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March 2009

Administrative News


Message from the Dean

Dean Debra RingoldDear Willamette MBA Community,

It is a wonderful time to earn an MBA from Willamette and I wanted to update you on our progress and initiatives. We are investing in the future of our students right along with them, even in challenging economic times.
As always, our top priority is the education and success of our students.  Willamette University maintains a strong financial position and continues to make investments in our faculty, our programs, our students and our future.  Specifically:

  • The Willamette MBA’s unique multisector curriculum in business, government and not-for-profit management offers more career choices to our graduates entering the workforce.
  • The Willamette MBA continues to increase the size of our full-time MBA faculty. A low student-to-faculty ratio represents the dynamic, hands-on learning experience to which we are known.
  • The Willamette MBA continues to expand curricular options. Watch for announcements about new electives and new areas of interest in Sustainability and Global Management in the coming months.
  • The Willamette MBA continues to invest in career, networking and leadership opportunities for our students and alumni. We have expanded the internship program, career services and student professional organizations.  Look for specific announcements in this newsletter where you can join us at professional development events.

These investments ensure the highest quality experience for our students, our faculty and our alumni. They represent our commitment to the success of our students and graduates, offering a high return for your efforts and dollars. 

Please join me in sharing in our success and excitement.  We welcome your student referrals as we recruit a new class of MBA students seeking career entry, change or advancement.  Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Best Wishes,


Debra Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise



Alumni News



EngagementKeith Pulley MBA'02 proposed to Heather Reimann while skiing at Mt Bachelor... and she said yes. Keith graduated Atkinson in 2002 and now works for Morgan Stanley. Heather went to school in New Orleans.



Family Additions

John Haushalter MBA'07 and his wife are proud to announce the birth of Kaelin Matthew Haushalter, born on February 19th.



Kannin Law WebsiteJohn Kannin JD/MBA'97 has developed a new website at Kannin Law Firm P.S. that is focusing on branding himself - John the lawyer - and delivering personalized legal services to his customers. "It is interesting because we trying to differentiate our firm from the herd of cookie-cutter law firm websites," writes John. "We are doing this by implementing video and flash menus that are branding me as opposed to simply showing legal services in general . You really just gotta take a look at it to fully appreciate it."

Jordan Bishko JD/MBA'99 recently started working for Green Gear Cycling / Bike Friday, a Eugene, OR based manufacturer of folding bicycles. They fabricate high performance travel bicycles as well as utilitarian folders for urban environments. Bike Friday is a lean manufacturer utilizing Toyota’s Production System and Jordan is the Value Stream Manager for Service & Customer Service. "My work is quite dynamic," writes Jordan, "with the ability to manage a variety of projects and take on as much responsibility as I can handle. While the recent economic climate has stunted sales a bit, the business continues to grow and it is exciting to be in an integral role within the company. On the personal front, my wife Miriam Gershow just got her first novel published, “The Local News” by an imprint of Random House. The novel just received a very positive review in the New York Times."

Grace Crunican MBA'79 was quoted in the Seattle Times on February 20, 2009. "Seattle's top transportation official Friday used her strongest language yet to describe missteps in the city's response to three December snowstorms," states the article. The article recounts Grace's speach to the Seattle City Council about the mayor's "after-action report," released last week, which details what the city could have done differently.


Atkinson News


Willamette Eco Summit a Success!

Last fall, seven MBA for Professionals were awarded a Sustainability Mini Grant from the Willamette Sustainability Council.  They put those grant dollars to work and hosted two successful workshops on "Learning to live and work sustainably."  The first workshop was held February 7th and everyone took away concrete ideas on how to make eco-friendly choices in their daily lives.  Each person then implemented them in a month-long Sustainability Challenge.  The second workshop was last Saturday, March 7,  and was dedicated to green practices in the workplace.  Both workshops attracted a wide variety of people from the Willamette Community and the Portland business community.  The Willamette Eco Summit group is proud of their accomplishments and hope that their efforts have inspired awareness and change towards a more sustainable future.

Willamette Eco Summit Group:  Tori Gustaveson, Heather Parks, Christopher Orvieto Ashley, Noah Grodzin, Lindsay Vega, Janna Honegger, Khen Tan, Caitlyn Canales


The Willamette MBA to Sponsor Two Portland Business Journal Events this Spring


40 Under 40 Awards Reception – First Thursday in April

The Willamette MBA program has partnered with the Portland Business Journal in sponsoring two large networking events this spring.  The “40 Under 40” awards reception honors outstanding emerging business leaders in our community, especially those exemplifying volunteerism and civic involvement.

Event Details:
Thursday, April 2, 2009
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gerding Theater Lobby at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR

For more information on the “40 Under 40” event, please visit

We will be celebrating at the 40 Under 40 awards as part of our First Thursday event in April.  The Empowerment in Action series will again return the First Thursday in May.  Additional details will be posted at


Willamette Women at the Women in Business Event

The Willamette University Alumni Career Network and the Willamette University MBA are pleased to present a special reception in Portland prior to the Women in Business Expo.

Network, celebrate and learn about the unique opportunities available for women affiliated with Willamette University.  The Willamette University MBA will make a special announcement regarding the launch of the Oregon Women MBAs, a professional chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs.

Entertainment provided by Up Top, Willamette’s all female choral group.  A ticket discount to the Portland Business Journal’s Women in Business Expo is available for all reception attendees ($40 registration fee, 30% off the public ticket price).

Additional details and RSVP information will be sent via mail and e-mail in the coming weeks.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Oregon Convention Center – Holladay Lobby
777 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon
(runs concurrently with the Portland Business Journal’s Women in Business Expo in the Oregon Ballroom)


Connect and Visit with the Willamette MBA

Business education, professional relationships, community engagement - connect and learn along with us at professional development events and special recruiting events.  The Willamette University MBA staff participates in a number of events throughout the Portland/Salem region and around the world.

MBA for Professionals – Connect and visit:
Early Career MBA/MBA for Career Change – Connect and Visit Recruiting Events:

Willamette MBA LinkedIn Group:
Facebook MBA Forum Northwest:


Willamette MBA Video Contest – Share Your Experience!

Video ContestWant to share your Willamette MBA experience through your own video?  Interested in receiving a cash prize up to $1000?  All students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to submit video entries in the “Our Willamette MBA” video contest – now with an extended deadline.

Videos are due by April 1, 2009 and will be premiered in Portland on April 9, 2009 at a special showing at Living Room Theaters.  Submit your entry via DVD to Russell Yost at or mail to:

Our Willamette MBA Video Contest
Attn:  Russell Yost
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

Three cash prizes will be awarded:  $1000 for first place and two $500 prizes for runners up.  For more information, visit or




Upcoming Events



Are you inspired to be a social entrepreneur?

Professionals of all ages and a variety of backgrounds are engaging in leadership roles as entrepreneurs for society.  If you are interested in learning about how to effect change through social entrepreneurship, this one day conference is for you.

Social entrepreneurs don’t believe in waiting for government or the business sector to solve fundamental issues of health, education, and economic development. They see innovative ways to get personally involved and with even minimal investment make a difference in solving seemingly intractable problems. In so doing, they help move entire societies forward .Social entrepreneurs are individuals who see innovative answers for some of society’s most pressing problems. The society they address can be close to home or frequently in a foreign land where basic human needs are overwhelming.

Program Presenters:

Keynote Speaker and author, Wilford Welch of Tactics of
Topic: Who are Social Entrepreneurs and How are They Changing Our World?
with Wilford Welch of Tactics of

Wilford Welch videoWatch Wilford Welch's video on social entrepreneurs changing the world.

Victor d'Allant of the Skoll Foundation - Executive Director of Social Edge at the Skoll Foundation
Topic: The Effective Use of Social Media by Social Entrepreneurs with Victor d'Allant at the Skoll Foundation

Geoff Guilfoy MBA'83 of Willamette University -
Topic: Picking and Using a Board or Advisors with Geoff Guilfoy of Willamette University

EDC FacebookLearn more and
Join the Willamette University Executive Development Center group on Facebook.

Conference Date: Friday, March 13, 2009 8:00am - 4:30pm

Conference Fee: $150 for the day – Includes box lunch and a copy of Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World by Wilford Welch

Location: Willamette University’s Portland Campus
1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450 [Map]


POWER Lunch SERIES: Learn. Interact. Connect.

Join Willamette University MBA faculty, staff, students and alumni for an interactive conversation with one of our distinguished Power Lunch presenters.

Time: 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.
Location: Alumni Lounge, University Center
Willamette University Campus Salem, Oregon

Map and Directions (Alumni Lounge is in Building #34)

arrow RSVP for these events Online

Tuesday, March 10th

Jim Albaugh, President & CEO
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Jim AlbaughJim Albaugh is president and chief executive officer of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and serves on the company's Executive Council. Prior to his current position, Albaugh holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics from Willamette University and a master's degree in civil engineering from Columbia University. Read his full biography.

Learn more and RSVP online:


First thursday Empowerment in Action

40 under 40 Awards Reception

Event Details:
Thursday, April 2, 2009
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Gerding Theater Lobby at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR

For more information on the “40 Under 40” event, please visit

We will be celebrating at the 40 Under 40 awards as part of our First Thursday event in April.  The Empowerment in Action series will again return the First Thursday in May.  Additional details will be posted at


Willamette Women at the Women in Business Event

Special reception with Willamette University Alumni Career Network and the Willamette University MBA in Portland prior to the Women in Business Expo

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Oregon Convention Center – Holladay Lobby
777 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon
(runs concurrently with the Portland Business Journal’s Women in Business Expo in the Oregon Ballroom)

Additional details and RSVP information will be sent via mail and e-mail in the coming weeks.


Brownwater 2009

The tradition continues...

BrownwaterApril 23 - 25, 2009

More details to come!





Mar 10 Power Lunch
Mar 13 Social Entrepreneurship Conference
Mar 23 - 27 Spring Break (Offices Open)
Mar 29 Professor Lisbeth Claus' Birthday
Apr 2 40 under 40 Awards Reception
Apr 3 Preview Evening for Full-time MBA
Apr 9 Our Willamette MBA Video Contest - Premiere Event
Apr 18 Professor Bruce Gates' Birthday
Apr 23 Willamette Women at the Women in Business Event
Apr 23 - 25 Brownwater 2009
May 1, 8 Final PACE Presentations
May 14 Atkinson Honors Ceremony
May 17 Commencement
[ alumni events calendar ]


Career Services


Update from Career Services: Beth Ursin & Shelby Gould


Shelby GouldBeth UrsinOn-Campus Programming – February included company information sessions by Regence, Tektronix and Salem Hospital. Epic Aviation, Air BP interviewed on campus as did Regence.  Tektronix invited candidates to their campus for interviews and Salem Hospitals interviews are yet to come.  The goal during the spring is to bring companies on campus that have posted positions. The International students association put on a huge dinner in February with over 100 attendees. We each had the opportunity to sample home-made treats from a variety of countries and participate in an excellent program. The semester ended with a Leadership seminar by Professor Larry Ettner, PhD for the MBA for Professional students.

Off-Campus Programming – The Student Accounting Association organized a full-day of activities in Portland including a site visit to KPMG, a panel of employers from Ernst & Young, Perkins  & Company and Lindquist LLP, followed by a small group coaching session on preparing for fall recruiting and building your accounting resume with alumni, Susan Hale ’06 and Jennifer Dale ’06. The Human Resources students were invited to Portland this month for a similar round-table session with Regional Director of SHRM, Dianna Gould and former NHRMA President, Monique Little, both mentors for the Willamette MBA program.

Student Organization Elections – Each of the student organizations held elections this month voting in a cast of new Presidents, Vice Presidents and Treasurers for the spring and fall 2009 school years.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:

AAA (Accounting)

  • President: Kelly Intile
  • Vice President:  Anna Higley
  • Treasurer: Kyle Walker
  • Secretary: Oscar Ojeda

AMA (Marketing)

  • President: Nancy Garcia
  • Vice President: Lekha Fernandes
  • Treasurer: Aaron Reber
  • Secretary: Monica Becerril Ugalde

AFA (Finance)

  • President: Vladimir Subbotin
  • Treasurer: Oscar Ojeda

IGSA (International)

  • President: Luciana Yoshiyasu
  • Vice President: Lekha Fernandes
  • Treasurer: Olga Slabari
  • Secretary: Evelyn Martinez
  • Social Chair: Oscar Ojeda

SHRM (Human Resources)

  • President: Evelyn Martinez
  • Vice President: Nancy Garcia
  • Treasurer: Aaron Reber
  • Secretary: Luciana Yoshiyasu

APMI (Project Management)

  • President: Prakash Achuthan

NAWMBA (Women's MBA)

  • President: Evelyn Martinez

AMT (Management Today)

  • President: Donna Banwarth

AOC (Outdoor Club)

  • President: Aaron Reber

AGA (Golf)

  • President: Nick Cottle

Peer Career Advisors 2009-2010 – The following students were interviewed and selected for fall 2009/spring 2010. These students assist career services and student affairs by mentoring and assisting first year students with their job searches and helping them build their professional networks.

Peer Career Advisors

  • Prakash Acuthan
  • Donna Banwarth
  • Nick Cottle
  • Evelyn Martinez
  • Chad Meynders
  • Amber Revoir
  • Diana Ursachi



Executive Development Center


Social Action and Sustainability – Now Registering for Conferences and Certificate Programs

Participants interested in programs geared towards entrepreneurship, sustainability and social action research will find a number of exciting programs through Willamette’s EDC this spring.  All programs are designed and taught by Willamette’s faculty and industry experts.


Are you inspired to become a social entrepreneur?  Do you want to make a greater impact on society?  This one day conference full of outstanding presenters is for you!  Join us for a few available seats.

Location:  Willamette University Portland Center – Portland, Oregon
Time:  Friday, March 13 – 8:30am-4:30pm (materials and lunch is included)


This Certificate Program takes a unique approach to presenting the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental well-being. This is done in a way that will integrate all areas of sustainability by first focusing on the dynamics of complex systems, followed by a practical look at social systems and how the expansion of social well-being ties directly to economic and environmental well-being. 

Session One: April 2-3 (and 2-hour webinar on April 17)
Session Two:  April 30-May 1
Session Three:  June 4-5

Location:  Willamette University Portland Center – Portland, Oregon


Sustainability is not a problem to be solved. It is a future to be created. Leadership is not about position or formal authority but the capacity of human communities to shape futures that people truly desire. What does it take to nurture and unleash such leadership? Led by Peter Senge of MIT, and joined by colleagues working in the sustainability field, this workshop will be a synthesis of core organizational learning disciplines - systems thinking, mental models and collaborative inquiry, personal mastery and building shared vision - and the practical know-how developed through the Society on Organizational Learning and the book The Necessary Revolution.

Location: Hotel Monaco - Portland, Oregon


This residential, retreat format certificate program is for those who want to not only learn more about how performance occurs inside organizational social systems.  It is for those who also want to learn how to apply social action research methods to uncover and better understand performance, social and financial well-being inside their own or client organizations.  The 4 day workshop is offered at the Rex Ranch retreat and conference center and will require some follow up work for participants to complete certification.

Location:  Rex Ranch Retreat Center – Amado, AZ (near Tucson)

Connect with the EDC on Facebook and LinkedIn

The Executive Development Center is now on Facebook and LinkedIn!  Become a "fan" of the EDC and learn more about upcoming EDC programs, post comments and articles and ask questions about special topics.

FacebookWillamette EDC Facebook Page

LinkedInWillamette Utility Management Certificate Program LinkedIn Group



Student News


Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Atkinson Student Association!

President: Natalie Svaren
Vice President: Nick Cottle
Secretary: Mike Martinez
Treasurer: Kelly Intile
Public Relations: Amber Revoir
Social Chair: Nancy Garcia

Full-time MBA Student Starts Relay Running Company

RelayNick Cottle, a first-year student in the Full-time MBA program started a relay event company, which has a couple upcoming events:

Join us in an EPIC running adventure!

The Oregon Prelay, July 10-11, 2009 from Portland to Eugene, OR and The Cache-Teton Relay, August 14-15, 2009 from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY (Teton Village).

For more information go to:

Oregon Prelay: July 10-11, 2009 Portland to Eugene, OR (A tribute to a running legend) Imagine yourself and 11 friends running from the beautiful Pacific Northwest-city of roses through the picturesque Willamette River Valley including acres of vineyards, tulip fields and apple orchards with wild blackberry’s and waterfalls lining the roads. Entering the city limits of Eugene (Track Town USA) your thoughts will turn to the running legend Steve Prefontaine as you finish on “Pre’s Trail” alongside the Willamette River a route he himself ran many times as he helped define the sport of running in the United States.

Cache-Teton Relay: August 14-15, 2009 Logan, UT to Jackson Hole (Teton Village), WY You and 11 friends can run through 4 national forests (Cache Wasatch, Caribou, Targhee and Teton); along the historic Oregon Trail and shoreline of the Blackfoot Reservoir; through beautiful Star Valley; beside the Snake River and finishing at the foot of the Tetons, arguably the most beautiful mountain range in North America.

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”

Sandra Carey

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