Important Info for Fall 2013: July Edition

Watch Your Email -- Important "MBA To Do List"
On June 27th or 28th, you will receive a very important email from me with the subject line of "MBA To Do List." The list will include tasks you need to do to prepare for Career Management, Compass Week and Fall Semester classes.  Each task will include a description, link and a due date.  Tasks are as follows:

Career Management and Professional Preparation
Self Evaluation: Career Leader and Reflect Inventories
Gather Information from Others
Advising Questionnaire
Your Insights Assignment
Update Your Resume
Mentorship Application (optional)

PACE Assignment
DiSC Inventory

Administrative Assignments
Start Your Willamette Email Account
Order Your Professional Name Tag
Pronounce Your First and Last Name on Judy's Voicemail
Submit Your Health Forms

Arrival Assistance for Incoming Students - Webinar July 3rd

Students who are new to the Salem area should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 9th (or before) so you have time to get settled and rested before school starts. Our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons will help new students get settled before school starts. Services include pick up at the Portland Airport and assistance with locating an apartment in Salem after you arrive. This service is especially important for students traveling to Oregon from other states and countries. You can reach the arrival team at

Also, join us for a live webinar with advice from current students on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight time. Join us for the live webinar at

Join Us for the Mid-Summer Gathering Barbecue
If you are in the U.S. in mid-July, be sure to attend our Mid-Summer Gathering Barbecue! The barbecue is Friday, July 12th, 5:30 p.m.. to 7:30 p.m.. at the Atkinson School. You are welcome to bring guests. Dress is casual and relaxed. More information and RSVP online if you can join us by Wednesday, July 10th. RSVP online at

When You Are a Willamette MBA, You Are An MBA for Life
Earning a Willamette MBA is a lifelong relationship that continues to deliver a return on investment for years to come. We are proud to announce our MBA for Life program; a new program that allows graduates of the Willamette MBA program to come back and take selected MBA courses free of charge, for life. For more information about this program and other alumni benefits click here.

Core Course Waiver Policies and Procedures For Early Career/ Career Change Students

Judy O'Neill will be evaluating the files of all incoming students for possible waivers of core courses by the end of the first week of August. Judy will email those who are eligible for a waiver based on an administrative decision. To review the waiver policies for 2013-14 see Waiver Policies and Procedures for MBA Core Courses . If you have questions about waiver policies, please contact Judy O'Neill.

Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance, Monthly Payment Plan and Payment Process Information

See Tuition, Fees, Monthly Payment Plan and the Payment Process for basic information about costs and the payment process. More information will be provided later in the summer.

More Information to Come

We will email and post additional information in late July/early August. In the meantime, if you have questions, just email Judy O'Neill at


Reminders From Previous Emails

Textbooks For Fall Semester Required Courses
A list of Textbooks for Fall Semester Core Courses is available for those of you who plan to purchase your books before school starts. All text books will be available for purchase at The Willamette Store

Calendar for Fall Semester 2013

Fall Semester 2013 begins on Tuesday, August 13th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. We will also have a special optional pre-session event on Friday, August 9th called "Living and Learning in Salem."

Living and Learning in Salem - Optional Pre-session Event August 9
Fall Semester Begins August 13
International Student Orientation August 13 (9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m..)
Compass Week August 13 (4:00 p.m.) thru August 16
Labor Day Holiday September 2
Thanksgiving Vacation November 25-29
End of Fall Semester December 13

Planning for Compass Week
Compass Week runs from August 13th through August 16th. Compass Week is required for all new students and will include important academic, professional and social activities. Different events and activities require different clothing. To help you plan your packing needs, here is your guide to appropriate dress for the activities of Compass Week.

  • Business Formal: Business attire typically means a jacket for both men and women. A tie for men, button down shirt, matching slacks and dress shoes. For women, business attire would typically mean a skirt or slacks, jacket, button down shirt or shell with clear or solid color nylons and dress shoes. For Compass Week, be sure your shoes are comfortable for walking across campus.
  • Business Casual: Business casual typically means men and women can leave the jacket, tie and nylons at home. Men can wear polo or golf shirts and slacks. Women can wear slacks or skirt and a professional looking shirt. Everyone should avoid sweat suits, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes and flip-flops.
Tuesday, August 13th Casual
Wednesday, August 14th Business Formal
Thursday, August 15th Business Casual
Friday, August 16th Athletic clothes and tennis shoes

Registration for Fall Semester Courses

Willamette MBA registration is a very simple process, so don't worry. First-year students will automatically be pre-registered for the entire first-semester core curriculum (5 courses, 15 semester credits). Sections will be assigned to ensure demographic, academic and experiential balance in all sections. Judy O'Neill, Associate Dean and Director of Admission, will contact students who have special registration options. As a guideline, the general class schedule for most first-year Willamette MBA students is shown below. Remember, that as a Willamette MBA student you will be involved in many meetings and sessions outside of class (experiential learning, client projects, career management services, professional organizations, etc.). Our estimate is that you will be busy with the MBA program (classes, studying, meetings, events, organizations, etc.) approximately 50 hours per week. The entire fall semester schedule of classes is available on our web site. The spring semester schedule is also available.

Your class schedule, as shown below, will begin on Monday, August 19th.

Monday/Wednesday: 2:00 p.m.. - 3:30 p.m.. You will have Managing Organizations or PACE I
Monday/Wednesday: 4:00 p.m.. - 5:30 p.m.. You will have the class you did not have at 2:00 p.m..
Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30 a.m.. - 10:00 a.m.. You will have Data Analysis or Marketing
Tuesday/Thursday: 10:30 a.m.. - 12:00 noon You will have the class you did not have at 8:30 a.m..
Tuesday/Thursday: 1:00 p.m.. - 2:30 p.m.. or 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.. You will have Accounting

Off-Campus Housing
Most Willamette MBA students live off-campus. For a Google map and recommendations from students click here. Other information is also available on the admitted student housing page. Remember to use our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons for advice - email   Other good resources for information include the Statesman Journal (Classified Ad) and Craigslist.

Looking for a Roommate?
If you would like to have a roommate who is a new Willamette MBA student, please complete our Roommate Interest Form and email it to Judy O'Neill right away at We will collect the information and email you a summary of the names, emails and preferences of students seeking a roommate so you can begin to connect with each other. Another great way of meeting potential roommates is through our admitted student Facebook page. If you have not joined yet, be sure to go the incoming Facebook page and ask to join.

Health History and Immunization Records
Oregon state law requires all new students to provide immunization and health records. Forms to be completed are available online in pdf format and are linked below. Be sure to complete the health history and immunization forms as soon as possible and send them to the Willamette University Bishop Wellness Center by August 1st. You can also bring the completed forms with you, but it is helpful if we have the forms before you arrive on campus.
* Immunization Information
* Health History and Immunization Form

If you need the measles immunization (MMR), you can get it on campus during Compass Week. The cost for the MMR vaccination is $62. Charges for vaccinations will be billed to your Willamette University student account.

[Note: If you have recently been enrolled in the Willamette University College of Law or College of Liberal Arts, you should update the health history form, but you do not need to resubmit the immunization and history forms.]

Student Health Insurance
All Willamette students enrolled more than half-time are required to have health insurance. Health Insurance provided for students by a university must follow the guidelines of the PPACA (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). As such, the Willamette Student Health Insurance plan offers comprehensive coverage that will support a student’s well-being and peace of mind while meeting the requirements of the PPACA and the US Dept. of Health & Human Services. The Willamette University sponsored student health insurance for the 2013-14 school year is provided by Aetna. The full benefit information along with information about cost and a link to the online waiver form for students who already have health insurance coverage is available at

Special note for International students:  All international students must complete the enroll or waiver form, regardless of whether you plan enroll in the insurance program or waive the insurance plan. 

Remember to Join the Incoming Student Facebook Page
If you have not yet joined the facebook page, be sure to join soon. Just go to request to join! The facebook page gives you a great chance to get to know your classmates, staff, your arrival and new student team, and other members of the Willamette community. Students continue to use their class facebook page after they arrive and throughout their MBA program, so be sure to jump in. We also post new opportunities for housing etc., on the facebook page, so it is fun and a source of official information.

Disability and Learning Services

Willamette MBA students who have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations as covered under the American Disabilities Act are encouraged to apply for special accommodations and services through the Willamette University office of Disability and Learning Services. Disability and Learning Services provides support for individuals with a diagnosed disability (e.g., learning, visual, hearing, psychiatric, chronic illness, etc.). Documentation needs to be on file with Disability and Learning Services to receive appropriate accommodations and services. For more information visit and contact:
Director, Disability & Learning Services
503-370-6471 (voice)
503-375-5383 (TDD)
503-375-5420 (fax)