonja shared her perspective on the topic, “The Future of the Newspaper Business”: What does the future look like for newspapers? Will the newsprint we all like to unfold each morning become obsolete? What are newspapers doing to deal with competitive threats from online media and emerging media channels? How are they responding to changes in consumer news consumption habits? Are they positioned to take advantage of the explosive growth in online advertising spending?


February SHRM Breakfast Meeting - Tuesday, February 14
7:00-9:00am Willamette University, Putnam Bldg, 3rd Floor
Build Ultimate Connections: 9 Magic Keys to Improve all your Relationships
Guest Speaker: Val Baldwin, CPC
E-mail Carol.M.Johnson@doc.state.or.us to RSVP. Cost is $12 and includes a full hot breakfast.

SHRM Lunch Lecture - Wednesday, February 15
Please join SHRM for a lunch lecture to learn more about compensation and benefits.
February 15th: Noon – 1pm
Location: Atkinson 3rd floor classroom
Cost is $12 for SHRM members and $15 for guests. RSVP to Leah Daniels at: ldaniels@willamette.edu
Presented by: Catrinus Wallet
Catrinus has been a HR professional for over 25 years, and has been a compensation & benefits specialist for most of those years. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University (Psychology) and received his graduate training (MS in Industrial/Organization Psychology) at Cal State University at Long Beach. He is currently Sr HR Consultant for Compensation and Benefits at Legacy Health System. Catrinus is also a board member of the Columbia-Willamette Compensation Group (www.cwcg.org), which is the Portland affiliate of the national compensation professional organization World at Work (formerly the American Compensation Association) (www.worldatwork.org)

Willamette University Breakfast Forum - Thursday, February 16
Sponsored by the Professional MBA Program, this event will take place Thursday, February 16 at 7:00am at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Featuring Chris Coleman, Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage. Chris has a unique perspective as a leader of one of Portlandís major cultural organizations. He explores how we define Portlandóas the reality of what the city is becoming. Reframing how our stories are built, how they fit together, and how we discover what is at their core, reveals a striking link between Portlandís economic and cultural vitality. Visit www.willamettealumni.com or call 1-800-551-6794 by February 13 to register.

Dempsey Lecture Series Features Expert on Ecological Economics - Thursday, February 16
CostanzaOn February 16 at 8:00 PM Willamette University will present the fifth lecture in the Dempsey Lecture Series on environmental issues. Robert Costanza of the University of Vermont will lecturing on Ecological Economics: Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future.

Robert Costanza, as director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, is best known for his pioneering work on ecosystem valuation. In 1997 a team of researchers headed by Constanza published an analysis in the preeminent journal Science that put a dollar figure on the services ecosystems provide to the continued functioning of our planet, ranging somewhere between $16 and $54 trillion. Costanza and ecological economists around the globe have spent the ensuing years confirming and refining their valuation process. His research includes landscape-level spatial simulation modeling; analysis of energy and material flows through economic and ecological systems; and analysis of dysfunctional incentive systems and ways to correct them.

Costanza is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific papers and 19 books, and reports on his work have appeared in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic, and National Public Radio and other media. He is the co-founder and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).

Costanza received his PhD in systems ecology with a minor in economics form the University of Florida in 1979. He also has a master’s degree in architecture and urban and regional planning from the University of Florida.

The lecture, sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation, is free and open to the public. It will be held in Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on the Willamette University campus.

Willamette MBA Preview Day - Saturday, February 25
Be sure to encourage your friends and relatives who are interested in the Full-Time MBA program to come to Preview Day on Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Preview Day is our annual Saturday open house for prospective Full-time MBA students. The program includes lunch, alumni speakers, sample classes, a student panel, and information about the curriculum, experiential learning, career services, financial aid and admission.

Prospective students can get more information about Preview Day and register online at www.willamette.edu/agsm/admission/previewday.htm

Professional MBA Upcoming Information Sessions

Salem Information Sessions:
Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30-7:30
Willamette University in association with the Statesman Journal B2B Magazine present the Business Community Forum.
Alessandro’s Restaurant
120 Commercial St NE
Intersection of Commercial and State

Tuesday, March 14th, 5:30-7:30
Willamette University in association with the Statesman Journal B2B Magazine present the Business Community Forum. Special topic "Salem’s International Connections"
Presentation from 5:30-6:15, with networking and social following
Willamette University Campus

Portland Information Sessions:
Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:30-7:30
Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery
206 NW 10th, Portland, Oregon 97209

Tuesday, March 21st, 5:30-7:30
Location TBD

Locations to be determined will be announced and will also be available online at www.willamette.edu/mba, under Events. RSVP is suggested, but not necessary.

For more information contact Willamette University’s MBA offices at (503) 808-9901 (Portland) or (503) 370-6440 (Salem).


Key Career Events:

Tektronix Information Session - January 18, 2006
Atkinson alum, ERIC HAGEN MBA’96, Willamette alum, ALICIA ANDREW ‘05, along with recently hired current student, KYLE ROADMAN, chatted with the students about careers in Finance at Tektronix. Tektronix is currently recruiting for several Financial Analyst positions as well as four interns for the summer of 2006.

Mentor Coaching Session - January 24, 2006
Highly regarded Executive Coach, Frank Wagner presented to and coached 25 of Atkinson’s mentors on three key coaching tools. Mentors drove from as far away as Corvallis and Eugene to attend the event at the newly opened Portland campus of Willamette University. The mentor program enables first year students to meet on a regular basis with successful business people. Several attendees this event mentioned their excitement to ‘try out’ their new took-kit with their mentees in the upcoming weeks.

Mock Recruiting Event - January 26, 2006
First year students had an opportunity to practice their networking skills and ‘working the room’ in a mock recruiting event at J James Restaurant in Salem. The Mock Recruiters, who were community members, alums and second year students assumed the roles of partners, managers and staff people in the fictitious Goodrich & Associates firm. At the end of the evening, points were tallied and students learned which behaviors were more likely to net them offers in the future.

NW MBA Consortium Career Day - January 27, 2006
Friday afternoon, 14 of the areas largest employers flocked to Portland’s World Trade Center to talk one-on-one and in groups with the MBA graduate students from Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Willamette University. Participating organizations included Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Freightliner, HSBC, Intel, Moss Adams LLC, Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division, PCC Structurals, Providence Health Systems, Real Networks, Tektronix, US Bank, State Farm Insurance and T-Mobile. If your company might be interested in participating in the 2007 event, please contact Beth Ursin at eursin@willamette.edu.

Mock Interviews - February 2006
During the month of February, students are matched with ‘mock interviewers’ who are friends/alums of the Willamette to do a practice interview. Students go to the interviewer’s office to participate in a 20 to 30 minute interview. The feedback that we’ve received from past mock interviews is incredibly valuable for the student’s continued success in their job search. If you’re interested in participating…please contact Beth Ursin at eursin@willamette.edu or call 503.375.5309.

Susan HaleSUSAN HALE, who will graduate in May, accepted a position as Staff Accountant with Ernst & Young this fall after receiving multiple offers and a full season of recruiting events. Her job search began in the fall of 2004 with multiple informational interviews which helped her narrow her job search to public accounting. Starting in January 2005, she focused in on networking and gaining connections with the Big four accounting firms and multiple regional firms. She told the first year students that she even made a contact at a wedding that led to an invitation to interview. Hale says “The most important thing I did was stay in contact with all of the firms. I made several trips to both Seattle and Portland to meet with professionals at the firms. I was told that this made me stand out as a candidate who knew what I wanted and would take initiative.” Regarding her final choice, Hale says “I ended up not finishing the recruiting process and accepted the offer from Ernst & Young. All of the firms offer great career opportunities and I ended up choosing the firm that was the best fit for me.”

ATKINSONews Alumnus Spotlight: JANE JACKSON ’93, MBA’95
"Working Smart"
By Aaron Andrus, MBA Candidate 2007

Atkinson class of 1995 alumnus Jane Jackson is a dynamic woman and an amazing example of the flexibility and sacrifice necessary to achieve success at home and in the work place at the same time. As a full time manager and mother of three young children, this Intel Wireless program manager lives a very full life.

Imagine an average day consisting of alternating conversations with your eight year old son and a wireless networking expert in Israel, a changed diaper followed by a multinational phone conference, or a closing a bedtime storybook and opening an email from an Intel team member in Malaysia or France, and you will understand why she subscribes to a "work smarter, not harder" philosophy.

Jane recently traveled to Singapore and Malaysia, but often turned down the opportunity to travel to China, France, and Berlin in order to balance her very busy work-family schedule. Even though she loves to travel, she says of the international demand on her time, "I needed to manage it down-it means I have to be on the phone on the middle of the night, but (that way) I can get Asia and Israel on the phone at the same time." In a age in which family life is commonly neglected, it’s refreshing to see where her priorities lie.

Having invested eight years in the company, Jane is a dedicated employee and characterizes herself as a "lifer" at Intel, where she perceives value in a "very good" and "family friendly" benefits package and greater job stability than what she might find at a smaller company. She also enjoys the innovation and creativity inherent in Intel’s culture. She even teaches classes at Intel University, which offers hundreds of classes to Intel employees.

A liberal arts major in college, Jane often finds herself in project management rather than in more technical positions at Intel. Shee identifies "soft skills" such as networking and communications as well as analytical skills as most tangible and applicable to her work. "Issues come up and you have to figure out what resources to get, [make] connections [through] that network of people you have built relationships with…and make [those issues] go away or figure out how you are going to manage through it."

Jane also recognizes the importance of "managing your manager," or setting expectations for your manager so that your work life does not overwhelm your personal and family life. Rather than working a typical day, for example, Jane has arranged to get off work at two in the afternoon, spend an hour or two with her kids or managing the home, and then pick up with her career responsibilities again by making phone calls to manage the international aspects of her team.

You can’t help but be impressed with a woman like Jane Jackson. She is a fascinating example of an educated, do-it-all modern American woman who is savvy enough to manage a home and a career at the same time, and do both well. Jane may not ever make the cover of Business Week, but even a quick glance into her life presents convincing evidence that a modern working mother may be the best manager of all.

Update: Just before distribution of this newsletter, it was announced that Jane will be taking an 18 month expatriate assignment to Malaysia, with her family, departing March 2nd. She is excited about the work opportunity and a thrilling experience for the whole family. Her older kids will attend international schools with kids from all over the world.

If you are interested in learning more about jobs at Intel go to www.intel.com and click on "Jobs at Intel."


Certificate in Public Management
Notes on CPM Alumni: DONNA (ANDREW) HARRISON ’95, CPM ’94 retired from her position as Safety and Risk Manager at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on December 30, 2005. She will be joining her new husband in Sequim, WA, and assisting him with his business, Harrison’s Footwear. "I’ve enjoyed my position at OPRD and the education received at WU and Atkinson enhanced my ability to make a difference for improved safety and risk at OPRD," writes Donna. "I have also enjoyed being a CPM advisor."

Mini-MBA Program
The Mini-MBA Program, offered through Cascade Employers Association, continues this month with Professor Ken Murphy on “Project Management”. Offered jointly by Cascade Employers Association and the Executive Development Center of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, this session is ideal for business owners, executives, and managers. The next session: Negotiating, a unique career development opportunity to learn negotiation tactics and techniques that are easy to apply in the workplace, begins March 3. For details, visit www.cascadeemployers.com.

Transit and Community Transportation Management Certificate Program
Atkinson’s Transit program will soon begin. The program, directed by Walt Diangson, is a management program for people working in or toward a transit management career. It is specific to the transit and paratransit industry and provides a major training option and resource to professionals in our region. The program will take place in Portland and Seattle and the starting date is April 3 for both locations. For more information, go to www.willamette.edu/mba/transit or contact Karen Piter at kpiter@willamette.edu.



Fred ThompsonProfessor FRED THOMPSON and Michael Barzelay of the London School of Economics, published "Responsibility Budgeting at the Air Force Materiel Command," in Public Administration Review [66 (1) Jan-Feb, 2006, 127-138].


Ken SmithProfessors KEN SMITH wrote a chapter in the 2006 book "Public Financial Management" published by Taylor & Francis. The chapter, titled "The Intersection of Accounting and Local Government Performance Measurement", explores conflicting views of how agencies should report on their non-financial performance. The editor notes, "This is a sobering and thought-provoking chapter that suggest performance reporting and budgeting are not fads. But the perceived cost-effectiveness of implementation remains uncertain to many practitioners due to the failure to agree upon the parameters of a common reporting model."


Lisbeth ClausIn January 2006, Professor LISBETH CLAUS conducted strategic HR management training to country and regional HR executives in Hungary, Romania and Poland.

A paper written by Lisbeth, entitled, "International Assignment Types and Employee Development," has been accepted for publication in Current Topics in Management.





Congratulations to HEATHER BUXTON for successfully passing the PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification test and to BRIAN COON and MARGARET STEARNS for successfully passing the GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) certification tests. All three Atkinson students took the certification exams during the winter break. They were coached by Professor LISBETH CLAUS, SPHR, GPHR. They maintain the Atkinson tradition of 100 percent pass rate of students taking the HR certification exams.

Current student LEAH DANIELS wrote an article that was recently published in the December 2005 issue of Echoes, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student newsletter. The article titled "Tone at the Top Key to Successful Learning Organization" was originally published in Atkinson Management Today (AMT), Atkinson’s student publication. Read the original article here: www.willamette.edu/agsm/amt

O’Neill Student Investment Fund
Through a generous donation from Robert and Doris O’Neill, the Atkinson School has established the O’Neill Student Investment Fund, managed by students enrolled in Professor MICHAEL DOTHAN’s investment classes.

On December 1, 2005 students presented an Investment Policy Statement for 2006 and reported on investment performance in 2005 to the Fund Advisory Board.

In the Investment Policy Statement, the students designed a benchmark that contains a mix of U.S. energy stocks (natural gas and pipeline services), U.S. health care stocks, U.S. information technology and telecom stocks, U.S. financial services stocks (investment banks), foreign equities (Europe and Japan), emerging market equities, and U.S. money market funds. The investment objective of the Fund in 2006 is to outperform this benchmark with a tracking error of no more than 2%.

In 2005, Fund total return before investment expenses was 5.83% (5.23% after expenses), compared with total return to the S & P 500 index of 4.91%, and Nasdaq total return of 2.13%. The students accomplished this with return volatility of 5.1%, compared with S& P 500 volatility of 10.3% and Nasdaq volatility of 12.7%.

After the presentation, the students enjoyed a celebration dinner at Da Vinci’s restaurant in Salem. In addition, students were interviewed by a reporter from the Statesman Journal, which published an article about the Fund on January 15, 2006.


Gregory DanekeBYRON SHINKLE JD/MBA and wife, Stephanie, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elisa Collette Shinkle, born December 22, 2005. Elisa weighed in at 8 lb. 1 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. She has two older brothers, Aaron, age 5 and Joshua, age 2. Byron reports that Elisa "has beautiful, thick, dark, curly hair." When asked how the big brothers like having a baby sister, Byron replied, "The jury’s still out with the two year old." The Shinkles live in Monmouth, Ore.


Current student SCOTT MASON and his wife Rose are proud parents of a baby boy, named Ryan, born on December 7th weighing 9 lbs, 15 oz. Ryan joins his big brother Ben, who is two years old.

Announcing the newly-elected ASA Representatives for 2006
JARVEZ HALL - President
LEAH DANIELS - Vice President
BRANDON BURKE - Social Chair
JOHN OLINGER - Public Relations Representative


Staff Asked to be Featured Alumna
Atkinson Admission Counselor AIMEE AKIMOFF was recently asked to be a Featured Alumna for the American Councils for International Education, an international education and research organization funded by the U.S. Department of State. During Aimee’s undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in St. Petersburg through the American Council’s Russian Language and Area Studies program during the summer of 2002. Aimee will eventually be included in the featured alumni section being developed on the organization’s website: www.americancouncils.org.


The recommended readings this month comes from Professor of Economics and Finance MICHAEL DOTHAN:

The Chastening: Inside the Crisis That Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMFPaul Blustein, The Chastening: Inside the Crisis That Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMF, 2003. A riveting account of financial crises in Asia, Russia, and South America in the late 1990s. Blustein highlights the chaotic reaction of the IMF and the resulting messy compromises.

HedgehoggingBarton Biggs, Hedgehogging, Wiley, 2006. Great stories from the investment scene. Biggs used to be a high-ranking executive with Morgan Stanley and now, like everybody and his brother, he is running a hedge fund. Instructive and entertaining.








Willamette University Founder’s Day (164 years)


WU Alumni Event: GOLD Program-Super Bowl XL at Kingston Bar & Grill


Willamette University Breakfast Forum


Portland PMBA Information Session, 5:30-7:30 PM


Salem PMBA Information Session, 5:30-7:30 PM




MBA Preview Day





WU Alumni Event: GOLD Program-Art Walk in the Pearl with John Olbrantz


WU Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet


Dine Like a Diplomat (Tentative)


WU Alumni Event: Party in Palm Springs


Spring Break



Daylight Savings Begins


Atkinson Lecture Series: Ira Glass



View the current events calendar at: www.willamette.edu/~schiapel/master_calendar/ and other information for alumni at: www.willamettealumni.com/events.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

– Pablo Picasso

Acknowledgements: I thank the following contributors for this month’s issue: Jim Goodrich, Steve Wegener, Glenn Daley, Sean Rhodes, Mollar Nkiwane, Harvey Gail, Debra Spears-Turner, Patrick Gakuru, John Lindquist, Brian Zoeller, Andrew Frazier, Jerry Mathias, Koy Saechao, Fadi Bouri, Jennifer Roney, Linda Pyle, Elliott Dale, Allisa Jones, Laura Leete, Russell Yost, Tina Alexander, Beth Ursin, Susan Hale, Aaron Andrus, Jeanne Hobson, Fred Thompson, Ken Smith, Lisbeth Claus, Leah Daniels, Michael Dothan, Sharon White, Heather Buxton, Scott Mason, Michael Dothan for this month’s Recommended Readings and David McKelvey in the Office of Communications at Willamette University for uploading ATKINSONews to the web.

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Thanks for reading.

Aimee Akimoff

Admissions - Alumni
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