Here is the newsletter we sent in April just prior to your application.

Fall Semester 2012 - Starts August 14th
As you make plans for the Willamette MBA program, it is important to know that fall semester begins Tuesday, August 14th. An optional presession will be available on Friday, August 10th. The 2012-13 academic calendar is available online.

Professor Larry Ettner Becomes Vice Chair of Board of Directors Mercy Corps Northwest
For the past four years, Mercy Corps Northwest has partnered with the Willamette MBA PACE program. Through our relationships with Mercy Corps, students have helped shape educational programming, aided immigrants in starting small-scale farm enterprises, and helped a Portland neighborhood of renters take part in a private real estate investment.Under the mission of its parent organization, Mercy Corps, Mercy Corps Northwest aims to “alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression” through community building activities. Ettner has more than three decades of corporate leadership, investing and management experience. He will serve as vice chair for two years.

Seattle Trek Connects Students With Employers and Alumni

This year's annual Seattle Trek included 32 students who networked with key employers in Seattle, Washington. Students visited Alaska Airlines,, Theo Chocolates, Bank of America, and Microsoft. Visits were hosted by WU MBA alumni and included round table discussions and presentations with company leaders. See the full story and picturess on our blog.

WU MBA Students Compete In Hult International Case Study
A team of WU first and second year MBA students were selected from about 4,000 applications to compete in the energy trek as a regional finalist in the 3rd annual competition of the Hult Global Case Challenge (GCC). The Hult GCC is the world’s largest and most internationally acclaimed case competition featuring thousands of students competing from over 100 countries. See the full story on our blog.

International Student Explains Why He Likes Oregon
width="216"Hassan Reda is just completing his first year of the the Early Career/Career Change MBA program. Hasan is from the country of Lebanon. Here are his thoughts about Oregon.

“Oregon is the first place in the U.S that I have ever visited. I have enjoyed many things during my stay so far, and would say the one thing that has really impacted me (and something the Northwest is known for) is the “people” I have met. Northwesterners leave a good impression on everyone they meet. They are very nice, always willing to help, and always greet you with a big smile.

I have also enjoyed the natural beauty of Oregon. People may have a misconception that Oregon rains a lot – but in my experience I have witnessed awesome summer weather and a magnificent fall – and the winter is not as harsh as one might think. It’s a great place to hike, ski and appreciate different aspects of nature.

As a student pursuing an MBA, I would also say that Oregon is great place to study because many big companies are headquartered here, including Nike, Adidas, Intel, and Daimler Trucks North America, among others. Oregon is also a great place for practicing sports. With a reputation as the sports hub of the U.S., Oregon is home to the headquarters of both Nike and Adidas. It is also the state of the Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball team and has one of the best soccer teams in the US, the Portland Timbers. Marathons and runs take place all the time and are fun experiences for students to enjoy. On a final note, I would want to highlight that Oregon is a very green place, not only in terms of nature but in terms of green initiatives and sustainable thinking. It is a great place to learn more about renewable sources of energy, its uses, and its applications.”

WU MBA Professors in the News
Professor Lisbeth Claus has always been at the forefront of global HR. She recently led a workshop on duty of care for employees in West Africa for executives of the financial services and EMI industries. The workshop, hosted by International SOS, focused on Sub-Saharan political, security and medical risks and was held at the London HQ of Control Risks. Read more about her research and watch a video of her interview on CNBC Africa.

Professor of Finance Wei Wu presented his research paper "Financing Development Stage Biotechnology Companies: Reverse Mergers vs. IPOs" at the Midwest Finance Association 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The paper was co-authored with Atkinson finance professor Robert Couch and former Atkinson professor Mark Ahn. The paper examines Reverse Merger as an alternative way to go public, compared against IPO in the biotech industry. Read the full article here.

Professor Fred Thompson published "Financial panic, economic threat, and sovereign debt crises" in Public Money and Management 32/3 (2012).

Professor Larry Ettner and student Amanda Loupin recently published a paper titled "Values v. traits-based approaches to leadership: insights from an analysis of The Aeneid", in the Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 33 Iss: 2, pp.112 - 130

Professors Henry Bi (Operations) and Elliot Maltz (Marketing) were awarded a Hewlett Grant for their project titled "Discovering High-performing Sustainable Organizations"

Professior Polly Rizova (Organizational Analysis) was awarded a Hewlett Grant for her project titled "Putting Social Networks to Work for Managing Organizational Change in Health Care Settings"

PACE 2011-12 - Update
The 2011-12 academic year has passed very quickly! In April, all first-year Willamette MBA students are involved in preparing and formally presenting the results of their not-for-profit (or government) and new venture projects. Presentations are made and judged by a panel of experts. PACE not-for-profit and government client partners for 2011-12 were:

Eileen Brady for Mayor (Portland) – City Government
Project: Provide business and economic policy papers, positions, and evaluations for the Portland mayoral campaign of Eileen Brady.

Gem Children’s Foundation (Salem) – NFP/Social Entrepreneurship Project: Complete a property development and acquisition study for a pediatric medical center.

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (Chicago) – City Government / NFP
Project: Development of comprehensive training modules for existing and new managers including hiring, promotions, strategy, legal understandings, leadership, and personnel policy.

Hacienda CDC (Portland) – NFP/Social Entrepreneurship
Project: Develop a business plan for Latino Public Market including feasibility and market analysis, and development pro forma.

Loaves and Fishes (Portland) – NFP / Social Entrepreneurship
Project: Develop a business development program to evaluate current strategy, and design additional revenue models.

The Imani Project (Portland) – NFP International
Project: Design marketing and development models for expanding Imani’s scope and delivery.

Oregon Secretary of State - Archives (Salem) – State Government
Project: Develop a marketing plan to promote the Oregon Blue Book, and develop an e-book or app for selected sectors.

Onpoint Community Credit (Portland) – NFP / Entrepreneurship
Project: Develop a social media and technology intersection design for banking services, and business plan development.

Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (Salem) – NFP / Education
Project: Establish community and alumni network design including business plan, and NO Hungry Child rollout.

Oregon Ethics in Business (Portland) – NFP
Project: Develop strategic plan for evaluation and redesign of OEIB including marketing, development, and financial pro forma.

Mercy Corps Northwest (Portland) – NFP / Social Entrepreneurship
Project: Initiate MCNW distance learning in Oregon and Washington online lending platform; market demand assessment, partner evaluation, and organizational resource analysis.

Willamette Academy (Salem) – Local Government / Education
Project: Develop a strategy, development, and marketing plan for the Academy.

Backbones (Chicago) – NFP
Project: Develop a strategic plan focusing on marketing, branding, and development to expand market identity and presence.

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