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 December 2011

administrative news

Special Holiday Message
(To the tune of "Let it snow!") 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.
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 be dropping,
And 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
Family Additions
Lyndsey Eisenbarth Mullins '05, MBA'06 and husband Dustin Mullins welcomed a baby boy on October 21st.  Rowan Jeffrey Mullins weighed 6 lbs 1 oz and was 18 inches long. "He's doing very well," writes Lyndsey. "Mommy and Daddy are loving every minute with him!"
Robin Singhvi MBA'11 started working for hCentive, Inc in August, 2011 as their Senior Analyst - Product Management. "hCentive is impacting how the healthcare insurance industry will look come Jan 1, 2014 (when it's mandated that every American should have insurance cover)," says Robin. "Our product essentially allows insurance companies and states to sell insurance products through a simple web-based interface that gives the customer all the information they need to search for, compare and buy the insurance plan that best fits their needs. No more fine print, no more nasty surprises when you check into a hospital for treatment or buy your prescription drugs. When you buy insurance, you know exactly what you will get. We simplify the process of buying insurance through insurance providers." Being a start-up company, Robin is juggling multiple roles - Business Development, Sales Engineer, Product Manager, Product Marketer and of course, an Analyst.

Kirsten Eades MBA'06 started at Anheuser-Busch as a Manager of Innovation in St. Louis, MO. "I will be responsible for negotiating pricing & contracts for new innovations at AB," says Kirsten. "I'm excited about the opportunity to explore a new industry and city!" Kirsten formerly worked for Apple in Palo Alto, CA.

Ashish Puravankara MBA'05, Joint Managing Director of Puravankara Group in Bangalore, India, was interviewed recently in an article on IndiaInfoline.com. Puravankara Projects Limited is one of the real estate development companies in India with a focus on developing residential and commercial properties. Ashish has been responsible for the identification of opportunities for the company. Read the full article here.

Jus Singh MBA'94 became the CEO of The Atum Group in May of 2011. Atum is a management consulting firm specializing in Business Strategy, Finance and Accounting, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Compliance. The firm is based in Portland and is expanding operations along the Western US. In addition to geographic presence in the Western United States, Atum has partner firms in India and Texas.
David M. Liu MBA'94 has been an assistant professor of management at George Fox University since July 2010 after completing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from City University of Hong Kong in March 2010. David teaches Strategic Management, Global Business and Management Principles to MBA and undergraduate students. He is wrapping up his 10-year old DVD drive business in Hong Kong by end of this month. His wife and four daughters are coming to settle down in Newberg in January 2012.
Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05, Field Director for Northwestern Mutual is celebrating the grand opening of a local office in Salem, located at 4747 Skyline Road South Suite 160, Salem, Ore. "We are excited to finally have an office here and be able to serve the Salem (and surrounding) community with a local office," writes Matt. The grand opening ceremony is on December 15th with an open house to follow.

atkinson news
Larry Ettner Becomes Vice Chair of Mercy Corps Northwest
Professor Larry Ettner was recently named vice chair for Mercy Corps Northwest, a Portland-based community development institution with ties to Willamette University. The real benefit isn't for me, personally," Larry says. "My appointment gives students knowledge that there's more to my job than sitting in class.

Through Mercy Corps Northwest, I have an opportunity to give back to a community that has already given so much to me." For the past four years, Mercy Corps Northwest has partnered with Atkinson's PACE program. Larry, who has more than three decades of corporate leadership, investing and management experience, joined the board of directors in March. He will serve as vice chair for two years. Read the feature article here.
Willamette MBA Highest Ranked School in Oregon on "Poets & Quants" Second Annual List

In its second annual ranking of MBA programs, Poets & Quants, an online community for business school prospective students, listed the Willamette MBA as the highest ranked program in Oregon.  Willamette was also included on the website's first ranking in 2010. Read the article here.

The Poets & Quants list is a "composite" score, taking into consideration all of the other national rankings and the influence these rankings have on the image and reputation of the schools listed.  The Willamette MBA made high marks this past year as the only school in Oregon recognized on Forbes magazine's list of "best business schools" and a top 25 school on the Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes list.

MBA for Professionals Next Portland Cohort - Begins January 9, 2012

We understand competing passions - career, family, community - mean that timing is everything. We often first hear from talented professionals like you just 30 days before the beginning of the semester. If you or someone you know is ready now, there is still time to apply to the MBA for Professionals Portland cohort.  The Willamette University MBA for Professionals program represents the University's tradition of achievement and action, focused on solving local and global challenges and helping you achieve your career goals.

Lear more and begin your application online:  http://www.willamette.edu/mba/professionals/contact/

Join a Public Service Research Panel

If you are or had been a government or nonprofit executive, program or unit manager, front-line public servant, or graduate student planning a career in public service - you are invited to participate in a new project: the Public Service Research Panel - housed at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers - Newark.
PSRPanel is an online research panel of public service professionals, who volunteer to participate in web-based studies about the important work they do and the organizations they help lead.  Results of the studies will be published in leading academic and professional journals in the field and contribute to the advancement of the art and science of public administration.  We have recently released a report of our most recent survey about working in the public sector ten years after the 9/11 attacks at the project's website, http://PSRPanel.org.

You can support academic and applied research in public and non-profit management and related fields by joining the panel. Members of the panel get early access to study results, and we often find that they very much enjoy being asked about their professional lives and the larger societal meaning of their work. The project has a very strict policy on privacy and voluntary participation and has been approved by the Rutgers IRB. This invitation was sent through the NASPAA network.

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Upcoming Events
MBA for Professionals Commencement

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce the Commencement of the MBA for Professionals class of 2012.  The ceremony and following reception will take place on the Salem Campus.

January 21, 2012

2:00pm - Commencement Ceremony, Cone Chapel
3:00pm - Reception, Mary Stuart Rogers Rehearsal Hall

For more information: http://www.willamette.edu/events/commencement/agsm/professional/index.html

Dean's Lunch Series - Spring Dates Announced in Salem and Portland
Connect with Debra Ringold, Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette MBA alumni, current and prospective students, and staff at a Willamette MBA for Professionals 'Real Connections' Luncheon. The luncheons are designed as small group discussions and networking opportunities with Willamette's close-knit MBA community.

View the Willamette MBA events page for upcoming dates and times in Portland and Salem: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/events/index.html

Save the Date for Early Career and Career Change MBA Preview Days

Prospective students are invited to visit the Salem, Oregon campus, connect with current students, experience a sample class, meet Willamette MBA alumni and answer questions about life in the Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA program.

Save the date for this year's events:

We invite and welcome alumni to connect and engage with prospective students during Preview Days. If you are interested in participating, please contact Aimee Akimoff at aakimoff@willamette.edu.

Dec 23-30Winter Break (University closed)
Jan 12-13
Seattle Career Trek
Jan 21
MBA for Professionals Commencement
Feb 3
Northwest MBA Career Day
Feb 15
Dean's Lunches Series
Feb 17
Atkinson Alumni Conversations
Feb 17
Portland Career Trek
Feb 18 Preview Day - Early Career/Career Change MBA
Feb 28
MBA for Professionals Reception Featuring President Thorsett
Mar 7
Dean's Lunches Series
Mar 16
Personalized Career Fair
alumni events calendar
atkinson events calendar

career management

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

Mentorship Program Update
: We've made a significant change to our mentorship program this year. Students requested that we match them later in the year than we have in the past. 

So, this year, we are matching students one-on-one from January through May and using the fall semester to schedule getting to know you meetings with multiple mentors. We have nearly 50 mentors this year and students have met with at least two of them and are starting their third meetings. If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, we do have a waiting list of students so would welcome a few more mentors. Some of the mentors who are involved this year include: Jenee Bader '98, MBA'10 of Avanade, Kristin Bauer MBA'05 of Umpqua Bank, Warren Bednarz '81, MBA'10 of Bar Industries, Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05 of Northwestern Mutual, Robert Chandler MAD'80, Scott Coe MBA'89 of Bonneville,  Jennifer Dale MBA'06 of McDonald Jacobs, Scott Davidson JD/MBA'87 of Lane Powell, John Eshleman '84 of Trademark Lumber, James Furlo '06, MBA'07 of Hewlett Packard, Robin Gabel MBA'09 of Golden Temple,  Mitch Gee MBA'08 of PCC Structurals, Denise Hoover MBA'04 of Salem Health, Mary Jaeger '80, Dan Mahoney MBA'00 of Mortgage Express, Angela Mahoney '94, MBA'00 of PECI, Julie Mares MBA'08 of PCC Structurals, Collette Nakamura MBA'11 of Hewlett Packard, AJ Nash '05, MBA'06 of Willamette Valley Bank, Dave Parry MBA'05 of Hewlett Packard, Jill Peters (MBA Candidate) of Hewlett Packard, Courtney Ranstrom MBA'05 of Ranstrom Financial, Purnima Renjen MBA'00 of Deloitte, Kyle Roadman MBA'06 of Emerald People's Utility District, Terri Savage '01, MBA'06 of Intel, Adam Schmidt '00, MBA'01 of Planar, Jerrica Seeger MBA/JD'10 of ODOT, Sean Swearingen MBA'10 of Wells Fargo, Ernesto Toskovic MBA'02 of Keybank, Kelli Waldo MBA'05 at Peace Health and Rodney Wood  '98, T'00 of Wilson-Heirgood. 

Events: In November, we hosted two Power Lunch speakers, Steven F. Boedigheimer Deputy Director of the Division of State and Local Readiness at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and Phil Welker, Executive Director of PECI. Our student Public Administration Association (APAA) welcomed veteran City Managers Bob Wells '74, Former City Manager of Salem, Roger Jordan, Former City Manager of Dallas, and Wes Hare, City Manager of Albany to give their views on managing cities in a speakers panel. APAA also took students on a tour of Lane County facilities where they had an opportunity to meet the people who run the county and learn from their experience. On November 9th, the student Consulting Association (ACA) welcomed Jerry Fletcher of Z-Axix Marketing to speak with students about his role in consulting.

Mock Interviews: As part of the career module of PACE, all first year students are required to go through a mock application process that culminates in a face-to-face mock interview with professionals. This year, we coordinated close to 100 mock interviews on November 18th. Alumni participants included Franklin Felizardo MBA'10 of the City of Salem, Pat Donenfeld '82 of the Oregon State Police, Patrick Kelley MBA'05 of George Fox University, Kevin McClaughry MBA'91 of Intel,  former parent Sue Bloom of the Boys & Girls Club, Cheryl Berger MBA'09 of Insitu, James Furlo '06, MBA'07 of Hewlett Packard, Lisa Hylton MBA'04, Linda Flamenco MBA'11Erik Schmidt '05, Adam Torgerson (MBA Candidate) and Keith Grimm (MBA Candidate) all of Willamette University,  Kevin Dull MBA'99 of Kaiser Permanente, David Parry MBA'07 of Hewlett Packard and Robert Chandler MAD'80 of the City of Salem.

Upcoming Events:
January 12 and 13: Seattle Trek includes visits to Microsoft, Amazon.com, Theo Chocolate and Alaska Airlines. If you're an alum at any of these organizations, please contact Beth for details to join us at eursin@willamette.edu.
January 12, Seattle Alumni Gathering 5:30-7:30pm at the Theo Chocolate Factory, 3400 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103. RSVP to Beth at eursin@willamette.edu

January 17 Internship Supervisor Gathering, 3-5pm in Salem

January 18 - Mentorship Luncheon, Salem

January 20 - Mentorship Gathering, 5:30pm Portland campus

January 20, Career Management and Coaching Session - MBA-P, Alumni and Career Changers welcome to the Building an Effective Career Pan session - RSVP to Judy Hampe jhampe@willamette.edu.

February 3 - Northwest MBA Consortium Career Day www.mbacareerday.com

February 17 - Portland Trek


executive development center
Few Spots Remain For Sustainable Enterprise Program, Beginning February 2012
Willamette University's Sustainable Enterprise Certificate (SEC) program takes a unique approach to understanding the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental well-being.  The program helps you create a plan, engage stakeholders and add new value through becoming a leading sustainable enterprise.

SESSION 1:  February 15-17, 2012 - Biomimicry and System Dynamics
SESSION 2:  March 14-16, 2012 - Natural and Social Systems
SESSION 3:  April 11-13, 2012 - Moving Into Action.

WEBINARS   February 24  |  March 8  |  March 30
Three interactive webinars will complement the program content, presented by leaders in the field of climate change, sustainability leadership, and transformation.

Ready to make this year's SEC program part of your 2012 educational goals? Register online for the entire SEC certificate program or for individual sessions at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/sustainability or call 503.370.6791.

Special Pricing Available for Alumni!

Save the Date for the Next Alumni Inspired Conversation
"Guerilla Finance for Business" - February 17
The Willamette University Executive Development Center is pleased to present a new series of Atkinson Alumni Inspired Conversations, in-person and virtual events for alumni on cutting edge topics in management.

Join expert trainer and Executive Development Center regular, John Hynes, as he makes clear what leaders need to understand about their organization's financial model to succeed in today's business environment.

Presented Exclusively Online, February 17 at 10:30am-12:00pm PST
Please RSVP to edc@willamette.edu

For a webcast of our previous conversations, please visit: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/executive/alumni_conversations/library.html

faculty news
Executive Professor Geoff Guilfoy Joins Institute of Management Consultants Board 
Geoff Guilfoy, Executive Professor at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, has been voted to the national Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Consultants.  Guilfoy's term will begin in 2012.  As an Executive Professor, Guilfoy teaches classes in not-for-profit management and government. 

He held several management positions in the State of Oregon before his current role as a principal at the consulting firm AKT, LLP.  Guilfoy is also an Atkinson alumnus.

A forty year old organization, the Institute of Management Consultants provides programming and training to consultants and professionals across the United States.  The organization is also the accrediting body of the Certification in Management Consulting (CMC) distinction.

Professor Lisbeth Claus presented a paper entitled, Sending employees to the bottom 60 failed states: performance and retention of international assignees of an international NGO" at the NHRMA conference in Seattle, WA on October 6.  The action research project was part of an advanced global HR Willamette MBA experiential class in the spring of 2011.

Professor Lisbeth Claus presented specific industry findings of her Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Study in London, England to finance and insurance companies, in Aberdeen, Scotland to oil and gas companies, in Copenhagen, Denmark to leading Scandinavian global companies, in Washington DC to government contractors, and in Philadelphia to pharmaceutical companies. All events were sponsored by International SOS.

She was quoted extensively in a December 2011 HR Magazine article written by Aliah Wright entitled, "Open for Business? After the Arab spring, employers must carefully consider returning employees to the Middle East and North Africa."

Professor Fred Thompson has been invited to serve a five-year term, 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2016, as an External Departmental Assessor for the Department of Management at the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE). LSE's Department of Management is its counterpart to the Atkinson School. It houses personnel from managerial economics, strategy, marketing, and public administration, as well as organizational science.


staff news
New Staff Members Join Atkinson Team

Melinda Rogers joined the Atkinson Graduate School as the new Director of the Executive Development Center.  Melinda has over 15 years of experience in a variety of HR roles with Fortune 500 companies Qualcomm and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, she held the position of Vice President of Enterprise Learning at Knowledge Universe, the world's largest privately held early childhood education company.  At Knowledge Universe, Melinda was responsible for leading company-wide initiatives such as employee culture and employee brand development.  She has extensive experience with cultural change leadership, transition management, organizational development, succession planning, and linking HR strategy to business results. In addition to supporting the development of business plans and strategies, Melinda has served as an executive coach and worked closely to develop corporate staff and executive teams.  Before beginning her career in human resource management, Melinda spent 10 years in line management positions in sales, engineering, and supply chain.  These experiences have allowed her to quickly build credibility with line managers and develop practical solutions that are directly tied to business objectives.
Tracy Preston recently joined Atkinson as the Career and Admissions Office Coordinator. She comes to us from Pacific Lutheran University where she has been for several years in graduate admissions, most recently as Graduate Admission Specialist.

student news
Atkinson Consulting Association and Institute of Management Consultants Create Joint Chapter

The Atkinson Consulting Association (ACA) and the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) have jointly established an official Oregon/Southwest Washington Institute of Management Consultant Student Chapter. Since its founding in Fall 2009, the ACA has been working to establish an affiliation with IMC to provide more opportunities for students interested in management consulting.

The OSWW IMC Student Chapter hopes to bring together current consultants and up-and-coming professionals to exchange knowledge and engage in the IMC's mission, "To promote excellence and ethics in management consulting." Future networking events, workshops and guest speakers will be hosted by the Student Chapter, in conjunction with IMC professionals.

Thank you to both the past and current boards of the ACA and OSWW IMC for their efforts during this process.

Consulting projects are taken on by the ACA as well. Please contact Kathryn McMillan at kmcmilla@willamette.edu if you have any student projects available.


"Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present."
Albert Camus


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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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