Message from the Dean
Dear Atkinson Community,
The new academic year has begun – and we're off to a great start! In early August, Forbes magazine released its 2009 "Best Business Schools" list. The Atkinson Graduate School is the highest ranked program in Oregon and the second highest ranked program in the northwest. This is an outstanding achievement for our school and our community. Forbes bases its rankings on the "return on investment" received by graduates, speaking directly to the quality and value of our programs.
Along with the Forbes distinction, the Atkinson School was recently named:
- a top 15 program for preparing students for marketing by the Princeton Review;
- a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), along with other prestigious AACSB business programs;
- a "100 Best Green Company" by Oregon Business magazine;
- ranked 58 of 600 by the Aspen Institute's "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" survey recognizing MBA programs that integrate social, ethical and environmental stewardship issues throughout their curriculum.
These accolades arrive on the heels of our largest class of full-time MBA students in the history of our school – 100 to be exact! Composed of 40% women and 60% men, our incoming class hails from 17 states and 18 countries. Growing the program to 100 incoming full-time students is part of the plan identified by our Strategic Working Group in 2008. We have achieved this milestone ahead of schedule.
It is an exciting time at Atkinson – and we thank you for all you do to support our programs and our efforts. We share these successes with all of our alumni and friends around the world.
Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise
Jon Lazarus MM'98 and Keri Trask Lazarus '97, JD/MBA'01, CDR'01 have another bearcat! Kinzie Alea Lazarus was born on June 13, 2009. Many speculated that she would be born on June 14th, however, not to be told what to do, she arrived into this world at 11:59pm. Jon Lazarus has also agreed to co-teach a Project Management course this fall at AGSM with Associate Dean, Jim Myers. Keri continues working for Churchill Leonard Lawyers and focuses in Personal Injury and Business Law. David Leonard '68, JD'73, managing partner at Churchill Leonard Lawyers, is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Willamette. Jon continues to serve as president of the Salem Branch for the Project Management Institute, Willamette Valley Chapter.
Amy (Crocker) Thomas MBA'04 and Michael Thomas MBA'03 welcomed a baby girl, Anna Caroline Thomas, on July 21, 2009 at 7:12 a.m. Anna weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21.25 inches long.
Don Krahmer '81, JD/MBA'87 was recently profiled in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin (July 2009). Currently a partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, he also co-chairs its technology and business practice. "Coming out of high school, Don Krahmer Jr. narrowed his career choices to three: becoming a lawyer, a businessman or a Lutheran pastor. Those might sound like incongruous occupations for the same individual to consider. But the way things turned out, Krahmer sees his work as a meld of the three paths: all three vocations focus on building relationships with people, helping people solve their problems, and making the community better." To read his full profile, visit: http://www.osbar.org/publications/bulletin/09jul/profiles.html.
After spending the last twenty-one years at Northrop Grumman with the public safety technology unit, Michael Kennedy MBA'84 has moved over to a much smaller firm. He recently began life as the Western Regional Manager for L R Kimball and Associates in their Technology Division. Kimball Technology specializes in public safety consulting, including RF Technologies, Next Generation 9-1-1, Dispatch and Emergency Operations Planning/Implementation and Geographic Information Systems development. Michael is the first employee of Kimball in the Western United States and has assumed the task of developing this market, where the ultimate goal for the region is to open an office in California. "Beth and I still live in the Sacramento area," writes Michael, "spending most of our free time in the mountains near Lake Tahoe."
Gina (Adams) Reynolds MM'98 was recently named a Rising Star by King Pharmaceuticals and the HealthCare Businesswomen’s Association. She was recognized with 90 other industry professionals at the HBA Woman of the Year luncheon in NYC. View the full press release here: http://www.hbanet.org/Awards/Rising-Stars.aspx.
Mike West MM'98 is currently employed as a senior Program Manager in the King County (Washington) Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. He has recently been appointed to the City of Tacoma’s Citizen’s Review Panel, a civilian oversight body charged with the review and revision of the Tacoma Police Department’s policies. When not working on either of these tasks, he is (still) working on remodeling his 120 year old home.
Adam W. Heaton JD/MBA'02 was reelected by his peers in the Minnesota State Bar Association to Chair the Council for the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section after leading the Section to its highest membership numbers ever. Additionally, Adam was invited to join the faculty at William Mitchell College of Law where he will be teaching alongside other members of the faculty in the school’s Business Law Practicum, a five credit experiential learning course. This independent law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1938 and known as the Minneapolis-Minnesota College of Law until 1956 when it united with the St. Paul College of Law. At that time the new school was renamed for Justice William Mitchell of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1881–1899) whose opinions were regarded as models of brevity and sound judicial reasoning. Many outstanding attorneys, judges, and business and civic leaders, attended William Mitchell, among them the 15th Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger ’31, and the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Rosalie E. Wahl ’67.
In June, Lyndsey (Eisenbarth) Mullins '05, MBA'06 accepted a new position with Sodexo Campus Services as a District Marketing Manager for the KY/TN region. "I work with several colleges and universities to help them increase sales, retain clients and promote sustainability efforts," writes Lyndsey. "I'm very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to working in a campus setting."
Patrick Pine '74, MBA'76 is now National Operations Manager for HR Simplified in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His new firm is a third party administrator of benefits for client companies throughout the U.S. He recently relocated from the Pacific Northwest to the Twin Cities.
Mikki Trowbridge '07, MBA'08 was recently promoted to Community Impact Director for United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. She previously acted as Director of HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley, a United Way program. In her new position, Mikki will provide overall leadership in the development, management, and implementation of strategies to achieve community impact goals.
In June 2009, Stephanie Gaumont MBA'09 joined Kaiser Permanente as a Performance Improvement Consultant. As a trained Six Sigma Black Belt, she provides consulting and analytical support for a portfolio of projects and initiatives thereby supporting Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center operations in achieving performance targets. Most of her time is spent using Lean, Six Sigma, and PDSA methodologies with physicians, nurses, and frontline staff to achieve results by making changes in service and operations, reducing waste, and simplifying work processes.
Historic Class Enters the Willamette Full-Time MBA Program
Willamette welcomed 100 new MBA students into the full-time Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change programs in Salem during Compass Week 2009. The record class is a 25% increase over the previous year and is the largest class to enroll at the Atkinson School to date.
The class is approximately 32% international and is 40% female and 60% male. They come from 17 states and 18 countries and over 40% of the students are fluent in a second language.
A common goal among the members of the incoming class is to benefit society through their career aspirations in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Many of them have already donated a significant amount of time through volunteer projects, social entrepreneurship ventures and corporate social responsibility. The PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) program, pairing students with public and non-profit organizations, is a major reason for their interest in the Atkinson School.
Breaking News: The full-time MBA program and its historic incoming class were featured in a front-page article in the Oregonian on September 4, 2009. Read the full article here.
Willamette MBA Ranked as a Best Business School by Forbes Magazine
Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management has been named to Forbes magazine’s “Best Business Schools” list for 2009. The rankings are based on each program’s return on investment to graduates and recognize the top 75 schools in the United States.
Willamette University is the highest ranked program in Oregon and is one of only three programs in the Northwest to make the list. The schools are ranked based on the results of surveys from business schools across the U.S. on career services opportunities, placement rates and pre- and post-MBA salary levels.
“The Forbes ranking is an outstanding achievement for our school, our faculty and our graduates,” said Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise. “Our ranking speaks to the value and quality of the Willamette MBA program in preparing graduates for satisfying, successful careers.”
The complete list is available online at the Forbes website. Willamette University’s Atkinson School is accredited by AACSB International and was recently recognized as a top 15 program for preparing students for careers in marketing by the Princeton Review.
For more information on Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, please visit http://www.willamette.edu/mba.
Forbes Magazine’s profile of the Atkinson School.
Forbes Magazine complete article.
The Atkinson Annex – Temporary Home for 2010-2011
The Atkinson Graduate School’s current home, the Seeley Mudd Building, will undergo renovations over the next two years. This will necessitate a move of faculty and staff to a temporary facility currently under renovation behind the College of Law. During the 2009-2010 academic year, most faculty and staff offices will remain in the Mudd Building, with a complete move to the temporary facility planned for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The Atkinson Annex (its temporary name), is located on the corner of Cottage and Ferry Streets, across from the Willamette School of Education (download a PDF map: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/downloads/AGSM_Annex_Map.pdf). During the 2009-2010 year, some core courses and electives will be housed in the Annex building.
Beginning in the September term, Ford Hall, the University's new $19.6 million, 42,000-square foot academic building, will now house MBA for Professionals' evening classes. The new facility offers state-of-the-art technology and more flexible classrooms and is better suited for the instructional design of the program.
Those interested in making a “mark” on the Annex building can participate in the “Atkinson Annex Naming Contest.” Entrants are encouraged to submit naming ideas, along with rationale for the name in 100 words or less, to email@example.com. Contest details are available online at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/forum/annex.htm.
On the Road Again...Willamette MBA Represented in More than 40 Cities this Fall!
Recruiters for Willamette's MBA programs will be traveling around the US and internationally representing the institution at fairs, conferences and events. From Idaho to Istanbul, Willamette MBA continues to build on its strong Northwest reputation and expand its recognition around the world.
Check the Fall Recruitment Schedule to see if Willamette MBA will be in a city near you this fall: http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/full-time/admission/meet.htm. If you are interested in helping at an event by speaking to prospective students about your MBA experience, please contact Director of Recruitment, Aimee Akimoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Women MBAs – Chapter Organization and Upcoming Events
Educated professionals understand the competition for top jobs is fierce. In order to further their careers they need the best development opportunities, challenging work assignments and increasing role responsibilities. The Oregon Women MBAs is dedicated to programming that meets the needs of educated professionals. This includes development opportunities, continuing education and special events that focus on career development, new work assignments and increasing role responsibilities.
Professionals from the region are invited to attend two upcoming events for the Oregon Women MBAs, both held at the Willamette University Portland Center:
Oregon Women MBA's Presents "Meet the Board of Directors"
Thursday, September 10, 2009
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Willamette University Portland Center
1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97209
Join us in welcoming the Oregon Women MBAs first Board of Directors at a reception held in their honor. Learn about committee volunteer opportunities. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. A brief welcome and formal introductions begin at 6pm.
Oregon Women MBA's Presents "Building a Culture of Engagement: Thrive and Stay Inspired"
Friday, October 16, 2009
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Willamette University Portland Center
1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: $99 (Note: The event fee is included in the $75 membership dues for National Association of Women MBA members)
We're excited to present a workshop designed for newly formed workgroups by the INSPIRATIONWORKS, LLC team of Valerie and Roger Pease. Moving through the stages of getting-to-know-you, acceptance and finally producing can be unsatisfying and energy draining. Valerie and Roger will lead us through fun and insightful exercises to jump start and maximize our engagement in the organization, at our work and in our personal lives.
Oregon Women MBAs members are encouraged to join the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) Professional City-Based Chapter (Select "Oregon"). The NAWMBA annual membership fee is $75. Click here to join the Oregon Women MBA NAWMBA affiliated Professional’s Chapter through the National Association of Women MBAs website.
For more information on the Oregon Women MBAs, please visit www.oregonwomenmbas.org or e-mail email@example.com.
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: Willamette University Campus Salem, Oregon
Upcoming Power Lunch Speakers
Oct 26 - Rob Stuart, CEO of OnPoint Credit Union
Nov 18 - Ken Wightman, CEO of David Evans & Associates
Feb 17 - Steve Bass, CEO of OPB
Mar 17 - LeaAnn Doolittle, HR Director of NW Natural
More details coming soon.
[ alumni events calendar ]
||Dean Debra Ringold's Birthday
||Professor Mike Hand's Birthday
||Oregon Women MBA's Presents "Meet the Board of Directors"
||MBA for Professionals Concentrated Cohort Training - Salem Campus
||Willamette University Reunion Weekend
||MBA for Professionals Commencement - Salem Campus
||Dir. of Recruitment Aimee Akimoff's Birthday
||Willamette MBA Alumni Reception - Washington, DC
||Professor Polly Rizova's Birthday
||Professor Ken Smith's Birthday
||Oregon Women MBA's Presents "Building a Culture of Engagement: Thrive and Stay Inspired"
||Dir. of MBA for Professionals Tina Alexander's Birthday
||Dir. of Career Management Beth Ursin's Birthday
||Dir. of the Exec. Development Center Anne Murray Allen's Birthday
||Power Lunch: Rob Stuart, CEO of OnPoint Credit Union (Salem)
||Dir. of Marketing Russell Yost's Birthday
||Professor Fred Thompson's Birthday
||Recorder Karen Arthur's Birthday
||Professor Rob Wiltbank's Birthday
||Power Lunch: Ken Wightman, CEO of David Evans & Associates
||Professor Nicole Thibodeau's Birthday
||Professor Steve Maser's Birthday
Update from the Career Management Team: Beth Ursin & Shelby Gould
Incoming students this year learned the importance of focusing time on all three important areas for their MBA education: Academics, Experiential Learning and Career Management. We kicked off the year with a few key Career Management Events:
- Internship Panel – Second year students talked with first year students about their internships
- Mentorship Orientation – 40 new mentees will join the mentorship program this year
- AGSM Finance Panel – Conrad Meye and alums Kevin McClaughry '89, MM'91 and Judy Heltzel MBA'84 talked about their careers and gave advice for those entering the field of finance. The panelists were invited to join students from the class of 2010 for lunch, where students gained additional insights in a smaller group.
- Mentor Workshop – Mentors explored the Interact Profile, a personal strengths profile
- RV Kuhns and Associates Site Visit - The red carpet was rolled out for students interested in careers in investments
- Recruiters Round-Table with the Class of 2010 – Recruiters Linda Flamenco of Willamette and Blake Dye of ODOT shared tips, advice and reviewed resumes
Mentorship, is it for you?
Mentoring is a relationship between two people where the mentee wishes to improve a specific skill area and the mentor acts as an expert or coach. I recently met with the CIO of one of the largest companies in Oregon who used to work for my dad in the early 80’s. He told me that in his entire career, there were four people who stood out in his mind as key influencers for his career, one was my father. He and several others have shared with me in the last few weeks, since he passed, that Hank was someone who stood out as a role model. Not only was he successful, but he took the time to focus on the important things in life: family, his faith, the community and his staff. This CIO shared a story about those days when he encouraged his staff to get involved in the community as volunteers, and he knew that if they did the right thing for the community, the critical sales would come, and they did. By mentoring each of his staff members and nurturing them in their own careers, taking time to encourage them to give back to the community, his staff worked harder and smarter for the company. The company soared, the community blossomed and the staff became loyal for life.
At Willamette, we seek out successful role models who want to nurture our students in their careers. Our students are looking forward to learning from others successes, and building relationships with someone they can look up to for advice. Our mentors tell me that they get as much out of the relationships as the students. There’s nothing more satisfying than having an influence on a bright young person’s career. Should you be interested in becoming involved with our mentoring program, please contact Beth Ursin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Development Center
Certificate in Public Management Program – Recruiting 10th Cohort
The Atkinson Graduate School is now accepting applications for the tenth cohort of the Certificate in Public Management, planned for a January 2010 start date. Public managers at the federal, state and local levels are encouraged to apply. Visit the CPM website (http://www.willamette.edu/cpm) for more information or to download application materials. You can also contact the Executive Development Center for more information at 503-370-6791.
EDC Fall Schedule
The Executive Development Center is pleased to announce a line-up of upcoming programs for the academic year 2009-2010. You can see a complete schedule online at http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/executive/schedule.htm. Information on all of the programs will be available soon.
Special programs to note:
The Global Professional of Human Resources (GPHR) Certification Preparation Course will be offered in Portland from October 8-10, 2009. Visit the GPHR website (http://www.willamette.edu/mba/gphr) for more information.
Social Media Conference
Salem, Oregon - November 6, 2009
Strategic Engagement -
Creating Organizational Dialogue
Portland, Oregon - November 12-14, 2009
The Willamette MBA Welcomes New Faculty in Global Management, Information Technology and Finance
Three new faculty members have joined the Atkinson School, beginning in the fall semester:
Mark Ahn joins the Atkinson School as Associate Professor of Global Management. He most recently served as Professor and Chair of Science and Technology Entrepreneurship with a joint appointment from the faculties of Commerce, Administration and Science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is also a Principal at Pukana Partners, a life sciences strategic consulting firm. Professor Ahn’s faculty page: http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/ahn.htm
Henry Bi joins the Atkinson School as Associate Professor of Information Systems. He most recently served as Assistant Professor at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. Henry’s research interests include business process management and data and knowledge management. Professor Bi’s faculty page: http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/bi.htm
Robert Couch joins the Atkinson School as Assistant Professor of Finance. He most recently served as an Assistant Professor at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Robert’s research interests include corporate finance, investments, asset pricing, initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, lending relationships and business ethics. Professor Couch’s faculty page: http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/couch.htm
Michael Dothan and Fred Thompson published a research article entitled "A Better Budget Rule" in the Summer 2009 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (Volume 28 Issue 3, Pages 463- 478) URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122454061/abstract
Professor Lisbeth Claus is running a series of breakfast roundtables in major U.S. and European cities this fall on "Managing the Risks of a Global Workforce" for International SOS. She designed an organizational decision-making game to highlight the difficulties global organizations encounter in assuming their employer duty of care responsibilities. She will be presenting on this topic at the Portland Center on November 4. The roundtables are based on her recently released white paper entitled: Duty of Care of Employers for Protecting International Assignees, their Dependents, and International Business Travelers. URL: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/global/Articles/Pages/DutyofCare.aspx.
Karen Arthur has taken on the role of Recorder for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Karen will coordinate course registration, grades, and academic records for our students. Karen is available to assist current students and alumni with their academic records in the Atkinson School the first floor Office of Admission.
Holly Carson has taken on the role of third floor administrative assistant. Holly served as third floor administrative assistant on a temporary basis over the summer. She is available to assist third-floor faculty, set up appointments for students and perform other administrative duties as needed.
Janet Jobes has taken a new position as the Administrative Assistant for Foreign Languages in Willamette's College of Liberal Arts.
Henry G. "Hank" Laun, 77, father of the Atkinson School's Director of Career Management Beth Ursin, passed away on August 4th, 2009. As the notice from the Oregonian (published 8/9/09) indicated, he was a renaissance man and a supporter of numerous institutions in our region. Hank couldn't have written a better script to go out with a bang if he had tried. His final day was spent with his family and friends enjoying boat races, the Blue Angels, and cannonballs in the lake. That night he had a heart attack and a massive brain hemorrhage and passed away surrounded by family. Hank was born in Wausaukee, Wis., and graduated from University of Wisconsin. He served two years in the U.S. Army. After receiving his master's degree from Harvard, Hank joined the consulting division of Arthur Andersen & Co., (now Accenture) where he worked until retirement in 1989, after 31 years. Hank was an avid golfer, fledgling artist, writer and poet. He served on the boards of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Episcopal School and Whitman College. Henry also served on the pastoral council at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Hank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie Laun, whom he loves dearly. He also leaves three sisters, Margaret, Jeanie and Ruthie; four children, Kathryn (Portland); Beth Ursin (Portland); Duane (Seattle) and Dan (Tigard); and soon-to-be six wonderful grandchildren. One final toast for you, "To the roaring motors of the sky and the last man to die!" -HGL A vigil was held on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 11. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be directed to the Portland Art Museum.
Compass Week 2009 was a success due to the tremendous teamwork of staff, faculty, and students. Shelby Gould, Career Management Advisor, would like to give a special thanks to the following students: Amber Revoir and Nancy Garcia (Compass Week Coordinators), Luciana Yoshiyasu, Ty Hanson, the Peer Career Advisors, and PACE TAs.
Pictured (upper left): Students practicing their teamwork skills at a ropes course and (right): meeting their PACE client at Willamette Valley Vineyards, both activities that were part of the three-day Compass Week.
Additionally, three current students did a wonderful job as the International Arrival Liaisons this year, by assisting new international students in the full-time MBA program. They picked up students from the Portland airport, assisted students in finding an apartment and helped them to get settled in to their new surroundings. With 36% of the incoming class being international, this took a tremendous amount of effort. Thank you, Luciana Yoshiyasu (International Arrival Coordinator), Oscar Ojeda and Kari Bassett.
Upcoming Student Events
Sep 9 - Atkinson Accounting Association Career Panel
Sep 9 - 2nd Year Student Professional Session
Sep 11 - Compass Week Onboarding Session #2
Sep 14 - SHRM (Human Resources) Career Panel
Sep 14 - SHRM 2nd Year Professional Session
Sep 16 - Company Info Session: KPMG
Sep 17 - NSHMBA Resume Workshop
Sep 18 - Company Info Session: AAA Perkins and Co.
Sep 23 - AMA (Marketing) Career Panel
Sep 25 - Excel Workshop (Salem)
Sep 26 - Excel Workshop (Portland)
Sep 29 - Portland Career Fair
Sep 30 - AAA OSCPA Career Fair
Oct 7 - APMI (Project Management) Career Panel
Oct 23 - Excel Workshop
For more information on these and other events, access the Career Navigator Suite:
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