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Willamette University Star Trees alight for the Holiday SeasonFrom all of us at Atkinson — we wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! Please note that due to the holidays there will be no January issue of ATKINSONews.

December 2010


special holiday message


To the tune of “Let It Snow!”


Though final exams are frightful,
MBA courses are so insightful,
To student's dream jobs they'll go,
They will show! They will show! They will show!

The Mudd building may (not) be dropping,
But for a new home we are shopping,
End-of-year gifts are a great way to go,
Don't you know! Don't you know! Don't you know!

Grading papers at the speed of light,
Brilliant minds they do transform!
Faculty really know what's right,
Management is their art form!

Fall semester is slowly dying,
And new students are applying,
Your referrals will help us grow,
Thank you so! Thank you so! Thank you so!




Alumni News


In Memoriam

Gregory Scott Lindstedt MM'83 passed away Nov. 10, 2010, at the home of his parents, Robert and Carol Lindstedt, ending his two-year battle with cancer. Greg was born Dec. 23, 1953, in Corvallis. Greg found his vocation as a science teacher and had a rewarding and successful career. Most of his years teaching were spent in Hilo, Hawaii, where the students and staff had a great respect for his teaching, as well as his kind and gentle nature. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Portland. In lieu of flowers, Greg chose memorial donations to St. John's Music Fund, The Oregon Food Bank, or Hilo High School's Junior Green Peace Club.


Family Additions

Picture of Owen BarsottiJustin Barsotti MBA'99 and Becky Barsotti recently welcomed a baby boy: Owen Peter Barsotti.





Picture of Chakrabarty WeddingKushal Chakrabarty MBA'09 and Beverly Schwarz MBA'09 were married on October 1, 2010. They had a small family wedding in Marin County, CA and honeymooned in Hawaii.



Picture of AJ and SheenaAJ Nash '05, MBA'06 was recently engaged to Sheena Gleason. AJ proposed to her at his family's lake home in Montana over the Thanksgiving weekend. The couple plans to wed next summer or fall. Sheena is a dental hygienist in Salem and AJ continues to work at Willamette Valley Bank.



Juan Aguiar JD/MBA'02 currently works for Ecuador's Ministry of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, which is in charge of mining and petroleum. Juan has been busy with the efforts of the Ecuadorian government to re-negotiate the contracts it has with major oil companies. "We had a marathon of non-stop negotiation sessions since the beginning of November, when the deadline was fast approaching," said Juan. "With one of the hardest fought contracts being finally agreed upon by 5:30 AM, it was a crazy pace, but one that will surely bring important benefits for the country."

Picture of book coverAn Atkinson alum recently published his first novel, Shadow of a Distant Morning. The book has been published as an e-book and is available on several sites including Amazon and (soon) Barnes & Noble. Information about the book can be viewed on the publisher's link. The novel is a private detective mystery set in 1934 Kansas City. William Topek is the alum's professional pen name, who prefers to remain anonymous.


Brandy O'Bannon '98, MBA'00 was honored to be one of the 2010 Crystal Apple Award nominees. The Crystal Apple awards honor excellence in education. Brandy has worked as the Development Director of Blanchet Catholic School for ten years. Blanchet is a private school, open to students of all faiths, that provides college prep education for over 400 Mid Valley students annually in grades 6-12.



Atkinson News


Willamette MBA Continues to Support Salem Area Young Professionals

For the kick-off event celebrating their sixth year, Salem Area Young Professionals hosted a VIP event on September 10th, honoring the Willamette MBA program as a longtime sponsor. The event was Young Professionals Eventheld in a tent overlooking the construction site featured on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The goal of the event was to support the project, spearheaded by Rich Duncan Construction, to build a dormitory for Young Professionals EventOregon School for the Deaf students and completely remodel the onsite "Nightmare Factory" (an annual fundraiser to support the school's operations). Over 180 people showed up for the event, including several Willamette MBA alumni, staff and students. Pictured right (l-r): Russell Yost MBA'05, Alina Vaynberg, Garrett Fujiwara and Kyle Hardy. Learn more about Salem Young Professionals here.


Willamette MBA Alum and Coffee Executive Featured on Website

Michael BoydMichael Boyd MBA'08, coffee buyer for Portland-based Boyd Coffee Company was recently featured on the Willamette University website. The article describes Michael's career path from barista to forklift driver to risk management director to his current role as coffee buyer as a fourth generation member in a family-run business. It also explained his desire to earn an MBA through the MBA for Professionals program at Willamette. "I already had basic skills from my business undergraduate degree, but I thought that earning an MBA would help me take my knowledge to the next level," he says. As an MBA alum, Michael is now apprenticing to eventually become vice president of coffee operations."I have started looking at our operations at Boyds with a more critical eye. At the same time, I'm able to teach other team members how to raise the level of what they're doing, and give them tools to help them do a better job. Everything I learned through the Willamette MBA became engrained in what I do on a daily basis." Read the full article here.





Upcoming Events

Willamette Alumni Holiday Events

HolidayThe Willamette University Alumni Office is pleased to present two holiday events this year (one in Salem and one in Portland). Join President Pelton and local alumni for a festive gathering celebrating the Holiday Season.

PORTLAND – December 13, 2010

5:30 – 7:30pm
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
1223 SW Washington Street, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97205

Learn more and RSVP online

SALEM – December 16, 2010
5:30 – 7:30pm   
Kresge Theater Lobby (Campus Map)
Willamette University Campus
900 State Street, Salem, OR

Learn more and RSVP online


Career Management and Coaching Reception

Join us for a special reception for those interested in the Certificate in Career Management and Coaching in Salem. The Career Management and Coaching Certificate is designed for the professional ready to explore opportunities and challenges critical to achieving career and organizational success. Learn more about the Career Management and Coaching Certificate here.

January 11, 2011
4:00 – 6:00pm   
Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center (Campus Map)
Willamette University Campus
900 State Street, Salem, OR

Learn more and RSVP online


Finance Workshop Series

Academic pre- and post-work is required and seats are limited. Willamette MBA Candidates and Alumni will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Inflation, Business Cycles and the Economy
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Segment One: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Segment Two: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

The Credit Crisis: Origins and Aftermath
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Segment One: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Segment Two: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Globalization and its Discontents
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Segment One: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Segment Two: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Picture of Alex RussellPresenter: Alexander Russell, Contributing Faculty, Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Location: Willamette University Portland Center, 1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450, Portland, Oregon 97209
Directions and Map

Inflation, Business Cycles and the Economy
Saturday January 29, 2011, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Segment One Learning Outcome: To understand the role of aggregate supply and demand in generating both inflation and business cycles.
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Why does the economy grow at an uneven pace? Supply and demand are the primary tools of economic analysis, and an understanding of aggregate supply and demand within the entire economy can help to explain these fluctuating growth rates. Changes in both supply and demand that can lead to inflation will be explored, as well as the role that each plays in economic growth. Inflation will be defined and examined on a technical level, as will business cycle activity. Different macroeconomic schools of thought, and how they have interpreted these cycles and the variables that cause these cycles, will be examined.

Segment Two Learning Outcome: Understand the role the Federal Reserve plays in the economy, with specific reference to inflation and business cycles.
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

How do banks create money? Credit expansion under a fractional reserve banking system is a central part of our economy, and requires the creation of the Federal Reserve to oversee this system. The Federal Reserve fulfills a unique role, attempting to promote sustainable growth while keeping inflation and unemployment at acceptable levels. The manner, in which the Federal Reserve attempts to minimize the volatility of the business cycle, by controlling the money supply, has been the source of much criticism. An understanding of the Federal Reserve’s interaction with the economy at large can help in evaluating these arguments.

Reserve your seat - register online



Dec 10 Early Action 1 Application Deadline (Full-time MBA)
Dec 12 Office Manager Kim Baker's Birthday
Dec 13 Willamette University Alumni Holiday Party - Portland
Dec 16 Willamette University Alumni Holiday Party - Salem
Dec 25 Faculty Administrative Assistant Holly Carson's Birthday
Dec 27 Faculty Administrative Assistant Mary Stout's Birthday
Dec 24-Jan 3 Holiday Break - Offices Closed
Jan 9 Career Management Advisor Shelby Gould's Birthday
Dec 10 Early Action 1 Application Deadline (Full-time MBA)
Jan 11 Career Management and Coaching Reception - Salem
Jan 12 Budget and Accreditation Analyst Susan Chiapella's Birthday
Jan 17 Professor Robert Couch's Birthday
Jan 22 MBA for Professionals Commencement
Jan 28 Northwest Consortium MBA Career Day
Jan 29 Finance Workshop Series - Portland
Feb 3 First Thursday Empowerment Series - Portland
Feb 5 Finance Workshop Series - Portland
Feb 12 Finance Workshop Series - Portland
Feb 16 Professor Larry Ettner's Birthday
Feb 23 Power Lunch Series - Salem
Feb 26 Preview Day - Early Career/Career Change MBA - Salem

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Career Management


Update from the Career Management Team: Beth Ursin & Shelby Gould

Shelby GouldBeth UrsinCEO Chat with Dean, Debra Ringold: The Career Programming this month kicked off with the Dean visiting with students over the lunch hour and sharing what she's learned from over 100 visits with CEO's and Executives.

APAAAtkinson Public Administration Association:  Students who were interested in forming a new student professional association, Atkinson Public Administration Association kicked off with a panel of two City Managers and our own Grace and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy Analysis, Fred Thompson.

ACA – The Atkinson Consulting Association invited a partner from Gen Cubed to speak about consulting and the industry.

JDA – The Joint Degree Association (JD/MBA) invited a panel of alumni to talk about their careers including: Scott Davidson JD/MBA'87 of Lane Powell, Jason Hedlund '97, JD/MBA'01 of Deloitte Tax and Tim Bernasek '93, JD/MBA'98 of Dunn Carney.

APMA – Atkinson Project Management Association invited three project management professionals representing non-profit, private and public sectors: Intel, Oregon Judicial Department and Salem Hospital.

NSHMBA Road Trip to Microsoft’s Recruiting Event: Portland Steering Committee Member of NSHMBA, Marcelo Spagnolo accompanied 10 students on a road trip to Microsoft's Diversity Recruiting Event hosted by the Seattle NSHMBA organization.

Mock Interviews: On Friday, November 19th MBA Career Management coordinated 100 mock interviews for the Willamette MBA students.  We had 20 employers from both the Portland and Salem metropolitan areas to conduct mock interviews. Employers represented the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors and primarily consisted of hiring managers in human resources, finance, and marketing. Alumni interviewers included: Kevin McClaughry '89, MBA'91, Intel; Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05, NW Mutual Financial; Courtney Ranstrom MBA'05, Ranstrom Financial; James Furlo '06, MBA'07, Hewlett Packard Company; Sue Wilson MAD'77, Retired from State of Oregon; and Jon Lazarus MM'98, Oregon Department of Transportation. The students applied for a mock internship; which included a cover letter, resume, and phone screening before the actual in-person interview. Students not only gain valuable feedback on their interviewing skills, but leave with new connections and/or internship opportunities.

Nike on Campus: The Global Talent Acquisition Manager for Collegiate and Diversity Programs was on campus for a recruiter panel in Beth's class and then came back the following week to meet with graduating students in small groups. This is the informal beginning of the formal interview process for multiple recent college graduate jobs at Nike. Nike will be back in February to interview first year students.

Intel on Campus: Alum, Kevin McClaughry '89, MBA'91 of Intel provided a company information session about Intel Finance, from which some of our students were able to move forward in the interview process.

Recruiter Panel: Nike, Intel, PECI (Portland Energy Conservation Inc) and US Bank were represented on a panel of recruiters during the Career portion of PACE. Students queried the recruiters about interviews, jobs, internships and how to best present themselves.



Executive Development Center


Coaching Series

Register Now - Career Management and Coaching Empowers Alums, Current Students and Local Executives

The Executive Development Center’s Career Management and Coaching Certificate included Willamette alumni, current students in the MBA for Professionals program and local executives during its first segment, held this past spring.  Each of the eight sessions encourages self reflection and professional analysis.  The result is a deeper understanding of career interests and a personal roadmap to success at work.

Sessions will be held in Salem this spring. Schedule available here. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Executive Development Center at 503.370.6791.  Programs in Portland have already launched for Fall 2010.
Details and upcoming session dates available online:

**Special reception for those interested in the Certificate in Career Management and Coaching in Salem. Join us January 11, 2011 from 4:00-6:00pm in the Alumni Lounge on the Willamette University campus. Learn more about the program and meet instructors. Contact Judy Hampe for more information.**


Translating Law into Business...and Business Into Law with the Certificate in Business Lawyering

Learn to combine legal expertise with strategic business principles through Willamette University's Certificate in Business Lawyering (CBL) program.  The program's highly interactive and applicable curriculum benefits attorneys from any organization and practice area.

    • Strengthen the attorney-client relationship by speaking the same language, no matter what practice area
    • Help clients know when to ask for legal advice
    • Satisfy CLE requirements (Oregon and Washington CLEs available)
    • Eight, one-day sessions taken selectively or together for a complete Certificate (note: Attorneys practicing as in-house council do not have to enroll in the last segment to earn certificate)
    • Join the following CBL Lead Organizations participating in the program: Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Sussman Shank LLP, Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt LLP, PacifiCorp, and Ater Wynne LLP

Sessions are taught by faculty from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School and College of Law.  The program is delivered at the Willamette University Portland Center in Portland's Pearl District.

A complete list of 2011 session dates and topics can be found on the CBL schedule website.


Sustainability and Management – Willamette presents the third annual Sustainable Enterprise Certificate Program

You probably recognize the recent buzz on sustainable processes and practices, corporate social responsibility, and “greening” within the larger global environment. Learn how your organization can channel that energy into coordinated action toward creating a more healthy and sustainable future.

The three session program is delivered on-site at the Willamette University Portland Center.  Sessions are supplemented with webinars on new topics in sustainability management. 

Each class will be conducted using a combination of methods:  These include presentations, small group exercises, guest practitioner/expert lectures and discussion, introduction to and practical application of tools and simulators, case studies, and time for individual work and reflection.

Program Dates: 
February 16-18, 2011 - System Dynamics
March 16-18, 2011 - Natural and Social Systems
April 13-15, 2011 - Moving Into Action

For more program information, visit




Faculty News


Fred ThompsonIn October and November, Fred Thompson served as a program reviewer for the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative. With Michael Barzelay, professor at the London School of Economics and professor elect at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Fred Published “Back to the Future: Making Public Administration a Design Science,” in a special issue of PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW on the future of public administration (Volume 70, special issue, December 2010, pages 50-53).


Lisbeth ClausProfessor Lisbeth Claus published an article in a special edition of "Effectif", the journal of the Quebec HR association in Canada. The article, entitled "Duty of care and global mobility," was selected as one of the expert papers at the World Congress of the World Federation of People Management Associations and was published in French and English.


Steve MaserUnder the auspices of the Center for Governance and Public Policy Research at the Atkinson School, Professor Steven Maser has received a grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. His project is entitled "Aligning Management Practices: Lessons from Administrative Appeals in DOD Acquisitions." During the first six months of 2011, he will write a monograph for government executives to be published and distributed by the IBM Center. The IBM Center helps public sector executives improve the effectiveness of government with practical ideas and original thinking. It sponsors independent, third-party research, aiming to produce rigorous public management research and analysis that helps public sector executives more effectively respond to their mission and management challenges. See for a list of the nine projects funded in the fall competition, as well as a list of reports available to the public.


Picture of Larry EttnerPicture of Devin RottiersDevin Rottiers (first year MBA candidate) and Professor Larry Ettner presented at the Mercy Corps Northwest Board of Directors meeting. Devin discussed the results of her PACE team's focus group discussions with Lents neighborhood residents, and Larry presented the private REIT ownership structure and associated common, preferred, and tax exempt debt structure.


Elliot MaltzElliot Maltz co-published an article entitled "Impact of culture on supplier selection decision making" in The International Journal of Logistics Management. (Vol. 21 Iss: 3, pp.353 - 374). Article abstract can be viewed here.




Staff News


Aimee AkimoffDirector of Recruitment Aimee Akimoff was the featured diversity speaker at the Oregon Department of State Lands in December, presenting her research on "Working with Millennials." Aimee first presented on the topic of millennials entering the workforce and graduate school to Atkinson faculty and staff in 2007 and has since presented similar topics at the NAFSA International Educators Conference and at the Oregon Capital Chapter of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America).




Student News



MBA for Professionals Candidate Travis Cook was recently promoted to Technology Development Manager, Technology Transfer & Business Development, at Oregon Health & Science University.


Newly Formed Net Impact Chapter Making Headlines

Net ImpactThe newly established student and professional chapter of Net Impact at Willamette has been making headlines. The Willamette chapter of Net Impact, which is an international nonprofit that uses a business-oriented structure as a vehicle for social service and sustainability efforts, was first featured in the Statesman Journal on November 6, 2010 in an article titled "New Source for Sustainability Launched." Full article available here. Net ImpactThe chapter and its student founders were then featured on the homepage of Willamette University in a news feature titled "MBA students bring international service organization to Willamette." Article here. Chapter members and MBA students Ezra Mengistu and Matt Alex (pictured left) bag peas at the Marion-Polk Food Share as part of a Net Impact project this semester. President of Willamette's Net Impact Chapter, Ian Townson, and founding member Aaron Reber also attended the Net Impact Conference in Michigan in October (pictured right).


"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

John Wooden

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ATKINSONews is a monthly newsletter from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management of Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. It is distributed to the current Atkinson community, subscribed alumni and University administrators via email each month during the academic year.

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