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May 2013
administrative news
Special Message - Supporting the Future of the Willamette MBA

Dear Willamette MBA Community,


When I took my first step onto Willamette's campus, I was a timid ten-year-old girl attending her first day of science camp. Nearly twelve years later, I now hold my head high as a proud member of the Willamette MBA community.

From that very first day of camp, I had always had my heart set on science. I excelled in my science courses at South Salem High School and went on to Oregon State to major in biology. During my senior year at OSU, though I loved science, I began to realize that my true calling was to work with people. At that time, I was working in the College of Business as a computer technician, where people would tell me that I "belonged" in the business world. However, because I was already very committed to my biology degree, I didn't think I had any options that would complement the hard work I had already put into my studies.

It was then that I found Willamette's Early Career MBA program, which provided my first stepping-stone into the business world, despite my lack of professional experience. Although it has been quite a drastic change to go from scientist to businesswoman, I found that my education and skills have translated well to the MBA program. I fell in love with my operations class, and have seen my eyes adjust from looking for holes in a bacterial agar to looking for holes in the supply chain.

I'm grateful for all of the doors that the Willamette MBA program and its alumni have opened up for me on my journey. It is a community and a network I am proud to be a part of, and I look forward to giving back when I complete my degree. Because Willamette MBA relies on the support of alumni and friends to provide a top-notch management education, I hope we can count on your support to continue the great work of the Atkinson School into the future.

Please consider making your gift to Willamette MBA by May 31 at http://willamette.edu/go/willamettefund.

Erica Puopolo MBA'14

alumni news
Sakina Vohra MBA'11 married Mustufa Kagdi on April 2, 2013 in Mumbai, India. The couple resides in Adelaide, Australia.

atkinson news

Professor Wiltbank Honored for Angel Investing

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) and Angel Resource Institute (ARI) have named Professor Robert Wiltbank, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, as the recipient of the 2013 Hans Severiens Award. The organizations presented Dr. Wiltbank with the award at the 2013 ACA Summit in San Francisco, CA.

The Hans Severiens Award was established in 2005 to honor one individual each year whose actions demonstrate leadership in advancing the role of angel investing, in expanding entrepreneurship, and whose accomplishments shape and benefit the angel investment industry as a whole.

"Rob Wiltbank's contribution is unique in the world of angel investing," said Marianne Hudson, ACA executive director. "He is an angel investor, founder of funds, professor and mentor to future entrepreneurs, and he has researched and written two of the most comprehensive and widely consulted reports on investments by angels in groups."

Professor Wiltbank co-founded the Willamette MBA Angel Fund, an innovative, experiential project where students invest as real angel investors. His New Ventures to Market course was named as a "top 10 entrepreneurship class" in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.


Students Place Among Top 3 in Business Plan Competition

The Willamette MBA new venture team, Zoned, scored a top three placement during the California Dreamin' Investor and Fast Pitch Business Plan Competition at Chapman University in Orange County, CA. The team, including first year students Philip Catudal and Shaptar Morina, edged out 25 other schools. They were awarded a total of $30,000, including a $15,000 prize and a $15,000 equity investment. pic

Zoned is an energy supplement for enhanced memory, focus and energy.  According to the product website, "ZONED is the love-child of a fitness/chemistry enthusiast, MBA student with a passion for helping others. Established in August, 2012, ZONED’s flagship product ZONED – A True Nootropic Stack – is the culmination of years of scientific research and self-experimentation."

The students were accompanied to the event by Wade Brooks, Contributing Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Willamette MBA Angel Fund.

Willamette MBA Will Move to New Portland Space in September

In 2006 Willamette University made the strategic decision to open a campus in Portland as a home for our evening MBA for Professionals program.  Over the past seven years, our Portland Center has welcomed over 400 new students and served as a hub for classes, meetings, social events and activities for members of our campus community and beyond.

We're delighted to announce a move to a new Portland location in September 2013 that offers even more opportunities in the years to come. With the help of Vice President Jim Bauer, Senior Associate Dean Madhu Rao, and faculty members Paul Dwyer and Mike Hand, the University signed a lease for a new facility that will meet the program's needs.

The new location, in the historic RiverTec building at NW 12th and Kearney in the heart of the Pearl District, provides several benefits, including:

• A central location adjacent to the Portland Streetcar line, one block from Jameson Square Park, and in the middle of a host of shops, restaurants and popular Pearl District hangouts.
• A private, street-side entrance providing easier access to the facility around the clock.
• Redesigned, larger classrooms with new technology and extra space for teaching, collaboration and storage of books and materials.
• An expanded kitchen and food service area for more efficient service during meals, including extra seating for individuals and groups.
• Adjacent, secured parking in a newly-built parking structure.
• Unique, environmentally-friendly and historical building elements characteristic of the Pearl District and adhering to Willamette’s commitment to sustainability.

More details on the new center, including floor plans and specs, will be available soon.


Willamette MBA Treks to Brazil

Global Management Professor, Gary Knight and Career Management Director, Beth Ursin accompanied 17 students to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero to learn about doing business in Brazil. The trip was part of an emerging markets course taught by Professor Gary Knight, which brought together first and second year Full-Time students and MBA-P students from multiple cohorts.

As a pilot, the trip was a huge success! Through visits to 11 organizations: public, private and not-for-profit, the group of students learned that lots of multinationals are descending on Brazil. They found that many organizations and people are focused on sustainability and they are cleaning up their cities and implementing lots of new technology. Brazil is the world's sixth largest economy in the world and the IMF expects it to become the 5th largest by 2015. Much of this is due to the enormous growth of the middle class, which from 2002 to now has grown from 38% of the population to 51%.



A highlight in Sao Paulo, was a visit to Nike hosted by alum, Christian Renoux MBA'09 and his team. They also visited Natura, General Electric Oil and Gas Plant, met with the Human Resources Director and Sustainability Director for General Electric South America, Santander Bank, US Consulate, and Unica the leading association for sugar cane ethanol producers. The group was invited to dinner with a current student, Joe Mizuno Santa Helena and his family and had dinner with alum, Vandyck Silveira '95, MM'98, Presidente / CEO of Grupo Ibmec S.A. In Rio, they had the opportunity to visit Vandyke's business school IBMEC, the Rio Operations Center from where the 2016 Olympics will be monitored, Petrobras Oil, and a local not-for-profit serving children in the favelas. They also had a delicious traditional Brazilian dinner with alum Luciana Yoshiyasu MBA'10.

With the success of the Brazil Trek, two additional international study trips are being planned for the upcoming year: Chile in December 2013 and China in March 2014. More details will be made available soon about these trips and how alumni can participate.



Upcoming Events

2013 Commencement Schedule
Commencement is an opportunity for the Willamette community to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students. Schedule of events is included below. For family and friends of graduates who are not able to travel to Salem for the May 12th, 2013 Hooding and Commencement ceremony, a live stream of the event will be available here.
Thursday, May 9
6 pm   Atkinson Honors and Awards Reception
Rogers Rehearsal Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
All Atkinson graduates are invited to this ceremony, which acknowledges outstanding academic and professional achievements in the MBA program.
Friday, May 10
3 - 4:45 pm   AGSM Commencement Rehearsal
Rogers Rehearsal Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
All graduates who intend to participate in commencement must attend the rehearsal.

5 pm   End-of-Year Barbeque
AGSM patio and student lounge
All current students welcome to attend.

Sunday, May 12
7:45 am   Atkinson Graduates Line Up and Group Photo
Rehearsal Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
9 - 10:30 am  

Atkinson Graduate School Hooding & Commencement Ceremony
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Tickets are required for this ceremony.
Commencement Speaker - Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland

View the live stream

10:30 am   Atkinson Graduate School Brunch
Goudy Commons
Brunch Info. & Registration
Save the Date! Summer Gatherings - Portland and Salem

Portland Summer Gathering
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Architects, 1223 SW Washington Street, 2nd Floor Lobby - Portland, Oregon [map]

Mid-Summer Gathering and BBQ in Salem
Date: Friday, July 12, 2013
Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm 
Location: Atkinson Graduate School Patio (Mudd Building) - Willamette University Campus - Salem, Oregon [map]

Come ready to enjoy food and drinks at either the beautiful ZGF Architects Lobby in Portland or AGSM's backyard patio in Salem and network with MBA connections and the Salem business community.

May 9
Atkinson Honors Ceremony
May 12
Willamette University Commencement
May 14
Dean's Luncheon with Debra Ringold - Salem
May 16
Dean's Luncheon with Debra Ringold - Portland
May 23
MBA for Professionals Meet Up in Salem
Jun 27
Portland Summer Gathering
Jul 12
Salem Mid-Summer Gathering
Jul 13
Happiness Connection Workshop - Portland
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management
Update from Director of Career Management: Beth Ursin
April is always a busy month for students wrapping up year end projects, interviewing, networking and f presentations. We had several employers interviewing on campus including Avanade, Boys and Girls Club, Accretive Health and Central Willamette Credit Union. Students also continued their own job search club.    

Leadership Retreat
: We kicked off the month with a Student Leadership Retreat at Beth Ursin’s home. The new student professional association leaders and Peer Career Advisors gathered together to set goals for 2013-2014. There we established a point system to motivate student organizations to plan better events, grow their organizations and provide great materials for their members. Associations will choose from a menu of options to gather points towards merit awards presented at the end of the school year. The Atkinson Student Association will be in charge of the point system and monitor the award categories.

PACE Presentations: On April 12, each of 12 student PACE teams did their final presentation for their not-for-profit partner. Our not-for-profit partners attended and judges were there to score the presentations, an important part of students' grades. On April 19th each PACE team presented their new business venture idea, also scored by impartial judges. This year, there was a good mix of health products, food and beverages, technology and even a brewpub named with an anagram of Professor Larry Ettner.

Brown Water Weekend: We had the most beautiful weather for Brown Water this year. The weekend kicked off with a Neon Dance Party Thursday night, followed by Golf the next day, Casino night, a soccer game and our traditional potluck Barbecue and Mill Stream Float. Casino night at the Reed Opera house packed in the largest crowd with well over 300 people.


executive development center
Utility Management Program Welcomes Next Cohort in September 2013

The popular Utility Management program for executives and professionals is now recruiting for the next cohort.  The two-week program will begin on September 23 at the new Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District.

The program is designed for directors, managers, supervisors and individual contributors who want to understand how a utility works and prepare for future utility leadership roles.

2013 Program Dates:
September 23-27 and October 21-25 (participants attend both weeks)
Willamette University Portland Center
905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110 – Portland, OR

For more details on the program visit http://www.willamette.edu/mba/executive/utility_management or e-mail utility-mgmt@willamette.edu.


faculty news
Professor Paul Dwyer was awarded a Hewlett Foundation Presidential Award for Curriculum Development and Improvement for his proposal entitled, "An Immersive Learning Application Development Framework." This grant program is administered through the President's Office and is used to fund activities related to faculty and curriculum development or improvement. pic

student news
Student Honored with Several Willamette Awards

Current BA/MBA student Sveta Krishna was awarded the Office of Community Service Learning Outstanding Leadership Award, which honors students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the community. In addition, Sveta received the Colonel Percy Willis Prize, which awards a Willamette student who has displayed virtues of diligence, reliability, and responsibility through deeds and services to fellow students of the University and the Hull Initiative Award, which supports a student who best exemplifies the values of hard work, self-sufficiency, personal initiative, and community engagement.

"You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw

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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.

Mission: As an effort to foster one of Atkinson's significant purposes - to establish a close community - ATKINSONews's mission is to provide an accurate and timely forum for disseminating current news and events involving the school and its current and former community members.

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