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Willamette | MBA | Atkinson Graduate School of Management

November 2012
administrative news
Message from the Dean

Dear Willamette MBA Community,

Even in a challenging economy, the Willamette University MBA program continues to make investments in our faculty, our programs and our facilities. We've partnered with organizations

around the world to improve the accessibility and affordability of our MBA programs to students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We continue to grow stronger – and for that we have much to be thankful.

You volunteer to assist students with resume workshops and informational interviews.  You send us job and internship announcements. You continue to make referrals of students to our MBA for Professionals and Early Career and Career Change MBA programs.

Your time and talents are greatly appreciated. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Best Wishes,

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


alumni news
Andrew Logue '05, MBA'06 and Emily Logue (Henry) were married on March 10, 2012 at the Crown Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. "I am also excited to announce that after six and half years in Seattle working for Blue Nile," writes Andrew, "Emily and I will be moving to the Portland area where I accepted a job at Nike as Pricing Strategy Analyst on the Global Merchandising Team. pic
Emily is currently pursuing real estate financial and marketing analysis opportunities in the Portland area. We are excited to be moving closer to friends and family."
Tom Frolik '07, MBA'08 and Michelle Huang were married on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on Friday, October 19. They met in Houston, TX through mutual friends as employees for Hewlett-Packard. Tom is in operations for HP Storage, and Michelle is a software engineer for HP Servers. pic
Family Additions
Maggy Simon (Gorman) MM'97 and her husband Charlie are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Thomas and Charlotte, born August 9th in Portland. They join big sister Leah, age 4. "Everyone is doing great," says Maggy.
After 17 years at Russell Investments, Erik Ogard MBA'91 and Partner Nicholas Waltner launched Madison Park Capital Partners, LLC. Madison Park is a Seattle-based alternative investments boutique specializing in absolute return strategies. The firms strategies are designed to produce returns independent of capital market and macroeconomic conditions.
Denise Callahan '95, MBA '00 has been hired by The Ford Family Foundation as their new director of scholarship programs. She begins her position on November 26. This position follows nearly 12 years working with Willamette University in various development and alumni relations positions. pic
The Ford Family Foundation's mission is "Successful citizens and vital rural communities" and it is one of the largest private philanthropies in Oregon, providing funding to its five college scholarship programs, the Ford Institute for Community Building, and to numerous public charities whose programs and facilities predominantly benefit the residents of small, rural communities across Oregon and Siskiyou Count in northern California.
Will Norris MBA'12 appeared in an announcement on The Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) website recently. Will took a job as the Management Assistant in the City Manager's Office of the City of Long Beach, CA. His responsibilities range from data analysis, to capital budgeting to facilitating meetings.

In October 2012, Joe Weller MBA'05 and his wife Dena visited Japan and were fortunate enough to receive a personalized Tokyo city tour from fellow AGSM classmates Hideaki Azuma MBA'05 and Ichiro Nakajima MBA'06. Their better halfs, Yumi and Etsuko (respectively) were also in attendance and played a large part in the planning of the day's tour. One of the highlights was lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant (Tofuya Ukai Take) in downtown Tokyo amidst a beautiful garden setting. Even after 7 years apart, the connection and friendship between these fellow AGSM students remains strong!


atkinson news
Nominations Sought for Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award

Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management invites nominations for its annual Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award.

The Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award was created by Willamette University and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1984 to recognize extraordinary entrepreneurial and civic leadership benefitting the State of Oregon.  The Award seeks to recognize public and private leadership in the tradition of the late Glenn L. Jackson, a true Oregonian, who served as Chairman of Pacific Power and Light (now, PacifiCorp), Chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission and owner of several entrepreneurial enterprises.  Glenn Jackson believed in making the right thing happen for Oregon and had the capacity and drive to get things done.  He serves as a civic leadership model for all Oregonians. 

Learn more and submit a nomination


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).


Follow the Willamette MBA Student Journey

Follow the Willamette MBA blog to read stories and adventures of current students in Willamette's MBA program. With recent tales about student associations, company treks and stories of international students flying half-way around the world to join their classmates in Salem, you'll get the insight of students in their journey through the MBA program. Check back often for new stories!


Pumpkin Pie Day - An Atkinson Tradition Continues

Associate Deans Judy O'Neill and Madhu Rao serve the students, faculty and staff of Atkinson pumpkin pie in mid-November as part of a long-standing tradition. pic


Upcoming Events

MBA for Professionals Recruiting for Portland Cohort

If you know someone interested in the MBA for Professionals program, encourage them to apply for the January 2013 cohort in Portland.  We are now reviewing applications, setting up class visits and welcoming interested students to GMAT sessions and special lunches with the Dean.

Upcoming events:
Professional Bio and Essay Writing Workshop
November 17, 2012
RSVP Online

Lunch with the Dean in Portland – The Arlington Club
December 12, 2012
RSVP Online


Early Career and Career Change MBA Virtual Session - Dec 5

If you know prospective students interested in the full-time Early Career and Career Change MBA program, encourage them to mark their calendars for our first virtual information session.

Wednesday, December 5, 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

RSVP Online
Nov 17
MBA for Professionals Bio and Essay Writing Workshop
Nov 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices Closed)
Nov 30
Career Development: Mock Interviews
Dec 5
Early Career and Career Change MBA Virtual Session
Dec 12
Dean's Lunch
Dec 24-Jan 1
Winter Break (Offices Closed)
Jan 25
Career Development Workshop
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin

Welcome New Assistant Director of Career Management,
Desiree Vorhees

I'm excited to announce the selection of Desiree Vorhees as our new Assistant Director of Career Management effective December 1.


She's being promoted from her current role as Admission Counselor, which she has held since 2007. Over that time, the recruitment team increased the incoming class size by 42%. 

Desiree was responsible for recruiting students in 30 different cities annually and planning and executing recruiting events with up to 100 attendees, where she's been recognized for her creativity and flair. Desiree came highly recommended to AGSM by the MBA Career Staff at University of Washington where she worked previously as the MBA Careers Program Assistant. Having recently completed her MBA at Willamette and a volunteer role as a Peer Advisor, she's looking forward to an increase in responsibility and merging her interests in recruitment and career management.

As Assistant Director of Career Management, Desiree will be responsible for providing career services for all current MBA students and alumni in collaboration with Beth. This includes career coaching and advising individuals and student professional associations, designing and executing programs and events, managing job and internship postings, outreach to employers as well as supervising interns. Primary emphasis is on helping students secure high quality internships and jobs.


AY 2012-2013 Mentorship Program – This year, the mentorship program kicked off in September with 45 student and mentor pairs. The students and mentors have already met and developed a professional development plan for the AY 2012-2013 school year. Students continue to thank us for their mentors and rave about the quality of coaching they receive. Participating mentors include quite a few alumni: John Seton MBA'86, Jenee Bader '98 MBA'10, Warren Bednarz '81 MBA'09, Andy Meyers MBA'01, Scott Coe MBA'89, Mitch Gee MBA'08, Dave Parry MBA'05, James Furlo '06 MBA'07, Ernesto Toskovic MBA'02, Dan Mahoney MBA'00, Matt Benjamin '02 MBA'05, Julie Mares MBA'08, Nathan Beil MBA'09, Courtney Ranstrom MBA'05, Darren Paterra JD/MBA'03, Denise Hoover MBA'04, Alycia Bleeker JD/MBA'06, John Eshleman '84, Kristin Bauer MBA'05, Sue Wilson MAD'77 and Zach Dablow JD/MBA'07. Participants who are friends of Career Management, yet not alumni, come from a variety of Salem and Portland business including the Boys and Girls Club, CFP Inc, City of Salem, Compass Rose Consulting, Family Building Blocks, JHS Capital, Kaiser Permanente, LK13 Development & Coaching, Mid-Valley Mentors, Modern Building Systems, Naito Corp, North Santiam Canyon Economic Development Corporation, Oregon Dept of Justice, Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities, Oregon Environmental Council, Pacificorp, Portland State University, Propeller Resources, Rich Duncan Construction, West Coast Bank, Weyerhaeuser Company as well as retired professionals.

National Career Fairs – This year 23 students attended several National Career Fairs including MBAWi (MBA Women International) in Arizona (pictured below), NSHMBA (National Society for Hispanic MBAs) in Florida, NBMBA (National Black MBA) in Indiana and Net Impact in Boston. Some students took the initiative to volunteer at the fair which reduced costs and enabled them to meet recruiters and association executives ahead of time. The conferences were varied, but all included featured major corporations at their career fairs. These conferences enable Willamette MBA graduates to connect with and secure interviews with fortune 500 employers that do not actively recruit in Oregon, such as Nissan, Owens Corning and Diagio.


executive development center
Willamette MBA Alumni Book Club – Upcoming Session

Consider joining us at our upcoming Book Club session. You will have the opportunity to review current management topics and connect through a virtual session with the authors.

November 29, 2012
9:00am-10:00am (Convert PDT to your time zone)
"Dangerous Instincts" by Mary Ellen O'Toole
Register online

Since the sessions are only open to the first 50 who sign up, please register only if you are certain you can attend the call. You will receive the book and materials in the mail after your registration is processed.


faculty news
Steve Maser, Vlad Subbotin, and Fred Thompson published an article, "How Bid-Protest Mechanisms Mitigate Opportunism in Government Contracting" in the International Public Management Journal: Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 137-159.

Robert Couch and Fred Thompson attended the a conference on Creating Public Value at the University of Minnesota. Both presented papers. The extended abstract from Fred's paper was featured in the October edition of PUBLIC -- ESADE’s Institute of Public Governance & Management (IGDP) e-bulletin.


October 11-13 Fred attended the annual Association for Budgeting and Financial Management conference in New York City, presenting a paper entitled: RANKING STATE TAX SYSTEMS: PROGRESSIVITY, ADEQUACY, EFFICIENCY. The paper was coauthored by AGSM alum Ken Beatty MBA'10 and College of Liberal Arts alum Jon Thompson '09.


Elliot Maltz recently had an article accepted in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship Maximizing the Shared Value of Corporate Social Initiatives: A 3 C’s Approach The article develops a framework for understanding the conditions which generate high shared value initiatives for global enterprises and for the broader society. In general, the analysis indicates that

enterprises are most likely to generate high shared value when they have the capability to do so, there is consistency between the creation of shareholder value and societal value, and that the societal value can be cultivated beyond the enterprise which created the original initiative.

Larry Ettner was appointed to the Swiss Business School Journal of Applied Business Research Editorial Board. In addition, he has recently been published: Ettner, L. and Ahn, M. (2012) "Wrangling Along: Governance and Leadership Principles and Applications", in Wells, P and Mueller, J. (Eds.), Contemporary Challenges in Corporate Governance. A third paper is currently in press:

Ahn, M. and Ettner, L. "Values-Based Leadership: Enduring Lessons from the Aeneid", Prastacos et al. (Eds.), Leadership and Management in a Changing World.

student news
Project Management Association Hosts PMI Workshop
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 the 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 the full-time MBA program, as well as the MBA for Professionals' Salem and Portland cohorts.
Willamette MBA Students Embrace "Movember"
As part of an annual tradition, several Willamette MBA students have pledged to cultivate a genuine 100% face-grown moustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for men's health, specifically cancers affecting men. Now they're on the hunt for trusty and fearless pioneers to join us by signing up for the team. Together we can change the face of men's health. To join our Movember team go to http://us.movember.com/team/421213. Or check out their Facebook page to follow along with the changing face of Movember!

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes"
St Clement of Alexandria

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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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