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 December 2012

administrative news

Special Holiday Message
(To the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree!") From 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.

O Atkinson!  O Atkinson!
Your students are succeeding.
They are great interns when summer's here,
And seek great jobs for their career.
O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
Your students are succeeding.

O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
Thy faculty endears me.
Research and leadership abound,
Sharing their expertise around.
O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
Thy faculty endears me.

O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
How do I support thee?
Perhaps a gift on year's end,
Open jobs or students send?
O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
How do I support thee?

O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
You offer great connections.
Facebook, twitter, blogosphere
Our community is dear.
O Atkinson! O Atkinson!
You offer great connections.

From the Atkinson faculty and staff to your family, we wish you Happy Holidays and much success in the New Year.


alumni news
Family Additions
Patrick Pine, '74, MBA'76 and his wife Debbie are pleased to note the arrival of a second grandson, Max Kauffman, born in early October – Max and his older brother Michael are proud residents of Eugene and therefore avid fans of the Oregon Ducks and the Bearcats (even if they do not yet know it).
Duell Wealth Preservation, the Oregon licensed investment advisory firm of Gary Duell '74, MBA'77, has partnered with Social Security Solutions to add Social Security Income optimization planning to its menu of services.
David Ming Liu, MBA'94 has been enjoying his third year teaching at George Fox University as an assistant professor of management after obtaining his doctor of business administration (DBA) from City University of Hong Kong in 2010. He is known as "Dr. DVD" on campus since he had a successful DVD distribution business from 2001 to 2011 in Hong Kong. David teaches strategy, global business, and international management to DBA, MBA and undergraduate students. He and his wife Sharrina with their four daughters Christina, Gloria, Rebecca, and Betty just enjoyed their first family reunion Thanksgiving in America together.
Barran Liebman LLP is pleased to welcome Kyle Abraham JD/MBA'05, CDR'05 as an Associate Attorney. Kyle's practice focuses on representing employers in labor and employment law matters. Prior to joining Barran Liebman, Kyle was an officer in the United States Air Force serving in the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG) for six years. During that time, he served as a labor and pic
employment attorney, military defense counsel, and military prosecutor. Kyle continues to serve as a JAG in Oregon Air National Guard, with the rank of Major. Before accepting his commission, he was a Deputy District Attorney and Law Clerk in Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Scott Coe MBA'89 has been hired as the General Manager of Emerald PUD outside of Springfield Oregon. Scott's 24 year career at Bonneville Power Administration started his 2nd year at Atkinson and culminated with him managing the Account Executives for BPA's Public Utilities. Somewhat coincidentally, 3 of the group's 10 AE's are also Atkinson graduates. Scott has been a very engaged alum working as a mentor, interview coach, and as a PACE team client.

atkinson news
Students Become Six Sigma Greenbelts

Three second-year Willamette MBA students - Suroor Al Dhalemi, Anne Fraser and Teruhisa Homma - successfully passed the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) in early December.

"Their success comes from their persistent, hard work: course preview during the summer before the Fall semester started, daily quizzes, practice of over 1000 questions in learning the complex


Six Sigma body of knowledge during one semester, just to name a few," said Henry Bi, Associate Professor of Information Systems. "Students also gave credit to other courses that helped them in studying Six Sigma, including finance, HR, marketing, PACE team management, and statistics.

All students were enrolled in the Willamette Full-Time MBA's "Lean Six Sigma" elective course.  Professor Bi noted that the course was a result of a Hewlett Grant awarded by the Willamette University Office of the President after the topic was suggested by a former MBA student.

Read more about this story here.


Dean Ringold Interviewed for US News and Business Insider

A recent article on US News and World Report's "University Directory" website featured Dean Debra Ringold.  Her conversation focused on the role of female MBAs in the classroom and in the workplace.  Dean Ringold shared her thoughts on the narrowing gender gap as new MBAs enter the workforce.

Read the complete article online:  http://bit.ly/Y6t1vR

Dean Ringold was also profiled on the blog Business Insider, where she shared her ideas and insights on the MBA admission process.

Read her tips online:  http://read.bi/UDmhgC


Alumni Award Nominations Sought

The heart and soul of Willamette is its people – and we need your help in finding exemplary Willamette graduates to recognize this spring through our 2013 alumni awards.  There are three different awards presented each year to deserving alumni, based on specific criteria.

Visit the Alumni Relations website to learn more about the three awards and to submit a nomination (note:  please submit nominations by December 31, 2012).



Upcoming Events

MBA for Professionals Dean’s Luncheon Series – Salem and Portland

Dean Debra Ringold will be hosting luncheons for current students, prospective students and alumni in Salem and Portland this spring.  The first two luncheons of the New Year are already scheduled:

Tuesday, January 8 – SALEM
136 High Street SE
Salem, OR

Thursday, January 10 – PORTLAND
The Arlington Club
811 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR

To RSVP, please contact Lisa Hylton (lhylton@willamette.edu).


Dec 15
Early Action Application Deadline - EC/CC MBA Program
Dec 24-Jan 1
Winter Break (Offices Closed)
Jan 8
Dean's Luncheon - Salem
Jan 10
Dean's Luncheon - Portland
Jan 25
Career Development Workshop
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin

Students have been busy this semester planning and attending career events through their student professional associations, searching for and applying for jobs and internships and going on company treks. We're proud of our students in their continued efforts to reach their career goals!

Here are a few more things students have been involved in this past semester:

Consulting, Tax Research, Technology: Thomson Reuters Company Information Session – AGSM Parent and VP of Software Technology in Indirect Tax, Gary Allen came to Willamette to encourage students to apply for jobs and internships with his Lake Oswego office of Thomson Reuters, but also talked about the entire Fortune 500 organization. 

Finance: Intel Company Information Session – Two Atkinson Alumni, Kevin McClaughry '89 MBA'91 and Terri Savage '01, MBA'06 came on campus to talk with students about opportunities in Intel Finance. Students applied for jobs and internships a week later and interviews happened on campus shortly after.

Healthcare: Salem Health Trek - The final event of the October Career Close-up was a site visit in the afternoon to Salem Health to meet with alumni Cort Garrison MBA'09, Chief Information Officer, Denise Hoover MBA04, Director, Employee Wellness, Benefits, & Compensation, Cassie Cook MBA'11, HRIS Analyst and current MBA-P student, James Parr, Director of Finance. Students learned about Salem Health's strategic initiatives and the importance of process improvement for the future of healthcare. Technology Power Lunch: Microsoft, Featuring Kevin Price MBA'96 - Group Manager - SMB Online & Digital Marketing was featured on campus as one of our Willamette MBA Executives on Campus. Prior to his presentation, Kevin was invited to a closed group discussion with a few student leaders to discuss Microsoft and its growth trajectory. His presentation detailed Kevin's journey leading up to his current position at Microsoft. Key takeaways from his talk were that students need to believe in themselves, never give up and pursue what they want to pursue. Being a political science major, Kevin did not have any formal technology training but he still managed to get a first job at Tektronix based on his attitude and drive to achieve the very best. He emphasized how important showing your passion for the company is in the interview. At Microsoft, creativity and team work are highly cherished and valued. The presentation concluded with Kevin mingling with students and answering their various questions related to Microsoft and Mircosoft's recruitment process.

October Career Close-up: Career Development – Resumes and Cover Letters: The Career Close-up kicked off early with a Business Writing Workshop presented by alum, Jessica Ordonez MBA'04, an expert in grammar. She did a two hour workshop to students interested in learning how to improve their writing skills. She will be doing a second workshop in November. The workshop identified critical elements that can make or break a resume. Jessica gave helpful tips and identified the various recommended improvements in the participating students' resumes and cover letters. The workshop also focused on best practices in business writing and business communication. The second event was a Business Etiquette presentation by Recruiter and HR Generalist, Nancy Marshall of Maps Credit Union. This was followed by a resume/cover letter review session where various employers convened together to review participating students' resumes and cover letters. The employers gave the students tips on which areas to focus upon, which areas to reconsider and which areas that they shouldn't mention in their resumes and cover letters. Participants included representatives from a variety of local organizations such as the Salem Chapter of SHRM, MaPS Credit Union, City of Salem, Target, State Farm Insurance, ODOT, two of our fabulous mentors – Gerry Griffin and Britt Woessner as well as alumni, Jessica Ordonez MBA'04, AJ Nash '05 MBA'06, and Franklin Felizardo MBA'09.

Student Association Sponsored Events included:

Accounting: Tualatin Valley Water District and Moss Adams – The Atkinson Accounting Association started a brown bag lunch series which featured a financial analyst from TVWD and a Senior Manager for internal audit and advisory services with Moss Adams as speakers this semester.

Human Resources: Employment Law Firm, Saalfeld Griggs – The Atkinson SHRM Association invited an employment law attorney who also serves on the Oregon State Council of SHRM to to speak about the basics of law as it relates to businesses, red flags that HR professionals should be aware of, when HR should turn to a lawyer and their best uses.

JD/MBA Panel - An annual event that serves to increase the number of students who participate in this amazing joint degree program featured alumni, Tim Bernasek '93, JD/MBA'98, attorney at Dunn Carney, Shelli Honeywell JD/MBA'93, CDR'93, Oregon DOJ and Zachary Dablow JD/MBA'07, solo practitioner.

Marketing: Craft Brew Alliance Trek – On October 19th, the student chapter of the American Marketing Association went to Craft Brew Alliance in Portland for a tour and employee panel. It was a successful trek with 20 attendees.

Project Management: Synergy Professional Services, LLC – The Atkinson Project Management Association coordinated a workshop hosted at Willamette, put on by the Project Management Institution of the Willamette Valley. The workshop was run by Jeff Oltmann, PMP, who taught both technical and soft skills of project management during the 7 hour session. The technical portion of the workshop included proper use of charters, analyzing stakeholders, rebalancing projects, and progress monitoring techniques. The skills taught were directly relevant to projects and case studies required of students in the PACE class. The soft skills included project leadership, building a high performance team, leveraging the diverse interaction styles of a team, and facilitating a retrospective to learn lessons from a project. These skills are also very applicable to all group work done in Atkinson's curriculum. The workshop provided lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks. About 50 people were in attendance, including 17 Atkinson students, with representation from full-time Salem, professional Salem, and professional Portland.

Project Management: Kaiser Permanente Trek – The student Project Management Association together with mentor, Michael Steensma arranged for a site visit at Kaiser Permanente with about 20 students and some very high level executives. Students learned a lot about the strategy and culture of the organization as well as upcoming internships and hiring criteria.

Public Management: Bonneville Power Agency Company Information Session – Current students and employees at Bonneville – Casey Morgan, Miranda Gestrin and Doug Gilmore talked with students about the benefits of the internship program at BPA. They also discussed the changes in federal hiring and the new Pathways program.


faculty news
Fred Thompson and Ken Smith, of University of Washington published "Budgets? We Don’t Need No Stinkin' Budgets: Ten Things We Think We Think We Know about Budgeting and Performance" in the Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Verwaltungswissenschaften/Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences. Volume 4 (2012), pages 39-52. Fred's articles "Betting on

the Future with a Cloudy Crystal Ball: Revenue Forecasting, Financial Theory, and Budgets" (with Bruce Gates) and "A Comment on Managing Successful Organizational Change in the Public Sector" (with Patrick Connor) were reprinted in Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities, ASPA Classics in Public Administration and Public Policy, R.D. Durant and Jennifer R.S. Durant (eds.) CRC Press, 2012.


Wade Brooks was the closing speaker for the Seattle Angel Conference, a recurring Seattle Angel-driven event where the investors create an LLC, engage in due diligence of the applying startup companies, and ultimately pool funds to invest in one of the presenting finalists. The Seattle Angel Conference is the primary method Seattle Angel uses to find and fund new startups.


staff news
Matt Alex '08, MBA'12 joined the Atkinson team as the Full Time MBA Recruiter and Admission Counselor. Matt is an experienced recruiter, serving Willamette's undergraduate admission office prior to earning his MBA from Willamette in May 2012. During his time at Atkinson he served as President of the Atkinson Marketing Association and as a teaching assistant for the PACE program. pic
Since graduating Matt completed an internship at Sparkloft Media as a Social Media Analyst and returned to Willamette as an Admission Counselor for the College of Liberal Arts. He also serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Marketing Association and Alumni Advisor for Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership of Oregon (a youth leadership organization he has volunteered with since 2002).

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you."
Maya Angelou

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